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Pleasant Luther "Duke" Berryhill
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Birth: Jan., 1852
Death: Aug. 29, 1929

Pleasant Luther "Duke" Berryhill

Birth: JAN 1852 in Creek Nation, Indian Territory


Pleasant Luther "Duke" Berryhill was born in the Creek Nation in January 1850 (1852). He was the first child born to Jefferson and Nancy (Sizemore) Berryhill. When Pleasant was still small, his parents were divorced and Pleasant was raised by his father. Pleasant grew up around Fishertown and Hitchita in the Creek Nation. He was sent to Indian schools in the Creek Nation, then was sent to a school in Missouri. Pleasant Luther "Duke" Berryhill became very active in the Creek Nation Government. About this time he became known as Duke Berryhill. He married and had a child. The name of this wife is unknown to me. Family says that this wife and child died in a forest fire, during an encampment, while the men were away. Pleasant Luther "Duke" Berryhill had become a Methodist Minister. He preached to a mixed group of Indian and white people and used an interpreter to reach all the people. Duke was also Captain of the Creek Lighthorse, the Creek Nation Police Force.

Pleasant Luther "Duke" Berryhill was well known in Creek Nation history. His and Jeannetta's pictures hang in the Creek Nation Council House in Okmulgee, Oklahoma. Duke Berryhill is most remembered in his day as Captain of the Creek Light Horsemen in the execution of Timmie Jack. Timmie Jack was a Euchee Indian living in the Creek Nation. At a New Year's Day celebration in 1886, Timmie Jack got drunk and stabbed James Brown, a Creek Indian. James Brown died and Timmie Jack was arrested and found guilty of murder by the Creek Nation court. He was sentenced to die by execution with a "riffle gun," which was the Creek Nation punishment for murder. An Indian sentenced to die was allowed to pick his executioner. Only one shot was allowed and if the convicted man didn't die of this one shot, he was allowed to go free. Timmy Jack chose his best friend, Duke Berryhill, to fire this shot. Timmie was placed against a tree in the Okmulgee Council House grounds, and a paper was placed over his heart. Duke didn't miss his mark, but Timmie lived for several hours. It is said that Duke Berryhill was a "crack shot" and that he had aimed somewhere between Timmie Jack's heart and lungs.

Father: Thomas Jefferson Berryhill b: 1824 in Creek Nation-East
Mother: Nancy Sizemore b: in Tennessee

Marriage 1: Sarah Lee Bradley b: 1866 in Creek Nation, Indian Territory
Married: ABT 1887 in Creek Nation, Indian Territory


1. Oscar Berryhill b: 19 JAN 1888 in Creek Nation, Indian Territory
2. Josephine Berryhill b: ABT 1890 in Creek Nation, Indian Territory
3. Clarence Berryhill b: ABT 1892 in Creek Nation, Indian Territory
4. Effie L. Berryhill b: 18 JAN 1893 in Creek Nation, Indian Territory
5. Samuel Berryhill b: 22 JAN 1895 in Creek Nation, Indian Territory

Marriage 2: Jeanetta May Grayson
*Married: ABT 1903 in Creek Nation, Indian Territory


1. Leona May Berryhill b: 1905 in Creek Nation, Indian Territory
2. Melvin Berryhill b: 1910 in McIntosh Co., OK
3. Charles Ransom Berryhill b: ABT 1914 McIntosh Co., OK
4. Eloise Berryhill b: 1916-17 OK
5. Bette Jo Berryhill b: 1922 OK
6. Andrew J. Berryhill b: Mar. 16, 1907, d: Jun. 4, 1908


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My mother, Bette Jo Berryhill was born in 1922 to Jeanetta May Grayson Berryhill and Pleasant Luther "Duke" Berryhill.

She had 4 siblings. Eloise died shortly after birth.
There was: Melvin Berryhill
Charles Berryhill
Leona Berryhill

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  Sarah Lee Bradley Berryhill (1866 - 1900)
  Jeanetta May Grayson Berryhill (1876 - 1926)*
  Andrew J. Berryhill (1907 - 1908)*
  Eloise E. Berryhill (1916 - 1917)*
*Calculated relationship
Hitchita-Lackey Cemetery
McIntosh County
Oklahoma, USA
Created by: Alice P.
Record added: Sep 11, 2009
Find A Grave Memorial# 41833765
Pleasant Luther Duke Berryhill
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To my great uncle and brother of Jake Berryhill. We enjoy the stories and your service in the Lighthorse.
- Pat Smith
 Added: Sep. 23, 2016
My 2nd great grandfather, his granddaughter "little Esther" Berryhill told me so many wonderful stories about Duke.
- Vickie Fortner
 Added: Aug. 2, 2016

- J C Thompson
 Added: Jun. 28, 2014
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