ATT: Some say this one was not posted, so I am re-posting it again.
Application # 18782
Name of applicant--DENNIS VANN
No. of children-BLANK
Reason-----APPLICANT WAS A SLAVE
SPECIAL COMMISSIONER of the COURT of CLAIMS,601 Ouray Building, Washington
Sir,I hereby make application for such share as may be due me of the fund
appropriated by the ACT of CONGRESS, appoved June 30, 1906, in accordance
with the decrees of the COURT of CLAIMS of May 18,1905, and May28, 1906, in
favor of the eastern Cherokees. The evidence of identity is herewith
subjoined.Note: Answers to all questions should be short, but complete. If
you can not answer, so state.
Question # 1)
State full name:English name-DENNIS VANN
#2)Residence and Post Office-CATOOSA, I.T.
#5)How old are you?-AUG. 15,1850
#6)Where were you born?-SALINE DIST.
By what right do you claim to share? If you claim through more then one
relative living in 1851, set forth each claim seperatly.
Answer- THROUGH MY FATHER AND BROTHERS
#7)Are you married?-YES
#8)Name and age of wife or husband-ANNIE VANN, 52 YRS.OLD
#9)To what tribe of Indians do he or she belong?-
#10)Name all your children who were living on May 28, 1906, giving their ages.
#11)Give names of your father and mother, and your mothers maiden name before
Father- english name-WILLIAM VANN
Indian name-ORELAH VANN
Mother- english name-CAROLINE VANN
Maiden name-CAROLINE VANN
#12)Where were they born?
#13)Where did they reside in 1851, if living at this time?
Father-SALINE DIST.CHEROKEE NATION I.T.
Mother-SALINE DIST. CHEROKEE NATION I.T.
#14)Date of death of your father and mother:
#15)Were they ever enrolled for money, annuities, land, or other benifits? If
so, state when and were.
Answer--YES (there are additional answers)
#16)Name all your brothers and sisters, giving ages, and residence if
NANCY VANN --DOD 1865
ELLA VANN--DOD 1903
EMILY VANN-- DOD 1865
WILLIAM VANN--DOD 1907
GEORGE VANN-- LIVING
#17)State English name and Indian names of your grandparents on both father's
and mother's side, if possible.
Fathers side: GEORGE BRUNER
AND ELVIE VANN
Mothers side:JOE 'SAWALA' VANN AND KATIE VANN
#18)Where were they born? GEORGIA
#19)Where did they reside in 1851, if living at that time?
SALINE DIST. CHEROKEE NATION I.T.
#20)Give names of all their children, and residence, if possible:
Brother's-- WILLIAM, JESSE, GEORGE VANN
Sister's--JANE VANN,SUSIE LASLEY, MARY MUSGROVE
NOTE: ALLWHO ARE LIVING, LIVE IN CHEROKEE NATION AND DECEASED ARE BURIED IN
CHEROKEE NATION,ON MOTHER SIDE.
BEN VANN, LUCY VANN,AND EMILY VANN, ALL DECEASED AND BURIED IN CHEROKEE
#21)Have you ever been enrolled for money, annuities, land, or other
benifits? If so, state when and were,and with what tribe of Indians.
YES,DREN. THE SAME AS MY FATHER AND MOTHER DID.
#22)To assist in identification, claiment should give the full English and
Indian names, if possible, of their parents and grandparents back to 1835.
Answer--JOE VANN AND EBBIE VANN ON MOTHERS SIDE.
GEORGE BRUNER AND KATIE BRUNER ON FATHER'S SIDE.
Under this head the applicant may give any additional facts which will assist
in providing his claim.
Answer--MY GRANDPARENTS CAME TO THE CHEROKEE NATION WITH ASE VANN FROM
Legal- Section )
I solemnly swear that the forgoing statements made by me are true to the best
of my knowledge and belief.Signature-DENNIS VANN
Subscribed and sworn to before me this 20TH day,of MARCH 1907.
Notary Public- signature--ALBERT NEWHOUSE
(The following affidavit must be sworn to by two or more witnesses, who are
well acquainted with the applicant.)
Personally appeared before me POLLY ROSS and EASTER GRIMMETT, who being duly
sworn, on oath depose and say they are well acquainted with DENNIS VANN who
makes the foregoing application and statements, and have known HIM for 50
years and 50 years, respectively, and know HIM to be the identical person WHO
represents HIMSELF to be, and that the statements made by HIM are true, to
the best of their knowledge and belief, and they have no interest whatever in
Witnesses to mark-
Signatures of witnesses-
Subscribed and sworn to me, before me this 20TH day of MARCH,1907.
Notary signature-ALBERT NEWHOUSE
Notary commission expires-FEB.14TH,191?
NOTE: Affidavits should be made, whenever practicable, before a notary
public,or clerk of the court, if sworn to before an Indian agent or
disbursing agent of the Indian service, it need not be before a notary,
---------------------------------------------MY PERSONAL NOTE:Pages after
that include letters written to the BIA about their claim. Some have
additional papers, others do not.
NOTE-- THERE IS AN ADDITIONAL MESSAGE THAT STATES THAT THEY TRAVELED WITH
EITHER AVERY VANN AND MARGARET MCSWAIN OR AV VANN AND BETSY SCOTT ON A
STEAMBOAT OUT OF SMELTER AND LITTLE ROCK.
IT STATES THAT THERE WERE 2 CHILDREN DEPARTING.