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 49 Receipt for $250 paid to Parker, Kean & Shewell by Drew Fields Co.

Receipt for $250 paid to Parker, Kean & Shewell by Drew Fields Company
Folder 49

January 19, 1841
John Drew, Folder 50 Agreement and Decision concerning a dispute over money in the estate of John Martin

Agreement between John Drew, Ike Mayfield and W. L. Adair to submit dispute over money in the estate of John Martin to arbitration. On verso is the decision of David Vann, Joseph Vann, and Joan M. West concerning the dispute.
Folder 50

November 1841
John Drew, Folder 51 Decision of arbiters that Mayfield, Adair, and Drew concerning payment for a contract with John Martin

Decision of arbiters that Jesse Mayfield, W. S. Adair, and John Drew should get five dollars a day for carrying out a contract with John Martin. The arbiters were David Vann, Joseph Vann, and J. M. West.
Folder 51

December 8, 1841
John Drew, Folder 52 Letter to John Drew from Bryan F. Thompson regarding method of payment for the sum awarded by arbitrators

Letter to John Drew from Bryan F. Thompson, administrator of the estate of John Martin, outlining the method of payment of $5,009 awarded by the arbitrators.
Folder 52

December 14, 1841
John Drew, Folder 53 Statement of money due for use of house and subsistence by commission administering Cherokee Claims

Statement, approved by S. C. Stambaugh, for the amount of one hundred and seventeen dollars due to Paula Mackey for the use of a house and subsistence by the commission administering Cherokee claims in the Illinois District. The house and subsistence was used from January 27 to February 16.
Folder 53

February 16, 1842
John Drew, Folder 55 Letter from John Ross to Pierce M. Butler regarding Cherokee warriors entitled to pensions

Letter from John Ross in Washington City to Pierce M. Butler who was the US agent for Cherokees. The letter transmits a list of Cherokee warriors who are entitled to pensions.
Folder 55

August 30, 1842
John Drew, Folder 56 Documents concerning estate of Alexander Tultz

Copy of appointment by Bluford West, Judge of the Saline District, of Sally Tultz as administrator of the estate of Alexander Tultz. Copy of a bond by Sally Tultz. Copy of a list of the estate assets totaling $604.50.
Folder 56

September 20, 1842
John Drew, Folder 57 Documents concerning pedigree and sale of cattle to Harrison Elliott by W. M. Jackson

Pedigree of roan heifer and bull calf sold to Harrison Elliot by W. M. Jackson. Certificate by Elliott added to the pedigree upon sale of the heifer to George A. Jennings.
Folder 57

October 6, 1842 - December 29, 1843
John Drew, Folder 58 Letter to John Drew from Glasgow & Harrison concerning collection and claims

Letter to John Drew from Glasgow & Harrison in St. Louis transmitting W. B. Noland note for collection and referring to claims of Siter Price Company.
Folder 58

October 22, 1842
John Drew, Folder 59 Order signed by R. B. Daniel concerning the case of B. F. Thompson and J. M. Lynch v. Drew and Fields Company

Order signed by R. B. Daniel to levy on the property of Drew and Fields to satisfy the judgment of the Supreme Court for the amount of two thousand two hundred and forty six dollars and seventy three and a half cents. Sum was awarded in the case of B. F. Thompson and J. M. Lynch v. Drew and Fields Company. Receipt of the sum due from John Drew acknowledged on the verso.
Folder 59

December 12, 1842 - October 11, 1848
John Drew, Folder 60 List of Cherokee warriors entitled to pensions

List from John Ross of Cherokee warriors who are entitled to pensions.
Folder 60

1842
John Drew, Folder 61 Appointment of Thomas Watie to take census in Canadian District

Appointment by P. M. Butler, Cherokee Agent, of Thomas Watie to take a census in Canadian District.
Folder 61

January 3, 1843
John Drew, Folder 62 Receipt for distributions by Richard Ratiff, Administrator of estate of Daniel Griffin

Receipt for distributions by Richard Ratiff, Administrator of estate of Daniel Griffin. Signed by Lewis Griffin.
Folder 62

February 4, 1843
Receipt for distributions by Richard Ratiff, Administrator of estate of Daniel Griffin

Receipt for distributions by Richard Ratiff, Administrator of estate of Daniel Griffin. Signed by Lewis Griffin.
Folder 62

February 4, 1843
Receipt for distributions by Richard Ratiff, Administrator of estate of Daniel Griffin

Receipt for distributions by Richard Ratiff, Administrator of estate of Daniel Griffin. Signed by Louisa Delano.
Folder 62

February 4, 1843
Statement of Richard Fields for amount due from Richard Ratliff

Statement of Richard Fields for amount due from Richard Ratliff. Statement sworn before Judge T. J. Pack, Circuit Court of the Northwestern District. Statement endorsed by Agent P. M. Butler.
Folder 62

December 28, 1843
John Drew, Folder 63 List of Property from the estate of Thomas Chisholm by Richard Ratliff

List of property from the estate of Thomas Chisholm by Richard Ratliff. List is signed by Court Clerk David Ruse of the Illinois District.
Folder 63

March 21, 1843
John Drew, Folder 64 Bill of sale of one Negro man by Rachel Rodgers to Drew & Fields

Bill of Sale of one Negro slave for $400 by Rachel Rodgers to Drew & Fields. The man's name was Billy.
Folder 64

April 11, 1843
John Drew, Folder 65 Account of J. M. Bryan with Richard Ratliff sworn before Circuit Judge Riley Keys

Account of J. M. Bryan with Richard Ratliff sworn before Circuit Judge Riley Keys.
Folder 65

June 10, 1843 - January 10, 1845
John Drew, Folder 66 Notice from Archibald M. Wilson to John Drew concerning improvements on his premises

Notice from Archibald M. Wilson to John Drew warning him not to make improvements on his premises at Dragoon Barracks near Fort Gibson.
Folder 66

August 13, 1843
John Drew, Folder 67 Deed by which Richard Ratcliff gives property to his children

Deed by which Richard Ratcliff gives his property, slaves and plantation, to his children, William and Kioway.
Folder 67

August 17, 1843
John Drew, Folder 68 Note from John Ross to Mr. Dutcher concerning the delivery of a public wheel

Note from John Ross to Mr. Dutcher informing him that one of the public wheels will be delivered to Tsikeguhi of the Saline District.
Folder 68

November 1843
John Drew, Folder 69 Affidavit of Court Clerk David Boggs regarding stolen hogs

Affidavit of Court Clerk David Boggs accusing Hiram Hasmar of stealing hogs belonging to Elsey and Charles. Order by the Clerk of the Circuit Court in the Canadian District P. G. Mackey to arrest Hasmar.
Folder 69

December 25, 1843
John Drew, Folder 70 Contract between Public Schools in the Illinois District and teacher James Rawles concerning a common English class

Contract between three directs of the public schools in the Illinois District and teacher James Rawls. Rawls is contracted to teach a common English School for five months.
Folder 70

February 21, 1844
John Drew, Folder 71 List of names concerning claims and payments of claims

List of names, states of origin, and amount of claims with notation of amounts paid.
Folder 71

March 13, 1844
List of names concerning claims and payments of claims

List of names, states of origin, and amount of claims with notation of amounts paid.
Folder 71

March 11, 1844
John Drew, Folder 72 Inventory of goods sent from Bayou Menard to mouth of Illinois

Inventory of goods sent from Bayou Menard to mouth of Illinois in May of 1844. Inventory total is $971.23.
Folder 72

May 1844
John Drew, Folder 73 Deposition of James Douglas concerning the sinking of the steamboat Logansport

Deposition of James Douglas concerning the sinking of the steamboat Logansport by the steamboat Victoria in 1839 near the mouth of the Sallisaw River.
Folder 73

June 3, 1844
John Drew, Folder 74 Receipt issued to Drew for $1000 in Treasury Notes by Seaborn Hill

Receipt issued to Drew for $1000 in Treasury Notes by Seaborn Hill. Seaborn Hill was a trader at the mouth of the Verdigris River with a store on the south bank of the Arkansas River.
Folder 74

July 14, 1844
John Drew, Folder 75 Appointment by Circuit Judge John Thorn of Thomas Roddy as clerk of circuit court for the Illinois District

Appointment by Circuit Judge John Thorn of Thomas Roddy as clerk of circuit court for the Illinois District.
Folder 75

August 15, 1844
John Drew, Folder 76 Bill of Sale of one Negro boy by Girt Jolly to John Drew

Bill of Sale of one Negro boy named Parker by Girt Jolly to John Drew. The Bill of Sale's total is $400.
Folder 76

September 10, 1844
John Drew, Folder 77 Contract between E. B. Alexander and John Drew for corn and oats

Contract between Captain E. B. Alexander and John Drew, where John Drew agreed to furnish 5,000 bushels of corn and 1,000 bushels of oats by February 1, 1845. John Drew was to deliver the corn and oats to Fort Gibson and be compensated $0.55 for each bushel of corn and $0.45 for each bushel of oats.
Folder 77

September 27, 1844
John Drew, Folder 78 Authorization by Riley Keys to John Drew for expenses concerning Martha and Catharine Gunter

Authorization by Riley Keys to John Drew for expenses concerning Martha and Catharine Gunter. Riley authorized Drew to pay $149.70 5/6 to Samuel Newton for Martha and Catherine's tuition, board, etc. Drew was to charge the estate of E. Gunter.
Folder 78

January 4, 1845
John Drew, Folder 80 Deposition of Calvin McLain concerning the wrecking of Jesse McClain's boat

Deposition of Calvin McLain concerning the wrecking of Jesse McLain's boat. The boat was being towed by the Logansport and was wrecked by the steamboat Victoria in 1839.
Folder 80

April 22, 1845
John Drew, Folder 82 Copy of document concerning Joshua Roach and his Families departure from Cherokee Agency East

Certified copy of a document showing that Joshua Roach and his family's departure from Cherokee Agency East on February 2, 1835. Document certified by P. M. Butler, Cherokee Agent.
Folder 82

June 13, 1845
John Drew, Folder 83 Copy of protest against decision of Judge Doublehead and notice of appeal in court case

Copy of protest against decision of Judge Doublehead, and notice of appeal in case of William Tultz, Anna Miller, and Barney Tultz v. Jean Tultz, John Tultz, Billy Tultz, James McIntosh and John McIntosh.
Folder 83

July 29, 1845
John Drew, Folder 84 Letter from John Claiborne in New Orleans to Marcellus Duval seeking assistance in collection of a note

Letter from John Claiborne in New Orleans to Marcellus Duval seeking assistance in collection of note from estate of Claiborne Runyon. Handled by John Drew.
Folder 84

October 24, 1845
John Drew, Folder 86 Claims by Joseph Cookson and John Catron against Cherokee Nation for property lost when keelboat was sunk by steamboat Victoria

Claims by Joseph Cookson and John Catron against Cherokee Nation for property lost when keelboat was sunk by the national steamboat Victoria. Property lost totals $213.75 and $167.50.
Folder 86

November 27 - 28, 1845
John Drew, Folder 87 Claim by Jesse McLain against Cherokee Nation when his keelboat was sunk by steamboat Victoria

Claim by Jesse McLain against Cherokee Nation when his keelboat was sunk by the national steamboat Victoria. Claim amount is for $1,522.12 1/2.
Folder 87

December 2, 1845
John Drew, Folder 88 Letter from P. M. Butler to John Drew concerning three mules

Letter from P. M. Butler to John Drew asking that three mules to be shod and returned to Camp Coddy.
Folder 88

December 24, 1845
John Drew, Folder 89 Letter from E. Hicks at Comanche-Peak, Texas to John Drew

Letter from E. Hicks at Comanche-Peak, Texas to John Drew describing his visits with Comanches, Wichita, Waco, Caddo and Tawakonis. Letter also mentions Governor Butler, Mr. Doodey and Judge Hicks.
Folder 89

March 17, 1846
John Drew, Folder 89A Letter from John Thorn in Washington City to John Drew

Letter to John Thorn in Washington City to John Drew. Thorn reports on status of negotiations of National, Treaty Party and Old Settler groups with the United States.
Folder 89A

March 31, 1846
John Drew, Folder 91 Printed copy of an act of the Cherokee National Council concerning payment of public debt

Printed copy of an act to provide for payment of public debt in certain cases with handwritten note on verso.
Folder 91

August 10, 1846
John Drew, Folder 93 Certified copy of decision of Cherokee Supreme Court in case of A. D. Wilson v. John Drew

Certified copy of decision of Cherokee Supreme Court in case of A. D. Wilson v. John Drew relating to claims to land at Dragoon Quarters. Found for John Drew because his claim was older.
Folder 93

October 28, 1846
John Drew, Folder 94 Petition sign by 32 Cherokee asking Chief John Ross to declare a day of public thanksgiving

Petition signed by 32 Cherokees asking Chief John Ross to declare a day of public thanksgiving. Petition reflects thanksgiving for end of reign of error which prevailed as a result of post-removal factionalism.
Folder 94

November 1846
John Drew, Folder 95 Receipted statement of Mrs. N. Runyan's account payable to William P. Denckla

Receipted statement of Mrs. N. Runyan's account payable to William P. Denckla. Account statement is for March to November of 1846.
Folder 95

January 28, 1847
Receipted statement of John Drew's account payable to Williams P. Denckla

Receipted statement of John Drew's account payable to William P. Denckla. Account statement is for February to December of 1846.
Folder 95

January 28, 1847
John Drew, Folder 96 Promissory note payable to John Drew out of headrights as an Old Settler under the Treaty of 1846

Promissory note payable to John Drew out of headrights as an Old Settler under the Treaty of 1846. Promissory note was for $59.47.
Folder 96

November 28, 1846
Promissory note payable to John Drew out of headrights as an Old Settler under the Treaty of 1846

Promissory note payable to John Drew out of headrights as an Old Settler under the Treaty of 1846. Promissory note was for $15.00 and was signed by Hampton Rogers.
Folder 96

January 1, 1847
Promissory note payable to John Drew out of headrights as an Old Settler under the Treaty of 1846

Promissory note payable to John Drew out of headrights as an Old Settler under the Treaty of 1846. Promissory note was for $100.53 and was signed by Girt Polly.
Folder 96

December 29, 1846