Location: Pryor Oklahoma

Governor Houston’s Life Among the Indians

The year following his failure to secure the contract, Houston spent writing letters defending his acts and denouncing the officials who had been discharged. In addition to the Indian officials, he poured his wrath and denunciation on Colonel Hugh Love, a trader on the Verdigris whom Houston accused of being in league with the Indian Agent to rob the Creeks; Love replied to Houston with some spirited charges against the latter. Stung by the contents of an article appearing in a Nashville paper, in a burst of passion Houston gave to the press of Nashville a most intemperate letter, July 13, 1831, beginning:

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Biographical Sketch of Sarah Burgess Williams

Daughter of William and Susan (Vance) Burgess was born at Pryor Creek, in 1857, married in the Indian Nation in 1893, William Williams, son of Elwood Williams. They are the parents of: Willie J. 26 years, and Annie Gladys age twenty two years. Mr. and Mrs. Williams are members of the Baptist church, and he is a member of the W. O....

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Biographical Sketch of Mrs. George L. Jones

(See Sanders and Grant)-Lorena, daughter of Daniel Boone and (Vann) Cole, was born near Pryor July 24, 1881, educated at Pryor the Female Seminary. Married Dec . 16, 1901 George L. born April 15, 1877 in Texas, son of Mack, born July 29, 1844 and Nellie Jones, born Jan. 9, 1842. They are parents of: Mabel Lee, born November 1902; Otta May, born March 26, 1904; Cornelius, born September 17, 1905 ; Haskell born September 19, 1907; Willie, born October 9, 1912 and Carl Jones, born Feb 23, 1915. Johnson Vann, the grandson of John and Elizabeth (Wickett) Fields, married Margaret Winters and was the father of Mrs. Nannie Cole. Margaret or “Peggy” Winters was the daughter of John and Jennie (Sanders) Winters and the granddaughter of Captain Alexander and Peggy (Sonicooie)...

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Biographical Sketch of Jake Fair

(See Grant and Ghigau)-Jake Fair born July 3, 1896. Married at Pryor May 1913 Hazel, daughter of James and Flora Stamper. They are the parents of: Louis, born June 3, 1916; Flora Ellen, born July 23, 1918 and Junior David Fair born August 3, 1919. Ellen Wilkerson, born February 18, 1870. Married Lewis Kelly Fair, born January 25, 1864. They are the parents of Jake...

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Biographical Sketch of Edward C. Kincaid

(See Adair)-Edward C. Kincaid, born January 28, 1875. Married at Pryor March 31, 1906, Mary L, daughter of David and Lydia Givins. They are the parents of: Julia Pearl Kincaid, born April 29, 1908. Mr. Kincaid is a farmer, belongs to the Baptist church, is a member of the Ancient Order of United Workmen and Mutual Aid Society. Collins McDonald, born December 23, 1807. Married March 20, 1832, Naroena Adair born September 8, 1815. She died April 28, 1862, and he died November 5, 1895. Their daughter, Nancy Missouri McDonald, born November 31, 1849, married Joseph Kincaid, a native of Georgia and they were the parents of Edward C. Kincaid, the subject of this...

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Biographical Sketch of Mrs. Grover C. Odle

(See Ward)-Caroline Jane Gwatney, born Nov. 23, 1884, educated at Pryor and Female Seminary. Married March 18, 1906, Grover Cleveland, son of John and Mary Odle, born March 29, 1879 in Henry County, Mo. They are the parents of: Burdette, born November 8, 1906; John Edward, born August 4, 1911; Ruth, born June 20, 1914 and Mary Odle, born October 31, 1916. Mr. Odle is a farmer near Pryor. Edward Gwaltney, born in Indiana March 16, 1860. Married December 29, 1881 Susie, daughter of John S. and Jane (Loveless) Ward, born July 29, 1865. She died Jan. 21, 1898. They were the parents of Mrs. Caroline Jane...

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Biographical Sketch of Mrs. T. H. Burgess

(See Ward)-Mary Ann Gwartney born December 10, 1887 educated at Pryor and Female Seminary. Married at Pryor, December 17, 1905, T. H., son of Robert and Sarah Burgess, born Sept. 26, 1880 in Washington County, Ark. They are the parents of Bryant L. born March 14, 1908; Lucille, born January 15, 1910; Thomas Henry, born September 19, 1911; Jack, born November 15, 1915 and. Leonard Burgess, born June 17, 1920. Mr. Burgess is farming near Pryor. John S. Ward, born October 7, 1820. Married July 27, 1857 Jennie Loveless, born May 1, 1842. She died January 16, 1890 and he died June 15, 1896. Their daughter Susie married Edward Gwartney and they are the parents of Mrs. T. H....

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Biographical Sketch of Mrs. Thomas Henry Tuton

(See Grant and Cordery)-Ethel M. Rogers, born March 23, 1899 educated at Pryor, Okla., and Boulder University, Colorado, graduating from the Pryor High School in 1920. She married at Guthrie March 30, 1921, Thomas Henry Tuton, a druggist at Arcadia, Okla., Mrs. Tuton is a member of the Methodist Church and is an Eastern Star. Samuel Martin married Catherine Hildebrand and their son William A. Martin married Nannie Lucas nee Guinn. They were parents of Almon Martin, born November14, 1842. He was a member of Company M, First Cherokee Mounted Volunteers, Confederate Service. After the war he married Sarah Jane Cordery, both are now deceased. They were the parents of Sallie Martin, born January 30, 1869, educated in the Cherokee National Schools and Female Seminary. She married August 22, 18888, John Cicero Rogers, born September 1861 in Washington County, Arkansas they are the parents of Mrs. Ethel M. Tuton. Thomas Cordery, an Irishman married Susannah, a full blood Cherokee of the Blind Savannah Clan. They were the parents of David Cordery who married Chare Goss and they in turn were the parents of Thomas Cordery who married his first cousin Sallie Vickery and they were the parents of Jane Cordery who married Almon...

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Biographical Sketch of Mrs. Barney D. Haddan

(See Grant)- Elizabeth Jane Fields, born February 13, 1880, educated at Hogan Institute. Married August 9, 1894, David Barney Haddan, born Jan. 28, 1866, in Neoshoe County, Mo. They are the parents of Thomas Elmer Franklin, born Jan. 19, 1898. Married Sept. 7, 1919, Lena May Williams, born Jan. 7, 1897 in Colon County, Texas and Marie Susan Haddan, born January 2, 1903, graduated from Pryor High Schol 1921 and married at Miami, Okla., June 29, 1921 Orum R. Garner born May 1, 1899 in Benton Co. Arkansas. Thos. E. F. Hadden, Jr., son of Thomas E. F. and Lena Mae was born Aug. 1, 1921 at Pryor, Okla. Mrs. Haddan is a member of the Eastern Star Chapter No. 50 of Pryor. Mrs. Garner is a member of this chapter also. David Barney Haddan is a successful farmer and stock raiser, a member of the Masonic lodge and I. O. O. F. of Pryor. He was elected County Commissioner of Mayes County, November 8, 1910. Henry Clay, son of Richard and Mary (Wilds) Fields was born October 21, 1844, Married in February 1861, Amanda Jane Rogers, born July 17, 1847 in Johnson County, Missouri. They were the parents of Mrs. David Barney Haddan, who is also the great, great grand-daughter of Richard Fields, Chief of the Texas Cherokees. Carrie R. Fields born March 31, 1886, educated at Pryor,...

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Biographical Sketch of Mrs. Leon C. Merritt

.—(See Grant and Halfbreed).—Hope Eva Bowman, born December 20, 1887, educated at Pryor and Female Seminary. Married July 8, 1900 Leon C. Merritt. They are the parents of Fern Aileen, born September 20, 1907; Naomi Leon, born June 11, 1910; Timothy Clarence, born October 20, 1913 and Alice Inez Merritt, born December 13, 1919. Leon C. Merritt is an automobile dealer at Chelsea. Mrs. Merritt is a member of the Christian church and the Woodmen’s Circle, Eastern Star and Rebecca orders. Her parents were James Earl and Jane Ida (Wilson) Bowman, the latter is the daughter of Gilbert and Eleanor Ophelia (Hicks)...

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Biographical Sketch of Eli Tadpole

Dorcas, daughter of William and. Amanda (Fish) Foreman was born in Tahlequah District, January 9, 1871, educated at Eureka in above named District. Married January 1885, Eli, son of John and Lucinda Tadpole, born in Tahlequah District, March 18, 1865 and educated in the Cherokee National Schools. They are the parents of Lelia, born Apr. 10, 1890, married Emmet Shewbart and J. A. Wilson; they are the parents of Belle Christine born in 1921; Emma born May 15, 1892 married W. T. Gardner; they are the parents of Herbert, born Mar. 12, 1911, Wilford, born Apr. 5, 1917, Percy born Feb. 15, 1920; Wm. H. born July 6, 1897; Anna B., born Jan. 11, 1900, married Feb. 3, 1908 Albert Merry; and Herman Tadpole born Oct. 10, 1906; they have two daughters, Doris Catherine, born in 1920 and Nellie Wanda born Aug. 2, 1921. Mr. Tadpole is a farmer near Pryor. Mrs. Tadpole belongs to the Wolf Clan and her Cherokee name is...

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Biographical Sketch of Mrs. Lewis Teter

(See Grant)-Alice Fields, born February 20, 1869, educated at Bryan’s Chapel on Grand River. Married January 18, 1888, Lewis Teter, born February 22, 1854 in W. Va. They are the parents of: Clara Jane, born April 23, 1891, married T. J. Kinion; Myrtle, born Feb. 10, 1894, married John L. V. Thomas; Walter, born Feb. 12, 1896, married Mabel Giles; Edna, born September 21, 1898, married Bryan Jones; Goldie E. born March 12, 1902, graduated from Pryor High School 1921, and Lewis Leon Teter, born April 14, 1906. Mrs. Teter is the great great granddaughter of Richard Fields, Chief of the Texas Cherokees. The Fields’ have for the last hundred years been one of the most illustrious families of the...

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Biographical Sketch of W. T. Whitaker

Elizabeth Taylor, daughter of David and Mary Ann. (Bigby) Taylor was born in Cherokee County, North Carolina Oct. 18th, 1819, Married April 2, 1834 to Stephen Whitaker who was born in the same County and State on February 9, 1814. They were the parents of William Thomas Whitaker, born February 14, 1854 in same County and State. William Thomas came to Indian Territory in 1871, remaining 4 years, returned to his native state and on April 25, 1875 married Stacy L. Hood who was born in the same county and State on May 25, 1860. They removed to the Indian Territory under the supervision of the Government over the Cherokee’s in 1881, living about 6 months in Muskogee, moved to Chouteau living there for 5 years and moved to Pryor, Okla. in 1887. To this Union was born James Edward, Dec. 25, 1878, William Jerry, Sept. 8, 1881, Emma D, June 11, 1883, Maggie R. June 1, 1885, J. Charles, July 4, 1888, Ella O. August 8, 1890, Claude, February 9, 1893, Clarence May 7, 1895, Edna Mae, July 26, 1901. James E. and William J. received their education at Male Seminary, Tahlequah, Willie Halsell College, Vinita, and Henry Kendall College, Muskogee, Okla. William J. is also a graduate of the University Medical College of Kansas City, Mo. and was First Lieutenant M. R. C. and present County Physician....

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Biographical Sketch of S. H. Mayes Jr.

.—(See Grant, Foreman and Adair) —Samuel Houston, son of George Washington and Charlotte (Bushyhead) Mayes was born in the Choctaw Nation, October 11, 1866, educated in Saline District and Male Seminary, from which he graduated May 14, 1886. Married on Markhams Prairie, August 2, 1892, Florence, daughter of Frank and Sarah Nicodemus, born at Tahlequah November 29, 1871. They are the parents of Charlotte F., born May 6, 1893, married Robert Sanders; Pearl Christine, born November 19, 1894, married Robert Langston; Ruth, born July 15, 1896, and Sarah, born June 19, 1901. Mr. Mayes is a farmer near Pryor. His Cherokee name is Sa-moo-sti. He was elected to Council from Cooweescoowee District, Aug­ust 5, 1901. He is the nephew of Principal Chiefs: Dennis W. Bushyhead, Joel B. and Samuel H. Mayes. John Stuart was born in Scotland during the first quarter of the eighteenth century and was sent to Fort London on the Tennessee River as a Captain of a British Company of highland Scotch in 1754 . He married Susannah Emory a quarter-blood Cherokee and was known on account of his mop of hair as Oo-no-dut or Bushyhead. He and Susannah had one son, who never had any other names than Oo-no-dut and from that time forward the Stuarts in the Cherokee Nation have Invariably been known as...

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