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 Perry Commodore Oller

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Perry Commodore Oller

  • Birth 4 Feb 1820 Bourbon County, Kentucky, USA
  • Death 14 Jan 1904 Christian County, Illinois, USA
  • Burial Macoupin County, Illinois, USA
  • Memorial ID 51051644

Son of George and Elizabeth (nee' Taylor) Oller
Married Elizabeth (nee' Snook)daughter of Amos and Nancy Ann (nee' Kinder) Snook
Married Mary Ann Cook
(Copied directly from the Litchfield Monitor Souverair Edition of December 31, 1901. S.W. Kessinger, editor.)

"Perry Commodore Oller, the oldest living pioneer Indian scout in the world, was born in Bourbon Co, Ky Feb. 4, 1820, and came to Illinois at the age of 12 years. His father's family was attacked by Indians near Swan Lake and he carried a message seventy miles throught an unknown wilderness seeking assistance.
"When a boy, he won a $500 wager by riding erect on a wild colt, bareback, carrying a hourse pistol in one hand, and a rifle in the other, and killing on the wing, two pigeons thrown from a cage simultaneously, one with the pistol and the other with the rifle. He won $1,000 and a championship of St. Louis, by killing ten pigeons on the wing, in nine shots, two thrown from a trap at a time.
"He married Elizabeth Snook, a daughter of Amos Snook who was a grandson of one of George Washington's body guards. She died in 1862, leaving three sons, Amos, Thomas, and Jacob.
"Leaving his children with their grandmother, he conducted a wagon train across the plains. He was engaged in the most perilous duties of scouting and carrying an important message from Portland, Oregon, to St. Louis through 2,000 miles of country inhabited with hostile Indians.
"He was captured by Indians, a fire built to burn him alive, and when they came to untie him from the tree he slipped his hand through the noose, jerked a knife from an Indian's belt, thrust it into the Indian's body, picked up pistols dropped by his foe, and quicker than thought, started a dozen braves on their way to the happy hunting grounds, and escaped.
"The bravest, and only act for which he claims any credit was that of dashing into a band of Indians, single handed, and rescuing two children, destined to burn at the stake.
"Another time he found two babies scalped...their mother with their father had been killed several hours before. He followed the trail of the savages, and brought back the scalps of the children and their parents, and also those of the five demons who had done the bloody deed.
"He is now living with his oldest son, Judge Amos Oller, on West Kirkham Street. The picture was taken on the day he was 81, and he is still as good a shot as any man of 40."


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  • Created by: Missouri Duv
  • Added: 13 Apr 2010
  • Find A Grave Memorial 51051644
  • Find A Grave, database and images (https://www.findagrave.com : accessed ), memorial page for Perry Commodore Oller (4 Feb 1820–14 Jan 1904), Find A Grave Memorial no. 51051644, citing Kinder Cemetery, Macoupin County, Illinois, USA ; Maintained by Missouri Duv (contributor 46828721) .