Location: Adair County OK

Biographical Sketch of Richard L. Taylor

(Halfbreed and Ghigau)-Richard Lee, son of William and Elizabeth (Grimmett) Taylor was born in 1854. Married in 1880 Margaret Elminr Paden, born in 1856. They are the parents of: Nannie C. married Felix N. Holland; Annie Almira, married W. A. Corley; Mary Amelia, married Thomas E. Holland; Susie Bunch, married Claude Doherty; Richard Lee; William Benjamin, deceased, and Martha Catherine living, married Tiny Hill, deceased. Richard Lee Taylor was elected Sheriff of Flint District August 1, 1887; August 5, 1889 and August 1, 1893. Elected Senator from the same district August 3, 1903. Elected County Commissioner of Adair County November 3,...

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Biographical Sketch of Joseph Martin Lynch

(See Grant and Adair)-Joseph Martin Lynch, born July 30, 1881, educated in Male Seminary and Cumberland University, Lebanon, Tennessee, graduating from the Law Department of the latter, but refused to take the Tennessee bar examination because Negroes were included in the class. Elected Register of Deeds of Adair County, September 17, 1807. He married Hazel Capitola Mason. He served for several years as attorney for the Interior Department and on November 8, 1919, refused the appointment of Register of the United States Treasury, because it would be impossible for him to take his aged father from his home and friends and he would not leave him. Mr. Lynch’s great-great-grandfather, Joseph Martin, a native of Albermarle County, Virginia, was elected Major in the Revolutionary Army, February 17, 1779, and promoted to a Lieutenant Colonelcy in March, 1781. He was elected Brigadier General of the North Carolina militia, December 15, 1787, and was commissioned Brigadier General of the 20th Brigade of Virginia militia by Governor “Light Horse Harry” Lee on December 11, 1793. His son John Martin, was a member of the Constitutional Convention of 1827, and was the first Chief Justice and first treasurer of the Cherokee Nation. Mr. Lynch’s grandfather, Joseph Martin Lynch, was a delegate from the Cherokee Nation to Washington in 1839, and was elected Senator from Delaware District August 2, 1842. Mr. Lynch’s father, Cicero Leonidas...

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Biographical Sketch of Cicero W. Addington

(See Foreman, Ghigau and Adair)-Cicero White Addington, born in Goingsnake District June 7, 1875, educated at the Male Seminary; Married September 13, 1899 Mary Lowenia, daughter of Oscar F. and Mary Catherine (Rider) Adair, born December 19, 1875. They are the parents of: Clarence Grady, born April 24, 1901; Frederick Earl, born April 13 1902; and Jennings Mayes. Mr. Addington was elected Clerk of Adair County in 1918. Minerva Isabel, daughter of Abijah an Isabelle (Taylor) Akin was born June 7 1852; married September 3, 1874, Henry Newton Addington. They were the parent of Cicero White...

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Biographical Sketch of Mrs. Lester Evans

(See Ghigau, Adair, Cordery and Halfbreed) -Susannah Deborah, daughter of Ephriam Martin and Sallie (Starr) Adair was born in Flint District September 4, 1860. Educated in the Cherokee Public schools and Female Seminary. Married Alexander, son of Andrew Vann and Sallie Ann (Williams) Jordan. He died April 1884. They were the parents of: Belle Leslie, Myrtle and the twins, Alexander and Vannie Jordan. Mrs. Jordan married March 16, 1886, Lester, son of Benoni and Mary E. Evans, born January 3, 1860 in Michigan. They are the parents of Minnie Evans who married Harry Stanley. Mrs. Evans is a member of the Wolf Clan and her Cherokee name is Susanie. Mr. Evan is a member of the Masonic fraternity. They are members of the Methodist Church and farmers, near...

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Biographical Sketch of Timothy M. Adair

(See Grant, Adair, Launders, Downing and Ghigau)-Timothy Meigs, son of Hugh Montgomery and Martha L. (Johnson) Adair was born at Stillwell September 2, 1882. Educated in the Cherokee Public Schools. Married at Nowata April 16, 1906. Martha daughter of Thomas Didymas and Joanna (Pitt) Saunders, born at Braggs December 28, 1885. She died Feb. 10, 1913. They were the parents of: Cleburne, born Feb. 17, 1908. Thereon, born June 30, 1921 and Velma Adair, born Jan. 11, 1913. Mr. Adair married June 22, 1917 Katie E., daughter of John and Mary Nunallee born at Bragg, Okla. 1891. Their children are Warren, born Dec. 26, 1919 and Eugene Adair, born Aug. 6, 1921. Mr. Adair’s Cherokee name is Skiya and he belongs to the Long Hair Clan. He is a farmer near Centralia, and is a member of the Independent Order of Odd Fellows Fraternity. He was elected County Commissioner of Nowata County November 7, 1916. Frank Pettie married Mary Beck and they were the parents of Mrs. Joanna...

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Biographical Sketch of George W. Smith

George Washington Smith, born in Flint District, July 18, 1878, educated locally and in Male Seminary. Married Nov. 24, 1904. Jennie May Paden, born Sept. 24, 1885. They are the parents of Grover Paden, born Aug.. 30th, 1905; and George Washington Smith, Jr. born April 14. 1907. George Washington is a Royal Arch mason, He was a member of the legislature from Adair County in 1910 and 1911. Chief Charles R. Hicks married Nancy Broom and their daughter Elsie married Jeremiah Broom, they are the parents of John Horn who married Nellie Miller and their daughter, Elizabeth, married Charles Smith and they were the parents of George Washington Smith, the subject of the sketch. Mrs. Smith is the daughter of Benjamni P. and Lucy Paden and the grand-daughter of Benjamin and Elmire (Miller)...

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Biographical Sketch of Mrs. James W. Caudill

Caudill, Mrs. James W. (See Grant, Ghigau and Adair)—Lou, daughter of Alfred Estis and Margaret Elizabeth (Adair) Holland was born at Stillwell, May 8, 1887 and edu­cated at Grove. Married at Bentonville, Ar­kansas, May 19, 1905, James Watson, son of James A. and Eliza Caudill, born April 16, 1879 in Rowen County, Kentucky. They are the parents of J. Holland, born October 11, 1906; Alton Estis, born July 7, 1908; Ruby Mozelle, born February 2, 1911; Ruth Lorene born December 2, 1913 and James Paul, born July 9, 1918. Mr. Caudill is a farmer near Adair. James Warren, son of Walter Scott and Nancy (Harris) Adair married Deborah Bean and they were the parents of Margaret Elizabeth (Adair)...

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Biographical Sketch of Mrs. James Miller

(See Ward)-Mary, daughter of Robert and Martha Alice (Holland) Early, was born in 1889 at Stilwell. Educated in the Cherokee public schools, Female Seminary and Hill’s Business College, Oklahoma City, graduating from the latter institution. Married at Joplin, Missouri in 1912 James, son of Mr. and Mrs. James C. Miller. She taught in the public schools for ten years prior to her marriage. Mr. and Mrs. Miller are members of the Baptist church. He is a farmer, near Foyil and she is a member of the Ladies Home Demonstration...

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Northeastern Oklahoma Biographies

The following biographies were written in 1922 and pertain to “important” men who resided in the Muskogee and northeastern areas of Oklahoma. By important, it should be emphasized that each biography was submitted along with a payment for inclusion in the biographical manuscript. Therefore, anyone who chose not to pay for such a service was often left out of the manuscript. The counties covered by this manuscript include Adair, Cherokee, Craig, Delaware, Mayes, McIntosh, Muskogee, Nowata, Ottawa, Rogers, Sequoyah, Wagoner, and Washington.

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Biography of Patrick Cleburn Woodruff, M. D.

In the passing of Dr. Patrick Cleburn Woodruff the medical profession lost a representative member. For twelve years he resided in Stilwell and during that time endeared himself to every one in the community. A man of great charity, he served rich and poor alike and his sudden demise, on the 29th of December, 1914, came as a severe shock to his many friends. A native of Mississippi, Dr. Woodruff was born on the 31st of January, 1865, a son of T. P. and Elizabeth (Leatherwood) Woodruff, both natives of that state. In 1871 they removed to Paris, Texas, and resided there until 1898, when they located in Rogers, Arkansas. There the father engaged in the fruit growing business on a large scale and achieved gratifying success in that connection. They were among the representative and progressive citizens of Rogers, -where they lived until death. To the union of Mr. and Mrs. Woodruff eight children were born, of whom three girls and three boys are living. Patrick Cleburn Woodruff, whose name initiates this review, was the third in order of birth. In the acquirement of an education Patrick Cleburn Woodruff attended the public schools of Paris, Texas, and upon determining to enter the medical profession, he enrolled as a student in the Louisville Medical College, from which institution he was graduated with the M. D. degree in 1888. He...

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Biography of Alexander Tindle

Alexander Tindle, sheriff of Adair county and a veteran of the World war, was born near Stilwell on the 23d of April, 1893, a son of James L. and Annie (Johnson) Tindle. The father was a native of Missouri, who went to Indian Territory at an early age and there married Miss Annie Johnson, a member of a prominent Cherokee family, her parents having originally come from Georgia. For many years Mr. Tindle engaged in farming and stock raising and achieved substantial success in that connection. His demise occurred on the 20th of April, 1906. His widow is still living. To their, union three sons and three daughters were born, Alexander being the third child in order of birth. Alexander Tindle received his education in the public schools of Adair county and in due time entered the Jefferson high school at Muskogee. Upon putting his textbooks aside he started to work on a stock ranch and he was active in that capacity for a period of four years. For the following three years he was a salesman for a large hardware concern and remained in their employ until the 12th of May, 1917, when he enlisted for service in the World war, becoming a member of Headquarters Company, Sixth Infantry, Fifth Division, and was sent to Fort Oglethorpe, Georgia. He was in training there for nine months and sailed...

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Biography of Luther Kyle

Luther Kyle, attorney at law, whose practice has largely to do with land and mineral law gild who since the 1st of April 1920 has practiced in partnership with S. B. Dawes, under the firm style of Dawes & Kyle, was born in Carroll County, Tennessee, his parents being Erastus Robert and Angeline (Butler) Kyle, the former a farmer by occupation. In the acquirement of his education Luther Kyle attended the public schools and afterward became a student in the Southern Normal University at Huntington, Tennessee, where he was graduated as a member of the class of 1894. The succeeding two years were largely devoted to preparation for the bar and he was admitted to practice at Muskogee on the 1st of June, 1896. He then entered upon general practice and for two years was located in Tahlequah, while the succeeding five years were spent in Stilwell. On the expiration of that period he removed to Sallisaw, Oklahoma, where he followed his profession for fifteen years. On the 1st of April, 1920, he came to Muskogee and entered into his present partnership relation with S. B. Dawes, recognized as one of the prominent members of the Oklahoma bar. The firm of Dawes & Kyle has enjoyed an extensive practice, largely handling land and mineral cases and in these branches of the profession both partners are well versed. While at...

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Biography of Jesse Townsend

Jesse Townsend, a well known agriculturist of Nowata County, was born in Adair County, Indian Territory, on the 1st of March, 1876, a son of Solomon and Mary (Horn) Townsend, both of whom are deceased. They were both natives of Indian Territory, where they were reared to young manhood and womanhood, married and died. Solomon Townsend was killed by an outlaw when his son Jesse was but a year and a half old. He had been clerking in a store, when one day a robbery took place and in tracing the robbers, he was waylaid and killed by one of them. The outlaw was later found and hanged. Jesse Townsend received his early education in the common schools of his native County and subsequently became a student in the Male Seminary at Tahlequah. At the age of twenty years he put his textbooks aside, and for one year engaged in farming in Adair County. The following year he located on his allotment of fifty acres, five miles northeast of Delaware, and he has since bought ninety acres more adjoining, with an additional eighty acres three miles northwest of the home place. He cultivates all but twenty acres, raising corn, wheat, oats, alfalfa, cattle and hogs, and he has brought the land to the highest state of improvement. His home, which is modern in every respect, is located in the...

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Biography of Samuel H. Mayes

Since 1906 Samuel H. Mayes has resided in Pryor and he is numbered among the representative business men of the community. As President of the Mayes Mercantile Company he takes an active part in commercial circles and he has built up an extensive and steady patronage. He was born in Indian Territory at what was then known as Flint district, Cherokee Nation and is now Evansville, Adair County, on the 11th of May, 1845. His parents were Samuel and Nancy (Adair) Mayes. The maternal grandfather was Black-Wat Adair, one-half Cherokee and the maternal grandmother was named Thompson, and was of Irish descent. The parents of Samuel H. Mayes were married before going to the Cherokee Nation in 1837, and they remained in that section of the country, where the father followed farming and stock raising until death. In the acquirement of an education Samuel H. Mayes attended the schools of his native state and the common schools near Bellevue, to which place his parents moved upon the outbreak of the Civil war. At the close of that conflict he went from Texas to near the Red River line and there engaged in farming and stock raising. In 1867 he returned to the Cherokee Nation and engaged in the same business until 1906, when he came to Pryor and went into the mercantile business, under the name of the Mayes...

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