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Indian Pioneer Papers - Index
Indian Pioneer History
Project for Oklahoma
Date: January 10, 1938
Name: Mrs. Annie (Williams) Armor
Post Office: Tulsa, Oklahoma
Residence Address: 440 North Cincinnati St.
Date of Birth: March 17, 1864
Place of Birth: Thomasville, GA
Father: Mat Williams
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Investigator: W.T. Holland
Interview # 12635
I was born at Thomasville, Georgia, March 17, 1864. Although we were Cherokee
Indians, we didn't come into the Territory until 1882. My father, Mat
Williams, had come out and gone into the cattle business, his ranch being on
Coody Creek, east of Muskogee, where he had a big ranch and grazed a big herd
of cattle. He wanted us to come West, so my mother bundled us up and we came
out to Muskogee. This was in 1882. We lived in Muskogee, never living out on
the ranch. While we were Cherokee Indians, we had been used to a quiet and
secure existence so the wild new country frightened my mother and she
preferred to live in town.
My sister and I attended school at the Female Seminary at Tahlequah for the
years 1882 and 1883. We were boarding students. At that time there were about
300 girls there. The cost of board and tuition was $25.00 per month. We paid
one half of this and the Cherokee Nation paid one half. Miss Allen was my main
teacher and Miss Wilson was the principal.
After two years of schooling at Tahlequah, my mother decided that the West
didn't provide the proper environment for the rearing of a family, especially
for girls, as it was entirely too wild. So, we decided to return to the East
to our old home.
In May 1885, I was married to James Madison Armor, a white man, at
Chattanooga, Tennessee. In 1892 my husband came out to the Territory in the
vicinity of Vinita. He looked about and decided he would select a place near
Vinita. He returned East, and in 1893 we all came out. Back East, at
Chattanooga, we were married according to the laws of the land, but upon
reaching Vinita, in 1893, we were again married, this time in accordance with
the Cherokee laws. This was thought best in that my husband was a white man
and I an Indian woman. In doing this, he became a member of the tribe, and on
equal footing with the other members.
We lived near Vinita on a farm until 1907, when we came to Tulsa. Here, Mr.
Armor was engaged in the real estate business, building and owning residence
Mr. Armor's ancestors originally spelled their name Armour, same family as the
My great grandmother was Elizabeth Pack. Her son, Jeff Pack, was a Judge in
the Cherokee Nation. Judge Pack's son, Shoree Pack, married a sister of John
Gunther. He was a judge as well as a member of the Cherokee Legislature.
Submitted to OKGenWeb by Pamela Wilkins Hagen, September 10, 2005
Submitter's Comments: Annie Williams' Cherokee ancestors were her mother Jane
"Jennie Cowart" whose mother was Cynthia Pack whose mother was Elizabeth
Lowrey whose father was Chief/ Lieut-Col. John Lowrey whose mother was Nannie,
daughter of Ghi-go-ne-li. To date, no connection with the Chicago Armour
family has been found.