Cheyenne Ft. Marion POW.
Central Superintendency, Field Office Files, Letters Received.
John D. Miles to Wm. Nicholson, May 12, 1877, C&A Agency.
-regarding release of the prisoners at Ft. Marion, St. Augustine, Fla.
-approves of Minimic, Little Medicine and Antelope also Heap of Birds, Bear Shield, and Matches.
-should make the release of prisoners very gradually.

Cheyenne Files - Ft. Marion POWS Text Copyright (c) 2003 John Sipes Collection.

(32) Matches/Matches; 2 men, 1 woman, 2 children, total 5; 

Text Copyright (c) John L. Sipe 2004 Sipes/Berthrong Cheyenne Collections. Fort Marion and Darlington Agency, Indian Territory Sections, File Numbers 42-56. Enrollment of Cheyenne and Arapahoe Tribe of Indians at the Agency. (This census shows native name, English interpretation, number of men, women and children in the family with the total in family. Notation at end of this Cheyenne census states: "I certify on honor that the foregoing is a full correct and complete list of Cheyenne Indians - and those only - at the Cheyenne and Arapahoe Agency, Indian Territory, who are entitled to subsistance. (S)" Jon D. Miles, U.S. Indian Agent, Cheyenne and Arapahoe Agency, I.T., March 1st, 1878.

Went to Hampton: Matches aka Nanhiyurs, arrived age 27  Apr 1878.  Jun 1879 Removal to Carlisle
September 10 - Matches, one of the Cheyenne Florida prisoners left today for his home in the Indian Territory, having been absent about five and a half years. In company with him went two others, who return home after a like absence, Koba and John Wicks. They left the territory savages, and manacled for safe keeping. They return examples to teach their people civilization.


Cheyenne Transporter, Oct. 25th, 1880.
The Indians who were taken from this Agency as savages and outlaws five years ago, are returning and proving as excellent examples and teachers for their people.

Matches, one of the Cheyenne Indians who was taken from this Agency to Florida, a prisoner over five years ago, has returned and is now at work at the Agency carpenter shop. He is throughly reformed and works to learn like a white man.

 Sipes Cheyenne Files, Boarding School Section, Carlisle Indian School. Text Copyright (c) John C. Sipes  2003

C&A Carlisle School File, (There is no date on this note)
Entitled to return home: Lydia Big Nose; Jessie Spreadhands; Myra Cedergrove; Clarence Warden. These are anxious to remain longer. Casper Edson; Wm. Fletcher; Arnold Woolworth; Carl Matches; Kias Williams; and Ernie Black also wish to return. Sarah Sitting Bull and Elkanah Dawson (Cheyenne)- father at Pine Ridge.

Text Copyright (c) 2004 John Sipes
(Berthrong Cheyenne Collection. Carlisle School Section.)

U.S. Indian Industrial School, Carlisle, Pa., June 13, 1885.
D.B. Dyer, U.S. Indian Agent, C&A Agency, Indian Territory.
Dear Sir,
The following students from your agency are entitled to return to their homes on account of expiration of the period for which they came: Lydia Big Nose, Jesse Spread Hands, Myra Cedar Grove & Cleaver Warden. These four are anxious to remain longer at the school, and it is my judgement they should. They are in good health and making satisfactory progress --- Casper Edson and Wm. Fletcher desire to return and come back in the fall. I should favor their doing so. Steve Williams says he wishes to return and help Mr. Vogt in the mission. Arnold Woolworth, Carl Matches, Kias Williams and Ernie Black wish to return and remain. They hope to get something to do. As Steve, Arnold and Kias are full grown men they can very properly take charge of their own future. Carl Matches and Ernie Black are still under age and might properly be held to school longer. Sarah Sitting Bull is reported by the school physician as having Scrofula and constitutional debility indicating that she had better be returned.
I would be very glad to have your views in regard to these students as early as practicable. Those that return will be started from here after the 1st.
Elkanah Dawson, Cheyenne, who came to us from your agancy, is also entitled to be returned: but his father is at Pine Ridge Agency and I will send him there.
In regard to Clarence Powder Face, I enclose letter from Dr. Given, which speaks for itself. I do not seem to have any grounds to ask for his return.
Very truly yours, /S/ R.H. Pratt, Capt. and Supt.
The money is placed to Clarences credit and subject to Powder Face order.
I mailed you a photo of your party taken last fall at Gettsburg.
O.G. Given to R.H. Pratt, June 13, 1885,
School Physician
Clarence Powder Face was "saturated with malaria" when he arrived at Carlisle Barracks, free of disease this year.
Text Copyright (c) 2005 Sipe/Berthrong Cheyenne Collections. Boarding School Files. Carlisle, Pa.
Little Beaver Woman #23, 93 yrs. old, died 2-12-1894. 
Marriages: Yellow Shirt, died before allots., Cheyenne; Ma-sa-hav-e, died before allots., Cheyenne. 
Children: Lean Bear, male, father Yellow Shirt, died 1876; Fish Woman, female, father Yellow Shirt, died 1876; One or Lone Killer, male, died 1879;Gray Skunk No. 1, 17 yre. old, father Ma-sa-hav-e, died 1853; Mis-tah-ha-e, male, died before allots. 
Grandchildren: Walter Matches, parents Lean Bear and Mrs. Lean Bear, died Before allots.; Carl Mathches, male, 24 yrs. old, parents Lean Bear and Womans Heart, died 1885; Buffalo Hide/Leola Jones, 23 yrs.old, parents Lean Bear and Womans Heart, died 1886; Hill, male, 18 yrs. old, parents Pushing Bear and Fish Woman, died before allots.; Hairy Face, female, parents Pushing Bear and Fish Woman, died before allots.; Martin Flying Bird, 22 yrs. old, parents One Killer and Wastin, died 3-1-1900; Flash of Lighting, female, 36 yrs. old, One Killer and Womans Heart. 
Great- Grandchildren: Charley Matches, parents Walter Matches and Emma Red Hair; Lone Killer, male, 4yrs. old. 
Emma Red Hair testified that Lean Bear committed suicide when taken to Florida as a prisoner. Mrs. Lean Bear testified she and Womans Heart were sisters, and Gray Skunk, son of Little Beaver Woman was killed by Pawnees. Charley Matches other name is Gray Skunk. 
Note: Matches #1: Walter Matches may have died before allots. He was the father of Charlie Wicks Matches. Charlies mother was Emma Red Hair. They were allotted with James Red Hair. Emma Red Hair and Charlie Matches, 10 yrs.old. 
Matches #2 was allotted #583, 43 yrs.old in 1892. His wife Ponca Woman # 584 was 34 yrs.old. A son is shown with them as Has No Shirt, 11 yrs. old. Matches #583 died 10-26-1914. No children are shown in his record. Ponca Woman #584 died 11-28-1908 at age 51 yrs. old. No children are shown for her either. After death of Ponca Woman Matches married Long Face. In testimony in Matches probate, Little Hand and Spotted Hawk testified Has No Shirt was son of Little Woman, sister of Ponca Woman. Has No Shirt/Forest Matches, his father was Crow. Parents of Matches: Gu-nim and Coming In sight, both died before allots. Parents of Ponca Woman: Young Dog, died 1884 and Crooked Nose, died 1887. 
(Ruby Bushyhead Coll.) 

Text Copyright (c) 2003 Ruby Bushyhead C&A Family Heirship and Estate Testimonies. 

Matches, 55, full blood, Chey., husb., married by Indian custom, father Go-nee-mint, dead and Mother Comes at Night, dead. Ponca Woman, 44, full blood, wife, father Young Dog dead, mother not shown.
Matches/Wolf in the Middle, 36, full blood, husb., Chey., married by clergyman., father Wolf in the Middle, dead, and mother Snake Woman Matches. Walking Woman, 34, full blood, wife, father Red Bead, dead and mother Twin Woman. Harvey Good Bear,/Counter, 14, 1/2 blood, step-son, single, father Ed Walters (white) dead, and mother Walking Woman. Ralph A. Arthur, 5, full blood, step-son, father Chester A. Arthur.

1902 C&A Family Registar 
Text Copyright (c) 2003 Ruby Bushyhead C&A Family Heirship and Estate Testimonies compiled by John Sipes.

NARA file. Carlisle: Hattie Matches / relative?  Was this Walter or Carl? 

E TAKE ‘TmSE Wms , ,re)lv: “ What do voti call me slow FROM LETl’EW. 
Fletcher Cheyenne on a, farm at Morrisville,Pa., says :-“ I haveplow- ed with two horse, I done four acres a.nd then I harrowed. We ha\?:;; big pigs and ten little ones. them every night and morning.” 

Carl Matches, on $hc same farm says :-“ I cut the corn’every evening, the feeding cows. Yeatenlny I been 
work in the garden. I dig the potatoes. I hoe tomatoes near the fence. I pt. up the weeds too. I help William make some celery beds. Fletcher and I pulled up lot of mullens.” 

August 1882 SCHOOL NEWS 

  The Haskell Leader says: "As a result of recent ball games Clinton Starr has a broken nose, Samuel Townsend a broken thumb, and Charlie Matches a black eye," which item is interesting as it relates to one of our old pupils, Samuel Townsend. 

May 21, 1897 INDIAN HELPER 

Helped set up Carlisle with Ohettoint. 

From Petersen's Plains Indian ARt...


      Hattie Matches. Rg1329. Arrived at Carlisle 9/9/1896 aged 14. her father is listed as Bob Tailed Coyote. She stays at Carlisle until 4/12/1897 when she goes home sick. Cheyenne 

      Carl (finger) Matches. Rg 1328. CIIS ID #203. Arrives at CIIS on 2/3/1881 aged 16. both his parents are listed as living. His address is care of Living Bear ("Northern Cheyenne chief). He stays at CIIS until 6/22/1886. 2 outings: Louisa A Wright,Morrisville 6/17/1882-1/7/1884; Phineas Briggs, dolington 4/2/1884-8/30/1884. was trained as a shoemaker. Died by 1904. 

      Jonas (Asa Jones) Matches. Rg 1328. CIIS ID #298. arrived 8/31/1882 aged 15. father listed as deceased, mother living. Address given c/- Lean Bear. At CIIS until 9/18/1883. dead by 1904. 

      Walter Matches. Rg1328. CIIS ID #2. arrived at CIIS 9/10/1879 aged 23. left 9/10/1880 in ill health. Dead by 1904. 

Genevieve Bell NARA Collection.