|Birth: ||Aug. 18, 1848|
|Death: ||Jul. 8, 1901|
Union Soldier. Private Co. A 1st GA Inf. Son of Green A. Gilreath and Martha Rebecca Duncan. Married Sarah A. Parks. Father of John Wesley, Mary Elizabeth, Samuel Elbert, Rebecca, Arazonia, Joseph, Emma, Noah and Minnie. He is the great-grandson of Alexander Gilreath, who fought in the Revolutionary War. Harvey's last name is misspelled on headstone.
July 9, 1901
Killed in Ash Creek - Old Man Gillwreath and his son-in-law fight a Winchester duel at long range
J. H. Sloan, a well-known farmer, residing near Cherryvale, shot and kiled his father-in-law, at 3:00 yesterday afternoon, during a duel in which 16 shots were fired, nine by the old man and 7 by his son-in-law. Mr. Sloan came in this morning and surrendered to the US Marshall. The killing is the result of a family feud of long standing, but which had become very acute of late. Old man Gillwreath had quarreled with all his family and had often threatened that he would kill his son-in-law. A few days ago his wife had left him and went to live with her daughter, Mrs. Lee Garvin, on Ash Creek, saying that she was afraid of her husband, and tired of his abuse and threats. Yesterday morning Mr. Sloan hitched up his team and went to his brother-in-law's on Ash Creek to do some haying. At about 3:00 he was sitting on the porch conversing with members of the family, when old man Gilreath emerged from a corn field about 150 yards away, and with a shout, "Look out!" opened fire with a Winchester. Mr. Sloan seized a Winchester that was on the porch and returned the fire, and after several shots he struck the old man shattering an arm. When struck, the old man shouted out, "You've hit me, you ***, but stand up and have it out." At his seventh shot, and after the old man had fired 9 times, the latter sank to the ground, and died in a few minutes. Mr. Sloan at once returned to Cherryvale, and as soon as he could, came in and surrendered. His examination will take place tomorrow before the commissioner."
It Was Self Defense
The examination of J. H. Sloan, the Cherryvale farmer, who shot and killed H. G. Gillwreath on Ash Creek Tuesday, took place before the Commissioner this morning, and as the evidence proved that he was clearly justifiable, he was discharged from custody. The whole family was here to testify, including the widow of the deceased. The story as told in the Capital yesterday was fully corroborated,and in addition, it developed that on the day of the killing another son-in-law had come to town to get a warrant for the old man, who had his gun and threatened to wipe out the entire family, and stated that they had been in deadly fear of their lives for a week. It was an unfortunate affair, but no one was to blame except the man who was killed."
(McAlester News Capital)
Green A Gilreath (1821 - 1862)
Sarah Ann Parks Gilreath (1850 - 1920)
Rebecca Gilreath Sloan (1870 - 1958)*
John Wesley Gilreath (1872 - 1960)*
Samuel E. Gilreath (1876 - 1957)*
Joseph L Gilreath (1881 - 1949)*
Emma Gilreath (1883 - 1895)*
Minnie Leola Gilreath Davis (1886 - 1935)*
Noah Gilreath (1888 - 1896)*
Note: Triple stone with Emma & Noah Gilreth
North McAlester Cemetery
Created by: MillieBelle
Record added: Apr 26, 2006
Find A Grave Memorial# 14076846