Collection: Indian Home Guard

Drafts Issued, For Clapperton to Collect

March, 1870. Discover your family's story. Enter a grandparent's name to get started. choose a state: Any AL AK AZ AR CA CO CT DE DC FL GA HI ID IL IN IA KS KY LA ME MD MA MI MN MS MO MT NE NV NH NJ NM NY NC ND OH OK OR PA RI SC SD TN TX UT VT VA WA WV WI WY INTL Start Now In these following cases the drafts for $85 were issued today in the following cases: Names of soldiers. Co. Reg’t. Names of soldiers. Co. Reg’t. Wolf Downing H 3 Joseph Price I 3 Edward Bowfin I 3 Saw-Poor-Boy I 3 Warm I 3 John R. Goard I 3 John-nee B 1 Henry Margua I 3 Gal-ke-pu-ke B 1 Qua-Pug-Dog I 3 Warrody-stop H 3 -Nicholas Hun I 3 George Downing. I 3 Sam Walking-Stick I 3 Hary Back H 3 George Helderbrand H 3 Grade Henson I 3 Johnson Guskey H 3 Pig Mike H 3 Dear Sandy: [Clapperton] I send you the above list. Collect all you can for Saint Louis creditors of Ross. In the case of John-nee, there is $185-two bounties, and I am only paid for one. I will get an order from Commissioner of Indian Affairs to collect for me $15 to make it right. All is going on right. I hope to...

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Indian Home Guard

During the war of the rebellion a number of the residents of the Indian Territory, members of the various tribes therein located, were organized into regiments for military service in the armies of the United States, and were designated as the First, Second, and Third Regiments of Indian Home Guards. They were regularly mustered into the United States service, borne upon the rolls of the Army, and paid upon the monthly muster and pay rolls by paymasters of the Army. Numbers 1 and 2 of accompanying documents show that those troops were regularly recognized as in service.

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Alleged Frauds Against Certain Indian Soldiers

June 8,¬†1872.¬óLaid on the table and ordered to he printed. Mr. BURDETT, from the Committee on Indian Affairs, made the following REPORT The Committee on Indian Affairs to whom were referred the sundry papers, documents, and memoranda appertaining to certain transactions of John W. Wright and others with members of the First, Second, and Third Regiments Indian Home Guards, submitted to Congress by the Secretary of the Interior, with his letter of April 30, 1872, in response to the following House resolution: “Resolved, That the Secretary of the Interior be, and he is hereby, directed to transmit to this House copies of all letters, telegrams, and reports of special agents and other official papers or records of his Department pertaining to the payment of bounties, back pay, and pensions to the First, Second, and Third Regiments of Home Guards, together with copies of all letters in the case, taken, from the pension agency at Fort Gibson, Arkansas;” submit the following report: That from the voluminous papers submitted by the Secretary of the Interior, and the complicated nature of the transactions involved, they have not found it possible, in the limited time allowed for their consideration, to make such a critical examination of the case as to enable them to lay before the House a full report of their conclusions in the matters involved; nor do they think it necessary,...

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Pension Minerva Davis, widow of Jesse Davis

Fort Gibson, Indian Territory, February 2, 1871. SIR: Enclosed herewith please find original papers in the case of Minerva Davis, widow of Jesse Davis, (certificate No. 104,659,) with application for increase on account of minor children, &c. The pensioner is totally blind. Morter Vann, one of the identifying witnesses, is acting as our interpreter, is reliable, and has been questioned outside the facts included in his affidavit. These declarations embody the facts elicited by laborious cross-examination, and care is taken to exclude every allegation, which the deponents cannot make intelligently and without reserve. As in the cases heretofore sent, the ages of the children are fixed with due regard to the interests of the Government, care being taken to give dates of birth quite as early as they could have occurred. In recommending the allowance of this, as of other claims, we are somewhat influenced by the fact that the Department has already accepted the evidence furnished as to marriage and death of soldier, and also by the impression made upon us by the bearing and frankness of the witnesses and claimant. As heretofore, we affix an order for the admission of the claim for increase, and issue of a new certificate, to be signed by you in case our recommendation has your approval. Very respectfully, yours, GEO. E. WEBSTER, F. E. FOSTER, Special Agents United States Pension-Office. HOD....

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Bounty and Back Pay. widow of Wolf-Track

Fort Gibson, Indian Territory, February 3, 1871. Sir: We are requested to ascertain what amount was paid on the claims for back pay and bounty of the widow of Wolf-Track, late of Company L, Third Regiment Indian Home Guards. The records of J. W. Wright, seized by the Government, show the amount due on said claim to have been $173.14, less $9.19. The widow complains that she received only $85. Will you please inform us what amount was allowed, whether paid by draft or current money, at one or different times? “Rope,” of Company G, Third Regiment Indian Home Guards, received his original bounty, but alleges that the additional was paid by John W. Wright to another man bearing the same, who is the father-in-law of J. Brown Wright, and who deserted from the Second Regiment. He insists that Wright made such payment, knowing it to be erroneous, and that his (claimant’s) efforts to secure the money have been unavailing. Respectfully, yours, GEO. E. WEBSTER, Special Agent Pension-Office. Hon. E. B. FRENCH, Second...

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Bounty of James Taylor

Fort Gibson, Indian Territory, February 7, 1871. SIR: Enclosed herewith please find application for bounties, original and additional, of James Taylor, late a private in Company C, of the Second Regiment Indian Home Guards. If, as we believe, these claims have been already paid, it will be advisable to trace the money to its destination. Claimant insists that he has never received any penny of it, and the fact that he has for some time been in Arkansas furnishes some assurance of his veracity. As he speaks English fluently and is resolute in his determination to recover his dues, his case is well calculated to furnish an index of the manner in which bounty money was appropriated in this country. Otherwise it is by no means peculiar. The correspondence in our possession indicates that there was no hesitation in indorsing and receipting for claimants; and in most of the eases in which any bounty was received, the claimants were compelled to take store goods, after deducting $15 attorney’s fee and such debts as might appear on the books of any of the traders in the vicinity. Respectfully, yours, GEO. WEBSTER Special Agent Pension-Office. Hon E. B. FRENCH, Second...

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Bounty Declaration of OCTI-AH-CHEE-HARJO

Office Of Creek Agent, Creek Agency, Indian Territory, August 4, 1870. Some time since an application was made to Judge Wright by one POK-HEE for the back pay and bounty of her brother, whose name was OCTI-AH-CHEE-HARJO, and a private in Company G, First Indian Regiment, who died near Fort Scott, Kansas, about two years after his enlistment. Some Regiment, after the application the money arrived at Gibson, but in the mean time the girl Pok-kee had died, since which time a brother of the deceased soldier has applied repeatedly for the money, but he has been unable to get it. He now applies to me to know where the money is, so that he may make the proper application for it. I am, sir, very respectfully, your obedient servant, F. A. FIELD, Captain, United States Army, Agent. Hon. E. S. PARKER, Commissioner of Indian Affairs, Washington D....

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Declaration for Increase of Pension, Elizabeth Walking Stick

Fort Gibson, Indian Territory, February 7, 1871. SIR: Enclosed please find declaration for increase of pension in the case of Elizabeth Walking Stick, including pensioner’s affidavit relative to discrepancies between the documents of today and those of her original application. We also transmit herewith the original papers, and also the pensioner’s certificate. The identity of the pensioner was established by her witnesses, one of whom is known to us, and by Morter Vann, our interpreter. She speaks English freely. It would appear useless to hold claimants in this country responsible for any statements that may appear in their original declarations. They are ignorant of the simplest requisites to a reliable and truthful declaration. They were not even questioned as to the facts relative to which they were made to depose. After copying the contents of the adjutant general’s roll, Wright’s agents filled the remainder of the blank at hazard. The applications were kept until a number had accumulated, and then at judge was called to execute the batch, having never seen the affiants. Claimants were in most cases sworn by J. W. Wright, J. B. Wright, or one of their clerks, as Spencer S. Stephens. Of this fact we have evidence both direct and documentary. That the number of fraudulent claims in this nation were not multiplied is to be attributed to the reticence of the Indians, and an...

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Inquiry, Minor Children of Moses Varny

United States Pension-Agency, Fort Gibson, Cherokee Nation, February 10, 1871. SIR: I am referred to you by Rev. J. B. Jones, United States agent, for information relative to the case of the minor children of Moses Varny, late a private of Company A, Third Indian Home Guards. A pension was allowed to said minors on the 10th of June, 1868, and made payable to Jane See-kee-kee, their guardian, but no application has ever been made to this agency for payment. Children’s names are Tague, Anna, and Sawnee. Can you inform me if they are still living and are legitimate children of the deceased soldier; also the whereabouts of the guardian Respectfully, yours, GEO. E. WEBSTER, Pension-Agent, and Special Agent Pension-Office. Judge DUVALL, Webber’s...

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Double Applications for Certain Soldiers

Office Of Indian Affairs, August 9, 1870. Sir: I have the honor herewith to submit for your information and consideration, copy of a letter received the 5th instant, from Captain J. N. Craig, United States agent for the Cherokees at Fort Gibson, Indian Territory, explaining the cause of the double applications for pension in certain mentioned cases, and directing the attention of the Department to the manner of taking evidence, and making suggestions concerning the same. Especial attention is respectfully called to that portion of Agent Craig’s letter wherein he reports the manner in which, and by whom, a seal, purporting to be that of the clerk of the Cherokee district court, has been and is now being used. Very respectfully, your obedient servant, W.M. F. CADY, Acting Commissioner. Hon. H. VAN AERNAM, Commissioner of Pensions, Present. No. 44 B. Department Of The Interior, Pension Office, Washington, D. C., August 11, 1870. SIR: The facts set forth in the enclosed letter of Captain Craig, with reference of the Acting Commissioner of Indian Affairs, seem to me to warrant suspension of pay, went of all the pensions, claims for which were prosecuted by J. W. Wright, and which are payable at the Fort Gibson agency for paying pensions, if not of all others prosecuted by him, which are payable elsewhere. But in the absence of the Commissioner of Pensions, I...

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Condition of Claims, Eliza Young Deer, widow of Young Deer

United States Pension Agency, Fort Gibson, Indian Territory, February 7, 1871. SIR: We are requested by the applicant to inquire the condition of the claims for original and additional bounty of Eliza Young Deer, widow of Young Deer, (on the Adjutant General’s rolls as David Young Deer.) Claimant has been allowed a pension, and has today established her marriage to our satisfaction; also the fact of her remarriage to Johnson Blythe, on the 20th of June, 1870. By Young Deer she had two children, both of whom are dead. Clapperton’s books show no allowance for bounty. If desired, we will, upon learning requirements and receipt of suitable blanks, endeavor to establish the claims without expense (or deduction) to the applicant. Respectfully, yours, GEO. E. WEBSTER, United States Pension-Office. Hon. E. B. FRENCH, Second...

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