Bourland in North Texas and Indian Territory During the Civil War: Fort Cobb, Fort Arbuckle & the Wichita Mountains

by Patricia Adkins-Rochette

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   Winchester Colbert's 1863 letter to Bourland

 

John Harpole Carr

 John Newton Hamill wrote 1863 letter for Winchester Colbert

Schools  in Indian Territory

This research was compiled by Jessie Newal (Hamill) Fondy, b-1943, taught at Chickasha OK High for 30+ years.
 

 Rev. John Newton Hamill, m-1835 Hemstead Co AR to Martha Brown Carr, was a Methodist minister. In the 1850s, he helped build the Chickasaw Rock Academy, near Wapanucka, of the Chickasaw Nation, Tishomingo Co, [now Johnston Co OK].

In 1858 the Colbert Institute was near Perryville, Tobucksy County, Moshulatubbee Dist, Choctaw Nation, I.T. (now Pittsburg Co OK). Rev. John Newton Hamill, Methodist minister, was Superintendent 1858-1860 of the Colbert Institute.   J.N.'s son was Robert Greer Carr Hamill. Colbert Institute was moved __ (? when) to near Stonewall, Pontotoc Co, Chickasaw Nation I.T. (now Pontotoc Co OK).

Rev. Hamill then moved to Fort Arbuckle, Pickens Co, Chickasaw Nation, I.T. [now Garvin Co OK], then to Cooke Co TX to escape lawlessness during Civil War. He served on the Citizens Court jury during the October 1862 Great Hanging of Gainesville.

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As Winchester Colbert's attorney, John Newton Hamill wrote the following letter to Col. James Bourland ca. March 1, 1863 in Tishomingo Co., I.T., (now Johnston Co OK):

Col. James Bourland:

 

Received by the hand of Rev. John N. Hamill and in answer I have to say that I have been making every effort to get ready to cooperate with our friends on the other side of Red River. The Legislature has made an appropriation of $6,750.00 for ammunition and subsistence. The amount is small, but it is all I could get. My Quarter Master will make his purchases as soon as possible. My express to Genl. [D.H.] Cooper has not yet returned, but when he does, I will let you know what Genl. Cooper says on the subject. I received a letter from Chief [T.B] Turnbull of the Choctaw Nation saying that they were preparing to cooperate with us, but that they have no [gun] powder and they did not know how or where to get any.

 

I have also sent an invitation to the commander at Caddo [probably CSA Major George Washington of the Whitebead band of the Caddo Tribe of the old Caddo County, Chickasaw District, Choctaw-Chickasaw Nation, I.T.] to especially return.

 

Please write me [express] __s from your side.

 

In Haste, Yours,

 

W. [Winchester] Colbert [Governor of the Chickasaw Nation, I.T.].

 

 per BP-DM4406-3N-001 of The Bourland Papers.

 

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"John E. Carr" was born in the Choctaw Nation near Doaksville, I.T. on  Jan 24, 1849.   His father Rev. John Harpole Carr was a Methodist minister and in an early day came from Tennessee to Indian Territory, where in 1853 he established the Bloomfield Academy for the the Chickasaw Nation,  acting as the principal for a number of years.  It is now [1891] one of the public schools. per H.F. O'Beirne's Leaders and Leading Men in Indian Territory (pub 1891),  p268.

 

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Bloomfield Academy was the first school built primarily for girls in the Chickasaw Nation I.T., near Achille, Panola Co (now Bryan Co OK). In 1852 Methodist Rev. John Harpole Carr, brother to Martha Brown Carr Hamill, helped build then became the first director of the Bloomfield Seminary.  Carr and his family, including the Hamills, left Indian Territory to escape the lawlessness during the Civil War, then Carr died in Paris, Lamar Co TX.   per Gibsonís The Chickasaws, p235.   Sent by Jessie Hamill Fondy of Chickasha OK.

 

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Other schools: New Hope School for Girls in 1855, Chickasaw Manual Labor Academy of 1857, The Colbert Institute,...Collins Institute.

 

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Fort Arbuckle, Pickens County, Chickasaw Nation IT (now Garvin Co OK). In the 1860 census, both Rev. John Newton Hamill and Rev. John Harpole Carr are listed in Panola District with Ft Arbuckle Post Office.  1860 Ft Arbuckle P.O., Panola Dist, Chickasaw Nation, I.T. cen (now Garvin Co OK), Aug 10, 40-40 John Hamill 50 SC, Methodist minister, Martha [Carr] 43 TN ... as well as Rev. John Harpole Carr .... Ft Arbuckle was in Wichita County before 1855, i.e., the Chickasaw District of the Choctaw-Chickasaw Nation was vaguely divided into Panola, Wichita, Perry, and Caddo Counties. But after the Chickasaws set up their own government in 1855 with Tishomingo as the capital, and established newly named counties, old names were still being used. In 1860 Ft Arbuckle would have been in Pickens Co, Chickasaw Nation I.T (now Garvin Co OK). (see 1837-1855 Chickasaw Nation map)

 

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From Butch Bridges' This 'n That, Jun 11, 2009, Vol 13  Issue, Ardmore OK 646http://www.oklahomahistory.net/newsletters/TT646.htm

Another history lesson by Betty Carroll from her American National Bank radio spots:

"Once Upon A Time.... Reverend John Harpole Carr, a Methodist missionary found a patch of land 15 miles south of Durant in 1852 he thought would be an excellent location for an academy specifically for Indian students. He set up his tent in a grove surrounded by prairie grasses interwoven with colorful wild flowers. This inspired him to name the new school that would begin under the sponsorship of the Methodist Mission Conference and in conjunction with the leaders of the Chickasaw Nation Bloomfield Academy.

"It was renamed Carter Seminary in 1934 as a tribute to Charles D. Carter of Chickasaw and Choctaw descent, who represented the 4th District in Congress from 1907 to 1926. The school eventually relocated in the NW section of Ardmore when the federal government purchased the old Hargrove College in 1916 for the Chickasaw Indians. Carter Seminary was established and funded by the federal government to partially fulfill the treaty obligations of the United States to the Indian people. In 1952 the Bureau of Indian Affairs decided to make Carter Seminary a home-living community and to send the students to public schools."  -Betty Carroll January 25, 1987

http://www.oklahomahistory.net/newsletters/TT646.htm

 

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Thirza "Dutch" Griffith Kizer (1868-1943)

Family sheet

Marriage in Cooper, Delta Co TX on Jul 17, 1887 of Thirza Catherine Griffith and Pat Kizer.

Thirza Catherine "Dutch" Griffith, b. in the Cedar Creek Community, near Cooper, Lamar Co TX (Delta Co TX formed 1870) on May 28, 1868 to Mary Lavenia Musick [Dec 7, 1838 Washington Co VA-Jun 12, 1935 Cooper, Delta Co TX] and Joseph McElroy Griffith [Jul 2, 1822 Hopkins Co KY-Oct 24, 1888 Cooper, Delta Co TX], son of Temperance Griffith Bourland.  Dutch d. Apr 4, 1943 Hugo at son Willardís home, Shoat Springs Cem, Choctaw Co OK.

Henry Patton "Pat" Kizer, b-Apr 16, 1866 to Selena Wynn [b-1824 TN] and Henry Kizer [1821 NC-1895 Delta Co TX, m-1844 Blount Co TN], 1870 Hopk Co TX cen, ? Liberty Comm, Delta Co TX; 1880 Delta Co Agriculture cen (see p4-13). Henry Kizer died "probably of pneumonia while having a bout with hiccoughs," funeral during a snow storm. Jan 4, 1910 Bearden Springs, Choc Co OK.

1. Iona Kizer b. Mar 15, 1888 Cooper, Delta Co TX d. Oct 23, 1965 Hugo, Choctaw Co OK m. Reece Morgan

2. Willard Patton Kizer b. Nov 2, 1889 Cooper, Delta Co TX d. Jan 17, 1972 Hugo, Choctaw Co OK m. Snow/Redwine

3. Harry Cern Kizer b. Dec 26, 1892 Cooper, Delta Co TX d. Mar 21, 1945 Hugo, Choctaw Co OK m. Thelma Walker

4. Lillian S Kizer b. Apr 29, 1897 Cooper, Delta Co TX d. 1973 m. Lee/Coffey

1. Iona "Onie" Kizer, m-c1908 Pushmataha Co OK to Reece Morgan. Shoat Springs Cem, Choctaw Co OK. Issue, 3 ch:  Illa Mae Morgan, m,1-Sumner/m,2-Curtis; Lawrence Morgan; Beatrice Morgan, m-Clark

2. Willard Patton Kizer, m,1. Mattie Snow. Issue, 2 ch: Granville Kizer, Lola Mae Kizer.Willard, m,2. Verda E Redwine.   Willard b-Mt Olive Cem, Hugo, Choctaw Co OK.

3. Harry Cern Kizer, m-Hugo, Choct Co OK on Oct 8, 1913 to Thelma Mae "Shug" Walker [Apr 3, 1897 Detroit, Red Riv Co TX-Jan 31, 1975 Choc Co OK], dau of Eliz Thomas Spracher [1867 Tazewell Co VA-1941 Roger Co OK] and Osceola Alonzo Walker [1868 Jeff Co IL-1915 Choc Co OK, m-1892 Red River Co TX, son of Levi Walker [1836 Dick Co TN-1923 Jeff Co IL]. Shoat Springs Cem, Choc Co OK. Harry d. of recurring inoperable brain tumor. Issue, 9 ch born Choc Co OK: Arlie Owen Kizer b-Jul 3, 1914 and m-Sep 24, 1937 Potter Co TX to Ethelda Grant; Elva Elizabeth Kizer, b-Oct 15, 1915 and m1-Dec 23, 1934 to Floyd Abernathy /m,2-Jeff Myers; Mildred Margaret, Sep 3, 1917-Jun 19, 1919; Edward Russell Kizer b-Dec 25, 1919-Aug 10, 1982 Bonham, Fann Co TX, Shoat Spgs Cem, and m-Jun 11, 1937 to Opal Marie Harlin; Dellar Modell Kizer, b. Nov 10, 1921 and m-Oct 12, 1940 Choc Co OK to Jess Newton Hamill, 6 ch; Edith Willie Kizer, b. Nov 22, 1923 and m-Jan 31, 1942 Choc Co OK to Robt Harley Dunn; Ruth Evelyn Joyce Kizer, b-Jun 23, 1927 and m-Hot Spgs, Garland Co AR to Leslie Louis Kilgore/m,2. Bert Arthur Corbitt; Harry Carl Kizer b-Sep 27, 1930 and m-Dec 2, 1952 Choc Co OK to Dorothy Eliz Murphy; Geneva Mae "Sissie" b-Aug 23, 1933 and m-Jul 15, 1951 Choc Co OK to Billy Gerald Campbell /m,2-Bob C Willard/m3-Bob Tansy/m,4-Oliver Grider

3e. Dellar Modell Kizer, m-Choc Co OK on Oct 12, 1940 to Jess Newton Hamill [Apr 29, 1915 Roby, Fisher Co TX-Mar 28,1992 Choctaw Co OK], son of Frances Clark [1883 Coryell Co TX-1954 Choctaw Co OK] and Chs Summerfield Hamill [1878 Shackelford Co TX, m-1912 Bryan Co OK], son of Mary Fulcher [1849 Angelina Co TX-1924 Valencia Co NM] and Robert Greer Carr Hamill [1839 Ouachita Par LA-1903 Socorro Co NM, CSA flag bearer, m-1865 Kaufman Co TX], son of Martha Brown Carr [1817 Wilson Co TN-1867 Hopkins Co TX] and Reverend John Newton Hamill [1810 York Dist SC-1867 Hopkins Co TX, m-1835 Hempstead Co AR], Methodist min, 1850s helped build the Chickasaw Rock Academy [see ORsIv41/3[S#85]p984, near Wapanucka [now Johnston Co OK], then to Ft Arbuckle, Pickens Co, Chickasaw Nation, I.T. [now Garvin Co OK], then to Cooke Co TX to escape lawlessness during Civil War. Mary born to Joshua Fulcher [b-1815 Arkansas Territory]. Martha born to Thomas Carr [b-1786 Albermarle Co VA, son of RW vet]. Fran born to Martha Thacker [1858 Pilot Grove, Collin Co TX-1945 San Patrico Co TX, gdau of Geo Thacker [1803 New Madrid Co MO-c1886 Collin/ Coryell Co TX]. Jess Army WWII vet, mechanic/farmer/rancher. Issue, 6 ch, 5 born Choc Co OK: Goldie Jean Hamill b-Sep 21, 1941 and m-Jun 11, 1960 Hugo OK to Billie Albert Caldwell 3 ch; Jessie Newal Hamill, b-Jun 8, 1943 Choc Co OK and m-Jan 8, 1977 Dallas Co TX to Jimmy Dale Fondy 1 ch; Frances Lorraine Hamill, b-Feb 16, 1946 Choctaw Co OK and m-Mar 4, 1967 to Bobby Glenn Harrison, 1 ch; Marion Modell Hamill b-Sep 3, 1947 Choc Co OK and m-Jan 21, 1967 to Wallace Travis Lester 1 ch; Susan Eliz Hamill b-May 30, 1952 Texarkana, Bowie Co TX and m-Aug 27, 1971 Choc Co OK to Howard Leroy Hunter, 1 ch; Jess Mark Hamill, b-Feb 26, 1958 and m-Apr 5, 1988 Choc Co OK to Debra Maureen Ausmus, 1 ch/m,2-Feb 4, 1989 Boswell, Choc Co OK to Kolinda Schuessler.

(Chickasaw Rock Academy, see ORsIv41/3[S#85]p984). 

Jess Hamill, m,1-1939 to Ima Johnnie Acree, div 1939 Thelma, m,2-Omer Payne ... Thelma m,3-Charles Virgil McFarland

4. Lillian S Kizer, m,1. on Nov 30, 1913 to Gus Lee. m,2. to James A "Ed" Coffey

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1858 Colbert Institute, near Perryville, Tobucksy Co, Moshulatubbee Dist, Choctaw Nation, IT (now Pittsburg Co OK). Rev John Newton Hamill, Methodist minister, was Superintendent 1858-1860 of the Colbert Institute . Rev Hamill's son was Robert Greer Carr Hamill). Colbert Institute was moved to near Stonewall, Pontotoc Co, Chickasaw Nation IT (now Pontotoc Co OK).

1860 Ft Arbuckle P.O, Panola Dist, Chickasaw Nation, I.T. cen, Aug 10, 40-40 John Hamill 50 SC, Methodist minister, Martha [Carr] 43 TN .....Ft Arbuckle was in Wichita County before 1855, i.e., the Chickasaw Nation was vaguely divided into Panola, Wichita, Perry, and Caddo Counties. But even after the Chickasaws had set up their own government in 1855 with Tishomingo as the capital, and established newly named counties, old names were still being used. In 1860 Ft Arbuckle would have been in Pickens Co, Chickasaw Nation I.T (now Garvin Co OK). (see the 1837-1855 Chickasaw Nation map)

1860 Rev Hamil transferred from East Texas: Titus, Harrison and Henderson. In Nov 1861, he purchased 320 ac in Cooke Co TX,

1862 Cooke Co TX, Gainesville, juror in 1862 Great Hanging Trial. (see Trial p3-37, Barrett pB-4)

1864 Collin Co TX, Hamill purchased  horse and saddle Jul 1864 Westin, Collin Co TX,

1866 Doakesville, Choctaw Nation I.T, Methodist minister in the Sulphur Spgs circuit: also Hopkins Co TX, Hamill d-1867 Mt Vernon, Franklin Co TX. per Jessie Hamill Fondy of Chickasha OK.

1867 Hopkins Co TX, now Franklin Co, Rev. J.N. Hamill d-1867 Mt Vernon, per Jessie Hamill Fondy of Chickasha OK

c1888 Chickasha area, Pickens Co, Chickasaw Nat IT, "Once several wagons of relatives came to the Chickasha area [from probably Delta Co TX]. Along on the trip was Granny [Thirza] Kizer and Henry Cern (b-1878, Sallyís son), who was about age 10." ...maybe also to visit half-sis, Temperance Elizabeth (Griffith) McDowell, who was living on Wildhorse Creek, Owenís Prairie [now Stephens Co OK, 25 mi from Chickasha] near the Colberts, and other Bourland cousins.... per Jessie Hamill Fondy of Chickasha OK," interview of Illa Mae Morgan Curtis quoting Aunt Sarah "Sallie" Kizer Cern.

c1905 Hugo, Choctaw Nation IT (now Choc Co OK), Pat and Dutch Kizer went to the Salt Creek Landing on the Kiamichi River.

c1907 Bearden Springs, Choctaw Nation IT (now Choc Co OK). Pat and Dutch Kizer bought 40 ac, immediately West of Rose Hill Plantation. Kizers came via ferry boat. Delta Co TX neighbors who went to Indian Territory with the Kizers were: Gentry, ?Jewdon, Kernell (still in the area).

 

                 

Rev. John Harpole Carr

   (1812-1879)

 

 

 Winchester Colbert

(1810-1880)

photo: Thoburnís History of Oklahoma, p98

 

 

 

 

Rev. Robert Greer Carr Hamill

(1839-1903)

 

 

 

 

Chickasaw District

of the

Choctaw-Chickasaw Nation, I.T.

(1837-1855)

 

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