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Indian Pioneer Papers - Index

Cemetery - Chickasaw and Choctaw Indians
Date: June 15, 1937
Burial ground: Holcomb Cemetery
Present owner:
Number of graves:
Legal location:  
location: located four miles northwest of Chickasha on the north side of the Washita River on a hill
Field Workers:  Thad Smith, Jr.

Interview with Mr. James M. DAVIS

What is now known as the Holcomb Cemetery, belonged to the Chickasaw and Choctaw Indians; and, from what I hear, it still does.

When the Chickasaws and Choctaws sold their surplus land, they reserved five or more acres, wherever there were graves.

Mary L. MCKINNEY was the first person buried there, which was December 14, 1886. She was a Caddo girl, and her grandfather, James M. DAVIS, selected the burial ground. At that time, everybody thought the burial ground was in Caddo country, but after the Government surveyed the land, it was found to be in the Chickasaw Nation, one mile and three quarters east of the Caddo east line.

The burial ground is located four miles northwest of Chickasha on the north side of the Washita River on a hill.

Submitters Note: Mary L. MCKINNEY was a daughter of Sarah Ann DAVIS MCKINNEY, who later married Thad SMITH, Sr. and was the mother of Thad, the interviewer.

Relative of all FITZPATRICK, MAUPIN and MONCRIEF people buried at Holcomb Cemetery - related to Thad SMITH also.

Transcribed for OKGenWeb by Sandi Carter SandKatC@aol.com