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Annie Ensharky, Chickasaw Minor

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Department Of The Interior
McAlester, Okla., December 9, 1910.

In the matter of the application for the enrollment of Annie Ensharky as a citizen by blood of the Chickasaw Nation.

Proceedings had at McAlester, Okla., December 9, 1910, before W. C. Pollock, assistant attorney, Interior Department.

Appearances: M. M. Lindley, attorney for claimant; Rodgers & Clapp, by George D. Rodgers, attorneys for the Chickasaw Nation.

Rena Orphan, being first duly sworn and examined, testified as follows through official interpreter. George Nelson.

By Mr. Pollock:

Q. What is your name?-
A. Rena Orphan.
Q. Do you know a child named Annie Ensharky?-
A. Yes, sir; she is here.
Q. Does she live with Gilbert Arpealer?-
A. Yes, sir.
Q. Do you know who her mother was?-
A. Yes, sir.
Q. What was her name?-
A. Sophia Arpealer.
Q. Do you know her father?-
A. Yes, sir.
Q. What was the father’s name?-
A. C. A. Ensharky.
Q. Do you know when the child was born?-
A. No, sir.
Q. About how old is she?-
A. I guess she is about 10 years old.
Q. Did Sophia and Ensharky live together when the child was born?-
A. No, sir.
Q. They had separated?-
A. Yes, sir.
Q. Who did the child live with?-
A. With Gilbert Arpealer.
Q. Sophia is dead?-
A. Yes, sir.
Q. Did she keep the child until she died?-
A. Yes, sir.
Q. Then the child lived with her brother. Gilbert Arpealer?-
A. Yes, sir.
Q. Gilbert is the brother of Sophia?-
A. Yes, sir.
Q. And Annie has been kept by Sophia or some of her family all of the time?-
A. Yes, sir.
Q. Never lived with her father?-
A. No, sir.

(Witness excused.)


Silva Arpealer, being first duly sworn and examined, testified as follows through official interpreter. George Nelson:

Q. What Is your name?-
A. Silva Arpealer.
Q. Do you know Annie Ensharky?-
A. Yes, sir.
Q. Who was Annie’s mother?-
A. Sophia.
Q. Was Sophia your daughter?-
A. No. sir.
Q. Who was Sophia’s father?-
A. William Arpealer: but he is dead now.
Q. Who was Sophia’s mother?-
A. Sibbie; she has been dead long time.
Q. What was Annie Ensharky’s father’s name?-
A. Edlow Sharkley.
Q. Where did he and Sophia live when they were married?-
A. In the Chickasaw Nation, near Wapanucka.
Q. Do you know when Annie was born?-
A. I don’t know, as I was not there, but she was born in March.
Q. Did Annie’s father and Sophia live together when Annie was born?-
A. They lived in the Chickasaw Nation when Annie was born.
Q. Did Sophia keep Annie with her until she died?-
A. Yes, sir; lived with her until she died.
Q. Has Annie lived with Sophia’s people until the present time?-
A. William Arpealer got the child first and afterwards he left the child with Gilbert: since then the child has been living with Gilbert.
Q. Is this the child here [indicating]?-
A. Yes, sir.

Note.-The child appears to be about 10 years of age and of Indian blood. (Case closed.)


Lee G. Grubbs, being first duly sworn, states that the above and foregoing is a true and correct copy of his stenographic notes taken In said cause and on said date above mentioned.

Lee G. Grubbs.

Subscribed and sworn to before me on this the 15th day of December 1910.

R. T. Harrison. Clerk.
By A. G. McMillan, Deputy.


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