Susie Downing- Guion Miller Application # 5131 -
Postal Address is Foyil, Okla – Cherokee Nation, Indian Territory
Commissioner of Indian Affairs, Washington, D. C.
I hereby make application for such share as may 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: Susie Downing
Indian name: Ga-lee-sta-yah
2. Residence: 4th District, Cherokee Nation, I. T.
3. Town and post office: Foyil, I. T.
4. County: Cherokee Nation
5. State: Indian Territory
6. Date and place of birth: about 1855, Goingsnake Dist, Cherokee Nation
7. By what right do you claim to share? If you claim through more than one relative living in 1851, set forth each claim separately: For Father Messenger Tiger; Mother Celia Tiger nee Love; Brother Pelican Tiger; Sister Nancy Tiger; Clen-ti-gee Tiger Grandfather; Oo-te-was-kee Tiger Grandmother on fathers side; Che-coo-wee Love Grandmother on mothers side; and grand parents children where no descendants.
8. Are you married: Yes
9. Name and age of wife or husband: Jack Downing, age 61 years old
10. Give names of your father and mother, and your mother’s name before marriage.
Father—English name: Messenger Tiger
Mother –English name: Celia Tiger
Indian name: Ce lee
Maiden name: Celia Love
11. Where were they born?
Father: Born in Georgia Cherokee Nation
Mother: “ “ Tennessee “ “
12. Where did they reside in 1851, if living at that time?
Father: They reside in 1851 - Delaware District Cherokee Nation
Mother: They reside in 1851 - Delaware District Cherokee Nation
13. Date of death of your father and mother—
Father: Died about 1857 Mother: Died Aug 7th 1875
14. Were they ever enrolled for annuities, land, or other benefits? If so, state when and where: Yes, They are on roll 1851 and on roll 1835. In 1851 enrolled at Delaware District Cherokee Nation, I. T.
15. Name all your brothers and sisters, giving ages, and if not living, the date of death:
NAME. BORN. DIED.
Pelican Tiger about 1846 about 1863
Nancy Tiger “ 1848 “ 1860
16. State English and Indian names of your grandparents on both father’s and mother’s side, if possible:
FATHER’S SIDE MOTHER’S SIDE
Tiger John Love, was killed in Georgia
No English name No English name
Oo-tee-wah-kie Che-coo-wee Love, married 2nd Muskrat
17. Where were they born? Cherokee Nation Georgia, and Sa-lo-lie and Che-coo-wee was born Tennessee.
18. Where did they reside in 1851, if living at that time? All lived in Delaware District Cherokee Nation, except Sa-lo-lie Love.
19. Give names of all their children, and residence, if living; if not living, give dates of deaths:
(1) English name: Pelican Tiger Sr., Goingsnake Dist, Cherokee Nation, I. T.
dead, died during the war 1861.
(2) Indian name: Dah-chee-chee Tiger, Goingsnake Dist, Cherokee Nation, I. T.
dead, died after 1851.
(3) Indian name: Ka-he-tah Tiger, Goingsnake Dist, Cherokee Nation, I. T.
dead, died during the war 1861.
(4) Indian name: Wah-lee-yah Tiger, Goingsnake Dist, Cherokee Nation, I. T.
dead, died during the war 1863.
(5) Indian name: Oo-luee Tiger, Goingsnake Dist, Cherokee Nation, I. T.
dead, died in 1855
(6) Indian name: Messenger Tiger, Delaware Dist, Cherokee Nation, I. T.
dead, died about 1857
(7) Indian name: Celia Tiger nee Love, Delaware Dist, Cherokee Nation, I. T.
dead, died Aug 7th 1875
(8) Indian name: Nancy Crutchfield nee Love, Saline Dist, Cherokee Nation, I. T.
dead, died Aug 10th 1891
(9) Indian name: Al-kin-ney Muskrat, Delaware Dist, Cherokee Nation, I. T.
dead, died Aug 20th 1879
(10)Indian name: Alsey Muskrat, Delaware Dist, Cherokee Nation, I. T.
dead, died in 1856
20. Have you ever been enrolled for annuities, land, or other benefits? If so, state when and where: Yes, On roll, 1880 Cherokee roll and a Cherokee allottee at present.
-(Birthdate for Susie Downing is shown here as September 1855)-
Names of all of your children living on May 28, 1906:
NAME AGE BORN
(1) Nannie Smith 23 July 17, 1884
Foyil, Okla 10-31-1908
In reply to the within, will say that Jack Downing is my third husband. My first husband’s name was Bark Ross. We have one daughter- Nannie (Ross), now the wife of Gus Smith of Wann, Okla.
My second husband’s name was Sampson Boudinott and Sallie Boudinott is my daughter by that marriage.
Hope this explanation will suffice.
Susie Downing, being duly sworn, deposes and says:
My name is Susie Downing. My age is about 50 years. I live near Foyil, Oklahoma, Coo-wee-scoo-wee District. I was enrolled by the Dawes Commission, Cherokee Roll 30259. I got the bread and strip money. I get my blood from my parents, both fullbloods. Celia Tiger, after she married, or Celia Love before marriage. She has been dead about 30 years. She got money from the money. They went to Fort Gibson and got the money. My mother was not an old settler. Her people were not. Chi-coowee, was my grandmother’s name. Her husband was Sa-lo-le or Squirrel. He died in Georgia. My mother came from the East, I do not remember the year. My father was Messenger Tiger. He came from Georgia before I was born. My father certainly was Cherokee Indian. He was not Old Settler. He was Emigrant Cherokee. Oo-dee-skve, was my father’s mother. (Clun-tuche was her grandfather). Lucy Love was my mother’s sister, married Jess Henry. Another was Tarnee, she married Thomas Henry. Nancy Love married Tick-eater, and first married to Crutchfield. I had half-sisters and brothers. One sister was A-lee Muskrat. Al-kin-nee was one of my half-sisters. Ailsey Muskrat, and one brother named Watt Muskrat also. Annie Whirlwind, nee Love. My father’s brothers and sisters were: Wal-le-ah; Ka-hi-ta; Ga-doo-dah; Gu-no-weel; Mary Tyger; Redbird Tyger; Tar-che-che; O-lu Tyger. They never joined any other tribe of Indians. Dirt-thrower, and Lucretia Tyger, she married Rattlinggourd. Pelican Tyger was an uncle. Dirt-thrower’s Indian Name was Ga-doo-dah. I had a sister Nannie, and a brother named Pelican Tyger, Charlie Tyger, Lucretia Tyger. They all lived in Going Snake or Flint.
Susie Downing (signed)
Sept 1st, 1908