I am Rebecca Maloney, Webmistress and Coordinator for this Garvin County, Oklahoma site. I hope you enjoy your visit. Please email me if you have any suggestions or contributions you would like to make.
Make sure you check the "Research Resources" section! There are indexes of books, books for sale, newspaper articles beginning in 1877, helpful links, look up volunteers and local researchers to help you out.
Native Americans in Garvin County
The Chickasaw Nation
PO Box 1548
Ada, Oklahoma 74820
The Chickasaw Nation covered all or parts of the following counties of Oklahoma:
| Bryan | Carter | Coal | Garvin | Grady | Jefferson | Johnston | Love | Marshall | McClain | Murray | Pontotoc | Stephens
Pauls Valley is the county seat of Garvin County, which was named
Garvin, a prominent Chickasaw Indian and the home to more than 6,200.
In 1847 or 1848, Smith Paul, the city's namesake, brought his family to this area, but the town did not spring into being overnight, as did many other Oklahoma communities.
Pauls Valley, known in those days as "Smith Paul's Valley," did not begin to acquire the characteristics of a town until about 1874, when long wagon trains of Comanche and Kiowa Indians established a trail from Boggy Depot to Fort Sill.
An unofficial survey of the area was made in 1887, and the present town site was laid out in 1892.
Manufacturing is a major part of the Pauls Valley economy, and several major manufacturers call the city home. Among these are Viskase, a plastics firm, and Covercraft, which makes custom vehicle covers. Another major manufacturer is Chicago Miniature Lamp Co., which also has a factory in nearby Wynnewood.
Oil and farming have always been a big part of the Pauls Valley picture as well, and they continue to be. A number of oil companies and support industries, in addition to agriculturally-oriented firms, operate in the area.
If you have questions, contributions, or problems with this site, email:
Coordinator - Rebecca Maloney
State Coordinator: Linda Simpson
Asst. State Coordinator: Mel Owings
If you have questions or problems with this site, email the County Coordinator. Please to not ask for specfic research on your family. I am unable to do your personal research. I do not live in Oklahoma and do not have access to additional records.