Collection: Indian Home Guard

Inquiry, Jackson Walker, minor child of Nicholas Walker

United States Pension-Agency, Fort Gibson, Cherokee Nation, February 10, 1871. 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 MADAM: We are referred to you by Rev. J. B. Jones, United States agent, for information respecting Jackson Walker, minor child of Nicholas Walker, late a private in Company I, Second Regiment Indian Home Guards. A pension was allowed to said minor child, and paid to Susannah Pickeotee, his guardian, to September 4, 1869. It is now reported that the child is dead. Can you inform me as to the truth of the report. Very respectfully, your obedient servant, GEO. E. WEBSTER, United States Pension-Agent. MRS. JANE SIX-KILLER, Cincinnati, Arkansas. [Frog Six-Killer says child died a year...

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Pension Peggy Wilson, Widow of Lacy Wilson

Fort Gibson, Cherokee Nation, Indian Territory, December 21, 1870. SIR: In the case of Peggy Wilson, widow of Lacy Wilson, certificate No. 104,631, we have this day suspended further payment on account of discrepancies between the allegations of her original declaration and those of her deposition of this date. The appearance of the pensioner, her advanced age, quiet deportment, and the promptness with which she responded to our interrogations, indicate her honesty and enlist our sympathies. We are inclined to believe her entitled to pension, though not upon the declaration and testimony on which her certificate was issued. It is a case which probably illustrates the utter recklessness with which most Indian claims have been drawn and substantiated. Having every facility for attestation and verification of testimony, care was taken only to have statements correspond with the Government records, and truth was disregarded, even when it was easily attainable and would have been equally efficacious as the statements connected. A slight comparison of the two papers enclosed will satisfy you of these facts. The original declaration is represented as made before Judge “Crofford,” with his signature appended and the seal of the Cherokee Nation affixed. Such a thing as the signature of Judge “Crofford” does not exist. Robert Crawford is judge of this district, and is unable to write at all. The signature was written by Albert Barnes, who...

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Application for pension, Richard Humphries, Guardian of Fox Holt

Fort Gibson, Indian Territory, February 11, 1871. SIR: We enclose herewith application for pension of Richard Humphries, guardian of minor child of Fox Holt. A former claim was made in which Sealy, herself a minor child of the soldier, was made guardian, No. 129,946. She has since died, and we transmit original papers herewith. We are not disposed to recommend the allowance of guardians’ claims in general, as we believe that in most cases the money is misapplied. In this case, however, the applicant is a negro, and appears to be a steady, industrious man, as also his witnesses, all speaking English fluently, telling what they know candidly, and evidently impressed with a sense of their obligation to speak the truth under oath. The testimony is as good as can generally be obtained in this nation; and if such claims are to be admitted upon similar evidence, we recommend the allowance of this. Very respectfully, yours, GEO. E. WEBSTER, F. E. FOSTER, Special Agents of United States Pension-Office. Hon. H. VAN AERNAM, Commissioner of...

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Pension for William Thomas

Pension Agency, Fort Gibson, Indian Territory, December 24, 1870. SIR: There has been this day presented to me, for payment thereupon, pension certificate No. 105,261, invalid, dated September 1, 1870, in favor of William Thomas, late sergeant Company C, Eighth Missouri Volunteers, for $4 per month from 2d January, 1864, signed, “W. T. Otto, Acting Secretary,” and yourself as Commissioner. As at the time of issue of certificate Mr. Clapperton had been suspended, and his effects already seized, the notification is not found, and pensioner’s name is not recorded on the roll. Please have duplicate notification transmitted. Very respectfully, yours, GEO. E. WEBSTER, Pension Agent Hon. H. VAN AERNAM, Commissioner of...

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Names of claimants on the Pension Rolls

Department Of The Interior. Washington, D. C., March 15, 1866. SIR: In order to enable Mr. Whiting, while at Fort Gibson, to pay the pensions which, upon the investigation he is required to make there, may be found to be due, I have to request that you will inscribe the names of the following named claimants upon the pension-rolls the rates and commencement of the pensions allowed will be hereafter supplied; the names of those claimants thus inscribed upon the rolls, who may be found not to be legally entitled to pensions, will be stricken from the rolls on the receipt of his report after his return, viz: Ann Brown, widow of Isaac Brown. Atachita Davis, widow of John Davis. Akey Sanders, widow of Wilson Sanders. Arleg Walter, widow of Walter. Arleg Nar-cksi, widow of Wales-ka-bat. Anne Tun-nee-no-ce, widow of Tun-nee-no-ce. Ann Tiger, widow of Red Bird Tiger. Akey Cochrane, widow of Wind Cochrane. Anna Brown, widow of Thomas Brown. Ah-yak-noo-ci Bear, widow of John Bear. Alla Ellis, widow of Nathaniel Ellis. A-nee-key, widow of Water Hunter. Ah-nee, widow of Sid-a-wa-gy. Anna Baldridge, widow of Samuel Baldridge. Anna Blackbird, widow of William Blackbird. Aneey, widow of Os-na-se-ty. Aley Poor, widow of Poor. Anna Borrow, widow of Jack Borrow. Anna Cah-nah-s-sa-shi, widow of Cah-nah-s-sa-shi. Aky Walker, widow of John Walker. Aking Dragger, widow of Asa Dragger. Ah-ter Yan Deer, widow...

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Pension Katy Timberleg, widow of Charles Timberleg

Fort Gibson, Indian Territory, January 9, 1871. Sir: Herewith please find claim for pension, application No. 138478, of Katy Timberleg, widow of Charles Timberleg, formerly private of Company F, Third Indian. Home Guards, comprising the papers therein filed by John W. Wright, and the new declaration and additional evidence taken by us, with a duplicate copy of deposition made by said claimant, (prior to “declaration,”) which shows the manner in which her claim was prepared by the agents here of John W. Wright. Said deposition is intended for the Second Auditor’s information in investigating the bounty and back pay claims of said Katy Timberleg; and we have to request that it may be forwarded to him after you have considered it. The duplicate of said deposition, with the original abstract in the case, will be retained by us, (in lieu of the papers of the case sent herewith,) to enable us intelligently to take any further action that may be necessary in the case, and to accompany our general report of official operations here. We propose to adopt this method of forwarding claims, both “pending” and “admitted,” with such additions as the latter may require, leaving the briefs to be made out at the Pension-Office, as there may sometimes be no additional evidence required, (when we cannot decide,) and we request early information as to the acceptability of said...

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Application of Elijah Proctor Edward Crutchfield

Fort Gibson, Indian Territory, February 15, 1871. Sir: Herewith please find application of Elijah Proctor, formerly of Company H, Third Regiment of Indian Home Guards, relative to which, in the matter of limitation as to filing of claim we desire to submit the same presentation as to the existence of a prior claim, (which claimant alleges having twice applied for,) as was made in the case of Edward Crutchfield, whose application also accompanies this. Respectfully, yours, F. E. FOSTER. Hon. E. B. FRENCH, Second Auditor, Washington, D....

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Pension Nakey, widow of C. Georges

Fort Gibson, Indian Territory, January 9, 1871. SIR: Herewith please find claim of Nakey, widow of C. Georges, Ap. No. 138,405, with papers, including declaration and additional evidence as to service and death of soldier, and marriage and widowhood of claimant, sworn to and attested this day, and the papers previously filed by J. W. Wright, with a memorandum indorsed upon the ticket of said claim, which was transcribed from the report of the Adjutant General under date of November, 1865, now on file in your office, upon rolls of the said Adjutant General furnished at said time, comprising record of the enlistment, casualties, discharges, &c., of all the soldiers of the three Indian Home-Guard regiments known to have been enrolled. No further evidence being available in support of said claim hereat, the same is respectfully submitted for the claimant as it is. It is deemed unnecessary to add more concerning said claim, except that the claimant cannot procure the better evidence of marriage, and that the medical records at this post, where he died, are so defective as to preclude the possibility of ascertaining more certainly the cause of her husband’s death. Herewith please find also an affidavit of Albert Barnes, a copy of which we retain for future use, which will be found interesting by reason of the light it sheds upon the manner of preparation of...

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Declaration and Testimony of Nancy Jumper, widow of Jumper

Fort Gibson; Indian Territory, February 15, 1871. Sir: We enclose herewith additional declaration and testimony in the case of Nancy Jumper, widow of Jumper, application No. 110,510. If evidence as to birth of children of the character furnished is to be accepted, we recommend the allowance of this claim with increase. We have, as in all cases, fixed the date of birth at as early a day as it could have occurred consistently with the allegations of claimant and witnesses. The witnesses-George O. and Jesse Sanders-are intelligent men, speaking English fluently, and were both, as Jesse now is, neighbors of the claimant prior to the war. The discrepancies appearing in the declarations simply illustrate the method pursued by the attorney in conducting his business, and are no more glaring than usual. Respectfully, yours, GEO. E. WEBSTER, F. E. FOSTER, Special Agents United States Pension-Office. Hon. II. VAN AERNAM, Commissioner of Pensions. Widow’s declaration Indian Territory, Cherokee Nation, ss: On this 15th day of February, A. D. 1871, before me, George E. Webster, pension agent at Fort Gibson, in the nation aforesaid, personally appeared Nancy Jumper, a resident of Tahlequah district, Cherokee Nation, who being by me duly sworn, according to law, makes the following declaration, in order to obtain the benefits of the acts of Congress granting pensions to widows: That she is about forty-one years of age, and...

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Pension Lieutenant Alexander F. Barnes

Fort Gibson, Indian Territory, January 10, 1871. Sir: Albert Barnes, clerk of the Illinois district court, Cherokee Nation, as representative of the heirs of Lieutenant Alexander F. Barnes, deceased, late of Company M, Fourteenth Kansas Cavalry, desires us to inquire relative to the claim for back pay of said officer, and to ascertain the testimony required to establish the same. Among the papers put in our possession as relating to said claim appears the enclosed blank declaration, which, as the judge’s signature appears to be genuine, is transmitted as a further illustration of the manner in which the judiciary of this country is conducted. Please furnish us the information desired by Mr. Barnes. Respectfully, yours, GEO. E. WEBSTER, F. E. FOSTER, Special Agents Pension-Office, Hon. E. B. FRENCH, Second...

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Inquiry, Widow and Children of Stean Walker

Fort Gibson, Indian Territory, February 9, 1871. SIR: Please inform me whether there is a widow and children of Stean Walker, formerly of Company H, Second Indian Home Guards, living; whether the widow has been married since the death of her husband, said soldier; if she has been remarried, at what date, and what are the ages of the children of the soldier, now living, who were under sixteen years old when he died; and if his widow has died, at what date she died.. This is written at the suggestion of Mr. J. B. Jones, Indian agent for Cherokees. Respectfully, yours, F. E. FOSTER, Special Agent United States Pension-Office. Captain SIMON SNELL,...

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Inquiry, Widow and Children of Arch. Sanders

Fort Gibson, Indian Territory, February 9, 1871. MADAM: At the suggestion of Rev. J. B. Jones, Indian agent for, Cherokees, I have to request that you will inform us, so far as you can, as to the widow and children of Arch. Sanders, formerly of Company L, Third Indian Home Guards, who is said to have been your son. Has the widow remarried or died since the death of the soldiers; if either, at what date? Did he leave children under sixteen at the time of his death; if so, please give their names, and the dates of their births, and the dates of their deaths, if any have died. Respectfully, yours, F. E. FOSTER, Special Agent United States Pension-Office Mrs. PEGGY WOODALL, Cincinnati,...

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Inquiry, Widow and Children of Lituwaki

Fort Gibson, Indian Territory, February 9, 1871. SIR: At suggestion of Rev. J. B. Jones, Indian agent for Cherokees, I have to request that you will inform us whether the widow of Lituwaki, formerly private of Company G, Second Indian Home Guards, has remarried or died since the death of the soldier, and if either, at what date, and whether he left any children who were under sixteen when he died, and if any of said children have died, and at what date, as well as the dates of birth of all of them. Yours, respectfully, F. E. FOSTER, Special Agent United States Pension-Office FROG SIX-KILLER, Cincinnati,...

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Inquiry, Widow and Children of Samuel Sanders

Fort Gibson, Indian Territory, February 9, 1871. SIR: At suggestion of Rev. J. B. Jones, Indian agent for Cherokees, I have to request that you will inform us, so far as you can, whether the widow of Samuel Sanders, formerly a private of Company E, Second Indian Home Guards, has remarried or died since the soldier’s death, and if either at what date; also, if he left any children who were under sixteen at the time of his death; if so the dates of their birth, and the dates of their death if any have died. Respectfully, yours, F. E. FOSTER, Special Agent United States Pension-Office JOHN SHELL, Cincinnati,...

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Inquiry, Widow and Children of Ta-qua-yah Wolf

Fort Gibson, Indian Territory, February 9, 1871. SIR: At suggestion of Rev. J. B. Jones, I have to request that you will inform us of the date of remarriage of the late widow of Ta-qua-yah Wolf, formerly a soldier in Company H, Second Indian Home Guards, and whether she is still living; also if the soldier left any children under sixteen at the time of his death; their names, and dates of birth, and, if any have died, the dates of death, and who is the authorized guardian of those living. Respectfully, yours, F. E. FOSTER, Special Agent United States Pension-Office. JOHNSON THOMPSON,...

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