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Biography of Mrs. Mary C. Bezion

One of the pioneer citizens of Nowata county is Mrs. Mary C. Bezion, residing on her farm two miles southwest of Delaware, hale and hearty at the age of seventy-three years. A native of Kansas, she was born in Wyandotte county, on the 14th of April, 1849, a daughter of Jim and Nancy (Washington) Secondine. Her father, who was chief of the Delaware, was born in Ohio. He was with General Fremont during the Mexican war and his picture has been preserved in the archives at Washington, D. C. Mrs. Bezion was but fourteen years of age when her father died. Her mother was half Wyandotte and half white, and was a native of Upper Sandusky, Ohio. She was married to Jim Secondine in Kansas and her death occurred while residing in the Cherokee Nation, thirty-nine years ago. Mrs. Bezion received her education in the schools of Kansas and is a very intellectual woman. She came to Indian Territory with the first Delaware emigrants and located at Grand River, where she resided but a short time. Subsequently she removed to Coodys Bluff and from there came to her present home, two miles southwest of Delaware, where she has one hundred and ninety-eight acres, a fine home and oil holdings, from which she draws royalties. Although she rents her farm to a tenant, she still resides on it, and administers all of her own affairs. Mrs. Bezion has met many prominent people and when just a girl was introduced to President Lincoln and his wife in Fort Leavenworth, Kansas. President Lincoln presented her with a ring which she treasured greatly,...

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