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MILLER APPLICATION # 36463

Alva M. Murphy nee Rogers
Craig Co., Big Cabin, Oklahoma

Admitted. 
Daughter of MA # 1912, Thomas J. Rogers.

See Duplicate application filed. 
Ok, see Delaware 952
*(Appears to have taken a couple of days to fill out all the paperwork.)

Commissioner of Indian Affairs
Washington, D. C.

Sir:
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- Alva M. Murphy
    Indian Name- None

2. Residence and post office- Big Cabin

3. County- Craig

4. State- Oklahoma

5. How old are you? 22 yrs. Born: 1886

6. Where were you born? Cooweescoowee District

7. Are you married? YES

8. Name and age of wife of husband- W. C. Murphy, 29

9. To what tribe of Indian does he or she belong? White 

10. Name all your children who were living on May 28, 1906, giving their ages:

Charles Thomas [Murphy] 3 years b. March 17, 1905

11. Give name of your father and mother, and your mother's name before marriage:

Father-English name- Thomas J. Rogers
Indian name- None

Mother-English name- Minnie
Indian name- White-none
Maiden name- Minnie Spunangle

12. Where were they born?

Father born in Cooweescoowee District, Indian Territory
Mother born in Iowa

13. Where did they reside in 1851, if living at that time? NOT BORN

14. Date of death of your father and mother:
Father is living, mother died August 3, 1897

15. Were they enrolled for money, annuities, land or other benefits? If so, state when and where and with what tribe of Indian.
Yes, all payments from '83 to Strip payment, with Cherokee Indians at Vinita, Cherokee Nation.

16. Name all your brothers and sisters, giving ages, and residence if possible:

Lewis D. Rogers b. May 15, 1890 d. living 
Mary Ellen b. November 3, 1895 d. living
(1/2 bro.) Ira T. b. August 7, 1899 d. living
(1/2 Sis.) Ollie Ople b. June 14, 1903 d. living
*(All of the above children are on MA # 1912, along with their father)

17. State English and Indian name of your grandparents on both father's and mother's side, if possible:

Father's side- 
Lewis Rogers, no Indian name, and Jane Rogers (white)
Grandfather-John Rogers and Diana Rogers (grandmother) *(This would be Alva's great grandparents, listed as John Rogers and Tianna Foster)

Mother's side- *(not listed, as they are white persons)

18. Where were they born? OLD CHEROKEE NATION

19. Where did they reside in 1851, if living at that time?
Delaware District. Diana Rogers drew money '51 or 2 at Fort Gibson, Indian Territory

20. Give names of all their children, and residence if possible:

Thomas J. Rogers, Kinnisen, Oklahoma
Mary J. Showers, Vinita *(m1. Jesse W. Elliott m2. O. P. Showers)
Robert L., Dead
James F., Pensacola, Oklahoma
Henry, Collinsville, Oklahoma
Charley, Dewey, Oklahoma
Lewis Rogers, Vinita, Oklahoma

21. Have you ever been enrolled for money, land or annuities? If so, state when and where and with what tribe of Indian.
Yes, every payment since 1886, strip money at Vinita, Indian Territory

22. To assist in authentication, claimant should give the full English and Indian names, if possible of their parents and grandparents back 
to 1835.

Diana Rogers was a Foster born in Old Cherokee Nation and came to this country as an emigrant.

REMARKS

(Under this head the applicant may give additional information that he believes will assist in proving his claim).

My Cherokee roll number is 9518. I was enrolled by Dawes Commission and allotted land, also my oldest child.

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:

Subscribed and sworn to before me this 22nd day of July 1907.

*(This application apparently took at least two visits to finish up. The affidavit here, is unsigned, however the persons appearing on her behalf, have signed it on July 22, 1908. On another date, August 19, 1907, the affidavit IS signed by Alva M. Murphy and two others. A letter was written, July 7, 1908 asking questions, and they have been answered in this application.)

Signed: J. L. McNelis, J. P., Municipal Township, not Oklahoma and Notary Public

AFFIDAVIT

(The following affidavit must be sworn to by two or more witnesses who are well acquainted with the applicant.)

Personally appeared before me Daniel Spunangle and Lizzie Spunangle, who being duly sworn, on oath depose and say that they are well acquainted with Alva M. Murphy, who makes the foregoing application and statements, and have known her for 20 years and 20 years, respectively, and know her to be the identical person she represents herself to be, and that the statements made by her are true, to the best of their knowledge and belief, and they have no interest whatever in her claim.

Witnesses Signatures: Daniel Spunangle and Lizzie Spunangle

Subscribed and sworn to before me on this 22nd day of July, 1908

Signed: J. L. McNelis, J. P., Municipal Township, not Oklahoma and Notary Public

AFFIDAVIT-2

(The following affidavit must be sworn to by two or more witnesses who are well acquainted with the applicant.)

Personally appeared before me Della Davis and A. Spunangle, who being duly sworn, on oath depose and say that they are well acquainted with Alva M. Murphy, who makes the foregoing application and statements, and have known her for 12 years and 21 years, respectively, and know her to be the identical person she represents herself to be, and that the statements made by her are true, to the best of their knowledge and belief, and they have no interest whatever in her claim.

Witnesses Signatures: Della Davis and A. Spunangle

Subscribed and sworn to before me on this 19th day of August 1907.

Signed: G. S. Davis, Notary public

NOTE: We are not Negroes at all. We are Cherokee Indians by blood.

LETTER ATTACHED TO MILLER APPLICATION # 36463

SPECIAL COMMISSIONER OF THE COURT OF CLAIMS
EASTERN CHEROKEE ENROLLMENT
601 Ouray Building
Washington, D.C.

July 7, 1908

Alva A. Murphy,
Big Cabin, Oklahoma

Madam:
Kindly furnish this office with the names of your grandparents through whom you claim your Indian blood. State where they lived in 1851. Were they enrolled with the Eastern Cherokees at that time? If so, give the names used by them in enrollment. Were they held as slaves? If so, were they owned by white people of Indians? Have you been enrolled by the Dawes Commission? If so give your number and Indicate on what roll your name appears.

Respectfully,

Guion Miller
Special Commissioner


*Alva M. Murphy listed as 1/8 Cherokee

Dawes Roll # 9518, Census card # 3940

m. April 12, 1904, to William C. Murphy, a white man

*Transcribers notes:
I believe that this woman it my brother's grandmother. I was wondering if anyone knew where she might be buried? Some of her children are buried in the Rogers Cemetery (aka McGhee Cemetery), Welch, Oklahoma, along with my brother, William Joseph Murphy 1956-1957.

Transcribed by Catherine Widener, 2003.

 


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