Drury Logan, Cherokee County, Kansas: Application for citizenship in the Cherokee Nation, Dawes Commission, 1896

Several members of our Logan family claimed Cherokee citizenship “by blood” through their descent from Zachariah Logan, son of Joseph Logan and Anna “Annie” Bias Logan. The commission set up to make these eligibility determinations was the Dawes Commission.

All of our Logan applicants, including Drury Logan, were denied membership in the Cherokee Nation by the Dawes Commission. It should be noted that, before DNA analysis and more exacting genealogical research standards, people often were said to have “Indian blood” if they had so-called Native American features, e.g. high cheekbones, dark hair, and dark skin. Sometimes these clues led to tribal ancestry; more often, they did not. Many people from many ethnicities have these features in common. A primary Logan example is General John A. Logan (not our relation) who was often said to have “Indian features.” We know when his ancestors arrived in this country and there was no chance, in that interlude, for there to have been Native American ancestry.

While we would be proud to claim Cherokee ancestry, DNA and the “paper trail” don’t lead us down that genealogical path. Nevertheless, these documents are interesting for their historical and genealogical value. Note Drury Logan’s children (second document below).

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The following page lists Drury Logan, his age, his children, and their ages. His spouse, Addie Russell Logan, isn’t listed because she was neither claiming nor eligible for membership in the Cherokee Nation. Drury Logan’s children are: Melvin Logan, 14; Calvin Logan, 12; Harmon Logan, 10; Jim Logan, 7; Joe Logan, 5; and twins Ray and Roy Logan, 1.

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