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Biography of Carter B. Tyner, Sr.

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Carter B. Tyner, Sr., is a native son of Oklahoma and a representative in both the paternal and maternal lines of honored pioneer families of the state. He has reached the age of sixty-six years and is now living largely retired upon his ranch near Skiatook after many years of active connection with farming and stock raising interests of Washington county.

He was born on Fourteen-Mile creek, near Tahlequah, October 17, 1855, his parents being Lewis C. and Sarah (Parris) Tuner, of Cherokee extraction, and natives of Indian Territory. During the Civil war the father took his family to the Choctaw Nation and served in that conflict as a soldier in the Confederate army. After the close, of hostilities he returned to his farm near Skiatook, in Washington county, and this he continued to operate until his demise in 1896. For many years he had survived the mother, who passed away in 1868. Her father, Moses Parris, was a man of high intellectual attainments and he assisted in framing the constitution of the Cherokee Nation. His death occurred in 1863. To Mr. and Mrs. Tyner were born seven children: Moses, Melisa, James F., Mary E., Bud, Sadie and Carter B.

Mr. Tyner resides upon the old family homestead, situated in Washington county, six miles north of Skiatook, near the Osage county line, of which his father became the owner previous to the Civil war, and is a gentleman of refined and cultivated tastes. He was at one time identified with mercantile interests, working for the firm of Johnson & Keeler of Ringold, and for four years he was associated with W. C. Rogers, of Skiatook. He was formerly the owner of a large amount of land in this locality but has disposed of all but forty acres, which he farms in connection with his children’s ninety-acre allotment, engaging principally in stock raising. He utilized the most progressive and practical methods in the operation of his farm and success in substantial measure rewarded his labors, so that he is now enabled to lay aside the heavier burdens of life and enjoy the fruits of his former toil.

Mr. Tyner has been married three times. His first wife was Esther J. Tiblow, whom he wedded in 1873, and they became the parents of seven children: Thomas J., Simon, Lydia, Paul Jones, Charles, Maude May and one who died in infancy. For his second wife he chose Mattie Keyes, whom he married in 1891, and two years later he married Christine Elder, by whom he has fourteen children: Carter B., Jr., William H., Mary E., Ada Belle, Lewis F. and Jennie, twins, Leo D., Leonard, Siota, Robert L. Ownes, Beulah, Marshall and Wilson, twins, and Delia, the last named being about two years of age.

Mr. Tyner’s life has been a long, active and useful one, actuated by worthy purposes and crowned with successful achievement, and he worthily bears a name which from pioneer times to the present has been an honored one in the annals of the state.


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