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(Admitted. First cousin twice removed of # 859, Julia A. Bee nee Hilderbrand. Applicant's grandfather, Lafayette Catron enrolled in Tahlequah District # 36-Drennen 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-Steven Stephens

Indian Name- Oo-squaw-look

2. Residence- Park Hill

3.. County-Cherokee Nation

4.. State-Indian Territory

5.. How old are you? full 22? years Born- October 29, 1884HoHo

6.. Where were you born?- Tahlequah District, Cherokee Nation, Indian Territory

7.. Are you married: Yes

8.. Name and age of husband- Carrie Stephens-aged 24 years

9.. To what tribe of Indians does he or she belong? He is Cherokee, she is white

10.. Name all your children who were living on May 28, 1906, giving their ages-

Claudie W. Stephens (one year and over) b. September 18, 1906

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

Father- English name-William H. Stephens (white)

Indian name- "Ha-na-lee"

Mother- English name-Almira Stephens

Indian name- Co-chan-nee

Maiden name-Almira Catron

12.. Where were they born? Father-State of Georgia; Mother-Tahlequah, Cherokee Nation, Indian Territory

13.. Where did they reside in 1851, if living at that time? Father-State of Georgia; Mother-not then yet born

14.. Date of death of your father and mother? Father-Surviving; Mother-Surviving

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

As Cherokees-Tahlequah District Cherokee Nation, subsistence money in 1875-80-83-86-90 and mother enrolled likewise for strip per capita 1894, and also for allotment of Cherokee Indian land about 1904.

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

Elizabeth Hamilton; b. January 29, 1882; d. Survived (MA # 29190); 'Gah-naw' Park Hill, IT

Sarah James; b. July 29, 1886; d. Survived (MA # 29187); 'none' Chieftain, IT

Fannie Campbell; b. June 14, 1890; d. Survived (MA #29189); 'none' Park Hill, IT

Nancy J. Phillips; b. November 12, 1874; d. Survived (MA # 29191); 'Oo-kil-lee' Park Hill, IT

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

Father's Side - Simpson Stephens (white); no Indian name; Mahala Stephens (white); no Indian name

Mother's Side - Lafayette Catron; 'Oo-naw-states'; Nancy Catron; 'Nawn-cee'

18.. Where were they born? First named two in Georgia. other two in Old Cherokee Nation, East

19.. Where did they reside in 1851, if living at that time? First named two in Georgia, the other two in Tahlequah District, Cherokee Nation, IT on Caney Creek

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

1.. English name-William H. Stephens (white); Indian name- ; Residence-Park Hill, Indian Territory

2.. English name-John Stephens (white); Indian name- ; Residence-Park Hill, Indian Territory

3.. English name-Elijah Stephens (white); Indian name- ; Residence-Park Hill, Indian Territory

4.. English name-Simpson Stephens (white); Indian name- ; Residence-Dead

5.. English name-Mont Stephens (white); Indian name- ; Residence-Dead

6.. English name-John Catron (Cherokee) (MA# 1484); Indian name- ; Residence-Wauhillau, Indian Territory

7.. English name-Almira Stephens (Cherokee) (MA # 1485); Indian names- ; Residence-Park Hill, Indian Territory

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

As Cherokee-Tahlequah District, Cherokee Nation, Indian Territory. Subsistence money of 1886 and 1890 and 'strip' per capita of 1894 also allotment of Cherokee Indian lands about 1900. All of which received.

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).

My mother, Almira Stephens claims is No. 1485

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: Steve Stephens

Subscribed and sworn to before me this 25th day of May, 1907

Signed:Unreadable signature

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 Ezekiel P. Parris and Susan E. Hathcoat, who being duly sworn, on oath depose and say that they are well acquainted with Stephen Stephens, who makes the foregoing application and statements, and have known him for 15 years and 15 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 Witnesses Signatures:

Ezekiel P. Parris

Susan E. Hathcoat

Subscribed and sworn to before me on this 25th day of May, 1907

Signed: Unreadable signature

notary public

Grouped with MA # 1080-Elizabeth Catron nee Keys

*Transcriber notes:

Julia A. Bee nee Hilderbrand

b. July 20, 1852, Flint District, Indian Territory

m. Jasper N. 'Tuck' Bee

Dawes Roll # 30405, Census Card # 6834

Elizabeth Catron nee Keys

b. January 13, 1835, Tennessee

Drennen Roll 1851-Group # 36-Tahlequah District as Elizabeth Catron

Dawes Roll # 14764, Census Card # 6196

Miller Roll # 16180, app. # 1080 as Elizabeth Keys-71 yrs.-Cookson, OK

m. Thomas Holmes Carlile, July 19, 1853

m. Levi Rogers Keys, April 28, 1878

Stephen Stephens

1896 Census- # 2898-Tahlequah District as Stephen Stephens

Dawes Roll # 25289, Census Card # 6606 as Stephen STephens-Tahlequah District-Park Hill, IT

1/8 Cherokee

Transcribed by Catherine Widener, 2002

Also see James, Sarah A. #29187


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