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George Washington Poplin

Microfilm #IPH-3
Volume 9, page 267
Poplin, George Washington (white)
Interviewer: James S. Buchanan
April 15, 1937
 

Interview

I came to the Indian Territory with my parents; William Henry and Sarah (Montgomery) Poplin in the winter of 1889 and settled on a farm near the little town of Adair, coming from the State of Arkansas. I was the only child of the family and was seventeen years of age at the time. My father remained in the territory only two years, then returned to Arkansas where he died in 1894.

On January 18 1891 I was married to Catharene Olevia Chandler, Cherokee and daughter of Burgess Gaither of Vinita. To this union there were born eleven children; six girls and five boys, ten of their number now living.

I have always lived and reared my family at, or in the vicinity of Adair.  The first few years of my married life I was engaged in farming and raising stock, also doing carpenter work. In 1915 I entered the service of the M. K. & T. railroad in the maintenance department.

In the early days most all of the country in the vicinity of Adair was open range, very little of the land under fence and the free range made stock raising very profitable. Fish and game of all kinds were plentiful. All streams in this country in those days were clean and the water clear and all kind of fresh water fish in abundance.  Lots of deer and turkey in the hills and along the creeks and rivers and the prairie chickens were everywhere.  But the people soon destroyed it all as they have all other natural privileges and resources this country once enjoyed.

(end of interview)
 

Information from other sources:

Final Roll of the Five Civilized Tribes:
(ages as at 1 Sep 1902)                                        %
        #7718    Catherine O. Poplin    age 29    1/32nd
        #7719    Annie I. Poplin                     10    1/64th
        #7720    Ora A. Poplin                         9    1/64th
        #7721    Gaither O. Poplin                 7     1/64th
        #7722    Margarett Poplin                  4     1/64th
        #7723    Rosebud Poplin                   3     1/64th
        #7724    Nellie Poplin                         1    1/64th

1910 U.S. Census, Adair Township:
Poplin, George W.         age 37       b/ MO, father born KY, mother born MO
        Catherine                      37        b/ AR
        Annie                             18        b/OK
        Ora                                 17        b/OK
        Gather O.                      14        b/OK
        Margaret                       12        b/OK
        Rosebud                       10        b/OK
        Nellie                               8        b/OK
        Vann                                3         b/OK
        Nannie                            3         b/OK
        Ross                                1         b/OK

 

 
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