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MILLER APPLICATION #1717

Wilson Muskrat

Muskogee Co., Webbers Falls, Oklahoma

Admitted. Claimant himself enrolled by Drennen Delaware # 851.

Claimant’s father enrolled by Drennen Delaware # 880

Claimant’s mother enrolled by Drennen Delaware #W 851.

(O.K.’d without field examination.)

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- Wilson Muskrat

Indian Name- We-le-so-ne

2. Residence- 7 miles SE of Webbers Falls

Town and Post Office- Webbers Falls County- State- Indian Territory Date and Place of Birth- Born in Delaware District in 1845 By what right do you claim to share? If you claim through more than one relative living in 1851, set forth each claim separately: My father- Wilson Muskrat

My mother- Ni-da-na Da-ma-ga

My Uncle- Da-ni-si-ne Muskrat (Thompson Muskrat)*

My Uncle- Dave Christie (on mother’s side), his wife, E-le Christie, their children,

Ne-ne Christie

E-ne Christie

Wi-le Chrisite

My uncle- James Muskrat *(A-de-de-ski)

My grandmother- Annie Walker

Are you married? YES Name and age of wife or husband- Sallie Muskrat, 61 years old. *(MA # 1718) Give names of your father and mother, and your mother’s name before marriage- Father- English name- Wilson Muskrat

Indian name- Wi-le-si-ne Se-la-squa

Mother- English name- not known

Indian name- Ni-gu-da-yi Horsefly

Maiden name- I do not know

Where were they born? Both parents born in North Carolina or in Old Nation

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

Date of death of your father and mother? Father died in 1873, and mother died 1875.

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

Name all your brothers and sisters, giving ages, and if not living, give date of death- Wilson Muskrat b. 1845 d.

Joe Muskrat b. d. 1863

State English and Indian name of your grandparents on both father’s and mother’s side, if possible- Father’s side: E-ne (grandmother)

Mother’s side: I don’t remember, grandparents died in the Old Nation

Where were they born? In North Carolina or in the Old Nation Where did they reside in 1851, if living at that time? In Delaware District, Cherokee Nation

Give names of all their children, and residence, if living; if not living, give dates of deaths English name- Thompson Muskrat, died in 1858 Indian name- Da-ma-si-ne

Residence- Cooweescoowee District when he died

English name-James Muskrat Indian name- A-de-de-ski

Residence- Delaware District, died in 1867

English name- Susie Muskrat Indian name- Su-se, died in 1865

Residence- Delaware District

Have you ever been enrolled for annuities, land, or other benefits? If so, state when and where- Enrolled 1851, 1875, 1880, 1883, 1886, and strip money 1894.

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

paternal and maternal ancestors back to 1835.

I don’t remember.

REMARKS

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

Look in old record census in 1835 and 1852 and you will find the names.

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: Wilson ‘X’ Muskrat

Subscribed and sworn to before me this 26th day of October 1906.

Signed: James M. Edwards, 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 Stan W. Davis and Evan Grover, who being duly sworn, on oath depose and say that they are well acquainted with Wilson Muskrat, who makes the foregoing application and statements, and have known him for 20 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.

Witnesses Signatures: Stan W. Davis and Evan Grover

Subscribed and sworn to before me on this 26th day of October 1906.

Signed: James M. Edwards, 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. 1717

State you full name: Wilson Muskrat Residence and post office: Webbers Falls, Indian Territory County: Cherokee Nation State: Indian Territory Date and place of birth: Delaware District, about 1844 Are you married? YES Name and age of wife or husband: Sallie Muskrat To what tribe of Indians, if any, does he or she belong? Cherokee Names of all your children who were living on May 28, 1906: 1. Lydia Butler 35 years b. 1872 (MA # 26505)

2. Malinda Toney 29 years b. 1878 (MA # 26506)

3. Eliza Wilkerson about 23 years b. 1882 (MA # 26507)

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

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.

Witness to Mark: R. L. Pearle and Malinda Toney

Signed: Wilson ‘X’ Muskrat

Subscribed and sworn to before me this 27th day of May, 1907.

Signed: R. L. Pearle, 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 Bear Butler and Malinda Toney who, being duly sworn, on oath depose and say that they are well acquainted with Wilson Muskrat, who makes the foregoing application and statement, and have known him for 45 years and 29 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: R. L. Pearle and Bear Butler

Signature of witnesses: Bear Butler and Malinda Toney

Subscribed and sworn to before me this 27th day of May 1907.

Signed: R. L. Pearle, Notary Public

Drennen Roll Group # 851-Delaware District

Horsefly

Ne-coo-tah-ye *(mother)

Wilson *(Wilson Muskrat Jr., self)

E-de-gah-na-he

Drennen Roll Group # 880-Delaware District

Wilson Muskrat *(father)

Ah-ne Muskrat

Joseph Muskrat

Polly Muskrat

*Transcriber Notes

Transcribed by Catherine Widener, 2003

 


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