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MILLER APPPLICATION # 2218

Polly Morris nee Morten

Adair C., Chance, Oklahoma

Admitted. Niece of MA # 130, Sallie Bright nee Moton. Also see MA # 2214, Reese Thornton.
*(The surname has been found in several forms, Martin/Morten/Moton/Moten, etc.)

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- Polly Morris; Indian Name-

2. Residence- Chance, Indian Territory

3.. Town and Post Office- Chance, Indian Territory

4.. County- Cherokee Nation

5.. State- Indian Territory

6.. Date and Place of Birth- August 10, about 1861

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:

Sally Langley-grandmother

Rebecca Martin-my mother

George Marten- my brother

Lock Marten- my brother

8.. Are you married? YES

9.. Name and age of wife or husband- Henry Morris, age 42 years (MA # 23184)

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

Father- English name- Henry Martin

Indian name-

Mother- English name- Rebecca Martin

Indian name-

Maiden name- Rebecca Langley

11.. Where were they born? Both parents born in Gilmore County, Georgia

12.. Where did they reside in 1851, if living at that time? Both parents residing in Cherokee Nation, Indian Territory

13.. Date of death of your father and mother? Father died about 1864, mother died March 18, 1879

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

Cherokee Nation, Indian Territory

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

Bill Martin b. dead d. don't know where born or died

Lock Martin b. dead d. don't know where born or died

George Martin b. dead d. don't know when born or died

Sally Martin b. Living in Cherokee Nation, Indian Territory

Gatsey Martin b. dead d. don't know when born or died

Barshey Martin b. Living in Cherokee Nation, Indian Territory

Nute Martin b. Living in Cherokee Nation, Indian Territory

Buck Martin b. dead d. don't know when born or died

John Henry Martin b. Living in Cherokee Nation, Indian Territory

Clem Martin b. Living in Cherokee Nation, Indian Territory

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

Father's side:

Don't know grandfather

Grandmother was a white woman, Nelly Martin

Mother's side:

Jack Langley (grandfather, white)

Sally Langley (grandmother)

17.. Where were they born? Gilmore County, Georgia

18.. Where did they reside in 1851, if living at that time? Living in Georgia, I think.

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

George Langley, dead

James Langley, dead

Noah Langley, dead

Duncan Langley, dead

Sintha Langley, dead

Jinnie Langley, dead

Nancy Langley, living in Georgia (MA # 1527)

Beckie Langley, dead

Charley Langley, dead

Lock Langley, dead

*Jack Langley, living in Cherokee Nation, Indian Territory

*(I believe this should be Zack Langley instead, MA # 10267)

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

Cherokee Nation, Indian Territory

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

Jack Langley, grandfather

Sally Langley, grandmother

Rebecca Martin, mother

Henry Martin, father, white

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: Polly Morris

Subscribed and sworn to before me this 30th day of October 1906.

Signed: R. A. Odle, 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 , who being duly sworn, on oath depose and say that they are well acquainted with , who makes the foregoing application and statements, and have known for years and years, respectively, and know to be the identical person represents to be, and that the statements made by are true, to the best of their knowledge and belief, and they have no interest whatever in claim.

Witnesses Signatures:

Subscribed and sworn to before me on this __

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. 2218.

1.. State you full name: Polly Morris

2.. Residence and post office: Chance

3.. County:

4.. State: Indian Territory

5.. Date and place of birth: about 1860, Cherokee Nation, Indian Territory

6.. Are you married? YES

7.. Name and age of wife or husband: Henry Morris, 47 years (MA # 23184)

8.. To what tribe of Indians, if any, does he or she belong?

9.. Names of all your children who were living on May 28, 1906:

1. Fannie Odle nee Morris b. February 16, 1884 23 years

2. George Morris b. April 1, 1887 20 years

3. Jeff Morris b. January 17, 1889 18 years

4. Stella Morris b. April 6, 1896 11 years

5.

10.. Where they ever enrolled for money, annuities, land, or other benefits? If so state when and were and with what tribe of Indians.

Yes, 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: Polly Morris

Subscribed and sworn to before me this 29th day of May, 1907.

Signed: R. A. Odle, 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 Thomas Morris and Grover Odle who, being duly sworn, on oath depose and say that they are well acquainted with Polly Morris, who makes the foregoing application and statement, and have known her for 20 years and 10 years, respectively, and know her to be the identical person she represents herself to be and that on May 28, 1906, she had the children living as above set forth, and that the statements made by her are true, and they have no interest whatever in her claim.

Signatures of Witnesses:

Thomas Morris and Grover Odle

Subscribed and sworn to before me this 29th day of May, 1907.

Signed: R. A. Odle, Notary Public

Drennen Roll Group # 90-Disputed-

Rebecca Morten

William Morten

Locke Morten

George Morten

Sally Ann Morten

Gatesey Ann Morten

Barsheba Morten

*Drennen Roll Group # 92-Disputed-

Cynthia Morten

Theodore Morten

Hester Morten

Joel I. Morten

*(Could this Cynthia be Cynthia Langley by chance?)

*Drennen Roll Group # 93-Disputed-

Artilla Langley

John R. Langley

Thomas Langley

Priscilla Langley

*(Not sure how this family fits in, it may not)

*(Cover sheet of miller application states that Sally Ann Bright is the aunt of Polly Morris nee Morton. I have them listed as siblings.)

*Transcriber notes

Transcribed by Catherine Widener, 2003

 


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