Leonard Allen: application to Bureau of Indian Affairs for funding/membership in Eastern Cherokee Nation, Cherokee County, Kansas

Leonard Allen, son of Margaret Jane Logan Allen and Lewis or Louis K. Allen, was born 2 March 1858 in Washington County, Illinois. Leonard Allen married (second) Effie L. Wright in 1898 in Cherokee County, Kansas. He applied for membership — and funding — in the Eastern Cherokee Nation in Kansas. He based this on his great-grandfather, Zachariah Logan, whom he believed to be a Native American ancestor. All of these applications by this extended family were denied membership in the Cherokee Nation. DNA and the “paper trail” don’t indicate Native American ancestry for Zachariah Logan.

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Source: Karra Porter

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