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 Richard “Dick” Childers

Richard “Dick” Childers

Death Feb 1891 (aged 33–34)
Mayes County, Oklahoma, USA
Burial Sportsmen Acres, Mayes County, Oklahoma, USA
Memorial ID 10930350 · View Source
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Dick Childers married Lucy Anna Ackley, daughter of Samuel and Sarah (Rush) Ackley, on June 18, 1879 at the Tallahassee Mission, Creek Nation, Indian Territory (near present day Fort Gibson). Dr. Robert McGill Loughridge officiated. The Ackley family had moved into Chouteau, Cherokee Nation just one year before, on March 10, 1878.

Dick and Lucy had two children: Henry Samuel (b.1881) and Sara Anna (b. 1883). Sadly, Lucy became ill and died in February 1888 along with little Sara. Dick later took his young son to live in Pryor Creek. After a short illness, Dick died in February 1891. He was buried near his brother-in-law, Henry Wilson Ackley, who had died a few days prior on February 2nd. Some family narratives recall that Richard caught typhoid from crossing Pryor Creek. His son recalled riding his father's shoulders across that same creek en route to Uncle Henry's home nearby.

Family lore is that Henry Ackley's grave is at one end of an enclosed grave site marked by a stone wall about 12 inches high around an 8 x 15 foot area. Dick Childers' grave is "at the same end just outside the wall." This writer has been to this cemetery and finds no grave markers remain for her Ackley or Childers ancestors.

There are two enclosures in this small cemetery that are surrounded by very short walls. She wishes to correct the story passed down in her family that this cemetery was for "whites" only, and that Dick's alleged mixed blood kept him from being buried inside "the wall." Having done U.S. Census research on many of the occupants in the cemetery and finding MOST of them to be of Cherokee Nation descent, I am convinced otherwise.

NOTE: Who were Richard Childers' parents? From where did he come to live in Indian Territory? Census page 120 of the 1890 "Intruders List" of the Cherokee Nation Census for the Cooweescoowee District indicates a "Dick CHILDERS," age 33, head of household (and one of two members). It also lists the date of his first arrival into Indian Territory as: 1874. "Intruders" was the federally recognized name for those of non-tribal citizenship who made their home within Indian Territory. Partial lists of their names remain.

Richard's birthplace and his parents/family are unknown. Know more? Please contact me. I am researching CHILDERS in Indian Territory, specifically in Creek and Cherokee Nations.(The township containing this cemetery borders Creek Nation. A few miles south was the village of Springtown, home to several Childers' descendants of William C. Childers and Maria Boots Childers--former employees of famed Cherokee leader, Major John Ridge. Some of these Childers had a role in Tulsa's early history and married into the Perryman family--earliest Creek residents of Tulsa County. I find no connection to my Dick Childers.)

The photos attached were taken by me in February 2005 in this very rural cemetery that has seen much vandalism over the years. "Cry-baby bridge" is located just a hop, skip and a jump away from this resting place for so many pioneer families.

Sources: Sam Childers and Allen C. Ackley.

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  • Created by: Norton Arbogast
  • Added: 8 May 2005
  • Find A Grave Memorial 10930350
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  • Find A Grave, database and images ( : accessed ), memorial page for Richard “Dick” Childers (1857–Feb 1891), Find A Grave Memorial no. 10930350, citing Alberty Cemetery, Sportsmen Acres, Mayes County, Oklahoma, USA ; Maintained by Norton Arbogast (contributor 46777953) .