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MILLER APPLICATION # 17458

Margaret 'Maggie' McDonald nee French
Prowers Co., Granada, Colorado

Admitted. 
Half sister to MA # 11745, Thomas B. French. 
Claims through same source.

Commissioner of Indian Affairs
Washington, D. C.

Sir:
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-Margaret McDonald
    Indian Name- not known

2. Residence- Granada

3. Town and Post Office- Granada

4. County- Prowers

5. State- Colorado

6. Date and Place of Birth- July 17, 1880, Illinois 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:

My father, Thomas B. French
My uncles and aunts- Richard F., Henry and Mary French

8. Are you married? YES

9. Name and age of wife or husband- 
    CHARLES MCDONALD, age 29

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

Father- English name- Thomas F. French *(Thomas Fox French)
Indian name- not known

Mother- English name- Nannie French
Indian name- not known
Maiden name- Nannie Ratcliff

11. Where were they born?
Father born in Cherokee Nation. Mother born in Illinois District.

12. Where did they reside in 1851, if living at that time
Father resided in Cherokee Nation. Mother was born after 1851.

13. Date of death of your father and mother?
Father died May 22, 1888, mother living.

14. Were they ever enrolled for annuities, land, or other benefits? If so, state when and where-
Father on emigrant Cherokee pay roll of 1851.

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

Thomas B. French, Inola, Indian Territory *(m. Delilah Nave)

James K. French, dead *(m. twice and lived with Myra 'Belle Starr' Belle Shirley)

Dora F. Pennell, Wagoner, Indian Territory *(m. Henry Camillius Pennel)

Bernice M, Howard, Fort Gibson, Indian Territory *(m. James Milner Howard)

Nannie Sleeper, Fort Gibson, Indian Territory *(m. Lewis G. Girtley Sleeper)

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

Father's side- Robert M. and Margaret French, nee Fields
Mother's side- William and Martha Ratcliff nee Crossland.

17. Where were they born? IN CHEROKEE NATION EAST

18. Where did they reside in 1851, if living at that time? IN CHEROKEE NATION 

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

Mary French, died without descent
Henry French, died without descent
Robert M. French, dead
Thomas F. French, my father, dead
Richard F. French, died without descent
Joseph M. French, Melvin, Indian Territory
Jefferson T. French, dead 

20. Have you ever been enrolled for annuities, land, or other benefits? If so, state when and where-
ON Cherokee authenticated roll of 1880 and an a Cherokee Allottee.

21. To expedite identification, claimant should give the full English and Indian names, if possible, of their paternal and maternal ancestors back to 1835.
My great grand father, Thomas Fields, lived in Cherokee Nation East, in 1835.

REMARKS

(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: Margaret 'Maggie' McDonald

Subscribed and sworn to before me this 7th day of February 1907.

Signed: Clifton Elliott, Notary Public

AFFIDAVIT

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

Personally appeared before me J. A. Jones and K. M. Irving who being duly sworn, on oath depose and say that they are well acquainted with Margaret McDonald, who makes the foregoing application and statements, and have known her for 8 months and 11 months, 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.

Witnesses Signatures: J. A. Jones and K. M. Irving

Subscribed and sworn to before me on this 7th day of February 1907. 

Signed: Clifton Elliott, Notary public


Supplemental Application for Minor Children

Special Commissioner of the Court of Claims,
601 Ouray Building, Washington, D. C.

Sirs,
I hereby make application for such share as may be due my minor children of the fund appropriated by the Act of Congress June 30, 1906, in accordance with the decree of the Court of Claims of May 18, 1905, and May 28, 1906, if favor of the Eastern Cherokee, and I ask that this be made part of my original application 

No.17458

1. State you full name: Margaret McDonald
2. Residence and post office: Granada
3. County: Prowers
4. State: Colorado
5. Date and place of birth: Fort Gibson, Indian Territory, July 17, 1880
6. Are you married? YES
7. Name and age of wife or husband: CHARLES S. MCDONALD, age 29
8. To what tribe of Indians, if any, does he or she belong? CHEROKEE
9. Names of all your children who were living on May 28, 1906:
    1. Thomas Jack McDonald age: b. *(Can't read)
    2.
10. Where they ever enrolled for money, annuities, land, or other benefits? If so state when and were and with what tribe of Indians.
For land, Cherokee Nation, Indian territory

REMARKS

(Under this head the applicant may give any additional facts which will assist in proving his claim.)

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

Signed: Margaret McDonald

Subscribed and sworn to before me this 10th day of June 1907. 

Signed: Clifton Elliott, Notary Public


*Transcriber notes

Margaret McDonald listed as half; Cherokee

Dawes Roll # 28083, Census card # 1699 as Margaret French

m. Charles Scott McDonald, September 29, 1901

Old Settlers Payroll Pg. 138 as Maggie French-14 yrs.-Ft. Gibson

Transcribed by Catherine Widener, 2003

 


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