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 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 $50 and was signed by Isaac and Abraham Carpenter.
Folder 96

December 31, 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 $25.00 and was signed by John McNulty.
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 $15.12 and was signed by Betsy.
Folder 96

January 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 $60.80 and was signed by Eliza.
Folder 96

January 7, 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 $16.75 and was signed by Jerry Smith and Polly Fields.
Folder 96

January 12, 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 $16.50 and was signed by Nancy Graves.
Folder 96

January 14, 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 $25.81 and was signed by Richard.
Folder 96

January 16, 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 $23.00 and was signed by Jacob.
Folder 96

January 19, 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 $38.19 and was signed in Fort Gibson by Polly.
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 $26.81 and was signed by Captain William Dutch.
Folder 96

January 20, 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 $45.50 and was signed by Will Vann.
Folder 96

January 22, 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 $22.18 and was signed by Caty Key.
Folder 96

February 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 $13.75 and was signed by Jack Spaniard.
Folder 96

February 3, 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 $19.37 and was signed by Nelly Tony.
Folder 96

February 5, 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 $62.37.
Folder 96

February 9, 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 $68.62 and signed by John Terrell.
Folder 96

February 13, 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 $45.31.
Folder 96

February 15, 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 $5.00 and signed by Samuel Spaniard.
Folder 96

February 16, 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 $10. 62 and was signed by Rachel McDaniel.
Folder 96

February 17, 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 $55.45 and was signed by Frances Brand.
Folder 96

December 22, 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 $12.81 and was signed by Bird Doublehead.
Folder 96

February 23, 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 $27.87.
Folder 96

April 2, 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 $22.81 and signed by Eliza Brewer.
Folder 96

July 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 $20.12.
Folder 96

December 29, 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 $73.72 and was signed by Deer Killer.
Folder 96

December 28, 1843
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 $26.50 and was signed by Ben Hummingbird.
Folder 96

December 29, 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 $26.65 and was signed by John McCullough.
Folder 96

December 30, 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 $56.50 and was signed by Brand.
Folder 96

December 31, 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 $24.75 and was signed by Jesse Reynolds.
Folder 96

January 1, 1847
John Drew, Folder 97 Letter from J. Bryan in Washington City to John Drew regarding claims

Letter from J. Bryan in Washington City to John Drew regarding claims.
Folder 97

March 11, 1847
John Drew, Folder 98 Deed from Samuel W. Bell for improvement called Levi Place to John Martin

Deed from Samuel W. Bell for improvement called Levi Place in the Saline District to John Martin.
Folder 98

March 15, 1847
John Drew, Folder 99 Deed from A. B. to John Drew of Negro slave girl

Deed from A. B., administrator of Estate of C. D., to John Drew for one Negro slave girl. C. D. is deceased.
Folder 99

May 1847
John Drew, Folder 100 Letter to John Drew from Thomas W. Mahoney concerning a meeting with John Ross

Letter to Drew from Thomas W. Mahoney in Grand Saline. Mahoney asks Drew to attend a meeting with John Ross and become a security on his band as contractor on building the seminary.
Folder 100

May 6, 1847
John Drew, Folder 101 Letter from Richard Drew to John Drew asking to borrow money

Letter from Richard Drew in Washington City to his brother John Drew asking to borrow $200.00. Richard reports commission is rejecting eastern claims and will do so with western claims.
Folder 101

May 13, 1847
John Drew, Folder 102 Deed by Rachel McDaniel of one Negro slave girl to John Drew

Deed by Rachel McDaniel, administrator of the estate of Moses Melton, of one Negro slave girl for $367.25 to John Drew. Girl is named Elazia and is around the age of 17.
Folder 102

May 13, 1847
John Drew, Folder 103 Report to Cherokee Agent James McKissick from Superintendent James M. Payne concerning public schools in Cherokee Nation

Report to Cherokee Agent James McKissick from James M. Payne. James M. Payne is the Superintendent of Public Schools in Cherokee Nation.
Folder 103

August 7, 1847
John Drew, Folder 104 Statement of account due William P. Denckla from estate of Joe Vann

Statement of account due William P. Denckla from estate of Joe Vann. Account totaled $113.94.
Folder 104

September 16, 1847
John Drew, Folder 105 Deposition by James McNair before Circuit Court Clerk David Rowe concerning title to improvements on Levi Childers place

Deposition of James McNair before Circuit Court Clerk David Rowe concerning title to improvements on Levi Childers place which was destroyed by fire.
Folder 105

September 18, 1847
John Drew, Folder 106 Order by Supreme Court Clerk J. B. Thompson to the Sheriff of the Illinois District concerning A. M. Wilson

Order by Supreme Court Clerk J. B. Thompson to the Sheriff of the Illinois District instructing him to remove A. M. Wilson from John Drew's premises near Dragoon Barracks per judgment.
Folder 106

October 21, 1847
John Drew, Folder 107 Order to sheriff to levy on property of A. M. Wilson to pay $2.00 judgment

Order to sheriff to levy on property on A. M. Wilson to pay $2.00 judgment in favor of John Vickery.
Folder 107

October 22, 1847
John Drew, Folder 108 List of Cherokee Nation Supreme Court cases dismissed on October 19

List of Cherokee Nation Supreme Court cases dismissed on October 19. List is signed by J. Thompson, Supreme Court Clerk.
Folder 108

October 22, 1847
John Drew, Folder 109 Deed by William Dutch of one Negro boy to John Drew

Deed by William Dutch, administrator of the estate of Richard Stinson, of one Negro boy to John Drew. The deed is in consideration for services rendered to the estate by John Drew. The Negro boy's name is Jack and he is about 16 years old.
Folder 109

November 5, 1847
John Drew, Folder 110 Petition to General Council by John Martin concerning Childers Place

Petition to General Council by John Martin concerning Childers Place. John Martin bought Childers Place but it was sold by sheriff to Huston Ross.
Folder 110

November 19, 1847
John Drew, Folder 111 Receipted statement of amount payable to William P. Denckla by the estate of Joseph Vann

Receipted statement of amount payable to William P. Denckla by the estate of Joseph Vann.
Folder 111

December 16, 1847
John Drew, Folder 112 Authorization by J. McKissick for Tar-Le-Sey to receive a public wheel

Authorization by J. McKissick for Tar-Le-Sey to receive a public wheel. J. McKissick was the Cherokee Agent.
Folder 112

December 25, 1847
John Drew, Folder 113 Blank power of attorney to Judge Joseph Bryan in Washington City concerning pensions

Blank power of attorney to Judge Joseph Bryan in Washington City to receive pensions. Incomplete draft on verso. Pensions were authorized by Article 14 of Treaty of 1835 for veterans of the War of 1812.
Folder 113

1847
John Drew, Folder 114 Unidentified list of names

Unidentified list of names.
Folder 114

1848
John Drew, Folder 115 Authorization by Tehn-Kater to Joseph Bryan to pay William P. Denckla

Authorization by Tehn-Kater to Joseph Bryan to pay William P. Denckla all amounts collected on his pension claim. Denckla was the Sutler at Fort Gibson and Bryan was an attorney for Old Settlers.
Folder 115

January 29, 1848
John Drew, Folder 116 Power of attorney for Joseph Bryan to receive amounts due on pension claim

Power of attorney to Joseph Bryan to receive amounts due on pension claim.
Folder 116

January 29, 1848
John Drew, Folder 117 Letter from William Potter Ross to John Drew concerning Vann estate and an order for Negro woman

Letter from William Potter Ross to John Drew concerning his note against the estate of Vann and an order for a Negro woman given to John M. Brown.
Folder 117

February 7, 1848