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 Christopher Oliver “Kit” Amason

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Christopher Oliver “Kit” Amason

  • Birth 24 Sep 1844 Ramer, Montgomery County, Alabama, USA
  • Death 23 Jan 1916 Seminole County, Oklahoma, USA
  • Burial Asher, Pottawatomie County, Oklahoma, USA
  • Memorial ID 16300919

Christopher Oliver "Kit" Amason was born in Montgomery, Alabama to Isaac Amason and wife, Harriet. Harriet was a widow, and brought several Graham daughters into her new marriage.

Christopher was Harriet's second child with husband, Isaac. In 1846 or 1847, Isaac and his family, along with other relatives, left Alabama, with the intent of joining relatives in Texas. Some were going to join the U.S. War with Mexico. At the ferry crossing into Texas, the group was told the Indians were marauding in east Texas, because most of the men were gone to fight in the war.

Many of the group turned around, headed back the way they had come, returning to Alabama by way of the easier river crossings through northern Louisiana, southern Arkansas.

They were discouraged, probably running short of supplies, and faced high water at the crossings, due to stormy weather. Their trip was delayed while they waited for the waters to recede. Some members of the party were ill, or became ill. At least one family member died, likely Christopher's father.

After many delays, most of the travelers decided not to return to Alabama. They settled in Arkansas, in Union and Bradley counties. In the next year or so after they settled, some of the party returned to Alabama. Christopher's mother and children went back to Alabama, to settle her husband's estate, and probably to be near her married daughters.

With their mother in poor health, Isaac's sons were parceled out to family and friends as wards of the court. When Harriet died in 1858 her sons were separated, and raised by family and guardians appointed by the court.

In 1862, Kit, and his older brother, William T. enlisted in Co. E, 17th Alabama Infantry, C.S.A. Christopher's immediate rank was Corporal. Later, as troops were killed, and the number of soldiers dwindled, the 17th was consolidated with other units into the 33rd Alabama Infantry.

Kit and William T. survived the war, and returned to Montgomery, Alabama. In 1865, Christopher married Caroline Lewis. Their first child was born in Alabama, but by 1870, the family was in Milam County, Texas. Both of Kit's brothers were living adjacent to Kit's household in 1870, and a first cousin was living just a few households away.

Kit received a land grant from the state of Texas, for his service in the C.S.A. The land was located in Stephens County. Kit sold the land, and took his family to Indian Territory to participate in the 1889 Land Run. He was unsuccessful, but surely also participated in the 1891 land run, which included portions of what became Pottawatomie and Lincoln counties. Family story is that they lived near Vamoosa in Oklahoma Territory, until he decided to return to Texas in 1899.

In 1899, as they were passing near Wynnewood, returning to Texas, Kit's wife, "Collie" died suddenly. Her grave is in Wynnewood.

After 1900, Christopher and his remaining children returned to Oklahoma to live near Konawa. He and his sons made a living by wood cutting and share cropping.

With their youngest child, less than 5 years old, when "Collie" died, Kit never remarried, raising his family as a single father. He is remembered in family lore, as a wonderful husband, father, and grandfather.

Brother: William T. Amason

Brother: Stanley McKinsie Amason

Another SOURCE: **The following link includes some incorrect information. Christopher was not known to have ever lived in Wynnewood. He and his family may have lived briefly in Vanoss.**

**U.S. GenWeb: Oklahoma: Garvin County Biographies
"Private
Company E, 33rd Alabama Infantry
Born 1844 in Alabama
Died in 1916
Buried in Violet Cemetery in Pottowatomie County, Oklahoma
He came to Indian Territory in 1890 and is living in Wynnewood before 1899, farming for his living
He is in Vanoss in a 1913 or 1914 list of United Confederate Veterans
His wife, who died in 1899, is buried at Oaklawn Cemetery in Wynnewood, Oklahoma. Her tombstone reads: Alfred C, wife of C.O. Amuson, April 2, 1851 - March 24, 1899
In 1915 he lived near Konawa when he filed for his pension."



Inscription

"CIVIL WAR VET"
"PVT. CO. E, 33 REG'T ALA INF."
"CPL. CO. F, 17 REG'T ALA VOLS."


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  • Maintained by: CousinshuntII
  • Originally Created by: Bev
  • Added: 23 Oct 2006
  • Find A Grave Memorial 16300919
  • Find A Grave, database and images (https://www.findagrave.com : accessed ), memorial page for Christopher Oliver “Kit” Amason (24 Sep 1844–23 Jan 1916), Find A Grave Memorial no. 16300919, citing Violet Springs Cemetery, Asher, Pottawatomie County, Oklahoma, USA ; Maintained by CousinshuntII (contributor 47216470) .