Finding Aid: John Drew Papers

Institution: Thomas Gilcrease Library and Archive
Language of Material: English
Description: 1,485 items
Period covered: 1812 - 1916
Subject matter: A miscellaneous  collection reflecting a long and busy life of John Drew (c. 1800-1865), a leading Cherokee, both at the time of removal and later as a representative of the tribe in Washington. Drew served as a Confederate soldier and officer; he was also a banker, a lawyer of sorts, and a storekeeper.
Much of the collection consists of business papers and some give information as to the cost of living over a long period of time. They also reflect the financial difficulties of cotton raisers and cattlemen. A wide variety of concerns are addressed in legal documents, family letters and social invitations. Many documents are about tribal matters, ranging from trivial claims of individuals to matters pertaining to the tribe as a whole versus the U.S. Government. Many of the papers also deal with the concerns of his descendants. This collection is important because it sheds light on early to mid-nineteenth century Cherokee leaders’ involvement with slavery, often revealing its dehumanizing and tragic nature.

Biographical Information

Background: Staff, interns, and volunteers of the Thomas Gilcrease Library and Archive have contributed to the organization and maintenance of the files since the collection passed to the City of Tulsa in the 1950s. The Gilcrease Foundation acquired these materials before 1964 and is housed in the Helmerich Center for American Research (HCAR). The library currently receives most materials through community donation, board members, artists and the acquisition of manuscript collections.

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Arrangement Title Description Date
John Drew, Folder 9 Statement of account of Ingevine Coody to John Drew and Company

Folder 9

circa 1839
Statement of account of Sterling Scott to Richard Fields

Folder 9

1839
Statement from Richard Drew in account with A. Pearson

Folder 9

1834
Statement of account of Charles Coody to John Drew

Folder 9

circa 1839
Statement of account of Clinton Rackley to Richard Fields

Statement of account from Clinton Rackley, heir of William, to Dr. Richard Fields. Folder 9

1839
Statement of account of William Webber and wife, Lucinda, to Richard Fields

Folder 9

1839
Statement of account of Richard Coody to Richard Fields

Folder 9

1839
Statement of account of Mis (sic) Lucinda Miller to S. Hill and Company

Folder 9

1836
Statement of account of Dick Stinson to Richard Fields

Folder 9

1839
Statement of account of Tolly Spaniard to Richard Fields

Folder 9

1839
Statement of account of Jesse Smith to Richard Fields

Folder 9

1839
Statement of account of John Woodward to Richard Fields

Folder 9

1839
Statement of account of Deer Killer to Richard Fields

Folder 9

1839
Bill from Edward Chouteau to A. Pearson for socks, raisins, and card decks

Folder 9

February 4, 1834
Statement of account of O. M. Seiper to Richard Fields

Folder 9

1839
Statement of account of Ellis Phillips to S. Hill and Company

Folder 9

1836
Statement of account of Joseph Foreman to Richard Fields

Folder 9

1839
Statement of account of Charles Rogers (son of John Drew) to Dr. Richard Fields

Folder 9

1839
Statement of account of Young Tig to Richard Fields

Folder 9

1839
Statement of account of Lewis Riley to Richard Fields

Folder 9

1839
Statement of account of James Mackey to Richard Fields

Folder 9

1839
Statement of account of Samuel Taylor to Richard Fields

Folder 9

1839
Statement of account of Stinson Track to Richard Fields

Folder 9

1839
Note from A. Pearson due to John Fisher

Note due to John Fisher in merchandise three hundred Dollars for value received by A. Pearson.
Folder 9

November 4, 1832
Statement of account of William Coody to Sterling Scoot

Folder 9

1839 - 1841
Multiple statements of account

First account statement is from Dr. Wilson to R. Ratcliffe. The second account statement, dated 1837, is from Dr. Charles Coody to R. Ratcliffe. Folder 9

1837
Statement of account of Mathew M. Scrimshear to Dr. Richard Fields

Folder 9

1839
Statement of account of Dr. Thomas Wilson to Richard Fields

Folder 9

1839
Statement of account of Lydia Brewer to Drew and Scales

Folder 9

1837 - 1838
Statement of account of L. Tar tu tis kee

On this statement of account for L. Tar tu tis kee (the first name is illegible). Folder 9

March 29, 1834
Statement of account of James Griffin to Richard Ratcliffe

Statement charges by James Griffin to Richard Ratcliffe for cash spent on trip to Old Nation and for wages, partially written in the Cherokee language. Folder 9

October 21, 1834
Promissory note from Ransom P. Clary to George Chism

Promissory note from Ransom P. Clary to George Chism in the amount of forty five dollars, witnessed by Malinda Chism. Folder 9

March 10, 1835
Statement of account of Charles Coody to Richard Fields

Folder 9

1839
Statement of Account from Doctor Holt to John Drew

Statement of Account from Doctor. Holt to John Drew to one pair fine shoes for Captain West.
Folder 9

August 16, 1832
Statement of account of Tolly Chickencock to Richard Fields

Folder 9

1839
Promissory note from John McColom to Delilia Tottontisk

Promissory note from John McColom to Delilia Tottontisk in the amount of "nine good young cows and calfs (sic) well broke to milk," with illegible witness signature. Folder 9

March 1, 1836
Promissory note from James Rogers to John Drew and Company

Promissory note from James Rogers to John Drew and Company in the amount of three hundred ninety-four dollars and forty-two cents, witnessed by J. W. F. Cowers. The verso includes a note indicating that partial payment in the amount of eleven dollars and twenty-five cents was paid on January 11, 1836.
Folder 9

August 8, 1835
Charlotte Drew estate

Estate and amounts due Charlotte Drew and her children. Folder 9

1830s
Envelope

Envelope addressed to Mr. W. G. Robinson, Webber [sic] Falls, Cherokee Nation, Indian Territory.
Folder 9

1830s
Fragment account statement

Folder 9

1830s
Bill from Robert B. Renyon charged to Richard and John Drew

Bill from Robert B. Renyon for $4.25 charged to Richard and John Drew.
Folder 9

August 31, 1833
John Drew, Folder 10 Receipt of payment to B. Owens, W. F Factory

Receipt of payment to B. Owens, W. F Factory, in the amount of four dollars and twenty-five cents. Debtor's name is illegible.
Folder 10

May 29, 1821
Promissory note from Nancy Graves to Gillenwaters Caldwell

Promissory note from Nancy Graves to Gillenwaters Caldwell in the sum of eight dollars and seventy-five cents.
Folder 10

May 7, 1830
Promissory note from Delilah McConnell to Hanner A. Caldwell

Promissory note from Delilah McConnell to Hanner A. Caldwell in the sum of fifty-nine dollars and seventy-five cents.
Folder 10

July 5, 1880
Promissory note from Wilks Decker and Wynand Littlefield to Walter Webber

Promissory note from Wilks Decker and Wynand Littlefield to Walter Webber in the sum of fifty dollars. Folder 10

June 10, 1830
Promissory note to George H. Kennedy

Promissory note to George H. Kennedy in the sum of fourteen thousand four hundred and fifty-eight dollars. Folder 10

October 15, 1831
List of notes receivable to Drew Fields and Company

List of notes receivable by Drew Fields and Company or John Drew and Company dated in the 1830's plus interest accrued total of eleven thousand three hundred and twelve dollars and sixteen cents.
Folder 10

1830s
John Drew, Folder 11 Receipt received from John Drew

Receipt received from John Drew the sum of eleven thousand dollars.
Folder 11

1830s
Promissory note from J.W. Flowers to John Drew

Promissory note from J.W. Flowers to John Drew in the sum of one hundred and twenty two-dollars and forty-four cents.
Folder 11

August 9, 1836
Principal debt attachment to claim against Thomas Pack

Principal debt attachment to claim against Thomas Pack for the sum of fifty-five dollars and ninety-nine cents signed by J.D. Trayor.
Folder 11

October 6, 1838