Storing, not using,
Achieves great use.
The knight attains a resolute heart.
Cherokee Application #17198, Miscellaneous Testimony 3870
NATHANIEL R. MARTIN, being duly sworn, deposes and says: My name is NATHANIEL R. MARTIN. I was born in Wayne County, Tennessee in 1845. I claim to be an eighth Cherokee. I claim my Cherokee blood through my father. My mother was a white woman. My father was born in Pope County, Tennessee in 1818. My father claimed his Cherokee blood through his father, SAMUEL MARTIN. My father's mother was a white woman. I think my grandfather was born in Pope County, Tennessee. I never saw my grandfather through whom I claim. I do not know when my grandfather was born. My grandfather died in the Indian Territory near Maysville, Arkansas. That is what I have been told. I do not know when my grandfather died. I do not know when my grandfather came from Tennessee to the Indian Territory. He was an Old Settler. I do not know whether my father ever came to the Indian Territory or not. I do not think my father came. I have heard from my father that he ran away from his father when he was on his way to the Indian Territory. My father went out in the country among white people and remained with the white people after that time. I do not know what year it was that my father ran away. At the time I was born and at the time of the birth of my half-brother...my father was living among white people. In 835 my father lived either in Giles, Lawrence, or Wayne Co., TN. I do not know whether my father lived as a member of the Cherokee tribe in 1835 or not. I do not think my father lived near the ALABAMA line in Wayne Co., TN I do not know whether my father or I were enrolled in 1851 or not. I do not think my father or I were enrolled. Neither I or my father ever received any money or land from the Government on account of having Cherokee blood.
I first came to Indian Territory in 1870. My brother JOHN MARTIN came with me...My brother JOHN was admitted by the Cherokee Nation in 1880 and his children were enrolled by the Dawes Commission. I do not know the names of the children or grandchildren of my brother, I made application to be admitted to the Cherokee Nation in 1892,1893, 1894 but it was never acted upon by the Council. I also made application before the Dawes Commission but my claim was not allowed for the reason that I had slept on my rights too long.
A grandnephew of my grandfather drew the Old Settler money that was due my grandfather. I never heard about it until it was too late.
I do not know the names of any of my uncles and aunts who were enrolled in 1851. I do not know whether my father was a party to the treaty of 1835-36 or not.
Signed NATHANIEL R. MARTIN
SUBSCRIBED AND SWORN TO before me this 8th day of October, 1908, at Locust Grove, OK
Signed FRED A. BAKER
Assistant to the Special Commissioner of the U.S. Court of Claims
GUION MILLER Rolls of 1906: NATHANIEL R. MARTIN, and his 3 children, Leach, OK rejected. Applicant rejected by the Dawes Commission. Ancestors do not appear on roll of 1851; nor does it appear that ancestors were parties to treaties of 1835-6 and '46. Misc. test. 3870. Application No. 17198.