Miller Application # 10956
William Julius McKee
Cherokee Co., Tahlequah, Oklahoma
One half brother to Fannie E. Chandler (1723) and
son of Eliza B. Sharp-McKee (Chapman # 1188)
Commissioner of Indian Affairs
Washington, D. C.
I hereby make application for such share as me be due me of the fund appropriated by the Act of Congress approved June 30, 1906, in accordance with the decrees of the Court of Claims of May 18, 1905, and May 28, 1906, in favor of the Eastern Cherokees. The evidence of identity is herewith subjoined.
1. State Full Name:
English Name- William J. McKee
Indian Name-Wille-ah Stoo-gee-s-tee
2. Residence- Tahlequah District, Cherokee Nation, Indian Territory
3. Town and Post Office- Tahlequah, Indian Territory
4. County- Tahlequah District
5. State- Indian Territory
6. Date and Place of Birth-
October 26, 1841 Cherokee Co., North Carolina
7. By what right do you claim to share? If you claim through more than one relative living in 1851, set forth each claim separately:
By being on the roll of 1851
My sister- Mary A. McKee
My mother- Eliza B. McKee
My grandmother- Rebecka or Wa-kie Morris
My great grandmother-Nancy or Nancy Ka-ta-tee and her relations
Aunt- Caroline Morris
Uncle- Gideon Morris
Cousin to my mother- James Root and Robert Love
*( James Root is listed as a ward on the Siler and Chapman Rolls with the Morris family)
8. Are you married? YES
9. Name and age of wife or husband- Sabra McKee, 51 years old
10. Give names of your father and mother, and your mother's name before marriage-
Father- English name- John A. McKee
Indian name- White, adopted
Mother- English name- Eliza B. Sharp nee McKee nee Morris
Indian name- Li-zeh
Maiden name- Eliza B. Morris
11. Where were they born?
Both parents born in Cherokee County, North Carolina
12. Where did they reside in 1851, if living at that time
Father died in 1845 in North Carolina
Mother residing in Cherokee County, North Carolina
13. Date of death of your father and mother?
Father died June 24, 1845, Mother died February 3, 1871
14. Were they ever enrolled for annuities, land, or other benefits? If so, state when and where-
Yes, my mother on roll of 1851 in North Carolina and was enrolled in Cherokee Nation West in 1870.
15. Name all your brothers and sisters, giving ages, and if not living, give date of death-
William S. McKee b. October 26, 1841 d. living claimant
Mary E. McKee b. January 6, 1844 d. April 1867
½ bro. John W. Sharp b. July 16, 1853 d. living
½ sis. Fannie Sharp b. July 28, 1855 d. living
½ sis. Rebecca T. Sharp b. November 4, 1857 d. living
½ sis. Cornelia Sharp b. April 9, 1861 d. living
16. State English and Indian name of your grandparents on both father's and mother's side, if possible-
Father's side- James McKee and Hanna McKee
Mother's side- Gideon Morris, white adopted, and Rebecca Morris nee Ka-te-he
17. Where were they born? Old Cherokee Nation, North Carolina
18. Where did they reside in 1851, if living at that time?
Old Cherokee Nation, North Carolina
19. Give names of all their children, and residence, if living; if not living, give dates of deaths
1. English name- Eliza B. Sharp nee McKee nee Morris
Indian name- Li-se, died February 1871, in Cherokee Nation, Indian Territory (my mother)
2. English name- John C. Morris
Indian name-Cah-hoo-nih, died in North Carolina, about 1865
3. English name- Harry Morris
Indian name- Hul-lee, died Cherokee Nation West, about 1866
4. English name-Drew M. Morris
Indian name- Ool-si-yah, died 1877, Cherokee Nation West
5. English name- Evaline or Aviline Morris
Indian name- Nan-nie, died in 1859 Cherokee County, North Carolina
6. English name- Gideon Morris
Indian name- Sun-ki, died 1858 Cherokee County, North Carolina
7. English name- Caroline Morris
Indian name- Cah-lah-nah, died in 1861, Cherokee County, North Carolina
My aunts and uncles on my father's side are white people.
20. Have you ever been enrolled for annuities, land, or other benefits? If so, state when and where-
Yes, on roll of 1851 in North Carolina also on all authenticated rolls made in Cherokee West, on Dawes Commission roll, a Cherokee Allottee.
21. To expedite identification, claimant should give the full English and Indian names, if possible, of
their paternal and maternal ancestors back to 1835.
The names of my ancestors prior to my great-grandmother, mother, and her brothers and sisters, are unknown to me.
(Under this head the applicant may give additional information that he believes will assist in proving his claim).
Note: Answers should be brief but explicit: the words 'yes' , 'no', and 'unknown' may be used in cases where applicable. Read the questions carefully.
I solemnly swear that the foregoing statements made by me are true to the best of my knowledge and belief.
Signed: William J. McKee
Subscribed and sworn to before me this 12th day of January 1907.
Signed: W. C. Davis, Notary Public
(The following affidavit must be sworn to by two or more witnesses who are well acquainted with the applicant.)
Personally appeared before me James Henson and William Carlile, who being duly sworn, on oath depose and say that they are well acquainted with William J. McKee, who makes the foregoing application and statements, and have known him for 25 years and 20 years, respectively, and know him to be the identical person he represents himself to be, and that the statements made by him are true, to the best of their knowledge and belief, and they have no interest whatever in his claim.
Witnesses Signatures: James Henson and William Carlile
Subscribed and sworn to before me on this 12th day of January 1907.
Signed: W. C. Davis, Notary public
William J. McKee, listed as ¼ Cherokee
1850 Census Cherokee County, North Carolina, family # 778
Siler Roll # 1188 family group # 8 as William Julius McKee-10 yrs.-Cherokee County, River Valley, NC (mixed)
Chapman Roll # 1189-Cherokee County, NC-River Valley as William Julius McKee-10 yrs.
1880 Cherokee Census # 849-Flint District as Wm. J. McKee-38 yrs.-farmer
1896 Census # 2113-Tahlequah District
Dawes Roll # 16525, Census Card # 6390 as William J. McKee-Tahlequah District-Park Hill, IT
First married to Adelaide E. Welch, April 17, 1866, daughter of Edward 'Ned' Welch and Emily Vannoy.
Second married to Sabra Neugin, daughter of Bark Neugin and Rebecca Tickahneesky
Transcribed by Catherine Widener, 2003.