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Indian Pioneer Papers - Index

Indian Pioneer History Project for Oklahoma
Date: June 22, 1937
Name: Harry White
Post Office: 
Residence Address: Wynnewood, Oklahoma 
Date of Birth: 1875
Place of Birth: Indian Territory
Father: S. M. White
Place of Birth: 
Information on father:
Mother: M. Harris
Place of birth: 
Information on mother:
Field Worker: Maurice R. Anderson 
Interview #4609

My Grandfather was Cyrus Harris and he came to the Indian Territory in 1837 with his mother and a few other families. They all came to Fort Coffee and when they got there they found out that some of their friends were in camp near Scullyville. Cyrus Harris remained in camp at Scullyville about two weeks then with several families, started to find a desirable place for settling and finally located on Blue River. This was in 1838.

While living on Blue River, Mr. Harris was induced to enter politics. In 1850 a council was convened at Boiling Springs in Panola County, in which he was appointed to accompany Edmond Pickens to Washington City, to arrange some National business, which proved ineffectual.

Upon returning home my grandfather sold his place on Blue River and settled at Boggy Depot. He resided there for a year and again sold out and moved to a point on Pennington Creek, about a mile west of Tishomingo, where he remained until 1855. Not satisfied there, my grandfather once more sold out and moved to a place on Mill Creek and started a trading post and after the stage line came through there, he built a hotel and boarding house.

In 1854, he was again appointed a delegate to go with several others to Washington City. In 1856, after the adoption of the Chickasaw constitution, he was elected the first governor of the Chickasaw Nation. He was re-elected for three more terms, making a total of eight years during which time he held the governorship of the Chickasaw Nation.

Cyrus Harris was my grandfather on my mother's side.

Transcribed for OKGenWeb by Brenda Choate.