This collection contains loose spoliation claims from 1838 and 1842. The loose claims are part of the Penelope Johnson Allen Cherokee Collection. The Penelope Johnson Allen Cherokee Collection spans the years 1775-1878 and contains materials relating to the Cherokees and to John Ross (1790-1866), Principal Chief of the Cherokees, 1828-1866. The collection was purchased from Mrs. Penelope Johnson Allen of Chattanooga, Tennessee, who previously obtained the portion belonging to John Ross from his grandson, Robert Bruce Ross (1845-1930).

The Trail of Tears Association has created a database after fully indexing the 1838 claim books. Find the database here

Items will be added to this collection as they are digitized.