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Sarah Arledge (Springston)

Birthplace: Cherokee Nation, Indian Territory, OK (of Cherokee heritage)
Death: October 23, 1894 (41)
Catoosa, Indian Territory, OK [flu epidemic]; Bur. Denbo Cem. (Victim of the flu epidemic in 1894-5)
Immediate Family:

Daughter of Anderson "Little Bone" Springston and Sarah Springston
Wife of William Allie Arledge
Mother of Margaret [Maggie] Remington; James Samuel Arledge; Albert H. Arledge; Ada Arledge; Ida Arledge and 3 others
Sister of Johnson F. Springston; John Leak "Oo ne qua ti" Springston; Elizabeth Springston; Nancy "Nannie" Springston; Ruth Mayes and 5 others

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About Sarah Arledge

She is the daughter of Anderson Springston, which is why her eldest son was named John Anderson Arledge. He was from Saline District in Cherokee Nation, which is where Sarah was married (see below), and his wife's name was Sarah Elliott. Anderson and his wife Sarah walked the Trail of Tears from Gunter's Landing in Tennessee to Cherokee Territory in Oklahoma.

In the book, WHO WAS WHO AMONG THE SOUTHERN INDIANS 1698 - 1907, written by Don Martinit is the following information:

page 601: SPRINGSTON, ANDERSON - Cherokee, was born October 13, 1814, and was a student at Candy Creek Mission in 1828. In 1835 he lived on Wakoa Creek in McMinn County, Tennessee, his family consisting of one male over 18 and one female over 16. He was woudned by an assailant on May 9, 1842. In 1841 - 1845 he served as solicitor in Delaware District, and in 1845 was elected a senator there. During the early part of the Civil War he was a captain of CSA troops and served as Executive Counselor. He died March 15, 1866. He married to Sarah Elliott (born December 1821, died 1876), who lived in Saline District in 1867. He was the father of John Leah Springston.

Page 601 : SPRINGSTON, JOHN LEAH- Cherokee, born October 13, 1844, the son of Anderson Springston. He was elected sheriff in Saline District in 1871, and was elected senate clerk in 1879.

Please see document attached as a photo image: from Oklahoma and Indian Territory, Marriage, Citizenship and Census Records, 1841-1927 on First, a list of ten citizens petition the clerk of the District Court in the Cherokee Nation to permit William Arledge, a "citizen of the United States," to marry Sarah Simpson, a Cherokee citizen, vouching that he is of good moral character. Marriage liense duly granted by J.M. Ross, Clerk of the Saline District of the Cherokee Nation, and wedding performed by J.B. Mayes, Judge on 31 January 1878.

I suspect her name was misspelled, though that is troubling. However, it is almost certainly the same person.

Please see for the changing laws regarding the intermarriage of white and Cherokee citizens.

Sarah Arledge is found in census records of Indian Territory, along with her children:

1883, Cooweescoowe District, 1883, Citizens of Cherokee Nation by right of Cherokee blood

2159 Sarah Arledge 28 2160 Ada Arledge 5 2161 Maggie Arledge 2

"Pay Roll by right of Cherokee Blood, Cooweescoowee District":

Arledge, Sahna (corrected as Sarah, sort of) 30 Ada 7 Maggie 5 John A. 2.5 James S. 3 months

1890, Cooweescoowee District of Cherokee Nation:

  • William Arledge a (adopted) White, 44 m Farmer; yes can read, yes can write, yes married; 2 dwellings 3 other structures 1 farm 75 acres enclosed 40 acres in cultivation $800 value of improvements 450 bushels of corn 20 bushels of Irish potatoes 5 bushels of sweet potatoes 600 fruit trees 57 hogs 23 cattle 8 horses 150 domestic fowls 3 plows 1 machinery plow; 1 farm wagon, one clock, 1 newspaper, 1 sewing machine, 2 bee stands
  • Sarah Arledge 36 native; yes can read, yes can write, yes married
  • Ada Arledge 11 native
  • Maggie 8 native
  • John S. 6 native

Cherokees by Blood, 1893, Cooweescoowee District:

  • Sarah Arledge 40
  • Ada 14
  • Maggie 11
  • John 9
  • Maud 2
  • Clarie 2 days

Also see (available on with subscription) John A. Arledge's Application for Enrollment as Eastern Cherokee. plus following pages.

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Sarah Arledge's Timeline

December 20, 1852
Cherokee Nation, Indian Territory, OK (of Cherokee heritage)
December 2, 1878
Catoosa, Cherokee Nation, OK.; enrolled member of Cherokee Tribe
January 10, 1880
Catoosa, Indian Territory, OK
September 14, 1881
Catoosa, Indian Territory, OK [registered with the Cherokee Tribe]
October 31, 1883
Cooweescoowee District, Indian Territory, OK.; enrolled member of Cherokee Tribe; HOH 1920 Howell Co, Missouri; HOH 1930 Grant Co, LA with children John and Mamie--whre are other children? Farmer
April 5, 1886
Catoosa, Indian Territory, OK
November 14, 1887
Catoosa, Indian Territory, OK
February 13, 1891
Catoosa, Indian Territory, OK
June 15, 1893
Catoosa, Indian Territory, OK