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Indian Pioneer Papers - Index

Indian Pioneer History Project for Oklahoma
Date: March 5, 1937
Name: Breland Adams

Cherokee Cemeteries
March 5, 1937


This cemetery is on a 20 acre block, shown on the map as being the property of M. S. SLEEPER. The cemetery location is SW NE NE, Sec.10, 15N, 20E. There are about 15 graves in this cemetery. Ten have headstones & footstones (sand stone) but no inscriptions. One is built up (about one foot from the ground) of sandstone & covered over the top with sandstones. About 200 feet from this cemetery; across the ravine & on top of a knoll, is another grave with a head & foot stone, no inscription. Around the grave is a pile of stones. It looks as if at one time these stones formed a wall around the grave.  [Muskogee Co.]


Located ¾ mile north & ¾ mile east of Hulbert (NE NW 24 17N 20E). This cemetery is on a knoll adjoining the highway on the south side. It as a wire fence enclosure about 100 feet square. There are about 35 graves with sandstone markers but no inscriptions on any of them. All buried in this Cemetery are Cherokee Indians except one white baby. The above information given by Madison CAREY a full blood Cherokee.  [Cherokee Co.]


One mile East & one mile north of Hulbert (NE SE13 17N 20E). Formerly known as the CAREY Cemetery & was first used as an Indian Cemetery in 1860. Many of the graves are not marked & inscriptions on some of the markers are in Cherokee.

THOMPSON, a Cherokee Confederate soldier was buried about 50 years ago & a hewed log house about 5 by 9 feet was built over his grave. All of the legs are gone except the four foundation legs. This information given by Madison CAREY, a fullblood Cherokee of Hulbert.  [Cherokee Co.]


About a ½ mile south & 100 yards west of Double Springs School, NE SE10 17N 21E.

Wattie GREECE died December 25, 1906 at the age of 55 years.
Peggy, wife of Eagle BROWN, died July 3, 1887 at about 66 years of age.
James, son of Joshua & N. A.  SIXKILLER, born March 20, 1884, died July 10, 1884.

About 20 other graves many not marked & some of recent years.   [Cherokee Co.]


One mile East & ¼ mile south of Shady Grove School. (NE 17 17N 21E).
George W. DOUBLEHEAD, died April 5, 1888, 35 years.
William W. HENDRICKS died July 24, 1892, 54 years.

Seven other old graves without markers.   [Cherokee Co.]


Two miles west of Hulbert (SE 21 17N 20E)
The Hulbert Cemetery is very old and was established by the HULBERTs.  Many old settlers of the early days are buried here.

Zach TAYLOR, born 1858, died 1898. (Founder of the town of Melvin).
Jennie, wife of Zack Taylor, born 1861, died 1916.
Theodore BRUSTER, born 1823, died 1972 (sic)
(date must be a misprint, Theodore would be 149 years old???).

Several other of the BRUSTER family are buried here, markers show dated 1880.

The family lot of Ely SPEARS contain markers dating back in the 1860s.

Bill COOK the famous outlaw is buried in this cemetery. His grave is marked with muscle shells but has no stone.

Jim COOK, brother of Bill is also buried here.

Found grave of Annie HOUSTON (and infant son) in field one mile east of Shady Grove School. Born in 1831, died January 9, 1911. Nice granite monument as marker.

[Cherokee Co.]


Jennie wife of M.T. JTJADEN, born Mar. 27, 1874, died Mar. 14, 1903.
Elizabeth CROSSLAN, born AR.   13, 1860, died May 6, 1860,
 box-shaped stone, made of cement and set on top of the ground over the grave. The stone or slab has been broken and there is a hole in the top.
Samuel CROSSLAN, born May 30, 184?, died Dec 1, 1882.
Around the grave, to keep it from washing, are pieces of sandstone and parts of
another tombstone. I could piece the parts together and read “Farewell” “At Rest” and a date “1898”.  [probably Muskogee Co.]

March 3, 1937

I went to the old Sarah COODEY place out on the Bayou, the S?1/4 SE1/4 SW1/4 of Section 9. Township 15 North Range 20 East where in the past there have been lots of hilarious times. Sarah used to sell whiskey and have kind of a road house in the old days. She sold the place to Lafayette ADAIR (John Adair’s father) and went to California. J. Lafayette Adair is buried there now, about 125 feet west of the house. Also there is the grave of a child about 20 feet from the east side of the house.

This was a double log house with a hall in between and a huge stone chimney at the north end. There has also been a large stone chimney at the south end but it is gone now and there has been another brick chimney built. The logs have been weatherboarded and the hall boarded up, but now some of the weatherboarding is gone from the walls. It looks as if there was a porch on the west side at one time but it is gone. There is a porch on the east side.

Sarah Coodey sold this place to Adair at the time of the Gold Rush to California, after having lived there for some time. So the place must be around a hundred years old.

In memory of J. Lafayette ADAIR born July 22, 1826, died Feb. 11, 1861.
“Thy Trials Ended Thy Rest Won”. J. Lafayette Adair.

SE SE SW Sec. 9-T 15 N R 20 E. on 40 acres plot -shown on map on property of A.M. ANDERSON.  [Muskogee Co.]

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