Collection: Biographies of the Cherokee Indians

Biographical Sketch of Mrs. Susan E. Arning

(See Ghigau) Susan Ellen, daughter of James and Amanda Walker (Martin) was born June 17, 1876. Educated in the Cherokee Public Schools and Female Seminary. Married January 13, 1894, William Ulyssus Hill, born October 22, 1866 in Douglas County, Kansas. They were the parents of Harrietta Ruth Hill, born October 8, 1897. Mrs. Hill secured a divorce and married on January 13, 1906, Mr. Arning. They are the parents of Floyd born August 22, 1912 and Ancel Arning, born September 29, 1914. Mr. and Mrs. Arning are farmers and are members of the Holiness...

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Biographical Sketch of John S. Woodward

John S. Woodward, son of Jackson and Lizzie (Smith) Woodward, was born in Oklahoma in 1861 ; married in Oklahoma in 1875, Mary Fondren. They have one son, David 22 years old, who spent two years in France in the World War, where he was wounded and also gassed. John S. Woodward is a member of the Wolf Clan, a member of the Methodist church and a farmer near...

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Biographical Sketch of Mrs. Thomas B. Archer

(See England) Anna Bell daughter of Abram and Alta Berilla (Schrimsher) Meeks was born near Vinita November 20, 1878. Educated in Worcester Academy. Married April 22, 1897 Thomas B. Archer son of Thomas and Fannie Archer, born Aug. 29, 1873 in Vernon County, Nevada, Mo. They are the parents of Irra, born July 10, 1898; Otto B., born July 9, 1900, Fannie B., born February 13, 1902; Thomas B., born November 15, 1903; Abram born November 4, 1905 and Morrill Archer, born March 22, 1908. Ina, Otto B. and Fannie B. Archer are graduates from Vinita High School. Ima married at Vinita January 17, 1920 Harold Boggs. Otto Archer married at Vinita July 19, 1921 Gertrude Braden. Mr. and Archer are members of the Baptist Church. He is a produce merchant at...

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Biographical Sketch of Maude Ella Webb

(See Cordery)-James Forrest Webb, born August 24, 1862, in Gwinnett County, Georgia. Married January 21, 1882 Elizabeth Parker, daughter of Parker Collies and Elizabeth (Little) Harris, and they were the parents of Maude Ella Webb, born May 25, 1890. Miss Webb was educated at the Female Seminary; and is at present cashier in a drug store in Oklahoma...

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Biographical Sketch of Mrs. Peter McCullough

(See Grant and Adair)-Sarah Penelope Fields, born April 2, 1842. Married October 20, 1859. John Jackson Smith, born December 22, 1836 in McMinn County, Tennessee. They were the parents of Magenia Jane Smith, born October 24, 1871. Educated in the Cherokee Public Schools and Female Seminary. Married March 4, 1895 Peter, son of Milton Howard and Rachel Jane (Adair) McCulough, born May 29, 1872. They are the parents of: Winnie Davis, born in 1899; Rex J. born in 1901; Gladys M. born in 1904; William Penn, born in 1907 and Joy M. born in 1910. Mr. and Mrs. McCullough are members of the Christian Church. He is a merchant in Miami where he has, been City Treasurer. Rex J. McCullough served in the marines during the World War, was honorably discharged with meritorious citation. Minnie Davis McCullough graduated from the Miami High School in 1917. Assigned to special stenographic work in the war and Treasury Departments at Washington. Mrs. McCullough is a composer and writer of...

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Biographical Sketch of Grace E. Whiteaker

Grace Elizabeth Barks, daughter of Edward and Victoria (Fields) Barks was born January 17, 1900 at Vinita, and educated in the Cherokee schools; She married at Vinita, May 25, 1917 Robert Whiteaker, son of William and Dorothy Whiteaker. Mrs. Whiteaker has one sister and one brother living. The sister Hazel Willie married Floyd Edward Smith and is living in Roswell, N. M. They have three children, Levina, Nanetta and Nedowa; her brother is Miles Mathew...

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Biographical Sketch of Mrs.Thomas H. Owen

(See Grant) Louise Scott, daughter of James Orval and Mary E. (Davis) Hall, was born near Vinita, August 23, 1877. She was educated at Vinita and Harrell Institute, and is a graduate from the latter institution. She married November 2, 1898, Luman Franklin Parker, born August 23, 1872, in Phelps County, Missouri. He died Aug. 14, 1912. Mrs. Parker married Thos. H. Owen March 12 1916. They are residents of Oklahoma...

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Biographical Sketch of Levi Tucker

Levi, son of William Tucka was married at Tahlequah in 1894 to Annie McKay, daughter of Alfred and Lucinda (Ketcher) McKay. They are the parents of: William, Ollie, Susie, Sallie, Eliza, Madison, Levi, and Mary Tucker. Mr. and Mrs. Tucker were educated in Tahlequah District and are representative citizens of Cherokee...

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Biographical Sketch of Jesse E. Wright

Son of John R. and Charlotte C. (Whitmire) Wright was born Jan. 22, 1871 in Going Snake District; Married in June 1892 in Adair county Mary E., daughter of Walter and Sally West. They are the parents of Willie Cornelia, born April 3, 1898, and Sally born July 30, 1903. Mr. Wright was educated in the Cherokee schools, and spent two years at the Male Seminary. He is a farmer, successful and takes part in all movements for public...

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Biographical Sketch of Mrs. Rachel Caroline Eaton

(See Ward) -Nannie Elizabeth Williams was born April 8, 1851. Married May 17, 1868 George Washington Eaton. He had served the confederacy in Company B, Morgan’s Battalion, Texas cavalry under Captain Boggs and Lieutenant Charles Morgan. Mrs. Eaton died September 21, 1896. Mr. and Mrs. Eaton were the parents of: Rachel Caroline, James Calvin, Martha Pauline and John Merrit Eaton. Rachel Caroline Eaton graduated from the Female Seminary in 1888 and from several other institutions of higher education and is the possessor of the degree of Mistress of Arts. She married James Alexander Burns, from whom she was divorced. She was the author of the scholarly “John Ross and the Cherokee Indians”. She was elected Superintendent of Public Instruction of Rogers County in 1920. James Calvin Eaton is a prosperous farmer near Oolagah. Martha Pauline Eaton graduated from the Female Seminary in 1897 and married James Morning York who was elected Assessor of Rogers County in 1918. John Merrit Eaton graduated from the Male Seminary in...

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Biographical Sketch of Marble Lewis Payne

Marble Lewis, son of William and Nancy Payne was born in 1850 in North Carolina. He married at Tahlequah in 1904 Mahala Wilson. They were the parents of Emma, Lula, Charles and William Payne. Mr. Payne’s children by his second marriage are Frank, Albert and Mary Payne. Mr. Payne is one of the progressive farmers of the Tahlequah vicinity, is a member of the Independent Order of Odd Fellows and has been a member of the local school board several times. His Cherokee name is Lu-ie-us-te-na and he belongs to the Wolf Clan. William Payne, the son, is a Spanish American war...

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Biographical Sketch of Joseph Walkabout

Joseph, son of Jennie (Hendricks) Walkabout was born near Tahlequah in 1880 and educated in that city. He married in Tahlequah in 1904 Mary Cordery, and they are the parents of: Jennie, Eliza and Josephine Walkabout. Mr. Walkabout is a splendid representative citizen, has been Deputy Sheriff of Cherokee County....

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Biographical Sketch of John F. Thompson

(See Ghigau)-John Franklin, son of Caleb Starr and Matilda (Cordill) Thompson, was born November 20, 1853 in Union County, Georgia and educated in that State. Married in Georgia Aug. 13, 1876, Amanda C., daughter of Lewis and Catherine Little born Sept. 12, 1813 in N. C. They are the parents of: Lewis Caleb, born June 13, 1877 and died Dec. 4, 1899; David Elihu, born Aug. 4, 1878 and died Nov. 7, 1920; William Lafayette, born Nov. 13, 1879; Annie M. born July 19, 1881, died Jan. 30, 1903; John Nelson, born April 10, 1883; Mary S. born Oct. 29, 1884 and married James G. Trapp; Nellie, born Aug. 1, 1886 and married L. F. Johnson; Margaret Latitia, born Aug. 24, 1889 and married E. B. Edwards; Pearly, born April 2, 1891, died April 26, 1891, Jesse Clayborn, born June 5, 1895. Mr. Thompson is a farmer near Tahlequah. He affiliated with Cherokee Lodge No. 10 of Tahlequah on November 9, 1883 and was Master of the Masonic Lodge from 1896 to 1900 and was again chosen for that position in 1902. He was elected County Commissioner of Cherokee County, November...

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Biographical Sketch of Mrs. Samuel Frazier

(See Ward)-Sarah Ann, daughter of Cal Dean and Nancy (Ward) Gunter was born at Siloam Springs, Arkansas January 31, 1867 and was educated in the Cherokee national schools. Married April 10, 1888 Samuel, son of William Thomas and Nancy Frazier, born October 29, 1864 in Texas. They are the parents of: Cal Dean, born February 26, 1889; Lela Jessie born July 13, 1892; Grace, born November 6, 1897; Lillian born March 6, 1904 and William Thomas Frazier, born June 12, 1909. Mr. Frazier is a farmer and stock raiser near Adair. James, Son of John and Catherine (McDaniel) Ward was born October 22, 1785 married Lucy Haynie born October 30, 1787. He died May 20, 1859 and. she died September 26, 1869. They were the parents of Nancy Ward, born January 29, 1830, married September 21, 1845 Cal Dean Gunter, born March 30, 1818 in Warren County, Tennessee. He died March 27,...

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Biographical Sketch of Herbert F. Couch

(See Grant)-Herbert Franklin, son of James C., and Elizabeth (Collier) Couch, was born February 1875, in Italy, Texas. Received a college education in his native town. Married at Coody’s Bluff, March 1, 1896, Ida May, daughter of Calvin and Elizabeth (Bullette) Coker, born April 28, 1879, at Coody’s Bluff. Educated in the Cherokee National Schools. They are the parents of: Victor Clark, born January 15, 1897; Elmer, born August 31st, 1900 Leola, born December 29, 1902; Curtis Foreman, born November 24, 1905 ; Herbert Franklin, born January 23, 1908; Randolph Penn, born February 22, 1910, Wanda Wanette, born Feb. 14, 1912 and, Vivian Lane Couch, born October 6, 1916. Mr. Couch is a member the Knights of the Pythias fraternity. He is wealthy oil and gas producer, living at present in Nowata. Calvin Coker was the son of John Rogers and Annie (Hogan)...

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