Eastern Cherokee by Blood, 1906-1910: Applications 1-3000

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Genealogical Publishing Com, Jun 1, 2009 - Reference - 288 pages
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Between May 1905 and April 1907, the U.S. Supreme Court authorized the Secretary of the Interior to identify the descendants of Eastern Cherokees entitled to participate in the distribution of more than $1 million authorized by Congress. The purpose of the authorization was to settle outstanding claims made under treaties between the U.S. government and the Cherokees in 1835-36 and 1845. On May 28, 1909, Mr. Guion Miller, representing the Interior Department, submitted his findings with respect to 45,847 separate applications for compensation (encompassing about 90,000 individual claimants). Miller qualified about 30,000 persons inhabiting 19 states to share in the fund.This volume is the first in a new series of books by Jeff Bowen based on the Guion Miller applications. The author begins with a helpful introduction describing the origins of the Guion Miller rolls and the methodology used in abstracting them. The bulk of the book, of course, comprises abstracts of the first 3,000 of the 45,847 examined by Mr. Miller.

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