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."
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.
- ↑ For more regarding the lawsuit and the Guion Miller Roll, please see:
- US National Archives: Guion Miller Roll, 1906 - 1911
- Trail of Tears > Eastern Cherokee Restitution at Wikipedia
- United States v. Cherokee Nation, 202 U.S. 101 (1906) Judgement in favor of the Eastern Cherokee tribe, 28 May 1906