All though we may not be related to George W. Varner, this is his application brought before the tribal nation and as you can see they state very clearly that the surname Varner is not a known Native American Chicasaw Indian name, only a name similar to that in Cherokee Nation!

 

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From: "Cheryl Walker" <walker@telepath.com>
Subject: [VARNER-L] George W. Varner MS>Indian Territory 1896
Date: Fri, 3 Jul 1998 19:59:20 -0500


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Attached is an MS-DOS text document. It is a transcription of the
application for Chickasaw citizenship of George W. Varner in 1896 Indian
Territory (later Oklahoma). I ordered it from the National Archives in the
hopes it was my great grandfather, but it was not. It is sent to all of you
in the hope that it will help someone or at least be somewhat interesting to
others.

Cheryl (Varner) Walker
Oklahoma City, Oklahoma

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1896 Application for Citizenship in the Chickasaw Nation
The following is transcribed from a copy received from the National =
Archives in Ft Worth Texas. I have=20
tried to type it exactly as it was written, and all but the last few =
pages of it was hand-written. There are a=20
few words I had to guess at, some have a question mark in parentheses. =
Each page number of the copy is=20
listed above its contents. I am not a direct relative of this George W. =
Varner, however, my great-
grandfather's name was George Washington Varner and he was married and =
lived in Atoka, Atoka County,=20
Choctaw Nation, Indian Territory until Oklahoma became a state. He =
never claimed Indian rights and did=20
not participate in the Run of 1889.=20
___________________________________________________________
Page 1

Wapannueka, Indian Territory
September 1st, 1896

Received of George W. Varner an application for enrollment for his =
family and bro as citizens of the=20
Chickasaw Nation.

(signed) C. S. Mosely, Gov.
C.N.

Page 2

United States of America
Southern District
Chickasaw Nation
Comes George W. Varner and after being duley sworn upon his oath states =
that on the 1st day of Sept 1896=20
at the time and place expressed in the attached receipt for the =
application for citizenship in the Chickasaw=20
Nation that he also in the same package delivered a copy of all his =
proof supporting said application which=20
was the affidavits of J. T. Stark, William Hampton, John, Maples, John =
M. Varner and A. Shamblian and=20
John T. Black.
(signed) George W. Varner

Sworn to and subscribed before me this 3rd day of Sep 1896
J. E. Grimstead(?)/Grinstead/Gristead
N.P.

Page 3

(cover page)

Application of
George W. Varner
For Citizenship in the
Chickasaw Nation
_______________

Sam L. Castleberry, Atty.
Tishimingo, Ind. Terr.

Page 4

Name Age Relationship
James M. Varner 10 nephew
Nellie Varner 8 niece
John Taylor Varner 6 nephew
Margret Maples 44 sister
Thos. Hampton 28 nephew
Jacob Hampton 25 nephew
Wm Maples 15 nephew
George Maples 12 nephew
Gule(?) Maples 3 niece
John Varner 38 brother
Shawblew(?) Varner 6 nephew
Plummar(?) Varner 3 niece

Given under my hand and seal this 3rd day of August 1896.

(signed) George W. Varner

Application of George W. Varner

United States of America
Ind Ter
Southern Dist

Now on this 31st day of August 1896 before us a notary public in and for =
the above territorial district=20
personally appeared Geo. W. Varner who being duly sworn stated that the =
facts set forth in the foregoing=20
application are correct and true.

Sworn to and subscribed before me this 31 day of Aug. 1896
J.E. Grimstead
Notary Public

To the Honorable Henry L. Daw and other composing the commission to the =
Indian Territory five Civilized=20
Tribes Southern District United States your petitioner Georg W. Varner =
should state and show by the proof=20
submitted to the consideration that he is a Chickasaw Indian by decent =
and by blood. My Father .(text=20
lost at bottom of copy)

Page 5

(text repeated from bottom of page 4)
To the Honorable Henry L. Daw and other composing the commission to the =
Indian Territory five Civilized=20
Tribes Southern District United States your petitioner Georg W. Varner =
should state and show by the proof=20
submitted to the consideration that he is a Chickasaw Indian by decent =
and by blood. My Fathers name=20
was Jacob Varner who was part Chickasaw Indian as well as part white my =
Grandfather was George=20
Washington Varner who came from Mississippi in an early day who also was =
part Chickasaw Indian. I=20
now reside as Oakland Ind Ter and he further avers that these facts can =
be established by proof to the=20
satisfaction of the commission under such rules and regulations as it =
may prescribe and he further avers that=20
these facts being proved he is entitled to be adjudged uner the laws of =
such Nation and under the laws of=20
the Congress of the United States and the treaties of such Nation with =
the United States a citizen of such=20
Nation with all the rights and priviliges and protection of citizenship =
in such Nation, wherefore he herewith=20
respectfully submit to the consideration of the Honorable commission =
such proof and on the hearing he be=20
adjudged entitled to such citizenship and his name be placed upon the =
proper roll of Chickasaw Indians as a=20
citizen of said Nation. Respectfully George W. Varner. Subscribed and =
sworn to before me this _____ of=20
Aug 1896.J. E. Grimstead
N.P.

Page 6

Application for Enrollment
To the Honorable Henry L. Daws and other composing the commission to =
the five Civilized=20
Tribes
Gentlemen the undersigned your petitioner Georg W. Varner for and in =
behalf of himself and family this=20
day makes this their application to you for the purpose of being placed =
on the revised(?) of Chickasaw=20
Indians and those entitled to share in the distributions of funds and =
Allotments of land in the Chickasaw=20
Nation by virtue of their Chickasaw blood and I herewith submit the =
enclosed and attached affidavits in=20
suport of said claim and respectfully awaite the time when our =
application shall be herd and tried. George=20
W. Varner.
Enrollment of Family with relationship

George W. Varner Age 40 Application
Sarah A. Varner 30 wife
Bular(?) C. Varner 8 daughter
John E. Varner 6 son
Georg E. Varner 3 son
Charliy A. Varner 1 son
(final line obliterated on copy)

Page 7

Affidavit of
J. T. Starks

Page 8

The State of AlaBefore me J. N. Farrow
Cherokee CountyNP & Ex off JP in and=20
For said county and State, personaly appeared J. T. Stark who after =
being duly sworn de(?) and says that he=20
was personally acquainted with Jacob I. Varner and that said Jacob I. =
Varner toled him sometime in the=20
year 1880 that he was a part Chickasaw Indian, and from what he toled me =
and from his general appearance=20
I have every reason to believe and do believe that said Jacob I. Varner =
was at least one Sixteenth=20
Chickasaw indian blood. He also toled me that his father was of =
Chickasaw Indian blood and was raised in=20
the State of Miss near Memphis Tenn.
Subscribed and Sworn to(signed) J. T. Stark
Before me August 20th 1896
J. N. Farrow
NP & Ex off JP

I hereby certify that J. T. Stark is a respectable person and intitled =
to credit for truth and veracity. Aug 12th=20
1896.J. N. Farrow
NP & Ex off JP

Page 8

The State of AlaBefore me J. N. Farrow
Cherokee CountyNP & Ex off JP in and for
Said County and State, Personally appeared William Hampton who after =
being duly Sworn deposseth and=20
saith he was personally acquainted with Jacob I. Varner, deceased, for =
about 41 years before his Death and=20
very frequently heard him say that he was of Chickasaw indian blood, and =
his general appearance and=20
complection indicated that he was at least one Sixteenth Chickasaw =
indian. I was also acquainted with=20
Georg. W. Varner who was the father of Jacob I. Varner and he showed to =
be at least one fourth Chickasaw=20
indian blood and he claimed to be Chickasaw decent and was looked on and =
treated as such by his=20
neighbors and acquaintances. I have been in position to know and do =
know the general appearance of=20
Indians for I was raised among them and associated with them in my =
boyhood. Jacob I. Varner could speak=20
the Chickasaw language very fluently. Goerge W. Varner father of Jacob =
I. Varner was raised in the State=20
of Miss near Memphis Tenn, and I have every reason to believe and do =
believe that Jacob I. Varner was of=20
Chickasaw

Page 9

Indian blood. I am in no way interested in the matter of the claim of =
the Sons of Jacob I. Varner for=20
Citizenship in the Chickasaw indian Nation.
Subscribed and swornhis
To before meWilliam X Hampton
August 20th 1896mark
J. N. Farrow
NP & Ex off JP

I hereby certify that William Hampton is a respectable person and =
intitled to credit.
J. N. Farrow
NP & Ex off JP

Affidavit of William Hampton

Page 10

Affidavit of
John Maples

Page 11

The State of AlaBefore me J. N. Farrow
Cherokee CountyNP & Ex off JP in and for
Said County and State, Personally appeared John Maples who after being =
duly Sworn deposseth and saith=20
that he became acquainted with Jacob I. Varner, deceased, about 18 or 20 =
years ago and new him until his=20
death and was frequently in his company and have often heared him say =
that he was part Chickasaw indian,=20
and from his own statements to me and from his general appearance I have =
every reason to believe and do=20
believe that he was at least one Sixteenth Chickasaw indian blood if not =
more. Sworn to and subscribed
to before me=09
August 20th 1896his
J. N. FarrowJohnXMaples
NP & Ex off JPmark

I hereby certify that I am well and personaly acquainted with John =
Maples and that he is a creditable person=20
and intitled to credit. Given under my hand this the 20th day of August =
1896
J. N. Farrow
NP & Ex off JP

Page 12

Affidavit of
John M. Varner

Page 13

The State of AlaBefore me J. N. Farrow
Cherokee CountyNP & Ex off JP in and for
Said County and State, Personally appeared John M. Varner who after =
being duly Sworn deposseth and=20
saith that he is a son of Jacob I. Varner late of Cherokee County =
Alabama deceased and that he has often=20
heared his father say that he was of one sixteenth Chickasaw Indian =
Blood, and that said Jacob I. Varner=20
was a son of one George W. Varner who was on Eighth Chickasaw Indian =
blood and was raised in the State=20
of Miss near Memphis Tenn. From my fathers Statements frequently made =
in my presence, and to me, I=20
have every reason to believe, and do believe that he was of Chickasaw =
Indian decent. Subscribed and=20
Sworn to before me August 20th 1896
J. N. Farrow(signed)John M. Varner
NP & Ex off JP
This is to certify that John M. Varner is a respectable person and =
intitled credit. August 20th 1896 J. N.=20
Farrow NP & Ex off JP

Page 14

Affidavit of Dr. A. Shamblin

Page 15

The State of AlaBefore me J. N. Farrow
Cherokee CountyNP & Ex off JP in and for
Said County and State, Personally appeared Dr. A. Shamblin who after =
being duly Sworn deposseth and=20
saith that he became acquainted with Jacob I. Varner about the year 1877 =
and new him well until his death,=20
that he was his family Physician from from [sic] 1877 until 1884 when he =
died and that he heard said=20
Varner say very frequently that he was of Chickasaw Indian blood, and =
from what said Varner told me and=20
from his general appearance I have every reason to believe and do =
believe that he was of Chickasaw Indian=20
decent, I have also heared him say that his father was raised in the =
State of Miss.
Subscribed and Sworn to before me August 20th 1896
J. N. Farrow(signed)A. Shamblin
NP & Ex off JP

I hereby certify that I am personally acquainted with Dr. A. Shamblin =
and that he is respectable person and=20
intitled credit. August 20th 1896 J. N. Farrow NP & Ex off JP

Page 16

No 174 [980 is marked through with 174 written above it]

George W. Varner
=09
Chickasaw Nation
_______________

Filed Sept 5 1896
A. S. McKeuen(?)
Comm

Rejected

Page 17

United States of America
Ind Ter
Southern Dist

Affidavit of J. T. Black in the citizenship claim of Geo. W. Varner who =
being duly sworn says:

My name is Jno.(?) T. Black my post office is Oakland I.T. I have known =
the applicant for about 9 years and=20
know that he has always claimed to be of Chickasaw Indian decent and =
further know that said G. W.=20
Varner's reputation for Truth and moral integrity is beyond reproach.

I also know Dr. A. Shamblin whose affidavit is attached to said =
application have know him for 20 years and=20
that he is a man of unquestionable honor and has a good name for moral =
uprightness.

(signed) Jno(?) T. Black
Sworn to and subscribed before me this 31st day of August 1896 J E =
Grinstead Notary Public

Page 18
[dark copy of file cover]

No. 980
________________

Before the Honorable Commission
To the Five Civilized Tribes
________________

In the matter of the Application
Of George W. Varner et. al. for
Enrollment in the Chickasaw Nation
________________

- - : A N S W E R : - -

Filed Oct 31, 1896
H. W. Jaroevaq [?]

Page 19

[typewritten]

TO THE HONORABLE DAWES COMMISSION:

Ex Parte ___Chas. S. Maupin et al____
=09
Comes now the Chickasaw Nation, by its Attorneys, and respectfully =
excepts to the application=20
filed herein, and says that the same is insufficient in law.

W H E R E F O R E, It prays that the said application be dismissed.

Second- -For special exception, the Chickasaw Nation respectfully shows =
to this Commission that=20
the evidence produced by the applicant is insufficient to show any claim =
of citizenship in the Chickasaw=20
Tribe of Indians.

W H E R E F O R E, It asks that said application be dismissed.

Third- -For further special exception, the Chickasaw Nation says that =
the application is insufficient=20
in that it shows that the applicant has not complied with the laws of =
said Nation, and, therefore, is not=20
entitled to any of the rights and privileges as a citizen.

W H E R E F O R E, It prays that said application be dismissed.

THE CHICKASAW NATION,

By Its Attorneys.

Page 20

TO THE HONORABLE DAWES COMMISSION:

Ex Parte ___George W. Varner et al____
=09
Now comes the Chickasaw Nation, by its Attorneys, and respectfully =
excepts to the application=20
filed herein, and says that the same is insufficient in law.

W H E R E F O R E, It prays that the said application be dismissed.

Second- -For special exception, the Chickasaw Nation respectfully shows =
to this Commission that=20
the evidence produced by the applicant is insufficient to show any claim =
of citizenship in the Chickasaw=20
Tribe of Indians.

W H E R E F O R E, It xxx asks that said application be dismissed.

Tjird- -For further special exception, the Chickasaw Nation says that =
the application is insufficient=20
in that the same shows that the applicant has not complied with the laws =
of said Nation, and, therefore, is=20
not entitled to any of the rights and privileges as a citizen.

W H E R E F O R E, It prays that said application be dismissed.

THE CHICKASAW NATION,

By Its Attorneys.

Page 21

- - : BEFORE THE HONORABLE COMMISSION TO THE FIVE CIVILIZED TRIBES : - =
-

-----o-----

In the Matter of the Application for Enrollment in the Chickasaw Nation =
of George W. Varner et al

-----o-----

Now comes the Chickasaw Nation, by its Attorneys, and, without waiving =
any exceptin=20
heretoforde taken to the application filed herein; and without =
consenting to, but denying the jurisdiction of=20
this Honorable Commission to pass upon a question of citizenship in the =
Chickasaw Tribe of Indians,=20
presents this, its answer to said application, and respectfully =
represents:

The Chickasaw Nation alleges that none of the applicants herein are =
entitled to enrollment in the=20
Chickasaw Nation by blood or otherwise, and says that each and all of =
them are now, and have at all times=20
been citizens of the United States; and that none of the applicants =
herein have any evidence which shows to=20
this Commission that they are entitled to enrollment in said Nation; it =
futher alleges the fact to be that the=20
petition of the applicants herein is entirely without foundation in =
proof or facts. Chickasaw Nation offers,=20
in support of the allegations herein contained, the exhibits hereto =
attached, and asks that they be considered=20
as a part of this answer.
=09
W H E R E F O R E , It prays that the application herein be dismissed, =
and will ever pray, etc.

THE CHICKASAW NATION

By Its Attorneys

[handwritten note at bottom of the page]
Recently came into the Territory evidence all show given outside =
Territory.

Page 22

In the Matter of the Application for Enrollment in the Chickasaw Nation
Of George W. Varner et al.

-----o-----

Indian Territory,)
) ss.- - : Affidavit of C. A. Burris : - -
Chickasaw Nation.)____________

Before me, the undersigned authority, on this day personally appeared =
C. A. Burris, who, being=20
first sworn, deposes and says: My name is C. A. Burris; I am 67 years =
of age, and am a Chickasaw Indian=20
by blood. I came to this country with the Chickasaw Tribe of Indians =
from the State of Mississippi in the=20
year 1837, and have lived here ever since; I have been a member of the =
House of Representatives of the=20
Legislature of the Chickasaw Nation; also a senator; District Judge, =
Supreme Judge, and was this year a=20
Delegate to Washington in the interest of the Chickasaw people and =
Nation; I have never known of a=20
family by the name of "Varner", who were Chickasaws either by blood or =
otherwise, either in the Indian=20
Territory, or the state of Mississippi; I knew a family who had a name =
similar to that, but they were=20
Cherokees. I think that if there was a family by that name who were =
Chickasaws, I would have known=20
them, or at least heard of them.

(signed) C. A. Burris

Subscribed and sworn to before me on this the 24th day of October, A. =
D., 1896
(signed) Wm. Lucas
Notary Public

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