Location: Vinita Oklahoma

Biographical Sketch of Mrs. Benjamin F. Sanders

(See England, Hildebrand and Ghigau)-Martha Jane, daughter of James Franklin and Mary Jane (England) Williams was born in Cherokee Nation, April 9, 1870. Educated in the Cherokee Nation. Married at Vinita, August 7, 1887, Benjamin Franklin Sanders, born June 30, 1861 in Clay County, Texas. They are the parents of Martha Leoma Sanders, born August 18, 1890. Educated in Female Seminary, Hardin College, Mexico, Missouri and the Southern Seminary, Beuna Vista, Virginia, graduating from the latter institution. She married James H. Thigpin, a graduate of the Alabama State Agricultural College. They are now living at Fort Worth Texas, where he is the Superintendent of the Refrigerating Department of the Swift Packing Plant. He is a thirty second degree Mason and Shriner. Mr. Sanders is one of the most successful farmers and stockraisers of Craig...

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Biographical Sketch of Mrs. A. R. Matheron

(See Thompson, Thornton and Oolootsa) —Maudie, daughter of Henry arid Susan F. (Thompson) Eiffert was born January 1, 1872 at Ft. Gibson, educated at Vinita and in the Female Seminary; married at Muskogee, October 1, 1889 Alexander Ross Mathewson, born March 28, 1867 in St. Louis, Missouri. From this union the following children were born: Floyd, born October 9, 1894, married Lola Beaubean; Richard Thomson, born January 13, 1897, married Erin Forsyth; Ross, born May 24, 1899, married Grace Parrish and Helen Matheson, born October 24, 1902, married LaFayette...

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Biographical Sketch of Mrs. Tip C. Mayes

(See Grant, Foreman, England, and Adair).—Flora May, daughter of John Wesley and Ida Josephine (Jenkins) Harris, born at Vinita, July 25, 1887, married at Vinita March 3, 1908, Tip Cicero. son of George Washington and Susie E. (Martin) Mayes, born June 1,1874, Educated at Male Seminary and Bacone University, Muskogee. He is a member of the Masonic lodge at Pryor. George Washington, son of Samuel and Nancy (Adair) Mayes, born November 5,1824, married May 21, 1846 Charlotte Bushyhead, born March 16, 1830. She died January 23, 1878 and he died October 28,1894. They were the parents of George Washington Mayes, the father of Tip Cicero. Joseph Boswell Harris, born in Durand. Winnebago County, Illinois, November 17, 1837, served during the civil war in Co. H, Seventy-fourth Illinois Infantry. Married August 27, 1866, Rachel Putney. She died November 23, 1911 and he died May 23, 1921. They were the parents of John Wes­ley and Ulalah May (Harris) Lukenbill, who died in 1889. John Wesley Harris was elected County Commissioner of Craig County, September 17,...

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Biographical Sketch of Mrs. William C. McLaughlin

(See Grant, Ghigau, Foreman, Conrad, Duncan and Halfbreed) —William Cecil McLaughlin, born September 22, 1893, educated at Grove Stilwell and Muskogee, graduating in a busi­ness course from the latter. Married at Vinita, March 28, 1919, Lehia Leone, daugh­ter of Richard Fields and Martha Adair (Brewer) Benge, born on Lynch’s Prairie December 16, 1892. They are the parents of Cecil Benge McLaughlin, born May 10, 1921. Mr. McLaughlin is farming near Adair. Elizabeth, daughter of Andrew and Catherine (Hicks) Miller married Philip Inlow a native of South Carolina and their son, Sylvester Inlow, born June 24, 1837, married December 28, 1861 Susannah Paden, born November1, 1844. He died June 13, 1878 and she died February 13, 1889. Their daughter Margaret Caroline Inlow, born August 6, 1879 married September 20, 1890 Joshua Ezekial McLaughlin, born February 14,...

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Biographical Sketch of Mrs. P. W. Samuel

(See Grant and Ghigau)—Florence Wilson McSpadden, born June 26, 1873 at Tahlequah. Educated at the Tahlequah City Schools and graduated from Female Seminary, June 23, 1892. Married at Tahlequah in January 1895 to Philip Wharton Samuel born September 19, 1867 in Galloway County, Missouri and graduated from Spaulding’s Business College May 2, 1888. They are the parents of Vance Ray, born November 21, 1897 and Maurine Sam­uel born October 22, 1902. Philip Wharton Samuel is very prominent in the banking circles of the State, having been Cashier of the First National Bank at Pryor, President of First State Bank of Vinita for seven years, Cashier and late President of the Oklahoma State of Muskogee, which was changed under his management to the Exchange National Bank. Mrs. Samuel is a member of the Methodist Church and was a tireless worker in World War Auxiliary activities. Janies Walker, son of Reverend J. K. B. McSpadden, was born October 25, 1848 in Alabama, married April 18, 1872 Annie, daughter of Dr. Jeter Lynch and Mary Jane (Taylor) Thompson born May 4, 1852 in Delaware District, Cherokee Nation. They were the parents of Florence Wilson; Richard Vance, Mary Jane, who married Thomas R. Crookshank and James Walker McSpadden, Jr. Mrs. Samuel’s grandfather, Rev. Thomas K. B. McSpadden joined the Methodist In­dian Conference October 30, 1879. He was from the Van Buren circuit of...

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Biographical Sketch of Mrs. George W. Jones

Annie Odette, daughter of L. Baxter and Frances P. (McGee) Prather was born in Cowskin Prairie, Delaware District, November 17, 1887, and educated in Female Seminary. Married at Vinita September 25, 1905, George W. son of Winfield Scott and Lillie D. (Fisher) Jones, born December 19, 1881, in Seneca, Missouri. They are the parents of: Fannie Lillie, born August 5, 1906; Sylvia Clovis, born February 9, 1908; Tracy Edwin, born May 29, 1909; Opal Ethel, born June 10, 1911; Othoe Harold, born April 13, 1913; Bertha Evelyn, born February 1, 1915 and George Henry Jones, born February 25, 1920. Mr. Jones is a farmer near Big...

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Biographical Sketch of Mrs. J. W. Harris

(See England)—Ida Josephine, daughter of Elias H. and Arminda (England) Jenkins was born in Cooweescoowee District, July 4, 1870 and educated at the Cherokee National schools. Married at Siloam Spring, Arkansas, July 10, 1886, John Wesley Harris, born June 23, 1867, in Winebago County, Illinois. They are the parents of Flora May, born July 25, 1887; Gertrude N., born January 13, 1889; Ulalah S., born September 5, 1890; Roy C., born April 20, 1892, and John Wesley Harris, born June 3, 1897. Mr. Harris is a farmer and stock raiser near Vinita. He was elected County Commissioner of Craig County, September 17, 1907. Joseph Roswell Harris was born in Durant, Illinois, Nov. 17, 1837. Served in the Civil war in Company H, 74th Illinois Infantry; married Aug. 27, 1866, Rachel Putney. She died November 23, 1911, and he died May 23, 1921. They were the parents of: John Wesley and Ulalah Harris. Arminda England was born November 25, 1831; married William England, Isaac Schrimsher and Elias H. Jenkins. She died December 27,...

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Slave Narrative of Eliza Whitmire

Person Interviewed: Eliza Whitmire Location: Vinita, Oklahoma Date of Birth: 1833 Age: 102 My name is Eliza Whitmire. I live on a farm, near Estella, where I settled shortly after the Civil War and where I have lived ever since. I was born in slavery in the state of Georgia, my parents having belonged to a Cherokee Indian of the name of George Sanders, who owned a large plantation in the old Cherokee Nation, in Georgia. He also owned a large number of slaves but I was too young to remember how many he owned. I do not know the exact date of my birth, although my mother told me I was about five years old when President Andrew Jackson ordered General Scott to proceed to the Cherokee country, in Georgia, with two thousand troops and remove the Cherokees by force to the Indian Territory. This bunch of Indians were called the Eastern Emigrants. The Old Settler Cherokees had moved themselves in 1835 when the order was first given to the Cherokees to move out. The weeks that followed General Scott’s order to remove the Cherokees were filled with horror and suffering for the unfortunate Cherokees and their slaves. The women and children were driven from their homes, sometimes with blows and close on the heels of the retreating Indians came greedy whites to pillage the Indians’ homes, drive...

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Biographical Sketch of Mrs. Frank Alexander Billingslea

Billingslea (See Oobootsa, Ross, Sanders and Ghigau.)—Jeannette Starr was born February 16, 1862, in Tahlequah. She was educated in the Cherokee public schools and graduated from Female Seminary July 2, 1880. Married at Vinita April 1, 1885. Frank Alexander Billingslea, born August 9, t8Si, in Crawfordville, Taliaferro County, Ga. He died May 9, 1913. They were the parents of DollIe Willie, born at Vinita, August 21, 1887, and Joseph Billingslea, born July 17, 1891 in Vinita. Thomas, son of James and Lettie Boyd (Chambers) Starr, was born March 12, 1840, married August 20, 1860, Dollie Eunice, daughter of Anderson and Mary (Nave) Lowrey, born February 10, 1840. Thomas Starr died December 25, 1862. Jean­nette Starr was their only child. Frank Alexander Billingslea’s first wife, Joanna Gulls, a second cousin of Mrs. Jeannette Billingslea. Frank A. and Joanna (Gillis) Billingslea had three children; McLeod Edward, born October 25, 1 875; Frank Daley, born November 3, 1887; and Helen Estella Billingslea, born January, 1880, and married William Frank Pierce. Frank Alexander Billingslea was elected a member of the Council on August 3, 1890, without the solicitation of a single vote. Mrs. Billingslea belongs to the Methodist church and was very active as a special worker in the Red Cross service during the World war. Her son, Joseph, was in active...

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Biographical Sketch of Mrs. Callie Elliott

Elliott, Mrs. Callie (See Foreman)—Callie, daughter of Samuel and Annie (Edwards) Whatenberger, born March 15, 1868, in Springfield, Mo. Educated in Texas. Married at Vinita Jan. 7, 1892, Hiram Thompson Elliott, son of Archibald and Rachel (Smith) Elliott, born May 22, 1858. They were the parents of Hiram Thompson Elliott, Jr., born November 26, 1892; Samuel Talbert, born July 5th, 1894, married Genevieve Blackford, Vera May, born February 26, 1896, married Guy L. Jones, and has one son, Raymond Jones, born April 4, 1914; Lucullus, born August 25, 1899, is in the United States Marine Corps in Haiti; Lucien Bell, born July 27, 1901; Flossie, born Jan. 2, 1904; Ruth, born May 24, 1905; Robert, born August 21, 1910, and Glenn, born March 6, 1913. Mr. Elliott died July 1,...

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Biographical Sketch of Van S. Chandler

Chandler, Van S. (See Ward)—Van S., son of Burgess Gaither and Annie Eliza (Gunter) Chandler, born Aug. 20, 1882, educated at Willie Halsell College, Vinita. Married at Vinita, June 12, 1912, Maude A. daughter of L. A. and Sadie A. Williams, born July 25, 1890, in Linn Co., Kas. They are the parents of: Orin Stuart, born April 20, 1913; Wilmer Gawain, born July 25, 1915 and Stacy Burgess Chandler, born February 12, 1920. Mr. Chandler, who is the younger brother of Lion. Thomas A. Chandler, Congressman from the First District of Oklahoma, is a dealer in hay, grain and farm...

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Biographical Sketch of James E. Elliott

Elliott, James E. (See Foreman)—James F., son of George and Rachel (Henson) Elliott, was born in Vinita, Mar. 16, 1875, educated in Delaware Dist. Married at Adair Apr. 4, 1889, Eva, daughter of Joseph S. and Nancy Wickham, born Dec. 8, 1875, Schuyler County, Missouri. They are the parents of Sadie Marie, born April 1, 1903; Juanita Josephine, born October 28, 1913, James Howard Elliott, born November 22, 1916. Mr. Elliott is a farmer and stock raiser, and is a member of the Independent Order of I. O. O. F His Cherokee name is...

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Biographical Sketch of Hiram T. Elliott

Elliott, Hiram T. (See Foreman)—Hiram Thomas, son of Hiram Thomas, and Callie (Whatenherger) Elliott, born in Delaware Dist Nov. 26, 1892, educated locally and in Male Seminary. Married at Vinita, April 1, 1914, Minnie 3., daughter of Drewey and Margaret Trickey. They are the parents of: Rella born May 17, 1915; Eugene, born Mar. 20, 1917, and Maxine, born Feb. 10, 1918; Leroy Elliott, born Oct. 2, 1920. Mr. Elliott is a farmer near Big...

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Biographical Sketch of Mrs. S. J. Burns

Burns, Mrs. S. J. (Etta) (See Duncan)—Etta Hitchcock born December 14, 1860 at Park Hill, Cherokee Nation. Educated at home. She married December 30, 1880 Samuel James Burns born March 15, 1851 in Lindsey, Canada. Samuel J. and Etta Burnis have one daughter, Lily Dimple Burns, born September 30, 1881. She graduated from Worchester Academy, Vinita on May 20, 1898. Married Marshall Crutchfield Stevens, born December 1, 1879. Samuel J. and Etta Burns located in Vinita in 1884 and opened a mercantile establishment which is still in existence. Mrs. Burns, whose Cherokee name is Si-hs-shi, affiliated with the Methodist church, the Delphians and Premier Worth While clubs and is a charter member of the Eastern Star Chapter and Past Matron of the same, a member of the White Shrine and Daughters of the American Revolutions. She was President of the local cemetery association at the time it was named Fairview. Etta H. Burns is the daughter of Isaac Brown Hitchcock, born, February 28, 1825 at Dwight Missions, Arkansas Cherokee Nation. He married February 8, 1857 Elizabeth Ann Duncan, born July 10, 1833. She graduated from Female Seminary in February 1856. She died October 4, 1886 and he died January 16, 1911. They were the parents of Timothy Browns, born May 19, 1858, Etta Smith and Irenaeus Duncan Hitchcock, born September 6, 1864 in Tabor, Iowa. Jacob Hitchcock, the grandfather...

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Biographical Sketch of Benjamin Dustin Dobkins

Dobkins (See Duncan)—Benjamin Dustin Dobkins, born Aug. 6, 1879, was educated at Vinita, the Male Seminary, and graduated from the Ontario, Canada, Veterinary Col­lege. He married June 3, 1903, Gertrude, daughter of 3. M. and Gertrude Ragland of Lebanon, Mo. Dr. Benjamin D. and Mrs. Dobkins, have one daughter, Miss Jaunita Cherokee, born July 5, 1904. Dr. Dobkins has been State Veterinary for ten consecutive years, is the author of the Oklahoma State Veterinary Laws and was President of the State Veterinary Association in 1912-13-14 and 15. He Is a Mason, Odd Fellow and is President of the State Bank at Welch, Oklahoma. Emma, daughter of Benjamin Franklin and Mary (Berry) Landrum, was born June 15, 1852, at Beattie’s Prairie in Delaware District. She married October 6, 1875, John Robert Dobkins, born May 8, 1857, in Texas. Mrs. Emma Dobkins died August 17, 1886. John Robert Dobkins died August 15, 1914. They were the parents of: Dr. Benjamin D. and his twin sister, Ada Bertha, who married B. H. Duval and lives at Welch. Nora, born October 1, 1881 and married, is now Mrs. Hampton of Welch, and Hugh C. Dobkins, born October 23, 1884, and died August 6, 1911. Benjamin Franklin, son of James and Rebecca (Duncan) Landrum, was born in 1822. He was elected Senator from Delaware District August 4, 1873, August 2, 1875, and August 5,...

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