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Richard M. Wolfe
(Richard Murrell Wolfe/Youngwolfe)*
Cherokee Co., Tahlequah, Oklahoma

Applicant, his mother, and his grandparents were enrolled by Drennen in Goingsnake District # 170.

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- Richard M. Wolfe
Indian Name- Guh-scar-u-skie

2. Residence- Tahlequah
3.. Town and Post Office- Tahlequah
4.. County- Tahlequah District
5.. State- Indian Territory

6.. Date and Place of Birth- Goingsnake District, Cherokee Nation, November 16, 1849

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:

For my own right and through my mother, Bestey Sanders.
My brother, Mitchell S. Williams
My grandfather- Dave Sanders
My grandmother- Susan Sanders
My great grandmother-, mother of Dave Sanders, Suzy or Susan Sanders
My grand aunt- Takey
Through Oo-hah-lookey or Bark, who claims my grandmother for aunt.
Through Nannie Foreman or Nin-nie who claims my grandmother for 1st cousin and lived in our family during the war and had no other relations known to me. *(Nancy Gafford nee Foreman?)

8.. Are you married? YES

9.. Name and age of wife or husband- Susan E. Wolfe, age 53 years
*(Susan Elizabeth Shirley, MA # 3206)

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

Father- English name- John H. Wolfe-Old Settler
Indian name-

Mother- English name- Betsy Wolfe nee Sanders,
Father went to California in 1852, then mother assumed her.
Indian name-
Maiden name- Betsey Sanders

11.. Where were they born?
Father born in Cherokee Nation East and mother born in Georgia, near the town of Sandersville, Georgia.

12.. Where did they reside in 1851, if living at that time
Father resided in Sierra Nevada Mountains in California.
Mother resided in Goingsnake District, Cherokee Nation, Indian Territory

13.. Date of death of your father and mother?
Father died about 1895 and mother died December 23, 1879

14.. Were they ever enrolled for annuities, land, or other benefits? If so, state when and where-
Father for Old Settler money in 1851, mother for Emigrant money in 1851 and for Cherokee payments in (?)

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

Mitchell S. Williams b. 1843 d. July 15, 1865 *(or 1863)

16.. State English and Indian name of your grandparents on both father's and mother's side, if possible-
Father's side- Young Wolfe (Gah;-yah Nee-der) and Peggy Wolfe
Mother's side- Dave Sanders (Dah-wee Tsu-lee-eh) and Susan Sanders (Su-sah-nie)

17.. Where were they born?
Youngwolfe born in Georgia. Peggie Wolfe in Germany. Dave and Susan Sanders in Georiga.

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

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

1.. English name- Thomas B. Wolfe *(Thomas Blackcoat??)
Indian name-
Residence- Died about 1879 or 1880, Indian Territory

2.. English name- Jesse Wolfe *(Jesse Culstee??)
Indian name-
Residence- Died about 1875

3.. English name- Rachel Wolfe
Indian name-
Residence- Died about 1865

4.. English name- Mary Wolfe
Indian name-
Residence- Died before the war in (?)
(On Sanders Side)

5.. English name- Eli Sanders
Indian name-
Residence- Died about 1875 in Indian Territory

6.. English name- Arch Sanders
Indian name-
Residence- Died about 1853 in Indian Territory

7.. English name- Betsey Sanders
Indian names-
Residence- Died about 1879 in Indian Territory

8.. English name- Polly Henry nee Sanders
Indian name-
Residence- Living *(MA # 14227)

20.. Have you ever been enrolled for annuities, land, or other benefits? If so, state when and where-
In 1851 for Emigrant money, and for all Cherokee payments from 1875 to 1894 and by the Dawes Commission for allotment of Cherokee lands.

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 grandaunt, Takey, lived in our family in about '53 or '54 can't remember her but know the name, I think an aunt of grandfather, Dave Sanders. Oo-hah-loo-key, or Bark, nor Nannie Foreman or Nan-nie have no other relatives known to me.

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: Richard M. Wolfe

Subscribed and sworn to before me this 17th day of November 1906.

Signed: J. R. Garrett, 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 John M. Sanders and William Eubanks, who being duly sworn, on oath depose and say that they are well acquainted with Richard M. Wolfe, who makes the foregoing application and statements, and have known him for 40 years and 56 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: John M. Sanders and William Eubanks

Grouped within.
13366- Rachel P. Crittenden nee Henry *(1st cousin)
13367- Levi J. Henry
24698- Archibald Noon Starr *(1st cousin, once removed)
23496- Mary Wolfe *(daughter)
23548- Richard Thomas Wolfe *(son)

*Drennen Roll Group # 40-Goingsanke District
William Henry
Arch Henry
Sally Henry
Nelly Henry
George No wood (orphan)
Path Killer Sanders (orphan)
Diana Sanders (orphan)

*Drennen Roll Group # 688-Goingsnake District
Young Wolf

*Drennen Roll Group # 170-Goingsnake District
David Sanders
**Betsey Wolf
Mitchell Wolf
Dick Wolf
**(Seems that Ah-yer-noo-lah is also Betsey Wolfe nee Sanders. Is this correct?)

*Transcriber notes
Transcribed by Catherine Widener, 2003


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