Matthew’s Cherokee Heritage

Matthew and Kate Scraper
Dr. Randy and Wanda Scraper
Bob & Vida Scraper
Frank & Bessie Scraper
Archibald Scraper

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I have a wonderfully diverse family made up of ancestors from around the world. The vast majority of the Citizens who live within our District share that distinction. My primary ethnic identifications are Cherokee, Scottish, Irish, and Norse. Amateur genealogy being a hobby of mine, I would LOVE to tell you their stories. However, for my purposes here, I’ll focus on my Cherokee heritage. You can learn more about that, and about me, below.

I am registered as 1/16 Cheorkee with the Cherokee Nation. You can read my bio here.

My father, The Rev. Dr. Randy L. Scraper (⅛ Cherokee) is an ordained minister in The United Methodist Church, now retired. He is a graduate of Baker University, 1971, Bachelor of Music Education degree. His graduate work includes a Master of Arts in Theology degree from Oral Roberts University, 1978; a Master of Divinity degree from St. Paul’s School of Theology, 1980; a Doctor of Ministry degree from Oral Roberts University, 1984 and a Doctor of Philosophy degree from the Graduate Theological Foundation, 2008. He has done additional graduate work at Asbury Theological Seminary. Dr. Scraper is an accredited member of the International Association of Logotherapy and Existential Analysis at the Viktor Frankl Institute in Vienna, Austria. In the Fall of 1968, 

Rober Dale Scraper (1923-2007). My grandfather was ¼ Cherokee. Granddad was a World War II veteran who spent the majority of his life in central Kansas. After returning home from his military service, he began a company that serviced moisture testers for grain elevators. Eventually, he travelled all over the central and northern plains as his business grew. 

Joseph Franklin Scraper (1899-1967). My great grandfather was ½ Cherokee. The son of a Trail of Tears survivor, he was born on the family allotment in Scraper Hollow, just outside of Tahlequah. A dispute over the inheritance of his father’s property found he and his brother following his mother to Kansas shortly after his father’s passing. “Frank” (as he was called) would make a life for himself farming just outside of Beloit, Kansas, where my grandfather would eventually be born.

Archibald Scraper (1816-1904). My great, great grandfather was a full blood Cherokee with an honorable legacy of service within the Cherokee Nation. One of the original members of the Keetoowah Nighthawk Society, “Arch,” (as he was known) would survive the Trail of Tears and continue to serve the Cherokee Nation as a member of the Tribal Council, an Associate Justice of the Supreme Court, the Director of Public Schools, a delegate to Washington (several times), a Cherokee Marshall, and a Captain in Col. John Drew’s Mounted Cherokee Rifle Regiment during the Civil War. 

The Scraper (ᏗᏑᎦᏍᎩ) (1780-1854). My 3x great grandfather is the man with whom our family’s surname originates. In early 2020, I took a pilgrimage to the site of his home, originally called “Scraper Mountain” in northeast Alabama. You can read more about that journey here. Scraper served with Major Ridge in the Creek War of 1812. 

“The happiest people I’ve ever met, regardless of their profession, their social standing, or their economic status, are people that are fully engaged in the world around them. The most fulfilled people are the ones who get up every morning and stand for something larger than themselves. They are the people who care about others, who will extend a helping hand to someone in need or will speak up about an injustice when they see it.”

Principal Chief Wilma Mankiller

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