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Locust Grove, Oklahoma

(Admitted. ½ sister to Miller App. # 2141, Dora Vann, claims through same source.)

Commissioner of Indian Affairs

Washington, D. C.


I hereby make application for such share as me be due me of the fund appropriated by the Act of Congress approved June 30, 1906, in accordance with the decrees of the Court of Claims of May 18, 1905, and May 28, 1906, in favor of the Eastern Cherokees. The evidence of identity is herewith subjoined.

1. State Full Name:

English Name-Joanna Keyes

Indian Name-

2. Residence-8 miles South, Locust Grove, I.T.

3.. Town and Post Office-Locust Grove

4.. County-5th District

5.. State-Indian Territory

6.. Date and Place of Birth-about 1887-Cooweescoowee District

7.. By what right do you claim to share? If you claim through more than one relative living in 1851, set forth each claim separately:

Annie Walkingstick, my mother

De-goo-hus-ky, my grandpa

8.. Are you married? No

9.. Name and age of wife or husband-

10.. Give names of your father and mother, and your mother's name before marriage-

Father- English name-James M. Keyes

Indian name-Jimmie Stu-east *(surname hard to make out)

Mother- English name-Annie

Indian name-

Maiden name-Annie Walkingstick

11.. Where were they born? Father-Unknown; Mother-Flint District, Cherokee Nation, Indian Territory

12.. Where did they reside in 1851, if living at that time? Father-Unknown; Mother-Sequoyah

13.. Date of death of your father and mother? Father- living; Mother-About 1899

14.. Were they ever enrolled for annuities, land, or other benefits? If so, state when and where-

Yes, Cherokee Per capita in Cooweescoowee District, Cherokee Nation, Indian Territory.

15.. Name all your brothers and sisters, giving ages, and if not living, give date of death-

Dora Vann b. about 1883

Jennie Bryant b. about 1888

16.. State English and Indian name of your grandparents on both father's and mother's side, if possible.




Charlie Walkingstick-grandpa


Maggie Walkingstick-grandma


17.. Where were they born? Cherokee Nation East

18.. Where did they reside in 1851, if living at that time? Illinois District and Sequoyah Districts.

19.. Give names of all their children, and residence, if living; if not living, give dates of deaths

1.. English name-Charlie Walkingstick; Indian name- ; Residence-Dead

2.. English name-Annie Walkingstick; Indian name- ; Residence-Dead

3.. Have you ever been enrolled for annuities, land, or other benefits? If so, state when and where-

Yes, Cherokee per capita in Cooweescoowee District, Cherokee Nation, Indian Territory. Final Roll by Commission to Five Civilized Tribes.

21. To expedite identification, claimant should give the full English and Indian names, if possible, of their paternal and maternal ancestors back to 1835.


(Under this head the applicant may give additional information that he believes will assist in proving his claim).

Note: Answers should be brief but explicit: the words 'yes' , 'no', and 'unknown' may be used in cases where applicable. Read the questions carefully.

I solemnly swear that the foregoing statements made by me are true to the best of my knowledge and belief.

Signed: Joanna "X" Keyes

Witness to Mark: J. M. Bryan and (?) Vann

Subscribed and sworn to before me this


Notary Public


(The following affidavit must be sworn to by two or more witnesses who are well acquainted with the applicant.)

Personally appeared before me Mary Stopp and Ratt Sanders, who being duly sworn, on oath depose and say that they are well acquainted with Joanna Keyes, who makes the foregoing application and statements, and have known her for 10 years and 15 years, respectively, and know her to be the identical person she represents herself to be, and that the statements made by her are true, to the best of their knowledge and belief, and they have no interest whatever in her claim.

Witness to Mark:

J. M. Bryan

(?) Vann

Signatures of Witnesses:

Mary Stopp (X)

Rat (X) Sanders

Subscribed and sworn to before me on this

notary public


Johnson Downing, being duly first sworn through Martin Squirrel, who was also first duly sworn deposes and says: that I know Dora Vann and I knew her people. Her father was not born in 1851. His grandmother's name was Oo-ti-ye. She was not married in 1851. Her fathers name was Ave Vann. She had a brother by the name of Ca-you-cah Vann. She had other brothers and sisters but I do not know what their names were. Oo-ti-ye is still living. See Tahlequah # 569.

Signed: Johnson Downing

Subscribed and sworn to before me at Locust Grove, Oklahoma this 12th day of march 1909.

signed: H. C. Black

Asst. to the Special Commissioner of the U. S. Court of Claims


Eastern Cherokee Enrollment

601 Ouray Building

Washington, D. C.

November 20, 1907

Mary Stopp,

Locust Grove, Okla.


Your name appears upon the applications of Dora Vann, Joanna Keys and Jennie Bryant as a witness to the signature (or marks) of the applications filed by them, in which they are claiming to share in the fund appropriated for the Eastern Cherokee Indians, through their mother's side.

Will you kindly state whether the said children's mother, Annie Walkingstick, was living in 1851, and what was her age at the time of her death? Was she a full-blood Cherokee, or does she claim Cherokee Blood through her father or mother? What names (both English and Indian) did her father and mother bear? Please also state English and Indian names of her grandfather and grandmother on both her father's and mother's side. How many times was the said Annie Walkingstick married, and what relation, if any, are you to the said claimants, Dora Vann, Joanna Keys, and Jennie Bryant?

A prompt reply, using the enclosed penalty envelope, will be greatly appreciated.

Very respectfully,

Guion Miller

Speciall Commissioner


Received: December 26, 1907

I know these people as Cherokees. I can only say as far back as I have see my testimony. Dora

Vann is my brother's wife; I am no relation of Joanna Keyes and Jennie Bryant. George Potatoe-Cherokee, Oklahoma, I think once give you all the information you want; Judge J. M. Keyes of Guthrie, Oklahoma-State Senator, now is an old man and can give you information.


Mary Stopp

* Transcriber notes

Jennie Bryant, Dawes # 12438, 11 yrs., Census Card # 5185

Miller Roll # 6060, app. # 3174 as Jennie Bryant-13 yrs.-Locust Grove, OK

Full Blood Cherokee

½ Sister to Joanna Keys

Dora Vann, Dawes # 17491, 20 yrs., Census Card # 7372

Miller Roll # 27749, app. # 2141 as Dora Vann-23 yrs.-Locust Grove, OK

Full Blood Cherokee

½ Sister of Joanna Keys

m. Lucullius Vann

Joanna Keys

Dawes # 12437, 14 yrs., Census Card # 5185

Miller Roll # 16175, app. # 8269 as Joanna Keys-19 yrs.-Locust Grove, OK

Full Blood Cherokee

Died- June 28, 1908

m. William Murphy

Grandmother- Mary/Polly 'Oo-te-ee' Vann, Drennen Roll- Group # 569-Tahlequah District as Oo-te-ee Vann

Dawes Roll # 23360, Census Card # 2461

1880 Cherokee Census # 2974-Cooweescoowee District as Molly Tadpole-42 yrs.

Miller Roll # 23360, Census Card # 2461

MISC. TEST. P. 3856. #8269 (2141) William Murphy...tbrough Martin Squirrel, Interpreter:

"My name is William Murphey. I am the husband of Joanna Keyes. My wife died June 28, 1908. My wife was enrolled was enrolled [sic] by the Dawes Commission as a half-blood under the name of Joanna Keyes, #12437. The mother of my wife was a full-blood Cherokee and her father was a sixteenth Cherokee. My wife was born in Saline District in 1887. My wife's father was of Old Settler Descent. My wife made no claim thru her father. She put in her application only on her mother's side. My wife's mother was Annie Walkingstick. My wife's mother was not living in 1851 and neither was her brother Charles. I never saw the grandparents of my wife. The Cherokee name of my wife's grandfather on her mother's side was Gah-lah-qui-sih Ah-dah-lah-nuh-stih. The Cherokee name of my wife's grandmother on her mothers side was Sa-kih. My wife's grandparents were living together in 1851. They were enrolled in Flint District in 1851, I think. I do not know whether the names of my wife's grandparents on her mother's side are correct or not. My wife got the names from an old man who knew her grandparents. I do not know the names of any of the sisters and brothers of my wife's grandparents who were enrolled in 1851. I never heard of my wife or her mother ever receiving Old Settler money. My wife was enrolled in 1894 and received the Strip Payment. I do not know the names of any of the aunts or uncles of my wife who were enrolled in 1851. From what I have heard my wife speak about it I can remember that that [sic] she claimed to be descended from the Eastern or Emigrant on her mothers side. I have heard my wife say that her grandmother on her mothers side was an Emigrant Cherokee."

SIGNED: William Murphy, Locust Grove, Okla., October, 9 1908

Transcribed by Catherine Widener, 2002


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