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Adair Co., Proctor, Oklahoma

Admitted. Applicant enrolled by Indian name Chuh-suh-wah-lah, Goingsnake District # 533 as are his parents.

Spade on 1835 Roll.

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- Johnson Spade

Indian Name- Ju-su-wa-la

2. Residence- two miles South of Proctor, Indian Territory

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

4.. County- Cherokee Nation

5.. State- Indian Territory

6.. Date and Place of Birth- About 1834, in North Carolina

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: In my own right, and of my father and mother and one sister named Car-ne-yu-a

8.. Are you married? Yes

9.. Name and age of wife or husband- Rachel Spade 2nd wife

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

Father- English name- Spade Nat (Johnson states later his name is Spade Ned)*

Indian name- Co-deskey

Mother- English name- Don't know

Indian name- Char-wa-you-cah

Maiden name- Little Terrapin

*(The maiden name of Little Terrapin throws me here. Almost seems like it was copied off of his son's miller application # 134-Watson Spade. Watson's grandfather, his mother's father, was named was Little Terrapin)

11.. Where were they born? Don't know where father or mother was born

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

13.. Date of death of your father and mother? Father-Killed about 1864; Mother- died 1867 or 1868

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

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

Car-ne-yo-a b. don't know d. about 1864

Che-gee-le b. don't know d. about 1896

Se-nee-de b. don't know d. about 1887

Wa-lee-sar b. don't know d. Don't know

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


Ned 'English' (Grandfather)

Daws 'Indian' (Grandfather)


Don't know

17.. Where were they born? DON'T KNOW 18.. Where did they reside in 1851, if living at that time? I THINK THEY DIED BEFORE 1851.

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

1.. English name-Spade Ned; Indian name- Co-deskey; Residence- Dead 1864

2.. English name-Crabgrass; Indian name- Cu-sar-ne; Residence- Dead-don't know

3.. Have you ever been enrolled for annuities, land, or other benefits? If so, state when and where- In 1851, in Cherokee Nation. Enrolled for strip payment 1894. For lands in 1901.

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

Grandfather English name Ned, Indian name Daws.

Father English name, Spade Nat, Indian name Co-deskey


(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: Johnson Spade

Subscribed and sworn to before me this 8th day of September 1906

Signed: M. K. Shannon, 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 N. B. Littlejohn and Nancy Gritts, who being duly sworn, on oath depose and say that they are well acquainted with Johnson Spade, who makes the foregoing application and statements, and have known him for 20 years and 60 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.

Witness to Mark: John Housebug and N. J. Redbird

Signatures of Witnesses: N. B. Littlejohn and Nancy 'X' Gritts

Subscribed and sworn to before me on this 8th day of September 1906

M. K. Shannon, Notary Public


Howe & Wright-lawyers

Washington Loan and Trust Building

Washington D. C.

December 9, 1907

Guion Miller, Esq.

Ouray Building,

Washington D. C.

Dear Sir:

In re application of Johnson Spade, applicant for a share of the Eastern Cherokee Emigrant money.

Replying to your letter of November 20th, directed to applicant, we are advised by applicant to enter our appearance in the matter of his application and advise you as follows:

It is believed that applicant's name can be found with his father and mother on the roll in Goingsnake District. (1852 Roll). His father's name is in English, Spade, in Indian, Caw-tas-ke. Mother 's name is in English, Char-wah-you-cah, both Indian and English alike. His is the next name as well has he can remember. He was the oldest child and was named at that time Chu-suh-sul-lah. Sometimes spelled Tsu-suh-wul-lah. The next member of the family Gah-ne-yaw-eh. The next Sin-it-tee (we are not sure about the correctness of the spelling of this name.) The next is , Tse-kil-lee or Ezekiel or Ze-ki-al. The next is , Wah-le-sah.

Trusting that the above will aid you in the investigation of this application.

Very Truly Yours,

Howe & Wright

Miller Application # 135-Johnson Spade

Johnson Spade, after being first duly sworn, deposes and says;

I was born in the Old Nation. Drew Immigrant money here in 1852 in Goingsnake District. I was living with my father and mother at the time. They were both living in Goingsnake District. I was enrolled under my Indian name. Chuh-suh-who-lah.

Signed: Johnson Spade

Subscribed and sworn to before me at Tahlequah, Oklahoma, this 2nd day of October 1908.

H. W. Ketron, Assistant to the Special Commissioner of the Court of Claims

NOTE: This case O. K. through 533 Goingsnake

Drennen Roll Family Group # 533-Goingsnake Distinct



Chuh-suh-who-lah (Johnson Spade)*

Che-kil-le (Ezekiel Spade) *



Johnson Spade-Full Blood Cherokee

1880 Cherokee Census # 1510-Goingsnake District as Thomas Spaid-44 yrs.

Dawes Roll # 1430, Census Card # 484

Johnson Spade was a Senator from Goingsnake District in 1893-94. He also served as Councilor from Goingsnake District 1883 and 1889.

*Transcriber notes

Transcribed by Catherine Widener, 2003


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