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MILLER APPLICATION # 4327

James E. Muskrat
Delaware Co., Grove, OK

Admitted. 

1st cousin on MA # 810, Ezekiel Fields. Mother, Martha

Fields, 136 Delaware District-Drennen Roll. 
Grandfather, Ezekiel. *(Fields)

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-James E. Muskrat
    Indian Name-

2. Residence-

3. Town and Post Office- Grove

4. County- Cherokee Nation

5. State- Indian Territory

6. Date and Place of Birth- 1851 Delaware District, Cherokee Nation

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:

Descendant of Eastern Cherokees.
Grandfather- Jackson Muskrat
Grandmother- Charlotte Muskrat
Father- Jake Muskrat
Mother- Martha Muskrat
2 great uncles- Jack Fields and Johnson Silversmith
2 great aunts- Susan and Ruchy Silversmith *(Rachel Silversmith)
2 aunts- Delilah and Jane Fields

8. Are you married? YES

9. Name and age of wife or husband- Ida M. Muskrat, 34 years

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

Father- English name- Jake Muskrat
Indian name- Di-ti-sky

Mother- English name- Martha Muskrat
Indian name- Wu-di
Maiden name- Martha Fields

11. Where were they born?
Both parents born in Georgia

12. Where did they reside in 1851, if living at that time
Both parents residing in Delaware District, Cherokee Nation

13. Date of death of your father and mother?

Father died October 5, 1888

Mother died January 6, 1883

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

Father on all the payments except 1891 and 1894. Mother on all payments, 1851, 1875, 1880.

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

Mary Jane McGhee b. d. October 25, 1904
Susan Woodall b. d. (MA # 4324)
John Muskrat b. d. died 1877
Cynthia Snyder b. d. July 7, 1902 *(July 2, 1902)
Charlotte Muskrat b. d.
Willie Muskrat b. d. May 16, 1899 ???*
James E. Muskrat b. d.
Newton Muskrat b. d. dead
Nannie B. Cox b. d. (MA # 4323)

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

Father's side:
Jackson Muskrat (Tse-go-ni-sni)
Charlotte Silversmith (La-la-da)

Mother's side:
Ezekiel Fields and Mary Sexton

17. Where were they born? In Georgia

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

All in the Cherokee Nation except Ezekiel Fields who died prior to 1851.

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

Jerry (or Jessy) Muskrat, dead
Jake Muskrat, dead
Jack Muskrat, dead
Liza Ann Muskrat, dead
John Muskrat, dead
Sarah Ann Muskrat, dead
Nancy Muskrat, living (MA # 4270?)*
Delilah Fields, dead
Jane Fields, dead
Ruth Fields, dead
Richard Fields, dead
Martha Fields, dead
George Fields, living (MA # 1641)*
Bud Fields, living (MA # 1394, Ezekiel)*
Mary Fields, living (MA # 244, m. Ellis Dick)*

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

The Indian names for Susan Silversmith is Su-si-ni, Rachel Silversmith is Le-tsi-ni and Johnson Silversmith is Tsu-ni-si-ni.

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

REMARKS

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

Names of brothers and sisters, births not exactly known but all were born since the payment of 1852 except Mary Jane (Muskrat) McGhee.

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: James E. Muskrat

Subscribed and sworn to before me this 24th day of November 1906.

Signed: John E. Butler, 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 George M. Ward and James Butler, who being duly sworn, on oath depose and say that they are well acquainted with James E. Muskrat, who makes the foregoing application and statements, and have known him for 20 years and 30 years, respectively, and know him to be the identical person he represents himself to be, and that the statements made by him are true, to the best of their knowledge and belief, and they have no interest whatever in his claim.

Witnesses Signatures: George M. Ward and James Butler

Subscribed and sworn to before me on this 24th day of November 1906.

Signed: John E. Butler, 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. 4327.

1. State you full name: James E. Muskrat

2. Residence and post office: Grove

3. County: Delaware

4. State: Indian Territory

5. Date and place of birth: 
    about 1859, Delaware District, Indian Territory *(1851)

6. Are you married? Yes

7. Name and age of wife or husband: Ida Muskrat, 34 years, white

8. To what tribe of Indians, if any, does he or she belong? 
     Cherokee (*white)

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

Maud Muskrat 16 years b. 1891
Claud Muskrat 14 years b. 1893
Arvy A. Muskrat 12 years b. 1895
Ruth Muskrat 10 years b. 1897
Jewel Muskrat 8 years b. 1899
Thelma Muskrat 5 years b. 1901
ruman Muskrat 3 years b. 1904

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

CHEROKEE

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: James E. Muskrat

Subscribed and sworn to before me this 21st day of May, 1907

 

AFFIDAVIT

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

Personally appeared before me Nathan M. Perry and Levi Ketcher who, being duly sworn, on oath depose and say that they are well acquainted with James E. Muskrat, who makes the foregoing application and statement, and have known him for 20 years and 20 years, respectively, and know him to be the identical person he represents himself to be and that on May 28, 1906, he had the children living as above set forth, and that the statements made by him are true, and they have no interest whatever in his claim.

Signatures of Witnesses: Nathan M. Perry and Levi Ketcher

Subscribed and sworn to before me this 20th day of May 1907.

Signed: ? Notary Public


*Transcriber Notes

Transcribed by Catherine Widener, 2003

 


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