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MILLER APPLICATION # 3495

Betsy Terrapin nee Whale

Washington Co., Bartlesville, Oklahoma

Admitted. Applicant's father (Dah-quah or Whale) was enrolled by Drennen in Saline District # 504.

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- Betsy Terrapin (DC 27707)

Indian Name- Oo-ka-lee

2. Residence- Bartlesville, Indian Territory

3. Town and Post Office- Bartlesville, Indian Territory

4. County- Northern District

5. State- Indian Territory

6. Date and Place of Birth- Nov. 19, year unknown, guess 1874. 6 miles South of Bartlesville

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: She claims though her father and her grandfather

8. Are you married? YES

9. Name and age of wife or husband- James Terrapin, aged 46 years

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

Father- English name- Duckworth Wight *(Or Wright); Indian name- Dah-quah

Mother- English name- Lizzie Wight; Indian name- Le-see Dah-quah; Maiden name- Oo-ka-lee Dah-quah

11. Where were they born? Both parents born in Saline District, Indian Territory

12. Where did they reside in 1851, if living at that time - Both parents residing in Saline District, Indian Territory

13. Date of death of your father and mother? Father died about 1888. Mother is living

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

Yes, think her father was enrolled. Mother was enrolled on Hogshooter Creek, East of Bartlesville, where they went to live.

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

Has none of full blood

Newt Thompson b. 14 years old October 14, 1892 d. living

Polly Duckworth b. abt. 1889 d. living

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

MOTHER'S SIDE- Qual-lee-o-gee

17. Where were they born? East of the Mississippi River, don't know where

18. Where did they reside in 1851, if living at that time? Saline District, Indian Territory

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

1. English name- Willie; Indian name- Wee-le; Residence- Saline District, Indian Territory

2. English name-Waggie; Indian name- Wah-ga; Residence- Saline District, Indian Territory

3. English name-Eve; Indian name- E-e-wah; Residence- Saline District, Indian Territory

3. Have you ever been enrolled for annuities, land, or other benefits? If so, state when and where- Yes, Six miles south of Bartlesville, 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.

My name is Betsy Terrapin. My Indian name is Oo-ka-lee, my mother's name: Mother's English name Lizzie Wight, Indian name was Ta-see Dah-quah

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.

Witness to Mark: Foreman Barker, first name hard to make out.

Signed: Betsy 'X' Terrapin

Subscribed and sworn to before me this 9th day of November 1906.

Signed:Margarite Stevenson, 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 Lincoln Trottingwolfe and Susan Trottingwolfe, who being duly sworn, on oath depose and say that they are well acquainted with Betsy Terrapin, who makes the foregoing application and statements, and have known her for 20 years and 20 years, 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.

Witness to mark: Marguerite Stevenson and (?) Barker

Signature of witnesses: Lincoln Trottingwolfe and Susan Trottingwolfe

Subscribed and sworn to before me on this 9th day of November 1906.

Signed: Marguerite Stevenson, Notary public

LETTER ATTACHED TO MILLER APPLICATION # 3498

Betsy Terrapin, after being first duly sworn through Susan Trottingwolfe, who was sworn as interpreter, deposes and says:

"I am about 36 years of age; was born in the Cherokee Nation. None of my people were Old Settlers or drew Old Settler money. I am a Cherokee Allottee. My mother died May 5, 1908. She was about 56 years of age.

Signed: Betsy Terrapin

Subscribed and sworn to before me at Bartlesville, Oklahoma, this 28th day of August 1908.

H. K.

Assistant to Special Commissioner of the Court of Claims

LETTER ATTACHED TO MILLER APPLICATION # 3495

December 16, 1907

Betsy Terrapin

Bartlesville, Oklahoma

Madam:

Relative to your application for participation in the fund arising from the judgement of the Court of Claims in favor of the Eastern Cherokees, we beg to inform you that the names of your parents and grandparents as given in your application do not appear upon the rolls of 1851. Please state all the names by which you think your father and grandfather on your father's side were ever enrolled.

Very Respectfully,

Special Commissioner

LETTER ATTACHED TO MILLER APPLICATION # 3495

December 29, 1908

Betsy Terrapin

Bartlesville, Oklahoma

Madam:

In your application for participation in the fund arising from the judgement of the Court of Claims in favor for the Eastern Cherokees, you state that your mother is living. Please give the present name and postoffice address of your mother, and state whether or not she filed an application for participation in the Eastern Cherokee Fund.

Also state the full name of your father; giving both his English and his Indian name. If his Indian name has some meaning that can be translated into English, please give that also. In what year was your father born? How old was he at the time of his death? With whom was he living in 1851? Give the names of all the members of the family in which he was living at that time.

In your reply please refer to FST 3495.

Very respectfully,

Special Commissioner

LETTER ATTACHED TO MILLER APPLICATION # 3495

Tahlequah, Oklahoma

January 13, 1909

Guion Miller Esq.

Washington D. C.

Sir:

In answer to application # 3295. My mother was Lizzie Jackson, deceased and who died May 5th, 1908 and her application number is 822. Her Postoffice was Bartlesville, Oklahoma at the time of her death. That was formerly my address but it is now Tahlequah, Oklahoma. Yes, my mother made application for her share of the Eastern Cherokee Fund and her number is 822, as stated. My father's name was Tah-quah or Duc-wah Downing. I think it means Turtle or Whale. He has been dead about 20 years and may not be quite that long. He was a little over 40 years old at the time of his death. He must have been born about the year 1848. That is all I know about him.

See FST # 3495

Yours Truly,

Betsy 'X' Terrapin

Witness to mark: S. R. Walkingstick and (unreadable name)

Drennen Roll Group # 504-Saline District

Whale

Lydia

Lizza

 


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