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Betsy Waker (Suwake)* nee Foreman
Adair Co., Chance, Oklahoma

Sister to MA # 9163, Fanny Turtle nee Foreman, and claims through same source. ½ Sister to MA # 188, Stephen Foreman, and claims through same father.

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.

State Full Name:

English Name- Betsy Waker *(Reads Waker, should be Suwake)
Indian Name- Quade Wa-de *(Quade is crossed out.)

Residence- Goingsnake 

Town and Post Office- Chance 
County- District 6 
State- Indian Territory 

Date and Place of Birth- Born Goingsnake District 1855 

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
My mother
My grandparents on mother and father’s side
My uncles and aunts on father’s and mother’s side

I make application for my shares and a sister Fannie Turtle made.

Are you married? Widow 

Name and age of wife or husband- Yellow Hammer Waker (deceased)* 
*(I have seen the use of the surname of Snake and Suwake instead of the surname of Waker)

Give names of your father and mother, and your mother’s name before marriage- 

Father- English name-Ned Foreman
Indian name- Ne-de

Mother- English name- Sarah Foreman
Indian name- Sehley
Maiden name- Sarah Proctor

Where were they born? Both parents born in Old Nation East. 

Where did they reside in 1851, if living at that time UNKNOWN 

Date of death of your father and mother? Father died 1892, and mother died 1899. 

Were they ever enrolled for annuities, land, or other benefits? If so, state when and where- 
They were enrolled on the 1851 Roll, Bread Money, Goingsnake District. Mother, Strip Money, 1894, Goingsnake District.

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

½ Je-wa (Joe) b. Unknown d. Living (21036) *(Foreman)
½ Dah-ne (Tom) b. Unknown d. Living (188) *(Foreman)
½ Geh-ho-ga (Fannie) b. 1859 d. Living

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

Father’s side-
Tom Foreman (Dah-mi-s-gar-lo-de-ke-skee) *(Thomas 'Oo-yah-scar-lo-di-gi-ski' Sr. Foreman)
Susie Foreman (Su-sar-ni)

Mother’s side-
William Proctor (Sar-ly-gar-kee) and Dice Proctor (Di-yer-si)

Where were they born? OLD CHEROKEE EAST. 

Where did they reside in 1851, if living at that time? GOINGSNAKE DISTRICT 

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

English name- Betsy 
Indian name- Que-di-si, died 1889

English name- Arche, death unknown 
Indian name-

English name- Rachel 
Indian name- Lah-chi-ly, death unknown

English name- Nancy 
Indian name- Ner-che, died 18754

English name- Susie 
Indian name- Sur-sa-ne, death unknown

English name- Nellie 
Indian name- Nuh-ly, death unknown

English name- Peter 
Indian names- Que-dah, death unknown

English name- Dick
Indian name- Dee-kee, death unknown

Have you ever been enrolled for annuities, land, or other benefits? If so, state when and where-
Bread money, Goingsnake District, strip payment 1894, Goingsnake District. 

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).

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: Betsy ‘X’ Waker

Subscribed and sworn to before me this 2nd day of January 1907.

Signed: , 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 Switch Foreman and Lyman F. Ayers, who being duly sworn, on oath depose and say that they are well acquainted with Betsy Waker, who makes the foregoing application and statements, and have known her for 8 years and 12 years, respectively, and know her to be the identical person her 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.

Witnesses Signatures: Switch Foreman and Lyman F. Ayers

Subscribed and sworn to before me on this 2nd day of January 1907.

Signed; Notary public

*Transcriber notes

Transcribed by Catherine Widener, 2003

Misc. Testimony given from Miller Application # 11632 (Linnie Scott) Betsy Waker:

"My name is Betsy Waker. I am the mother to Tom Waker (Tom Snake-See Application # 17669 and 16498-11632) and Jim Waker (See Application # 16599-11632). Neither my children nor I were enrolled by the Dawes Commission. We were opposed to the Allotment of land. I am a full-blood Cherokee and all my children are full bloods. I have a daughter by the name of Mary Waker, # 11925 (Mary Swake) and Lawyer Snake, # 12614 is my son. (Note: on the cards which the applicant presented there exists a conflict in the spelling of these names) Linnie Scott # 11632 is also my daughter. I was born in Goingsnake District in 1851. I was not enrolled in 1851 but my parents were. My father's name was Ned Forman (Edward Foreman) and my mother's name was Sarah Foreman. They were enrolled together in Goingsnake District in 1851. (See Goingsnake # 326) My father had a sister by the name of Elizabeth. She married a man by the name of Johnson Proctor. They had two children by name of Margaret and Charles., (See Goingsnake # 324). None of my ancestors ever received Old Settler money. I was enrolled and received the Strip Payment in 1894."

Signed: Betsy 'X' Waker, Locust Grove, Oklahoma

October 13, 1908.


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