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 118 Appointment of John Drew as administrator of John Miller estate by Judge John Thompson

Appointment of John Drew as administrator of John Miller estate by Judge John Thompson of the Illinois District.
Folder 118

February 21, 1848
John Drew, Folder 119 Appointment of John Drew as administrator of Wah-Le-Sak estate by Judge John Thompson

Appointment of John Drew as administrator of Wah-Le-Sak estate by Judge John Thompson.
Folder 119

March 8, 1848
John Drew, Folder 120 Subpoena by Judge John Thompson for John and William Drew to appear as witnesses

Subpoena by Judge John Thompson for John and William Drew to appear as witnesses in case of Nancy Griffin and Elizabeth Delano v. Daniel Colstone. Colstone was the administrator of the David Colstone estate.
Folder 120

April 3, 1848
John Drew, Folder 122 Bill of Sale by Joseph Coody for one Negro slave boy

Bill of Sale by Joseph Coody for one Negro boy slave. The boys names was Jesse and the Bill of Sale was for $125.
Folder 122

May 27, 1848
John Drew, Folder 123 Deed from John Drew to Amos Thornton of Dragoon Barracks Land for $2000.00

Deed from Drew to Amos Thornton of Dragoon Barracks Land for $2000.00. Deed secured by slaves, cattle, wagon, and oxen until paid.
Folder 123

May 28, 1848
John Drew, Folder 124 Certification by Acting Clerk John Thompson of Judgment in case of B. F. Thompson and J. M. Lynch v. Drew Fields Company

Certification by Acting Clerk of the Cherokee Nation Supreme Court John Thompson of judgment in case of B. F. Thompson and J. M. Lynch v. Drew Fields Company.
Folder 124

July 1, 1848
John Drew, Folder 125 Printed Joint Resolution, S. R. 33, concerning Old Settler claims under the Treaty of 1846

Printed Joint Resolution, S. R. 33, requiring accounting officers of Treasury to settle proposed amendment to S. R. 33. Certified by W. Patton, Clerk.
Folder 125

July 8, 1848
John Drew, Folder 126 Sworn statement signed by John Thompson concerning money owed of William Webber

Sworn statement signed by John Thompson concerning $88 due to William Webber from estate of John Miller for advances to cover amount stolen by David Miller.
Folder 126

July 22, 1848
John Drew, Folder 127 Handwritten copy of Senator W. Sebastian's Creditors and $20,000 to Ross and Treaty Party advance to obtain Old Settler approval of treaty

Handwritten copy of Senator W. Sebastian's Creditors and $20,000 to Ross and Treaty Party advance to obtain Old Settler approval of treaty.Folder 127

August 1, 1848
John Drew, Folder 128 Depositions of John Thompson, George Justice, and Squire Baldridge concerning money owed to Charles Benge

Depositions of John Thompson, George Justice, and Squire Baldridge concerning $24 owed to Charles Benge for two of his steers sold by Soup Watts, deceased.
Folder 128

August 14, 1848
John Drew, Folder 129 Letter from Jason Vann in Webbers Falls to John Drew requesting his presence

Letter from Jason Vann in Webbers Falls to John Drew requesting Drew to come down to settle the estate.
Folder 129

September 2, 1848
John Drew, Folder 130 Receipted bill from Dr. T. Miller in Washington City to John Drew

Receipted bill from Dr. T. Miller in Washington City to John Drew.
Folder 130

March 9, 1849
Receipt from E. I. McClery to Mr. Drew

Receipt from E. I. McClery to John Drew.
Folder 130

February 14, 1849
John Drew, Folder 131 Power of attorney from Lovely Rogers to John Drew

Power of attorney from Lovely Rogers to John Drew. Rogers was seeking all moneys due under Cherokee treaties from 1835 to 1846.
Folder 131

April 18, 1849
John Drew, Folder 132 Agreement between Rachel McDaniel and John Drew, David Carter, and James M. Payne concerning lawsuit

Agreement between Rachel McDaniel, Guardian of John Melton, and John Drew, David Carter, and James M. Payne to prosecute lawsuit of John Melton v. Stephen Foreman, administrator of the estate of Charles Melton.
Folder 132

June 2, 1849
John Drew, Folder 132A List of property of the Charles Melton estate

List of property of the Charles Melton estate.
Folder 132A

1840s
John Drew, Folder 133 Receipt for $24.00 from Tak-Kesky to Charles Benge

Receipt for $24.00 from Tak-Kesky to Charles Benge. Amount was owed to Benge from S. Watts.
Folder 133

September 14, 1849
John Drew, Folder 134 Bond of Mortar and Alex Foreman as guardian of Che-Ar-Nun-Nah on her $100 note

Bond of Mortar and Alex Foreman as guardian of Che-Ar-Nun-Nah, a blind woman, on her $100 note.
Folder 134

September 21, 1849
John Drew, Folder 135 Bond of Catfish and Walooki in estate of Alsey Littlemeat

Folder 135

1812 - 1916
John Drew, Folder 136 Manuscript certified that David aided in search for Van McIntosh

Manuscript certified that David aided in searching for Van McIntosh who was charged with the murder of Henry Vickery. Note written over the top states that no register in office and was signed by G. W. Gunter.
Folder 136

1812 - 1916
Certificate stating that Thomas Davis guarded a prisoner

Certificate stating that Thomas Davis guarded Adam, who was charged with theft and acquitted, for four days in the Delaware District of the Cherokee Nation. Certificate is marked counterfeit and signed by G. W. Gunter and Jason McIntosh.
Folder 136

1812 - 1916
Certificate stating that Thomas Davis guarded a prisoner

Certificate stating that Thomas Davis guarded Samuel, who was charged with theft, for one day in the Delaware District of the Cherokee Nation. Certificate is marked counterfeit and signed by G. W. Gunter and Jason McIntosh.
Folder 136

1812 - 1916
John Drew, Folder 137 Untitled (4026.3511.12)

Folder 137

September 27, 1855
Letter inquiring if amount owed has been repaid

Folder 137

October 20, 1859
Letter from Joseph Duval to John Drew concerning money owed

Folder 137

April 4, 1851
Letter from C. C. Belcher asking for $5.12 1/2 to Ezekiel Starr

Folder 137

March 10, 1853
Statement of account for R. N. Johnson

Account total was $13.25.
Folder 137

October 31, 1851
Untitled (4026.3511.6)

Folder 137

March 25, 1855
John Drew, Folder 139 Bill for freight and drayage to Fort Gibson for Richard Fields

Bill to Richard Fields for freight and drayage from Fort Smith for $2.50. Drayage is defined as the transport of goods over a short distance.
Folder 139

December 31, 1851
Promissory note of Napolean B. Hawkins for $40.00

Note owed to Edward Burgesse.
Folder 139

February 15, 1842
License for John Drew to practice law in Cherokee courts

License signed by Richard Fields, Chief Justice of the Cherokee Supreme Court.
Folder 139

October 10, 1835
Bill for account of William Dudley for $0.75

Bill for tobacco and owed to John Drew.
Folder 139

October 1, 1832
Untitled (4026.3325.14)

Folder 139

1850s
Note to John Drew instructing him to pay $40.00

Folder 139

September 22, 1848
Account statement of Runyan at Falls Store for $15.00

Folder 139

January 28, 1844
Bill for account of Neal M Lead for $1.75

Bill owed to John Drew.
Folder 139

October 1, 1832
Receipted account statement for the total of $40.78

Folder 139

May 3, 1852
Receipted account statement to Mr. Johnson Davis for the total of $3.75

Statement for calico fabric and a comb.
Folder 139

April 7, 1833
Receipt of John Drew for $2500.00

Folder 139

October 3, 1857
Note concerning estate of Jane Griffins

Folder 139

June 15, 1841
Promissory note for $35.00

Folder 139

1850s
Account statement of Andrew Vann for $20.25

Statement for calico, candles, overlooked balance, and shaving tools.
Folder 139

November 1836
Receipted account statement to Willis McClelland for the total of $28.93 3/4

Statement for tobacco, pipe, blanket, hunting coat, socks, and shoes. Payment was received by John Drew.
Folder 139

1850s
Receipted account statement to S. Watts for the total of $5.00

Statement for shoes, a shawl, and 9 yards of (illegible writing).
Folder 139

January 24, 1846
Receipt for payment to the estate of S. Watts

Receipt for payment to the estate of S. Watts, deceased. Payment was cow and calf valued at $7.00. Payment owed as repayment for a loan made to the deceased and was received from Takes.tas.kee. Signed by Anderson Watts.
Folder 139

June 17, 1848
Note requesting $20.00 worth of merchandise to S. Watts

Note was from S Pushie and instructs Runyan to charge it to his account.
Folder 139

July 1845
Receipted account statement to Samuel Sitchfield for the total of $24.00

Statement for cloak, flannel, and trimmings. Payment was received by John Drew.
Folder 139

1850s
Receipted account statement to John Drew for the total of $15.00

Payment was received by J W Slosson.
Folder 139

April 18, 1862
Promissory note of Jesse McLain for $70.00

Note owed to Joseph Cookson.
Folder 139

February 1859
Note requesting William D. Shaw to pay Drew and Fields $17.46

Note was from John Alberty.
Folder 139

May 6, 1843