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Indian Pioneer Papers - Index

Indian Pioneer History Project for Oklahoma
Date: March 26, 1937
Name: Richard L. Taylor (Mrs.)
Post Office: June 11, 1856
Date of Birth: Big Lee's Creek, Alabama
Place of Birth:
Father: Benj. F. Paden
Place of Birth:
Information on father:
Mother: Elizabeth (Miller) Paden
Place of birth:
Information on mother: Cherokee
Field Worker: E. F. Dodson
Mrs. R. L. (Paden) Taylor, a Cherokee Indian, was born in Alabama, on Big Lee's Creek, June 11, 1856.

Her father, Benj. F. Paden, and her mother, Elizabeth (Miller) Paden, brought her to the Indian Territory when she was about one year old, in 1857. They settled about three and one-half miles southeast of the present town of Stilwell, Oklahoma. Here Mrs. Taylor grew to womanhood. She attended school, church and Sunday School at old Muddy Springs, Ewing Chapel and Honey Hill.

She married Richard L. Taylor, January 1st, 1880. They are the parents of ten children, five of whom are now living, four girls and one boy.

Her husband, Richard. L Taylor, was born in the Flint District, Cherokee Nation, July 31, 1854, living there all of his life. He farmed most of his life. However, he always took a great interest in politics. He held several offices, Councilman and sheriff of Flint District several terms. He died August 13, 1934.

(Transcribers Note: Mrs. R.L. Taylor was Margaret Elmira Paden youngest child of Benjamin Franklin Paden, a white man born in Virginia, and Margaret Elmira Miller Paden a Cherokee born in the Cherokee Nation, east. Mrs. Taylor was eighty years old at the time of this interview and lived until 1940 She lived in Adair County all of her life.)

Submitted to OKGenWeb by Suzanne Grant Griffith <SuzanneGriffith@email.msn.com> 07-2000.