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Hembree Descendants' Eastern Cherokee Applications

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In 1906 and 1907, some descendants of Abraham Hembree applied for restitution from the U.S. Federal Government. Each person was required to "establish that he/she was a member or descendants of a person that had been included in the forced removal to Indian Territory, known as the “Ross Party."[1]

The descendants were not able to demonstrate a formal link between their ancestors and the Cherokees, thus were denied.

Below is a formal investigation of the dozens of pages of the descendants' applications, supplementary notes, and letters. Since there was a cash award, this information must be taken with a grain of salt.


  1. For more regarding the lawsuit and the Guion Miller Roll, please see:
  • Mahala Hembree Clonts' Testimony: Ancestry.com. U.S., Records Related to Enrollment of Eastern Cherokee by Guion Miller, 1908-1910 [database on-line]. Provo, UT, USA: Ancestry.com Operations, Inc., 2014. Original data: Records Relating to Enrollment of Eastern Cherokee by Guion Miller, 1908-1910. M685, microfilm, 12 rolls. Records of the Bureau of Indian Affairs, 1793-1999, Record Group 75. National Archives and Records Administration, Washington, D.C. Search: Volume 3 > #4969-2661, image 398 of 510 . Accessed on ancestry.com, 5 Nov 2019.
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