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Willis Franklin Folsom
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Birth: Feb. 9, 1825
Death: 1897

Folsom cemetery is the burial place for the great Methodist Missionary and religious leader Willis F. Folsom.

He established the first school at Pocola, Choctaw Nation, Indian Territory, and the first Methodist Mission at that place. He preached at the Skullyville school for girls "New Hope", at regular intervals.

He was a Methodist Preacher for fifty-two years, and wrote a Choctaw Dictionary so he could preach in both the English and Choctaw languages.

His children were:

1. Arnold, born in Choctaw Nation, I.T., 1844.
2. Isaac, married Nellie McDaniel.
3. George, born at Panola, I.T.
4. James (Jimmie).
5. Frank, born at Panola, I.T., 1854.
6. Elias, born at Panola, I.T., mar. Edna Wade.
7. Jincie, mar. Peter McKinney, Child: Lucy, born 3 Feb
1867, died 22 Apr 1962, mar. Eugene A. Hickman.
8. Rhoda, mar. abt 1873, Green McCurtain, Child: Ben,
born 1876.
9. Mary, born 1855; married Edward McDaniel. Children:
Thomas, b. 1876; Marvin, b. 1883; James, b. 1886;
Mitchell, b. 1890; Ruth, b. 1891; Lula, b. 1894.
10. Serena, born 3 Nov 1858, died 23 Jan 1882. Married
Franklin Pierce Hickman, older brother of Eugene A.
Hickman. Serena and Frank were married by Frank's
1st cousin, A. Frank Ross.

Note: The Oklahoma Historical Society erected a large
granite monument in honor of Rev. Willis Folsom
alongside Hwy 112 in Pocola,Ok., and only a short
distance to the east (approx. 200 yards) of the
monument is the Folsom cemetery. This cemetery
is abandoned and neglected and unless it is
cleaned up and restored, will soon fade away, and
only memories will remain.

Rev. Willis F. Folsom is buried in an unmarked grave here in Folsom Cemetery. Other researchers suggest he may be buried near Wilburton, Ok. in the Panola Cemetery.

Note: If anyone can provide proof that Willis Folsom is buried elsewhere other than this cemetery, I will either remove this post or change information to get the facts straight. MS
Folsom Cemetery
Le Flore County
Oklahoma, USA
Maintained by: Milton A. Stephens
Originally Created by: Mary Achterhof
Record added: Mar 04, 2010
Find A Grave Memorial# 49075764
Willis Franklin Folsom
Added by: Milton A. Stephens
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In remembrance - son of McKee Folsom; grandson of Nathaniel Folsom
- Kathy Leach
 Added: Aug. 24, 2014
Tried to correct this post, but can't. My great-great grandfather through his daughter, Mary, who married Edward McDaniel
- Kathy
 Added: Jun. 14, 2014
My great, great grandfather through #9 on the list of children - Edward McDaniel
- Kathy
 Added: Jun. 14, 2014
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