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Craig Family History

Throughout the years,there have been several Craig family members who have applied for Cherokee citizenship, but none were successful.  Their applications, however, have provided much information and directions in which to search further.   They may be happy to know that their efforts have resulted, if nothing else, in their descendants finding each other and sharing a common interest.  In so doing, their memory will not be lost. 

For those of you who are unfamiliar with the Craig family history, it went something like this.  According to documents obtained and stories passed down through the generations, our common ancestor was John Craig.  According to affidavits included herein, John was 1/2 Cherokee, and his wife was full-blood.  While her identity has continued to be a question, the story is told that she and John lived near Red Clay (aka Fort Red Clay), in what was the state of Georgia before boundaries placed the area within the current boundaries of the state of Tennessee.  George Wilkerson states that John was well-known and actively participated in tribal activities, and had begun to make preparations for the removal when his wife passed away.  He died at some point between leaving their homeland and reaching the new land.  We have found the family living in Missouri and then Arkansas. 

Family members know that we are of Cherokee descent, whether or not the efforts to obtain tribal membership were successful or not.  You'll see that the family hired legal council for assistance, but in one instance the application was submitted to the wrong agency.  Tthe primary reason for rejection is the failure to clearly established that the family lived within Indian Territory at the time of final rolls of the Dawes Commission, as was required. 

Conclusion... the rules of the Dawes Commission and the rules governing the natives of this country appear to have been applied subjectively.  The ultimate intent has never been a mystery.  The U.S. Government wanted to take over lands belonging to the indigenous people for the purpose of growth and wealth.  Much can be learned by listening to the  principles preached by those in power, as compared to their actions. 

For the purposes of this family history, I've attached the transcribed documents involving our family and their efforts to claim their own heritage.  The wealth that we have in knowing who we are cannot be sold, taken, or denied.  These documents will offer you a glimpse into a time in the lives of our ancestors and the times in which they lived.  Enjoy.

Thank you to Jody Offen for transcribing the applicant documents contained on this page.









APPLICATIONS SUBMITTED

SUPPORTING DOCUMENTS


CHRONOLOGY OF EVENTS
1887, Sept 2 - James E. Craig Application on Docket
1887, Sept 2 - James E Craig et al deemed Intruders
1896, July 17 - George Wilkerson Affidavit
1896, July 20 - James E Craig Application
1896, July 23 - America Craig
1896, Aug 4 - Wyatt & Neal Affidavit
1898, Aug 4 - J.M. Wyatt Affidavit
1896, Aug 4 - J.H. Cate Affidavit
1896, Aug 14 - John W. Craig Application
1896, Sept 21 - James E Craig - Rejected
1897, May 4 - John W. Craig Summons
1908, Sep 3 - Celia Comer Application


FAMILY MEMBERS LISTED IN APPLICATIONS & SUPPORTING DOCUMENTS

Adair, John L.
Bailes, David
Bailes, Francis M.
Bailes, Jno B.
Bailes, Margaret
Bales, Bader M.
Bales, C. R. 
Bales, Clara J.
Bales, Cornelia
Bales, Daniel
Bales, David
Bales, Davis 
Bales, Dosi L. 
Bales, Francis M.
Bales, George
Bales, Henry 
Bales, Isaac R.
Bales, J. B. F.
Bales, Jacob P.
Bales, James A. 
Bales, James 
Bales, James W.
Bales, Jefferson C. 
Bales, John A.
Bales, Julia A. 
Bales, K. M. 
Bales, Lervey
Bales, Lockey L.
Bales, Mamie
Bales, Maranda
Bales, Margaret 
Bales, Mary 
Bales, Myrah 


Bales, Otto
Bales, Robert A.
Bales, Rosie 
Bales, Sarah 
Bales, Sophronia E.
Bales, Sylvester
Bales, Thomas Jefferson
Bales, Walter
Bales, William R.
Baylis, B.F.
Baylis, David
Baylis, F.M.
Baylis, James
Baylis, Jane
Baylis, John (Craig?)
Baylis, Sally I
Caldwell, Eliza A.
Caldwell, Mary
Caldwell, Mary Ann
Cherry, Auther L.
Cherry, Rosetta
Clark, John - Exhibit C
Coats, Sarah A. (nee Craig)
Cole, Cornel C.
Cole, Julia nee Bales
Cole, Julia Cole
Cole, Lota M.
Comer, Alvira 
Comer, Celia I.
Comer, Ivey J. 
Comer, James T.
Comer, Melvina
Comer, Robert A.
 
 

Comer, Varn
Craig, America
Craig, Braziter (Brasilor, Brassitor)
Craig, Caleb
Craig, Caleb B.
Craig, David B. 
Craig, David W.
Craig, Doratha/Dorthea(?)
Craig, Elivra J.
Craig, George
Craig, George W.
Craig, Gore C. 
Craig, Granville 
Craig, James E.
Craig, James W. 
Craig, James Sr.
Craig, James Jr.
Craig, Jane/June (Jincey)
Craig, John
Craig, John W.
Craig, Josiah Craig
Craig, Lee
Craig, Leevine 
Craig, Lou
Craig, Maggie I.
Craig, Martha E.
Craig, Martha C. 
Craig, Mary
Craig, Nancy
Craig, Nellie
Craig, Polly
Craig, Sally



Craig, Samuel 
Craig, Wayman W. 
Craig, William
Griffith, Elvira
Jenkins, James 
Jenkins, Mabb
Jenkins, Mary E. 
Jenkins, Mary (nee Bales)
Jenkins, Thomas
Jenkins, Walter
Marshall, Lonzo S. 
Marshall, Sarah M.
Marshall, Stephen M.
Mayes, S.H.
Null, Nancy I. (Craig)
Null, Rosetta Divine 
Phipps, Andrew
Phipps, Arra E. 
Phipps, Edward I. 
Phipps, Hettie J.
Phipps, Hola 
Phipps, J.M.
Phipps, James T. 
Phipps, Lillie M. 
Phipps, Mary Ann
Phipps, W.H.
Phipps, William H. 
Reddick, Isaac S. 
Reddick, Melvina 
Rightsell, Caledonia "Callie"
Rightsell, Earnest E.
Rightsell, Ida 

Intruders
Old Settlers
Cate, J.H.  - Affidavit
John - Exhibit C
Craig, America - affidavit
Meacham, L.A. - Exhibit D
Milligain, Armister - Exhibit B
Neal, W. K.- affidavit
Wyatt, J.M. - Affidavit
Wilkerson, George - Exhibit A
Wyatt & Neal .- affidavit



THE DOCUMENTS SUBMITTED FOR MEMBERSHIP TO THE CHEROKEE NATION




Exhibit A
Affidavit of George Wilkerson       


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UNITED STATES of AMERICA,  
INDIAN TERRITORY.                           ss.
NORTHERN DISTRICT.              
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Before me this day personally appeared George Wilkerson, who being duly sworn, deposes and says:

My name is George Wilkerson; I am Cherokee by blood and am a citizen of the Cherokee Nation and have been from infancy. I live on Peggs Prairie in Saline District in the Cherokee Nation. I am about ninety years old, and have a clear recollection of many Cherokees back in the old Nation. I remember distinctly John Craig and his wife who were neighbors of mine. We all lived near Red Clay in east Tennessee. They were both members of the Cherokee tribe of Indians, John Craig being a half-breed and his wife a full blood. I know them to have been Cherokees because I knew their family, also because there were interested and took part in all Cherokee affairs. When the Old Settlers were talking of moving out to the western country known as the Cherokee Nation, John began to get ready to come with them, but never came because he took sick and died. John Craig's wife died shortly before he himself died. They children, but whether all of them came to this country or a part of them remained in Tennessee, I am unable to say. Some of the children were girls and some were boys. I do not remember how many there were of each. All this I know of my personal knowledge and I have no interest in the result of this action further than that justice may be done to the heirs of the said John Craig, for they were undoubtedly Cherokees by blood and members of the Cherokee tribe.

Attested                                                                                                        his
                                                                                                       George (X) Wilkerson  
                                                                                                                   mark
Sworn the 17th day of July, A.D. 1896

My Commission expires Jan 3rd 1900.  M.D. Thasson, Notary Public (looks like-DC)

Note: the bottom of the page was cut do to copying errors and I don't have the full signature of the person who took this affidavit. This is a typed document. In the upper right hand corner is hand written "Exhibit A"



Exhibit J
Affidavit of
John M. Wyatt and
W.K. Neal


State of Arkansas                                                                         Exhibit J
County of Washington

Be it remembered that on this day personally appeared before me, a Notary Public, within and for said county.

J. M. Wyatt and W. K. Neal of Wheeler Arkansas who being by me dully sworn. Our oath states:

My post office address is Wedington Ark, am 51 years of age. We are each of us well and personally acquainted with W. H. Phipps of Savoy Ark, J. M. Phipps of  Corinth, Tex, Andrew Phipps of Savoy Ark, Callie Rightsell of Savoy Ark, and Mary A. Caldwell Farmington Ark.

All of the above named parties are grandchildren of James Craig Sr. consequently are direct heirs of Mary Craig (deceased) we are neither of us related to any of the parties above named.

John M. Wyatt
W. K. Neal

Sworn and subscribed before me this 4th day of Aug 1896
                                                                     W. J. Hogg
                                                                     Notary public
My commission expires Sept 29 1898

(age 66 years is written out side the margin; may indicate W.K. Neal's age)



Receipt
No 3025


Court No 100
No 3025
RECEIPT

For original papers in the case of
David Bales
VS
Cherokee Nation

Received and filed this day of
189?
Secretary.

Note: this is all that is on the copy of paper I have at the top court no 100 is hand written.



Petition
James E. Craig
No 2052


No
Petition of James E. Craig
For and on behalf of himself and heirs
Hubbard?
Garland Watts, Attorney for petitioner

Note from Transcriber: James E. Craig, himself and attorneys names are hand written.



Petition
John W. Craig
No 2045


No
Petition of John W. Craig
For and on behalf of himself and heirs
Hubbard
Garland Watts, Attorney for Petitioner.

Note from Transcriber: John W. Craig, himself and attorneys signatures are hand written.



Docket No 450
James E. Craig
Sept 2, 1887


Copy page 163, Docket B.
J.E. Craig.
Office Commission On Citizenship.
Tahlequah, C. N., Sept 2nd, 1887

Docket No 450
1. James E. Craig age 33 Male Post Office Howe, Ark. Attorney: A. E. Ivey.
2. Brassitor Craig age 7 Male
3. David W. Craig age 5 Male
4. Maggie I. Craig age 1M  Female
5. VS Cherokee Nation
6. Rolls 1835
    Ancestor, John Craig.
7. Applicant for Cherokee citizenship Rolls 1835

On this the 23rd day of March, A. D. 1888, comes the above case up for final hearing. They have made application pursuant to the provisions of an Act of the National Council, approved (??) 1886, and all the evidence being duly examined and found to be insufficient and unsatisfactory to the commission it is adjudged and determined by the commission: that they, J. E. Brassitor, David M., Maggie J. Craig, are not Cherokee by blood, and are not entitled to the immunities and rights of such and are hereby declared to be intruders.

J. T. Adair, Chairman Commission
John E. (Gau?ter) commissioner.
D. W. ???Commissioner.
Connell Rogers, clerk commissioner.

Note from Transcriber: the copy was poor and hard to read. Also they had made many type errors. Maggie I., then later Maggie J. The correct name is Nellie J.  Also Brassitor I thought was incorrect.  Brazzie was the nick name; Brazzilia or Barzillia is more correct but after looking at other documents I think it could be right. They also have her listed as being a male which is incorrect. This whole page is typed nothing hand written.



Summons
John W. Craig
May 4, 1897


100 wgw

SUMMONS

United States of America
Indian Territory,
NORTHERN DISTRICT.

THE PRESIDENT OF THE UNITED STATES OF AMERICA

TO THE MARSHAL FOR THE NORTHERN DISTRICT, INDIAN TERRITORY:

You are commanded to summon the principal chief of the Cherokee Nation, or the Attorney General of said Nation, to answer on the first day of the next May Term of the United States Court for the Northern District. Indian Territory, at Muskogee, Indian Territory, being the 4th day of May 1897 A.D. 189--., a petition praying an appeal from the decision of the Commission to the five civilized tribes duly filed in said court by

David Bailes, Margaret Bailes, John Craig, James Craig, Geo W. Craig, Cale B Craig, Jno B Bailes, Francis M Bailes, Celia Comer

Who claim to be entitled to be enrolled as a citizen of said Nation, to the United States Court for the Northern district, Indian territory, which petition is now pending in said court, and warn him that upon a failure to answer said petition within thirty days from the time of the service of this writ, the same will be taken for confessed, and you will make due return of this summons within ten days after the actual service of this writ.

Witness the Honorable William M. Springer, Judge of said Court, and the seal thereof, at Muskogee, Indian Territory, the 31st day of Dec 1897 A. D. 189---

________clerk. (Note: I can't read the signature of the clerk it appears to start with a ("J")_____________________________


To The Honorable Henry L. Dawes and others Composing the Commission to the Five Civilized Tribes:

Your Petitioner John W. Craig

Would state and show from the proof submitted to the commission that he is a Cherokee by decent and by blood having been born in Washington County, State of Ark on 6 day of Jan 1850. My fathers name was James Craig. My mothers name was America Craig. That I now reside in Arkansas and have resided there for 46 years. And - he avers these facts can be established by proof to the satisfaction of the Commission under such rules and regulations as it may prescribe. And - he further avers that these facts being proved - he is entitled to be adjudged under the laws of such Nation and the laws of the Congress of the United states and the treaties of such Nation with the United States, a citizen of such Nation, with all the rights, privileges and protection of Citizenship in such Nation. Wherefore--- he herewith respectfully submit to the consideration of the Honorable Commission such proof and on the hearing - he be adjudged entitled to such citizenship and his name be placed upon the proper roll as a citizen of such Nation.

Signature John W. Craig

INDIAN TERRITORY
First Judicial Division
Now on this 13 day of Aug 1896
Personally appeared before me W J. Watts

A Notary Public in and for said Territory

John W. Craig who being duly sworn upon his oath sates that the facts set in the foregoing petition are correct and true.
Subscribed and sworn to before me this 13 day of Aug 1896.

W. J. Watt Notary Public



Answer
James E. Craig


No 5
Nation's No 2052
Commission's No------
In re Application of James E. Craig
Demurrer and Answer
Filed Sept 25 1896
A.S. McKennon
Com------



Application for Enrollment
John W. Craig


APPLICATION FOR ENROLLMENT.

TO THE HONORABLE HENRY L DAWES, FRANK C ARMSTRONG. ARCHIBALD S. McKENNON, THOS. B. CABANISS and ALEXANDER  B. MONTGOMERY. United States Commissioners authorized by an act of Congress of June 4, 1896, to hear and determine Claims for Citizenship in the Cherokee Nation:

GENTLEMEN: The undersigned, your petitioner, John W. Craig for and on behalf of himself and heirs, this day makes this their application to you for the purpose of being placed on the revised roll of Cherokee Indians and of those entitled to share in the distribution of funds and allotments of land in Cherokee Nation, by virtue of their Cherokee blood, and I herewith submit the affidavits (?) the James Craig Sr. (?) the applicant being a grandson of James Craig Sr.

In support of said claim, and respectfully await the time when this application shall (?) and tried.

Respectfully submitted
John W. Craig

Enrollment of family, with relationship attached, as follows:

Washington, Ark.

Name. John W. Craig age 46. Relationship: John W. Craig is a son of James Craig Sr. and a grandson of john Craig who was a Cherokee (?).

Name: Martha E. age 35

Name: Caleb B. age 22

Name: (Dorthea?) Craig age 20

Name: William Craig age 18

Name: Lee Craig age 16

Name: Lau (could be Lou but spelled Lau) Craig age 14

Name: Samuel Craig age 10

In witness of which I hereunto set my hand on this 14 day of Aug (?) 1896
John W. Craig.



Application for Enrollment
James E. Craig


APPLICATION FOR ENROLLMENT

To The honorable Henry L Dawes, Frank C. Armstrong, Archibald S. McKennon Thomas B. Cabaniss and Alexander B. Montgomery, Untied States Commissioners authorized by an act of Congress of June 4, 1896, to hear and determine Claims for Citizenship in the Cherokee Nation:

GENTLEMEN: The undersigned, your petitioner, James E. Craig for and on behalf of himself, and heirs, this day makes this their application to you for the purpose of being placed on the revised roll of Cherokee Indians and of those entitled to share in the distribution of funds and allotments of land in Cherokee Nation, by virtue of their Cherokee blood, and I herewith submit the Affidavits of George Wilkerson Exhibit-A, Armister Milligain Exhibit-B, John Clark and L. A. Meacham Exhibit-C, Petition of Citizens of Cherokee Nation, Exhibit-D.

In support of said claim, and respectfully await the time when his application shall be heard and tried.

                                                                         Respectfully submitted,
                                                                         James E. Craig

Enrollment of family, with relationship attached, as follows: Spavinaw, Ind Ter.

NAMES
AGE
RELATIONSHIP
James E. Craig
Elvira J. Craig, wife of James Craig                                                                    
Children of James E. Craig
Braziter Craig
David B. Craig
Granville Craig
Nellie Craig
42
38


16
13
5
1
Son of James Craig Sr. and grandson of John Craig who was a half breed Cherokee.

In witness of which I hereunto set my hand on this 20th day of July 1896.

                                                                                                        James E. Craig

Note: Spavinaw, Indian Territory which became Spavinaw, Mayes Co., OK



Application by
James E. Craig
(continued)


To the Honorable Henry L. Dawes and other Composing the Commission to the Five Civilized Tribes:

Your petitioner, James E. Craig, would state and show from the proof submitted to the Commssion that he is a Cherokee by descent and by blood, having been born in Washington County, State of  Arkansas on the 15th day of January 1853.  My fathers name was James Craig, my mothers name was America Craig. 

That I now reside in the Cherokee Nations and have resided there for six years.  And .......................he avers these facts can be established by proof to the satisfaction of the Commission under such rules and regulations as it may prescribe, and he further avers that these facts being proved he is entitled to be adjudged under the laws of such Nation and the laws of the Congress of the United States and the Treaties of each Nation with the United States, a citizen of such Nation, with all the rights, privileges, and protection of Citizenship in such Nation.

Wherefore, he herewith respectfully submits to the consideration of the honorable Commission such proof and on the hearing he be adjudged, entitled to such citizenship and his name be placed upon the proper roll as a citizen of each Nation.

                                       Signature:  James E. Craig

                                       *    *
STATE OF INDIAN TERRITORY  }
                                                 } ss
FIRST JUDICIAL DIVISION          }

Now on this 20th day of July 1896 personally appeared before me, W.J. Waco, a Notary Public for First Judicial Division of Indian Territory, James E. Craig who being duly sworn upon his Oath states that the facts set forth in the foregoing petition are correct and true. 


Subscribed and sworn before me, this 20th day of July, 1896. 

                                                        W.J. Watts, Notary Public  




Answer - Rejected
Case No. 2052
James E. Craig


Before the Honorable Henry L Dawes, Frank C. Armstrong, A. S. McKennon T. B. C---- A.B. Montgomery, commissioners.

In the matter of application of
James E. Craig
Nation's No. 2052
Commission's No_____
For citizenship in the Cherokee Nation.

Your respondent, S. H. Mayes, Principal Chief of the Cherokee Nation, comes now demurs the said application, and for the grounds thereof says:

1st. That this commission has not jurisdiction over the parties or subject matter of this controversy, and no legal right, therefore to hear and determine the same.

2nd. That the application does not state facts sufficient, if true, to show that the applicant is entitled to citizenship.

Respondent not waiving his demurrer, but insisting upon the same answer to said application, says that John Craig through whom the petitioner claim to derive his right to citizenship in the Cherokee Nation; is not now, and has not been a citizen of the Cherokee Nation, since the removal of said Nation, west to the Indian Territory as at present located and defined; that his name does not appear on any of the authenticated rolls of said Nation; that neither he nor any of his ancestors now reside, or ever have resided in the Cherokee Nation and Indian Territory, as a citizen thereof.

Respondent, for a further and complete defense to the aforesaid Application says: That, heretofore said applicant made application before a legally constituted Court, or Commission on citizenship, having jurisdiction over applicants for re-admission to citizenship in the Cherokee Nation: That the said case was tried upon its merits; that upon a final hearing, judgement was duly given against applicant and in favor on this Nation. A duly certified transcript of the aforesaid proceedings and judgement are annexed hereto and made part of this answer. (?) case No 2045 of John W. Craig.

Having fully answered, your respondent asks to be hence dismissed.

S.H. Mayes Principal Chief Cherokee Nation.
BY (H------ Hastings & Bond--- ) Attorneys.

John L. Adair, Executive Secretary, Cherokee Nation, having been first duly sworn, states that the matters contained in the foregoing answer are true to the best of his knowledge and belief.

                                                                                                                 John L. Adair

Subscribed and sworn to before me this the 21 day of Sept 1896
D. J. Ball
Notary Public.



Affidavit
W. K. Neal


Note: the following is hand written I'll do my best to read it correctly

State of Arkansas
County of Washington

Be it remembered that on this day personally appeared before me a notary Public with in and for said County. W. K. Neal who being by me duly sworn an oath states.

My post office address is Wheeler Washington County, Ark am 66 years of age.

Further state that I formed the acquaintance of James Craig Sr. in the year of 1850 at which time I was but a boy. After I formed his acquaintance, he and I resided in the same vicinity and neighborhood. Continuously ? (?) (?) of his (?). I learned from conversation with James Craig Sr. and that of his wife. that each of them had Cherokee Indian blood in them. Further state. That I conversed with people who came with said James Craig family from the state of Tennessee. Who also said that James Craig and wife were Cherokee Indians. I have for many years been associated with the Indians and can recognize an Indian when I see him and distinguish him from (whites?)



Exhibit E
Affidavit
America Craig


Territory of Oklahoma
(?) of County

Affidavit

America Craig, the widower of Jim Craig who was a son of John Craig the said John Craig lived in Tenn near Old Red Clay and died there about the year 1832 and the said John Craig was a Cherokee Indian by birth and blood. The wife of John Craig was also a Cherokee Indian by birth and blood. I married Jim Craig in Washington County Ark and knew at the time that he was a Cherokee Indian. Everybody there knew him to be a Cherokee and it was freely talked of at the time. I married him and my folks tried to keep me from marrying him on that account. I also knew Jim Craig's brothers and sisters. I knew George Craig, Sally Craig Jane Craig, and Polly Craig. Jim Craig and myself was married in Washington Co., Ark January 16th 1838. I know that James Craig Jr. Caleb Craig, Nancy Null nee Craig (George?) Craig are the children of James and America Craig born in lawful wedlock. James Baylis, David Baylis, F.M. Baylis B. F. Baylis Sally I. Baylis an the heirs of Jane Baylis who is a daughter of John Baylis therefore the above children are grandchildren of John Baylis (?) to mark.

H (V?) (?)
E. S. Shackelford?)
America Craig her Mark (signed with an "X")

Subscribed and sworn to before me this 23rd day of July 1896

T. Farlis?)
Notary Public
My com ex Aug 3rd 1897
Exhibit E is written sideways in the margin.



Claim for Citizenship before the Dawes Commission -
David Bales, James E. Craig  et.al.


BRIEF

BEFORE THE HONORABLE DAWES COMMISSION:

     In the claim for citizenship in the Cherokee Nation, of James E. Craig, John W. Craig and his children, Caleb B. Craig -no children, George W. Craig and his children, Robert A. Conner (should be Comer) and his child, Celia J. (should be I.) and her children, William H. Phipps and his children, Andrew Phipps and his children, Mary Ann Caldwell and her child, Callie Rightsell and her children, Nancy I. Null and her child, Rosetta Cherry and her child, James Bales and his children J. B. F. Bales and his children, James A. Bales and his children, William R. Bales and his children, Margaret Bales and her children, Francis M. Bales and her children, Davis Bales and his children, Stephen M. Marshall and his child, Mary E. Jenkins and her children, Melvina Reddick and her child, Elvira Griffith no child or children, Julia Cole, nee Bales and her children, we most respectfully submit:- That said claimants trace their lineage back to John Craig and his wife, both of whom were Cherokee Indians of the half and full blood, and enrolled as such in 1855, and prior thereto, said John Craig having always attended the councils of that tribe, before they moved west of the Mississippi River; and that the various heads of families, herein before mentioned are descendants in a near or remote degree of the said John Craig and his descendants, and claim to be Cherokee Indians by blood, as shown by the proof set forth in the various affidavits, herewith respectfully submitted. And of the claims of Brasilor Craig, David B. Craig, Granville Craig, Nellie Craig, all the children of James E. Craig, and claim to be Cherokee Indians by blood, as shown by the statements of their father and the affidavits of George Wilkerson  (etl al.) herewith respectfully submitted.

     In the matter of the claim of Caleb B. Craig, Doratha Craig, William Craig, Lee Craig, Lou Craig and samuel Craig, all the children of John W. Craig, and claim to be cherokee Indians by blood, as shown by the proof in the cases above referred to, respectfully submitted.

     In the matter of the claim of James W. Craig Martha C. Craig, Josiah Craig, Gore C. Craig, Sarah A. coats, nee Craig, Wayman W. Craig, Leevine Craig, all the children of George W. Craig, and claim to be Cherokee Indians by blood, as shown by the proof heretofore respectfully submitted.

     In the matter of the claim of Varn Conner, the child of Robert A. Conner, and claims to be a Cherokee Indian by blood, as shown by the proof heretofore presented in the foregoing cases respectfully submitted.

     In the matter of the claims of Robert A. Conner, Alvira Conner, Melvina Conner, James T. Conner, Ivey J. Conner, all the children of Celia J. Conner (should be Comer) and claim to be Cherokee Indians by blood, as shown by the proof herewith presented of the foregoing claims and respectfully submitted.

     In the claim of Edward I. Phipps, Arra E. Phipps, James T. Phipps, Hola Phipps, Hettie J. Phipps, all the children of William H. Phipps, and claim to be Cherokee Indians , as shown by the proof presented of the foregoing cases, and herewith respectfully submitted.

     In the matter of the claim of Lillie M. Phipps, child of Andrew Phipps and claims to be a Cherokee Indian by blood, as shown by the proof herewith respectfully submitted.

     In the claim of Eliza A. Caldwell, child of Mary Ann Caldwell, and claims to be Cherokee Indian by blood, as shown by the proof heretofore refered to and respectfully submitted.

     In the matter of the claim of Earnest E. Rightsell, Ida Rightsell, the children of Callie Rightsell, and claim to be Cherokee Indian by blood, as shown by the proof heretofore presented of the foregoing claims, and herewith respectfully submitted.

     In the matter of the claim of Rosetta Divine Null, the child of Nancy I. Null, and claims to be Cherokee Indian by blood, as shown by the proof in the foregoing claims and respectfully submitted.

     In the matter of the claim of Auther L. Cherry, child of Rosetta Cherry, and claims to be a Cherokee Indian by blood, as shown by the proofs referred to above and respectfully submitted.

     In the matter of the claim of James A. Bales, W. R. Bales, Sarah M. Marshall, nee Bales, all the children of James Bales, and claim to be Cherokee Indians by blood, as shown by the proof heretofore respectfully submitted.

      In the Claim of Sylvester Bales, the child of James Bales, and claims to be Cherokee Indian, as shown by the proof heretofore respectfully submitted.

     In the claim of Dosi L. Bales, a child of William R. Bales, and claims to be Cherokee Indian by blood, as shown by the proof referred to above and respectfully submitted.

     In the claim of K. M. Bales, George Bales, C. R. Bales, Robert A. Bales, Bader M. Bales, Lockey L. Bales, Thomas Jefferson Bales, all the children of J. B. F. Bales, and claim to be Cherokee Indian by blood, as shown by the proof heretofore respectfully submitted.

     In the claim of Henry Bales, Sarah Bales, Myrah Bales, Rosie Bales, Mary Bales, all the children of Margaret Bales. Walter Bales and Lervey Bales, both grandchildren of Margaret Bales and children of William R. Bales, claim to be Cherokee Indians by blood, as shown by the proof heretofore referred to, and respectfully submitted.

     In the claim of John A. Bales, Isaac R. Bales, Mary Jenkins, nee Bales, Maranda Bales, Jacob P. Bales, and Cornelia Bales, all the children of Francis M. Bales, and claim to be Cherokee Indians by blood, as shown by the proof in the cases, heretofore respectfully submitted.

     In the matter of the claim of James W. Bales, Julia A. Bales, Clara J. Bales, Jefferson C. Bales, Sophronia E. Bales, Otto Bales, Daniel Bales, Mamie Bales, all the children of David Bales, and claim to be Cherokee Indians by blood, as shown by the proof referred to above and respectfully submitted.

     In the claim of Lonzo S. Marshall, child of Stephen M. Marshall and claims to be cherokee Indian by blood, as shown by the proof heretofore respectfully submitted.

     In the claims of Walter Jenkins, James Jenkins, Mabb Jenkins and Thomas Jenkins, all the children of Mary E. Jenkins, and claim to be Cherokee Indians by blood, as shown by the proof heretofore presented and respectfully submitted.

     In the claim of Isaac S. Reddick, a child of Melvina Reddick, and claims to be Cherokee Indian by blood as shown by the proof contained in his mother's statement, and as also shown by her genealogy respectfully submitted.

     In the claim of Cornel C. Cole and Lota M. Cole, both children of Julia Cole, and claim to be Cherokee Indians by blood, as shown by the proof herein referred to and respectfully submitted.

    Wherefore, we most respectfully ask that the said James E. Craig et. al. Together with their children and grandchildren, be admitted and enrolled as citizens of the Cherokee Nation.

Hubbard (?) Watts
Att'ys for claimants.



Affidavit
J.H. Cate


State of Arkansas
County of Washington

Be it remembered that on this day personally appeared before me a Notary Public within and for said county and State.
J. H. Cate who being by me (?) duly sworn an oath states my post office is address is Wheeler Washington County, Arkansas am 63 years of age. I was personally acquainted with James Craig further state that said James Craig was the father of J. W. Craig of Savoy? Washington county Ark.the same James Craig was also the father of George Craig of Telequah  (?) James Craig of (?) and Caleb Craig of Ft Worth Tex. Further state that Mary Craig (the same who subsequently married this J. Phipps) was also daughter of the said James Craig can state that I formed the acquaintance of the said James Craig Sr. in 1843 or 1844 lived a neighbor to him from said date down to date of his death occurred about the year of 1858.

Further state that all of the parties above named are of the Cherokee blood or decent have heard a great many who was personally acquainted with all the said parties say that they were Cherokee Indians. My reason for believing that they were of Cherokee blood was predicated to the fact that they were of dark or red complexion high cheak bones, straight black hair by the expression of the eyes. I was among the Indian ---- accustomed to seeing them as a matter of coarse I was able to form a correct (conclusion?) as to whether they have possessed Indian blood or not. Am not related to any of the above named parties.

J. H. Cate

Sworn to and subscribed before me this 4th day of August 1896
W. J. Hogg
Notary Public
My commission expires Sept 29 1898
Note: on the side of the margin is written affidavit of J. H. Cate.


Affidavit
J.M. Wyatt


State of Arkansas
County of Washington

Be it remembered that on this day personally appeared before me a Notary Public within and for said county and State J. M. Wyatt who being by me duly sworn an oath states my post office address is Washington Ark. Am 51 years of age I was personally and (?) acquainted with James Craig Sr. 8 or 10 years the same who was father of George W. Craig of (?) John W. Craig of Savoy, Ark James E. Craig of (A?) (?) Caleb Craig of Ft Worth, Thomas J. Phipps of Savoy Ark, and Mary Craig, the same who subsequently married the T. J. Phipps of  Savoy, Ark.

The above named parties were of Indian blood or decent. My reason for believing them to be of Indian blood is predicated upon there facts (?) often heard them spoken of by (? parties) who were (quite? Well?) and personally acquainted with them. That they all had Indian blood in them I have been acquainted with the Indians all my life consequently I think if a man or woman has any Indian blood in them I can certainly distinguish it. Am not related to any of the above named parties.

John M. Wyatt
Sworn to me

Subscribed before me this 4th day of August 1898

W. J. Hogg
Notary Public
My term expires
Sept 29th 1898

Note: in the margin is written affidavit of J. M. Wyatt.



Application
Celia Comer




















Taken from the book "Cherokee By Blood" Records of Eastern Cherokee Ancestry in the U. S. Court of Claims 1906-1910, Vol. 6, Application 13261 to 16745

Page 376

16242. Celia Comer Owasso Okla
Rejected. Ancestors not on rolls. Were not parties to treaties of 1835-36-46. Does not establish genuine connection with Cherokee tribe. Misc. Test. P. 2558. MISC. TEST. P. 2558. #16242 - Celia Comer:

     "I am 57 years of age; was born in Arkansas. I claim Cherokee Indian blood through my mother. She was born in Red Clay, Tenn. I have never gotten any Indian money from the government. I do not know if my mother ever received any Indian money. I have been taught all my life that I had Indian blood. I was not alloted land by the Dawes Commission. I have some land that I went on in 1881 and improved and have lived on it ever since. I never saw my mother's parents. My grandfather died on the way west in 1835. He was coming here with the immigrants. I do not remember if my mother spoke the Indian language. She never lived with the Indians. When I was a small girl my mother lived in Arkansas. She left Tennessee when she was a girl. She came west with her father. My grandfather was a half breed and my grandmother was a full blood. She started West with the indians but died on the way. My grandfather was named John Craig. This is the first time I ever tried to get any Indian money."

Signed Celia Comer, Tulsa, Okla., Sep 3 1908.




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