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Surname: HUSONG
Submitted on 11Jul2012 at:
Looking for an obit on Willie Husong whom I beleieve died in 1923. In 1920 he was listed on the census for this county
Submitted on 28Jun2012 by: Vicki Shepherd Lewis

I am looking for a copy of my father's obituary (Tommy Ray Shepherd), and any information or articles concerning him. He lived in Locust Grove, OK and passed away March 28, 1996. He was born Jan. 27, 1921.

Submitted on 6Jun2012 by:
Stephani Fenton
Looking for information on My great great grandmother, Eliza Ann Calista Jane Pond Fedrick 1859-1905, according to the family Bible, is buried in Locust Grove. She is listed in the US Federal Census 1900 with her husband William Fedrick and children in Township 17 North, range 21 east, District 32. Her mother Isabelle unk, wife of John Marion Pond, b. 1808 Sumner Co.TN was said to be full blooded Cherokee. It is family rumor that Isabelle and John Marion Pond were in Oklahoma during the1890's
Lindsey Mayes School

Submitted on 10Nov2011 by Jess E. Denney
Does anyone have any info of Lindsey Mayes School? (actual add unknown ) located approximately 4 mi. N/W of Locust Grove, & 1 1/2 mi So. of the old Mayes Bridge between Pryor & Locust Grove?  Mayes School was a one room school, primary thru 9th if my memory serves me. My brother & I attended  there in 41'-42'. I have no pictures. Only memories.
Submitted on 27Mar2011 by:
Mike Miruski
Seeking information about the ancestry, etc. on James Washington Edward Thompson: born 7 Aug 1847 in Rhea, TN and died 14 Sept 1898
and was buried in Pryor, Indian Territory, OK.  One child was Clara Ann Thompson, born 10 Jul 1974 in Paris, TX; Died 15 Nov. 1961 and
she married Archibald Noah Dudley Taylor on 10 Nov. 1891. They had one son named Archibald Leroy Taylor and it is his children
and grandchildren of Leroy  who are trying to connect the ancestral records.  They feel that There is Indian Ancestry in the family but
have no direct information or records to substantiate this.  
Ann Miruski for Jeanne Cypert (daughter of Archibald Leroy Taylor.
Submitted on 9Nov2010 at:
I have a picture of Frances McCoy sent to my grandmother, Irene Tuttle.  Thanks  Pam Pollard
Submitted on 27Oct2010 at:
Approximately 1910 three Boyle children were placed in the Whitaker State Home for Children.  Martha Anne Boyle abt 8 yrs, George Lewis Boyle abt 6 yrs, and Golda Angeline Boyle abt 2 yrs.  I have found Golda.  George Lewis was adopted by a Jones family and can't find.  Martha Anne Boyle died in 1920 at the age of about 18.  She is to believe to have lived most of her live at Whitaker.  I'm looking for any information on her as well.
Submitted on 27Oct2010 at:
My children's father( Willard Hill), and 2 aunts (Peggy and Melba Hill) arrived at the home in 1940's.  Not sure about the year.  I want to know who has the home's records.  Minnie -
Submitted on 26Oct2010 by:
Olin Hilton
Does anyone have records of the death and/or burial site for William C. and Martha Ann Brannon anywhere in Oklahoma, especially Mayes County?
Thank you.

Submitted on 20Sep2010 at:
My father was at Whitaker as a child, I think.  I would like to know where in Pryor or Mayes Co. that I could go to find any records that would have been kept on the children that stayed there.
Centers, Estill, Kidd
Submitted on 3Sep2010 by: Barb at
Seeking information on Abner Jasper Center. He was living in Pryor Creek, Mayes County in 1900 with wife Sarah and children. Allie Centers married James Kidd in 1919. Vance Centers married Fannie Elliott in 1910. I believe Jasper died between 1903 and 1909 in Pryor. Any Help would be appreciated.
Haymes, rogers, nobles
Submitted on 3Jul2010 at:
Looking for info on parents, sibling and offspring of this couple. Aaron f this couple. Aaron pring of this couple. Aaron Haymes, Modene Arlie Nobles
Aaron b. 21 Jul 1918 in Mayes Co. He died 29 Dec 2002 in Kaysville, Davis Co. UT He was the son of Samuel Wesley Haymes and Etta Belle Rogers.
Modene born 25 Aug 1919 in Sallisaw, Sequoyah Co., OK
Submitted on 5May2010 by Sandra Miller
I am looking for my children's other side of the family. Their grd father, Fred Leonard Burton, was born maybe around Pryor, Ok. abt 1909, his wife was Clara Sharp, born abt 1920, around Pryor, Ok. or vicinity. Would like to know more about the families with those sir names. The Sharp name was said to be Indian. My e-mail is:   Sandra Miller

Submitted on 20Apr2010 by;
Looking for school books from the Little Rock Elementary School, located in Woodland Junction (Between Locust Grove and Rose on Highway 33)  Woodland Junction was just a filling station and convenience store. There was a few small houses and a Free Will Baptist near it.  I am told that where the school was is now a nursery, but that could have changed by now.  It was mostly Cherokee Indians that attended, so it could have been an Indian school.  The teachers that I had was Dave and Myrtle Littlefield, Ms. Qualls, Ms. Kenney and Coy Scroggins

Surnames:  MILLER
Submitted by Travis Miller on 12Feb2010

Searching for information about the childrens home, my name was change from Clyde Ray Miller to Travis Scott Miller. I was raised there from 3 until I was 18. Travis S. Miller, Engineering Supervisor(t  404.659.6500  m  404.357-2052) SHERATON ATLANTA HOTEL, 165 Courtland Street NE, Atlanta, GA. 30303
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Surnames:  ROHS
Submitted on 14Jan2010 at:
Would like an obituary lookup for Henry ROHS who died in Rose, Mayes County, Oklahoma on October 14, 1953. He is buried at Woodland Memorial Park Cemetery (referred to in death certificate as Woodlawn Cemetery) in Sand Springs, Tulsa County, OK.

Surnames:  WILSON
Submitted on 4Nov2009 at:

I am looking for info on Pauletta M Wilson, born in 1918 and passed away in 1995 at Pryor, OK.  I think she may be my grandmother's aunt.  Wanting to know if she was married, had children, parent's names,etc.  Any info would be great!

Submitted by Myssi10 on 13Oct2009 at:


Surname: DOWNING
Submitted by CHARLOTTE MORRIS on 27Sep2009
I am trying to find my great grandfathers grave site.  His name was David JR. DOWNING. He went by Dave Downing. He was born @ Peggs , OK. 1851. Wife Polly Downing. children- Samuel & Sissie. Not sure but I heard David died @ Locust Grove 1920.  THANKS  for any  information you can give me  about my family. THANKS
Submitted by Billy on 11Aug2009 at:

Seeking information on or descendants of William C. Rush, married Emma Hursh, Boone Co., Arkansas. They left Boone Co., Ark. and settled around Spavinaw, Mayes Co., Ok. around 1900. I am related to William through his stepbrother, Milam Lafayette Rush. Any information on this family is greatly appreciated.

Submitted by Faye Heffington on 2May2009

I have posted before looking for a burial site for James Wyman  Thompson, died 1930 at Spavinaw.  His last surviving child said  they
had the funeral in a school and took his body by wagon close by to a cemetery.  The family moved back to Texas and never marked the grave.
I know you meet around Memorial Day at this cemetery and maybe this year someone has a listing of unmarked graves and locations.

Surnames: Pittman, Bradley, Gammon, Friend, Clow
ubmitted on 2May2009 at:

Seeking obituary for (Winnie) Winifred Estell (Pittman) Bradley. She died August 27, 1974 in or near Locust Grove, Mayes Co., Oklahoma. She was the daughter of John Riley Pittman. I don't know her husband's name or if she had any children.
She is buried near her mother Nancy Jane (Clow) (Pittman) (Gammon) (Friend) in Howard Cemetery, Goodman, McDonald Co., Missouri.
Thanks, Gerald in Fayette Co., Illinois

Submitted by Roxanne Hiatt on 12Mar2009
My name is Roxanne Hiatt, I live in Indiana and am doing my family genealogy.  My great uncle is buried somewhere in Mayes County.  His name was THEODORE CUNNINGHAM, I believe his date of birth was 13 Feb 1912 and his date of death was Dec 1984.  I would love to know what cemetary he's buried in. 

Also his wife should be buried beside him, I called her Aunt Ruth but her real name was DOROTHY OR DOTTIE OR DOTTY CUNNINGHAM.  She died sometime after 1997.  
Any help that I could get would be so much appreciated, I realize your time is more than valuable.
Surnames: WAYBOURN
Posted on 11Mar2009 by: susansanders1961 at: 
her name was Annie j.The 1930 census shows her married to William d Waybourn..

Submitted on 9Mar2009 by The Apple Farm

My Grandfather was Raymond Lloyd Thompson from Pryor. My father told
me that I had to visit the Pryor Creek hills one day, because my people
never left. Any info?

Posted on 8Mar2009 by Cora Miller

I am blind and live in Ottawa County, OK
I am looking for evidence of  two families in Mayes county 1910-1930- actually three surnames
Jesse barnhart md. Jennie Ellen CANTRELL on 26,Dec.1910 Mayes County, OK
I found the information on
I am needing a death date or birth date for Mr. BARNHART
He apparently died before Nov. 1916 because he is not on 1920 census and Jenny married Joe THATCHER nov 1916 Mayes County, OK
Mr. BARNHART father John and mother SARAH are also buried in Mayes County where can I find the cemetery listings?
Jenny CANTRELL (Cottrell,CASTRELL)  family are also in Mayes County 1920 but most of them including Jenny migrate to Muskogee County
and are buried there. The BARNHART family are buried in and around River twp I suspect as that is where they lived on census records.
I have checked Mayes County archives and can not find a list of burials or cemeteries that I can look into via internet.
I also do not have any idea how or where to get or ask for an death notice /obit for the BARNHART family.
They are ones I am most interested in. My half sister is grand daughter to Jesse and Jennie Ellen CANTRELL , BARNHART

Additional Info on 9May2009:
looking for burial, cemetery or funeral home records for the following men.
I do not have a death date for them. Jesse BARNHART(in 1910 census Jesse BANKART)
b. @1886 Mo. d. ? before Nov.1916 Mayes County, OK.  Jesse lived in "River twp, Mayes County " according to 1910 census
He married Jennie Ellen CANTREL(Cottrell,CASTRELL) Dec.1910 Mayes County, OK.    We know that Jesse died before Nov. 1916 because Jennie married husband 2 Joe THATCHER Nov1916 Mayes County, OK.  In 1910 census Jess was est. 24 years old
 *****JohnBARNHART -b.@1862 Mo. d? md. Sarah? or polly. He too lived in Mayes County 1910 census. John wife died before 1920 census as on 1920 census John lived in Mayes county and was listed as widower. I am trying to locate death dates  or cemetery information on these men. I have tried ancestry .com there are no records for Oklahoma there. I also tried Mayes County gen web. that site seems incomplete. I have library looking but it may not be  very successful as I have no exact dates.
Some of the BARNHART family lived around Spavinaw, OK 
I do not mind paying copies or gas.  Thanks for any help or guidance Cora Miller blind in Miami

Surnames: Montgomery   Winslow

Posted on 22Feb2009 by RoseSchaer63 at: 
Looking for an obit or help for Bob and or his mother Helen. I only know her name: Helen Winslow Montgomery.  SSDI says that last residence for Bob was Locust Grove, Mayes county, Ok. He died 18 January 2005. Was he married? Did he have children? What would have been his occupation in Locust Grove? 

Surnames: FRENCH
Posted on 21Feb2009 by
Betty Whittington
BERT FRENCH died 23 Dec 1925 in Combs, Madison County, Arkansas and was buried in Strang, Okla. That is as far as I can research. Could someone tell me where and what cemetery he was buried in? Thanks for any information anyone can give me...   
Surname: LEWIS, BELL
Submitted on 12Feb2009 by:
Shirley Payton

 My husbands Aunt--Sarah Ella Adams"Bell married 2sd time to Arthur Lewis, Arthur had a son  Jackie that attended schools there in Rose and Locust Grove. Jackie was born later then 1933 mabe abt 1937, Aunt Ell had a daughter that was married to Sib Boswell,her name was Alta and she had 2 daughters Clarene and Sue,Aunt Ell died feb 1958 and Jackie came back from Calif and helped uncle Arthur sell their little rock patch,
 and he took uncle arthur back to calif with him I have tried to find records of both father and son and I can`t find them,
I dont have their dates of birth-no middle names or where they were born,There should be School records for Jackie.WE were away when everything happened as my husband was serveing in the Army, Do you have excess to the School records?
and what about property records?they lived on the north side of the hiway beween Rose and Locust Grove,Aunt Ell is buried in the graveyard on the same hiway,Her family has lived in this area many years--Loffers and Adams. I would be glad to pay you something for looking up this stuff for me, Thank You,

Surname:  Jones

I am James W Jones. My father was Daniel Beaman Jones, born in Pryor, Ok in 1909. His father was Samuel. Daniel had two sisters, Violet and Jewel. I may also have a sister from another marriage of Daniel, her name is Treva. Anything we can glean in the way of information would be great. My email is I know there must be relatives I've never met from this family based in Pryor. I never met my father and have little to go on.

Surnames:  Jackson 22Nov2008
Mark, Russell, Clarence, Eugene, Martha and Margarette
I was there last year trying to do the same thing.  My ggrandmother, Nancy Jane Jackson, is buried there, also.  I drive up Hwy 69 and turned East on 69A.  I stopped at a pipe factory and was they said to continue on 69A until I came to a big water tower.  I made a right at that street, don't remember the name.  Then traveled down quite aways until I came to a dirt road the headed East, also.  They told me that there would be a locked gate and I would have to walk from there.  If you drove someone would think you were poaching and probably shoot you.  Once I climbed through the gate, they told me to make a left at the first road.  It was about 100 degrees that day and I had already went through 2 other graveyards in Drumwright.  When I arrived at the other dirt road it was very overgrown with brush you couldn't see the road that well.  I was in shorts and shoes and wasn't trusting the snakes in that area.  Needless to say, I didn't make it.  Somewhere on the Internet I did find a picture of her headstone.  I'll try to remember where I found the pic.  

Submitted by:  Bill and Kay Winter on 15Sep2008

James' full name was FRANK JAMES STEPHENS but all records seem to list him as only JAMES STEPHENS. He was born in 1806 so he would have been 90 years old.  The information that I received said, "Spavinaw, Delaware Co., OK ,  but I see Spavinaw is in Mayes County.  Perhaps there is a cemetery that is actually in Delaware County, but close to the county line.  Some records show he died in MO but was buried in OK.  The story is that he slipped on ice, broke a hip and died.  That would lead one to believe he died in the
wintertime. James Stephens was married to Elizabeth Dyer.  I know they were in Hickory Co., MO at the time of the 1860 census, but because they had Confederate leanings, the left shortly after 1860 and went to SW Missouri or perhaps to Indian Territory.   No 1870 census record has been found for them.  By 1880, he had moved to Arkansas and had re-married to Nancy Pendergraft.    I found
a newspaper article, Barrry Co., MO  in  January,1892 which said, " James Stephens is going to the Indian Territory to make this his future home.  Mr. Stephens went there some years ago and __st (lost?) his wife and five children, then returned but is going back again." 
Can anyone tell me where James Stephens is buried, perhaps with his first wife, Elizabeth and their children?  

Surnames:  ADAIR, SMITH
Submitted by: Mary Bishop on 30Oct2008

I am searching for a newspaper item of my Aunt Wellington Smith Adair who was murdered in 1922 in Mays County by a negro farm hand according to her husband obituary 7 years later.
In the obituary of George S. Adair from Bourbon Co., ky August 9, 1929 it stated he was dispondent about the death of his wife, George committed suicide on August 8, 1929 and it says his wife died 7 years ago yesterday in Oklahoma  when she was brutally assulted  and murdered  by a negro farm hand, it says that the negro was afterward legally executed. I am assuming from that date and 7 years back then she would have died August 7, 1922. he remains were taken back to Kentucky for burial,  There should have been a front page articule on this person in the news. can anyone help with this
I am home from the hospital now and would love to see what you have on Wellington Smith Adair
Mary Bishop

This murder gained much press coverage at the time. The "farm hand" was Elias Ridge and was about 15 at the time. Elias was told by his uncle, Hardy Smith,  that if he would kill Mrs. Adair, he (Hardy) would give him a red pig (according to the Court of Criminal Appeals summary of the case. Mrs. Adair was supposed to testify against Smith in a whiskey peddling case. Smith was a relative of Elias and also Elias probably was "simple-minded". Both were convicted of the murder with Elias being given death and Smith, Life. Both convictions were overturned on appeal. Smith was released and not re-tried. Elias was convicted a second time by a new jury and again given the death penalty. On the second appeal, his conviction was converted to life. Elias died at the Oklahoma State Pen in 1933 of TB..
The murder happened near the town of Pensacola in NE Mayes Co.  I have several newspaper articles about the murder as well as copies of court documents.  I am going to be out of state until after Veteran's Day but if you will e-mail me with your mailing address and phone number I will make copies and get them to you in a week or so.

Surname:  ADKINS
Submitted by:  Brian Siddall on 30Oct2008

My name is Brian Siddall and I am a WWII researcher.  I am currently researching the burials on Omaha Beach in Normandy.  From June 7th to June 8th 1944 Americans were buried directly on the Beach. 
After that they were buried in the Temporary Cemetery on top of the Bluffs which became the permanent American Cemetery in Normandy in 1948. 
I have narrowed down my list of men buried on the beach to 42 who I have no unit information for (i.e. Division, Regiment and even company if available). 
One of the men is from your county.  His name is Sammie Adkins Serial Number 38322691 killed on June 6th or 7th.  I was wondering if you had any information on him pertaining to his unit
that he was serving with when killed on Omaha Beach. 

Brian Siddall   Phone: 607-275-8080    Fax: 607-319-4843

Surname:  HOGAN
Submitted: 11Nov2008

Just now stumbled on the website for Mayes Co., OK.  I live in Wagoner Co., grew up in Leonard, Tulsa Co.  My maiden name is Hogan.  Does anyone for whom the Hogan cemetery in Locust Grove was named for, and/or any history of the Hogan's in this area?  I'm trying to trace my family history! 
Many thanks, or clues on where to look. 
Brenda Hogan Foutch

Surnames:  DAVIS, STOKES
Submitted by: on 11Nov2008

My Gr Gr Gr Grandfather is Ephriam Davis. I was on this board looking for our Indian Heritage.  We can swap information and help one another. I have info on her, I just have to did through my paperwork. Its been awhile since you posted, hope u get this. Your distant cousin,Jeanne

Surnames:  Grimes, englebright
Submitted on 9Sep2008

Theodore Edison Englebright
Lola Pearl Grimes
Marriage License filed on 02/13/1937
Cherokee County, Oklahoma
Case #MLI-10-00265
Surnames: Rudd, Griffin, Morgan, Ash
Submitted 15Aug2007 by at:
I am trying to find anyone who might have known my Gr Gm Obie Arden Ash Rudd Griffin, b. 1918 Spavinaw, OK, d. 1944, Spavinaw, OK. Her parents were John Morgan and Mattie Melinda Ash, also from Spavinaw. Would love to have any pictures or if anyone knew anything about her life.

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