Location: Afton Oklahoma

Biographical Sketch of Mrs. D. T. Ogden

(See Ward and Adair) Jessie Curtis Abney, born July 24, 1900 in Afton Delaware District; educated at Afton and took a business course at Coffeyville Kansas; graduate of the Afton High School. Married Sept. 14, 1919 at Independence, Kansas, D. T. Ogden, son of W. A. and Julia Ogden. Mr. Ogden is assistant cashier of First National Bank of Afton. John Adair, a Scotchman, married Gahoga, a full blood Cherokee of the Deer Clan. Their son Samuel married Edith Pounds; they were the parents of: Rachael Pounds Adair, who married Rev. James Jenkins Trott, a Methodist minister. Rev. and Mrs. Trott were the parents of: James Cicro Trott, who was generally known by his an name of Osceola, born April 6, 1839 Woodbury, Tennessee, married March 1, 1886 Madora Stover, born Jan. 25, 1852 in Delaware District. She is the daughter of John Henry Stover, died March 31, 1865. James C. and Medora Trott are the parents; of: Birdie Adair, born Nov. 25, 1871 ; educated in Vinita public schools and Worchester Academy, from which she graduated; she taught school several years and married Sept. 6, 1895 Robert A. Abney, born Aug. 1869 in Saline county, Illinois. Until his death he was in the mercantile business at Afton; he died July 16, 1906 and Mrs. Birdie A. Abney died Sept. 3, 1919; Eugene Homer and Willie A....

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Biographical Sketch of John A. Countryman

(See Ward and Hildebrand)  John Anderson, son of George Washington and Minerva (Ballard) Countryman, was born in Delaware District March 14, 1872, and educated in the Cherokee National schools. Married at Afton August 1, 1900, Jane O., daughter of Dennis and Lucy Hildebrand, born May 7, 1882. They are the parents of W. T., born July 14, 1901; Velva Irene, born June 23, 1903, married B. F. Frisbie and has one daughter, Ethel Irene Frisbie, born September 24, 1920; Ned, born March 14, 1907, and Houston, Countryman, born August 18,...

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Biographical Sketch of Mrs. Lucy Duncan

(See Grant, Ward and Duncan)-Lucy A., daughter of Joseph H. Polly (Ward) Clark, was born February 7, 1848 on Beatty’s Prairie in Delaware District. She was educated in the Cherokee National Schools. Married December 25, 1869 Joshua B. Duncan, born December 13, 1835; and he died December 14, 1875. They were the parents of Helen Rosencrantz, born ; March 25, 1874, and Annie Ellen Duncan, born April 7, 1876. Mrs. Lucy A. Duncan, on August 30, 1877, married James A. Duncan the brother of her first husband, and he was born June 3, 1825. He died December 26, 1898. They were the parents of Jimmie Abercrombie, born October 30, 1879; Lucy Elizabeth, born March 14, 1884, and Charles DeWitt Duncan, born April 10, 1886. Delen R. Duncan is a very accomplished artist and makes her home in Columbia, Mo. Mrs. Duncan is the owner and proprietor of large farming interests near Afton. She is a member of the Methodist...

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Biographical Sketch of Mrs. Ermine Josephine Davidson

(See Ward and Ghigau)-Felix Grundy, son of Isaac and Lucy (Arthur) Nidiffer, was born March 16, 1853. Married April 23, 1876, Joanna Ruth, daughter of John Ross Ana Annie (Hildebrand) Lender, born February 8, 1861. Felix Grundy Nidiffer died October 16, 1896. She died July 2, 1911. They were the parents of Ermina Josephine Nidiffer, born September 2, 1877. Educated in the Female Seminary. Married at Afton March 21, 1899, Thomas David son of William and Jane Davidson, born April 27, 1871, in Bates County, Missouri. They are the parents of Anna Laura, born December 21, 1899, married Everett Holt; Ruth Jane, born June 23, 1902, married Clyde E. Andrews; Athelene, born July 22, 1904, married Hallet Peace; Cecil Kornegay, born November 9, 1906; Thomas Eugene, born June 26, 1910; Freeman Edward, born June 23, 1912; Mary Elizabeth, born November 18, 1914 and Olive Louise Davidson, born June 24, 1918. Everett and Anna Lura Holt are the parents of: Kenneth Eugene, born February 20, 1918; Evelyn Marie, boron September 9, 1919 and Maurice Clyde Hereford Holt, born May 21,...

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Biographical Sketch of Mrs. Francis M. Crowell

(See Sanders and Duncan)-John Thomason Duncan married Elizabeth S. Sanders, and they were parents of Mary Elizabeth Duncan, born February 8, 1858; and was educated in Cherokee Nation and at the University Arkansas. She taught school for six years among the full-bloods; Married at Van Buren, Arkansas, January 15, 1883, Francis Marion, son of Dr. M. and Nancy A. Crow born March 14, 1859 in Tallapoosa County Alabama. They are the parents of E. Victor, born December 25, 1884; Alvin Byron, born September 1, 1886; Frank M. b September 7, 1890, and Hunter K. Crow born April 17, 1893. Mr. and Mrs. Crowell are members of Methodist church. He is the proprietor of a flourishing mercantile business at Afton, Oklahoma. Mrs. Crowell is a member of the Eastern Star Sisterhood. Her Cherokee name is Ka-ha-yu-ka. Alvin B. Crowell saw service in France in the Rainbow Division, being at the front at chateau Thierry, Argonne Forest and other offensives, during which time he was promoted to the rank of sergeant and was retained in the Army of Occupation in Germany. H, K. Crowell was in the Commissary Department at Camp Travis at the time of the signing of the Armistice. Frank M. Crowell married Miss Evelyn Dooley and has two boys Frank Marion Jr., the 3rd and 12 years old and Master Ted Crowell 4 years. They live in Tulsa....

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Biographical Sketch of A. B. Allcott

(See Ward and Ghigau) Henrietta Evaline Nidiffer, born January 10, 1883 near Nudmore, Delaware District. She was educated in the Cherokee National schools, and graduated from St. Johns Training School of Nursing in 1915. Married July 26, 1920 A. B . Allcott son of Jonathan P. and Anna Allcott. A. B. Allcott was born May 27th, 1886, in McDowell, Barry County, Missouri. He is an expert electrician and has been Superintendent of the electric light plant at Afton and has recently accepted a like position at Pauls Valley. George Ward was born March 17, 1787. Had a splendid education and his handwriting was extraordinarily good. He married December 15, 1805, Lucy Mayes, born Mar. 5, 1789 in Tennessee. Lucy was a sister Samuel Mayes and aunt of Chiefs Joel B. and Samuel H. Mayes. She died November 11,1867 and George Ward was killed by “Pin” Indians in 1863. George and Lucy (Mayes), Ward’s eldest child, Savina, was born May 1807 in Warren County, Tennessee she married Felix Arthur and her occurred on April 16, 1883. Felix and Savina Arthur’s daughter, Lucy, born April 6, 1828, married Isaac Nidiffer born July 18, 1818. She died April 2, 1886 and he died February 2, 1890. They were the parents of Samuel, Freeman, Sabrina, married Robert K. Nix; Sarah, married Isaac Mode; Felix Grundy, born March 16, 1853, married April 23, 1876...

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Biography of Hon. J. J. Smith

Hon. J. J. Smith, an able representative of the Miami bar, who has here practiced his profession since 1915, is specializing in criminal law, in which branch of jurisprudence he has been very successful, and he has also done effective service for the public good as a member of the state senate. He was born June 23, 1889, near Ranger, in Eastland county, Texas, upon the farm of his parents, Benjamin F. and Catherine (Simpson) Smith, the latter also a native of that section of the Lone Star state, while the former was born in Madison county, North Carolina. While residing in North Carolina the father was in the employ of the government, serving as peace and revenue, officer at Asheville and at Mars Hill. From that state he removed to Texas, where he engaged in riding the range, leading the life of a frontiersman. In 1900 he came to Oklahoma, following the occupation of farming in Greer county. He and his wife now reside upon a farm in Beckham county, this, state. His political allegiance has always been given to the democratic party since age conferred upon him the right of franchise, and he has been active in its support, while fraternally he is identified with the Masons. He is an expert marksman and is a typical frontiersman whose life has been spent upon the broad, open ranges....

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Biography of Judge Q. P. McGhee

The judiciary of Oklahoma finds an able representative in Judge Q. P. McGhee, county judge of Ottawa county and a man of high professional attainments, who has also won success in mercantile lines. He is a member of one of the prominent pioneer families of the state and was born on a farm situated on Cowskin prairie, in Delaware county, this state, November 22, 1886, his parents being Thomas Jefferson and Martha (Hannah) McGhee, the former a native of Georgia and of Cherokee descent, while the latter was born in Missouri. As a boy the father came to the Cherokee Nation and o tamed his education in the Indian schools. He acquired large land holdings and was a very successful business man. He took a leading part in civic and political affairs and was one of the associate chiefs of the Cherokee Nation. For twenty-four years he was clerk of the Delaware district of the Cherokee Nation and he also filled the office of judge for four years. He was one of the most prominent men in Indian affairs of that period, was very charitable, being ever ready to extend a helping hand to the poor and needy, and his home was one of the most popular meeting places in the district. His military record covered service as a lieutenant in General Standwaite’s army during the Civil war. He...

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Biography of Francis Marion Crowell

Afton owes much to the enterprising spirit and business ability of Francis Marion Crowell, whose identification with the town dates from the time of its establishment, and he is now conducting one of the leading department stores in this part of the state, displaying marked executive force, energy and determination in the control of his interests. He was born on a farm in Tallapoosa County, Alabama, March 14, 1859, his parents being Dr. Marion and Nancy A. Crowell, the former of whom was born at Mecklenburg, North Carolina, February 15, 1830, while the birth of the latter occurred in Henry County, Georgia, on the 14th of April, 1835. The father was a large landowner of Alabama and was numbered with the medical fraternity of that state until after the close of the Civil war, during which period, in common with many other residents of the south, he suffered heavy business reverses. In 1875 he went to Conway County, Arkansas, where he purchased a farm and also continued to follow his profession. In association with his sons he later engaged in merchandising at Solgohachia, in that County, where his demise occurred. He took a leading part in all projects for the development of his community, building with his own funds the first schoolhouse in the town, while his home was used as a house of worship by both the Methodist...

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