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    [Stand Watie] Post-Civil War Archive of Documents Related to Stand Watie and Family including personal letters, receipts, and allotment certificates dated as early as 1869. After the Civil War, Watie and his family settled in Oklahoma. After Watie and the southern Cherokees were defeated by John Ross and his northern leaders, Watie turned his efforts to rebuilding his family wealth. Unfortunately, he was well past his prime and weakened by years of warfare and hard frontier living. He would die in 1870. The majority of the papers contained mark the progress made by his direct descendants and tell the story of their years in Oklahoma. A total of 15 documents and three color photographs. The photographs were likely taken by Doris Harris at the time she acquired this group from Mrs. O.A. Cox, who was a direct descendant of Stand Watie. For a complete and detailed listing of all of the manuscripts please go to

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    [Stand Watie] Receipt issued to General Stand Watie for goods shipped to Fort Gibson, Oklahoma aboard the Steamboat Fort Smith. February 24, 1869.

    [James M. Bell] Receipt issued by the Treasury Department of the Cherokee Nation to Bell for payment on lots located in Fort Gibson. August 24, 1869.

    John M. Watie Autograph Document Signed, one page, undated. A claim for $14 brought by Woman Killer for the  loss of a cow and small bull lost on a cattle drive from Grand River to Honey Creek.

    D.P. Bell Autograph Letter Signed, Feb. 16, 1870, to Jacqueline Watie sharing family news. Dampstaining, a few tears affecting a few words of text.

    [James M. Bell] Two documents issued by the Cherokee Nation, (dated Dec. 12, 1870 and Nov. 24, 1879) permitting  Bell to practice law in the Cherokee Courts. Light dampstaining along right margin, with a tiny pinhole affecting a single word.

    [Jacqueline Watie] 1874 letter addressed to Jacqueline "Jessie" Watie (Stand Watie's daughter), from a old school friend (and daughter of Bradley Bunch) with content regarding notions of marriage and the desirability of marrying an Indian. Also reminiscing of their years at Clarke's Academy, a prestigious private school in Webber' Falls, Arkansas. Together with a second letter also from 1874 with similar playful content about her admiration for Indians. Both letters have light dampstaining in, primarily along the folds.

    Printed Wedding Invitation for the marriage ceremony of Mary Jordan to T.L. Montgomery. Kahoka, Missouri, 1881. Dampstaining and soiling.

    W. A. Duncan ALS, 1 page, Park Hill, Cherokee Nation, March 25, 1888, to a Mrs. Thompson, a niece of James Bell. Duncan writes asking the return of an orphan child because of the payment Thompson is demanding for her care. He asks that she collect the payment from monies owed to the child's now deceased father by James Bell. Near fine, save a few spots of foxing and a slight separation at a single fold.

    [Cherokee Female Seminary] Invitation to the graduation ceremonies of their senior class for the year 1897. Very good.

    Two Certificates of Allotment issued to James M. Bell dated April 29, 1905 and May 1, 1906. Both certificates picture a small map detailing where the land is located. Some soiling and very good, save a single bit of paper loss at the center of the 1906 certificate.

    1914 Letter on First National Bank (Vinita, Oklahoma) letterhead addressed to Delia Jordan inquiring about the possibility of including her 10 acre property in a current land deal he is working on.

    Gaston Litton TLS on WPA letterhead, 2 pages, Oklahoma City, April 21, 1937. Addressed to Mrs. O.A. Cox asking if she could provide information regarding her exact relationship to Stand Watie; and if she could provide any additional information about the Waties, Bells, Boudinots, and Ridges. At the time of this letter, Litton was working on his Cherokee Cavaliers (co-authored by E.E. Dale) which would be published two years later. It is unlikely that Mrs. Cox responded as she is not included in the detailed family tree included in Litton's book. Nor were any of the letters in her possession included.

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