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Wes T. (#48190645)
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Bio Photo Family surnames I am currently researching: WININGER/WINEGAR, THORN/THORNE, POULSON, McINTYRE, SANDERS, BRANSON, BARNES, MILLS, CHAPPELL, MACY, PRICE, LANDERS, TUCKER, RENO, GREGOROSKI/GREGOSKI/GREGORSKI/GRZEGOZEWSKI, HARVILL, PARKER, COLLINGS, BROCK, WEAVER and SHEPHERD.

I am continuing research on a particular bit of the history of McDonald County, Missouri (sometimes called McDonald Territory) and have a page concerning their well-known attempt to secede from the State of Missouri, in 1961. (See the link given below.) Thank you to the then-Governor Orval Faubus of Arkansas who graciously offered to accept McDonald County into the State of Arkansas. "After all," he said, "it would offset the "bootheel." Oddly enough, to this day, McDonald County, although in Missouri, remains as a part of the Fayetteville-Springdale-Rogers Federal Metropolitan Statistical Area. To me, the incident provided a fascinating story, which tied in to another interest: philately and cover collecting (local posts).

Current number of pending "EDITS": 66 (As of 25 JAN 2015)

Thank you to those who have checked and processed your edits!

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9-22-2014 NEW RULE: Due to abuse, I am forced to stop accepting "blind" correction messages. If you have your message function blocked which prevents anyone from contacting you, and don't have an email address or some way to contact you, I will likely delete your message. Also, submitting 'proof' by saying that a previous memorial existing with different spelling, with no photos of the marker to verify, or anything else to say why your source is more accurate than mine - is not a reason for me to delete an entry I made five minutes earlier. I have no reason to doubt the survey/source that I took the research time to locate. If there is a photo in the correct cemetery, that's one thing. Also, keep in mind that simple courtesy and respect go a long way, considering we are all volunteers.
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Sharyn Alexander
RE: GIBSON
You are very welcome!
Added by Sharyn Alexander on Jan 27, 2015 7:08 AM
Ed
RE: Twist Cemetery, Adair Co. OK
Hey, Wes, I didn't get your email. Please try again by sending it to bigassmules@yahoo.com.

Ed

Added by Ed on Jan 24, 2015 11:58 PM
Ed
RE: Twist Cemetery, Adair Co. OK
Hello Wes T.
On a light note, at 20 miles you have just begun to look for Twist Cemetery. I truly feel your frustration. Yes, I found Twist Cemetery .... there are actually two of them. One is simply called Twist, while the other (much smaller) has two names (1) Old Cherokee Cemetery (2) Bearpaw Twist cemetery. After driving for over 150 miles over the course of two weekends, I happened to make contact with an old Cherokee that lived very close and knew exactly where in the woods Twist Cemetery was located. While standing in the middle of that cemetery, and after failing to find 2 graves, he stated,"Oh. You might need to go to the Bearpaw Twist Cemetery. It's located over a mile back into the woods and we'll need to take my 4-Wheeler. So we went .... an 85 year old Cherokee driving a 4-Wheeler and me bouncing around on the back (I was 69 at the time, Now I'm 70).
Please realize that I'm absolutely serious when I say I could not possibly give you written directions to either of the Cemeteries. I've been back twice since then and did so without the benefit of a 4-Wheeler.
I would like to go back again now that it's winter and the weeds and brush are without their leaves. Also the ticks, chiggers and snakes are not out. If you are in fair physical condition and up to a walk in the woods, perhaps we could meet just barely west of the Arkansas line on Oklahoma Hwy 100. From there you could follow me several miles until we have to go on foot.
By the way, does the "T" in your name happen to stand for Twist? That would be really cool!!
A note that you might be interested in, there is a slave section to the Twist Cemetery with over 50 stones (unmarked) marking the graves. The Cherokee who walked the Trail of Tears also brought their slaves with them. History makes scant knowledge of that fact.
Wes, please drop me an email (bigassmules@yahoo.com) and put the word Twist in the subject line... Give me your phone number in your email and I'll give you a call so we can make better arrangements. I don't want to leave phone numbers here on the Find A Grave website where everyone can see them.

Ed
Added by Ed on Jan 20, 2015 8:42 PM
Ellen Workman
RE: O'Bryant Private Cemetery , Adair County, OK
Oh, yeah, that's it. I live about a mile from it and drive past it every time I go to Stilwell. But there used to be a lot of sand rocks sticking up out of the ground a few inches there too. They were supposed to be grave markers, and they definitely were not natural; we have flint rocks here, not sand rocks. Last time I got in there and looked, I couldn't find but the tops of a few. I don't know if they've sunk or maybe whoever is mowing it might have done something with them.

Ellen
Added by Ellen Workman on Jan 07, 2015 7:48 PM
Ellen Workman
RE: O'Bryant Private Cemetery , Adair County, OK
Oh, yeah, that's it. I live about a mile from it and drive past it every time I go to Stilwell. But there used to be a lot of sand rocks sticking up out of the ground a few inches there too. They were supposed to be grave markers, and they definitely were not natural; we have flint rocks here, not sand rocks. Last time I got in there and looked, I couldn't find but the tops of a few. I don't know if they've sunk or maybe whoever is mowing it might have done something with them.

Ellen
Added by Ellen Workman on Jan 07, 2015 7:26 PM
L. R. G.
RE: Emmeo Woods
thank you and have a hiappy new year!
Added by L. R. G. on Dec 30, 2014 8:30 PM
Ellen Workman
O'Bryant Private Cemetery , Adair County, OK
I keep finding your name on memorials in Adair County, OK. Do you have relatives/friends here?

Also, regarding the O'Bryant Private Cemetery memorial you created, I was raised next door to it, and there were more, a lot more, graves marked with sand stones at one time. It was in a cow pasture and was unfenced when I was a child. The limestone marker was knocked over and reset numerous times, and I doubt it is even at Mr. O'Bryant's actual grave now. My grandfather, who was born 40 or 50 years after the cemetery was used, said there were 20+ graves, some of them students and family of students from the school. One of the O'Bryant daughters married a Wright (family still here) and there may be some Wrights buried there. We will never be able to come up with names now, of course. I don't know if the sand stones I remember simply sank out of sight or were removed before the fence was put in. It is, however, a much larger cemetery than it appears to be now. I did find an article about Duncan O'Bryant on the internet awhile back, and his work was well documented.
Added by Ellen Workman on Dec 30, 2014 8:16 PM
L. R. G.
Emmeo Woods
She was my third or fourth grandmother. He left flowers on the part where you and you leave a comment I was just wondering if you and I were related?

thank you
Added by L. R. G. on Dec 30, 2014 3:54 PM
Shannon Lynch
RE: Permission to use photos
Thank you very much.
Added by Shannon Lynch on Dec 29, 2014 6:06 PM
Mike Freels
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Thank you so much Wes.
Added by Mike Freels on Dec 29, 2014 4:07 PM
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