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MILLER APPLICATION # 2214

Reese Albert Thornton

Adair Co., Chance, Oklahoma

Admitted. Nephew to MA # 130-Sally Bright nee Morton.*

*(I have seen this surname Moton/Morton/Morten/Marten)

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- Reese Thornton

Indian Name-

2. Residence- Chance, Indian Territory

3.. Town and Post Office- Chance

4.. County- Cherokee Nation

5.. State- Indian Territory

6.. Date and Place of Birth- Cherokee Nation April 7, 1877

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: Glover Thornton-grandfather on father's side

Henry Morten- grandfather on mother's side

Rebecka Morten-grandmother on mother's side

John Thornton- my father

Patsy Thornton-my mother

8.. Are you married? YES

9.. Name and age of wife or husband- Mike Thornton, age 27 *(MA # 23188)

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

Indian name-

Mother- English name- Gatsey Thornton

Indian name-

Maiden name- Gatsey Morten

11.. Where were they born? Father born Cherokee Nation, Tennessee

Mother born Cherokee Nation, Indian Territory

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 April 1877 and mother died March 17, 1887

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- I have no brothers or sister on my father's side but have three half sisters on my mother's side.

Roxie Parris (Scott) b. living in Cherokee Nation, Indian Territory

Mag Parris (Ragsdale) b. living in Cherokee Nation, Indian Territory

Sintha Parris 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-Glover Thornton and Nancy Thornton (White)

MOTHER'S SIDE- Henry Marten and Rebecka Marten

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

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

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

Amos Thornton, dead

Lizzie Thornton, dead

William Thornton, dead

John Thornton, dead

Jane Thornton, dead

Mary Thornton, dead

Sally Thornton, dead

Joe Thornton, living Cherokee Nation, Indian Territory

MOTHER'S SIDE:

Beal Morten, dead

Lock Morten, dead

Sally Morten, living Cherokee Nation, Indian Territory

Gatsey Morten, dead

Barshe Morten, living in Cherokee Nation, Indian Territory

Nute Morten, dead

John Henry Morten, living in Cherokee Nation, Indian Territory

Clem Morten, living in Cherokee Nation, Indian Territory

Polly Morten, living in Cherokee Nation, Indian Territory

20.. Have you ever been enrolled for annuities, land, or other benefits? If so, state when and where- Yes, on the payrolls since born until present time.

21. To expedite identification, claimant should give the full English and Indian names, if possible, of their

paternal and maternal ancestors back to 1835.

Glover Thornton, grandfather on father's side, Nancy Thornton (white) grandmother on father's side. Henry Martin, grandfather on mother's side, Rebecka Marten, grandmother on mother's side. John Thornton, father, Gatsey Thornton, mother.

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: Reese Thornton

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 Thomas M. Morris and Henry Morris, who being duly sworn, on oath depose and say that they are well acquainted with Reese Thornton , who makes the foregoing application and statements, and have known him for 16 years and 25 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: Thomas A. Morris and Henry Morris

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

Signed: R. A. Odle, 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.2214

1.. State you full name: Reese Thornton

2.. Residence and post office: Chance

3.. County:

4.. State: Indian Territory

5.. Date and place of birth: April 7, 1877

6.. Are you married? Yes

7.. Name and age of wife or husband: Mike Thornton, 30 years

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

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

1. Walter Thornton 6 years b. November 16, 1889

2. May Thornton 5 years b. September 6, 1902

3. Fannie Thornton 3 years b. September 17, 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. 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: Reese Thornton

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 Henry Morris and Richard Brown who, being duly sworn, on oath depose and say that they are well acquainted with Reese Thornton, who makes the foregoing application and statement, and have known him for 15 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.

Witness to Mark:

Signature of Witnesses: Henry Morris and Richard Brown

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

Signed: R. A. Odle, Notary Public

Grouped within..

2218-Polly Morris *(aunt)

2215-Maggie Ragsdale *(1/2 sister)

10921-Cynthia Parris *(1/2 sister)

10924-Roxie Scott *(1/2 sister)

23185-Fannie Odle nee Morris

*Transcriber notes. Transcribed by Catherine Widener, 2003

Reese Thornton listed as 1/16 Cherokee

1880 Cherokee Census # 1822-Goingsnake District as Albert Thornton

1896 Census Roll # 2220-Goingsnake District

Dawes Roll # 1025, Census Card # 333 as Reese Thornton-Goingsnake District-Baptist, IT

m. Micheal 'Mike' Katie Brown, 1899, Indian Territory

listed as 1/16 Cherokee

1880 Cherokee Census # 229-Goingsnake District as M. Brown

1896 Census Roll # 240-Goingsnake District as Mike Brown

Dawes Roll # 1026, Census Card # 333 as Mike Thornton-Goingsnake District-Baptist, IT

Miller Roll # 26989, app. # 23188 as Mike Thornton-29 yrs.-Adair Co., Chance, OK

 


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