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 Talahina “Tiana” <I>Rogers</I> Houston

Talahina “Tiana” Rogers Houston

Tennessee, USA
Death 23 Dec 1839 (aged 39–40)
Sequoyah County, Oklahoma, USA
Burial Fort Gibson, Muskogee County, Oklahoma, USA
Plot Officer's Circle, Site 2467
Memorial ID 3012951 · View Source
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She was the daughter of Capt. John "Hellfire Jack" Rogers and Jennie Due and sister of John Rogers, Jr., Anna Rogers [Flowers, Irons], Joseph Rogers, William Rogers and Susanna Rogers [Miller]. She married David Gentry, Gen. Sam Houston and Sam McGrady. She died of pneumonia at Wilson Rock and was originally interred at Wilson Rock Cemetery. Her remains were moved to Fort Gibson National Cemetery in Sept. 1904. A headstone was set up over the grave, bearing the inscription" "Talahina, Indian wife of General Sam Houston.' (This headstone has since been replaced) In death, the whites attributed an Indian name to her she had never had, thus the name 'Talahina' on her headstone."

On September 3, 1904, the remains of what was believed to be Tiana Rogers was exhumed from the grave at Wilson's Rock. A large crowd of people stood by as the remains were carefully removed and taken to Ft. Gibson for further investigation. "The bones were that of a very tall and large framed woman. A tortoise-shell comb was in the grave. All large bones were there, lower limbs and arms with skull in two parts, frontal and back with portions of upper and lower jaw which contained a number of teeth in an apparently perfect state of preservation. Most of the teeth were fine showing a high state of intelligence and moral qualities. It also showed large social organs, all showing that the woman was a person of much more than ordinary talent and ability. The shell comb was circular shape about seven inches across."
(from the book, Sam Houston With The Cherokees)

On a rainy Sunday afternoon at 1:20, the funeral procession started from Hefferan House headed by the supreme hearse of O.H. Farley & Co. of Muskogee. A fine casket was enclosed in a metallic lined box, draped in a brilliant American flag. Pallbearers were A.W. Chapman, J.M. Davis, J.B. Doyle, H.R. Estes, William Harper, and G.A. Tatome. Between four and five hundred people attended the funeral of Tiana Rogers, including Secret Service men. The remains were laid to rest at Ft. Gibson National Cemetery in the circle around the flag among army officers and their wives.

Sam Houston's Cherokee Wife Buried in National Cemetery

Special to Daily Leader
Fort Gibson, I.T., Sept. 8--The re-interment of the body of Talihina Rogers, the Cherokee wife of General Sam Houston, at the national cemetery here was a notable event. It is probable that his is the last interment that will ever take place in the officers' circle in the old cemetery and the event attracted thousands of people.

The body of the Cherokee woman has rested in a grave at Wilson's Rock on the banks of the Arkansas river near Fort Smith for half a century. The identity of the grave was fully established two years ago and since that tme a number of Cherokees and others have been interested in removing the body to the national cemetery. At last permission was secured from the war department to transfer the body to the national cemetery. Because she was once the wife of a United States army officer, she was entitled to be buried within the circle surrounding the ag [sic] staff in the cemetery. The re-interment was augmented with a great deal of ceremony. Garfield post No. 5, G.A.R., attended in a body and took part in the ceremonies. There was a great crowd of people, for Talihina Rogers was famous among the Cherokees. After the services there were speeches, in which were recounted some interesting chapters of Cherokee history. the casket containing the body was opened and the crowd passed by looking in at the few bones, all that was left of a noted character.

Robbers had been at the grave before the funeral directors exhumed the bones. It is understood that there were some jewels in the grave with the woman when she was buried, and this probably accounts for the robbery. Not a piece of jewelry was found when the body was exhumed.
(The Guthrie Leader, Guthrie, OK, Sept. 8, 1904)
Talahina Rogers - Tiana's second husband was General Sam Houston, a free sprit, who later became the President of the Republic of Texas. His other titles included, Governor of Tennessee, governor of Texas, U.S. Congressman, Senator, schoolmaster and frontier lawyer. They later separated after Houston left for Texas.
Tiana died abt 1838 fr pneumonia and in early 1900's she was reburied at Ft Gibson in Okla
Tiana's first husband was David Gentry, a mixed blood prosperous blacksmith.
Tiana's second husband was Sam Houston,
Tiana's Third Husband
Tiana's third husband was Samuel McGrady, a whiskey runner between Ft. Smith and Ft. Gibson.

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Gravesite Details Birth and death dates are approximate.
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  • Originally Created by: US Veterans Affairs Office
  • Added: 4 Mar 2000
  • Find A Grave Memorial 3012951
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  • Find A Grave, database and images ( : accessed ), memorial page for Talahina “Tiana” Rogers Houston (1799–23 Dec 1839), Find A Grave Memorial no. 3012951, citing Fort Gibson National Cemetery, Fort Gibson, Muskogee County, Oklahoma, USA ; Maintained by MillieBelle (contributor 46628380) .