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Oklahoma and Indian Territory Researchers

For those looking for those ancestors in early Indian Territory and Oklahoma

Location: Muskogee, Oklahoma
Members: 118
Latest Activity: Feb 23

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Daniel R or Sam T. Duniphan

Started by Michael Beck Jan 6, 2014. 0 Replies

Recent trip to Oklahoma HIstory Center

Started by Charles Donaghe. Last reply by Cari Bennett/Rowland Mar 10, 2010. 3 Replies

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Comment by Tim Connor on July 8, 2010 at 1:07pm
Since there was no birth certificates before statehood, how does one prove a birth?
Comment by Tim Connor on May 6, 2010 at 7:15am
Thank you very much!
Comment by Donna Dreyer on May 6, 2010 at 7:05am
Several possibilities. If there was not a local minister, people waited for the traveling preacher (also called circut preachers) to come to their area to marry them. The preacher would then record the marriage in the next county court house he came to.

Have to consider the history of the counties. Before statehood, the counties were different. The large counties were divided into smaller counties & depending on the area, the records probably stayed with the original county court house. If you are interested in early day map of the area, go to

Or they might have taken the train. Quite a few times, couples would take the train, example: in the early days, Alva was part of Woodward County. Couples from Woodward would take the train to Alva to get married. Some considered it their honeymoon trip or their elopement.
Comment by Tim Connor on May 5, 2010 at 7:52pm
I have a question for you smart people. Turn of the century marriages, My Great Grandfather and Grandmother were married in 1901 in Sapulpa. Their license was at the District Court Clerk in Muskogee. Exactly what happened back then, did preachers marry people and perodically sent the info into the Court or did they have to travel the 50 miles to Muskogee to get married? That would have been a long wagon ride.
Comment by Tim Connor on May 5, 2010 at 7:48pm
Does anyone have any info on Hillside Indian Mission orphanage near Skiatook?
Comment by Charles Donaghe on May 1, 2010 at 9:11am
I talked the other night with some cousins who live in Oilton. I asked about Monty Null. They told me that he and his two brothers William and Gordon (Gordon was the oldest, followed by William) are buried in the Oilton Cemetery. If you go to city hall they have a map of wher every one is buried there.
They think that both his father and mother are buried there also.
They also told me that some maybe your Mayo could be buried at the Silver Creek cemetery I forget the name of it, but maybe you could find it on a map from the USGS.
hope this helps.

Comment by Debra A. Cornell on April 28, 2010 at 12:17am
My cousins and I are researching our grand parents and know they were born in Indian Territory (Oklahoma) My grandmas last name was Eslick (Earlie Electa) and her parents were Luela Walker and S.W. Eslick (I have their marriage certificate from Navarro county Texas) and our Grand father Daniel Amos Garrett.ANY help would be grateful because we are new at this!
Comment by Linda Lou Eldridge Westbrook on March 12, 2010 at 8:56pm
I am still searching for Eldridge family members. Has anyone seen this name besides those on the Cherokee Indian roll?
Comment by Lynette Null Wilson on March 12, 2010 at 7:01pm
Hello, my name is Lynette Null Wilson. I am researching my fathers Family. He grew up in Oilton OK. His name is Monty Null born 1936. His parents were Arthur Null (1888-1961) and Russia Null (1892-1970). His great paternal grandparents were William Null (1865-1905) and Charlotte Mayo (1862-1908). His maternal grandparents were Richard Sanders (1848-1920) and Susan E. Hammond (1854-1937). The real mystery here is Charlotte Mayo. Some records have her as "Mayo" others a "Ways". I am boxes of photos and documents (taxes, receipts, letters). I just started the family tree on Ancestory. Anyone with knowledge or guidance on Oilton, Creek County or any of the folks mentions above please contact me. Also I know Charlotte Ways/Mayo was from Boggy Depot. I found the Boggy Depot Burial Site and some "Mayos" listed but no Charlotte. Additionally my family is listed many times on the Choctaw census so I am reading on that as well. This family tree stuff can be overwhelming. Thank you for any assistance.
Comment by Donna Dreyer on March 10, 2010 at 11:22pm
you are very welcome Cari.

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