Interview by the Department of the InteriorCommission to the Five Civilized TribesNowata, Indian Territory Cooweescoowee District
Edward Clayton Bolen’s application for membership to Cherokee Nation. (Edward Bolen is father to child Harry ORLANDO)
As of October, 1900:Delaware Tribe member, Minnie Bolen, age 22born abt. 1881 Cherokee Indian Nation, U.S.A. parents Alexander andElizabeth Connor. Marries white man Edward Clayton Bolen, age 29, Nowata, Indian Territory. Marriage date unknown.
Edward C. Bolen was previously married to Lola L. Smith.Edward and 1st wife Lola married under United Stateslaw Aug. 7 1893. Then re-married Feb.23 1894 under Cherokee Lawby Rev. Isaac Brown.Lola L.Smith-Bolen was a Cherokee-Delaware by blood.Her father was named John Smith, her mother namedSallie.Edward Bolen says he and ex-wife Lola never got a divorce, that they wentto court and got it compromised. He said he did not understand the processwell enough to explain it. Edward said he and ex-wife Lola have a 5 year old sonHARRY ORLANDO who was currently living in Missouri. Edward says he has legal custody of son because his wife Lola left him and left their son alone.He says she left him because of her allegation he didn’t do her right orsupport her.Although Edward was living in the Cherokee Nation at time of hisapplication, he never explains who his son Harry Orlando is living with inMissouri.
It has not been established if ORLANDO was the child’s middle or last name.
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