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Old Five Mile Cemetery
Murray County, Oklahoma

Lat: 34 30' 02"N, Lon: 97 18' 28"W
Turner Twp, T1S R1W SW , NW , Sec 4

Contributed by Dennis Muncrief, Feb 08, 2004 [mudman@cableone.net]. Total records = 41.

To get to the cemetery from Davis, OK go west on SH 7 about 9 1/2 miles to Mountain View road. Turn left (south) and go to the first section line and turn right (west). Travel west on the county road 9/10ths of a mile. There is a sign on the right that reads "Arbuckle Ranch" with an underground house. The pasture gate will be there on the left. Take the pasture road 3/10ths of a mile over the hill until you come to a fork in the path, take the right fork. Continue down the hill until you come to the flat near a creek. The cemetery is about fifty yards to the right (west) in a grove of trees.

This cemetery is one of the most historically significant cemeteries in Murray County as it is an African American cemetery which contains the Chickasaw and Choctaw Freedmen (ex-slaves) and their descendants. The slaves were brought with the Chickasaw and Choctaw people when the U.S. Government removed them from Alabama, Mississippi and Tennessee.

Old Five Mile is one of the first cemeteries in Murray County and possibly the oldest as there are many graves marked with only native stones. There are also five graves that are the typical stone monoliths of Chickasaw burials. Descendants of these interred still live in the area known as Jacksonville. Before school integration there was a county school in the area known as Jackson Special School for local black children.

The cemetery has been horribly vandalized with every tombstone, save one, toppled and smashed to pieces. The information on some of the stones could not be pieced together as some of the stones had missing parts. Photos of those I could read may be viewed here. I visited and read this cemetery in Feb of 2004.

- Dennis Muncrief

????, Angeline, May 14, 1880, Aug 12, 1906, w/o S? E? (missing parts)
Abram, Sanders, d. Aug. 19, 1891, about 52yr
Austin, Joanna, d. Aug. 23, 1895, m. Dec 24, 1866, w/o Benjamin, (Mason)
Brown, Dealia, d. Sep 30, 1902, age: 36yr
Franklin, Alexander, b. Feb 5, 1883, d. Dec 28, 1906
Franklin, Alexandrew, d. Apr 24, 1895, age: 85yr
Franklin, Alfred, b. 1860, d. Dec 28, 1897
Franklin, Bailey, d. Nov 16, 1893, age: 50yr
Franklin, Buck, b. Sep 1810, d. Sep 1875
Franklin, Buck, believed to be born in 1790, typical Chickasaw stone grave
Franklin, Creek, b. Feb 26, 1893, d. May 13, 1896
Franklin, David, b. Aug 16, 1900, age: 65yr
Franklin, Delora, b. Jan 17, 1873, d. Oct 22, 1894
Franklin, Eliza, b. 1867, d. Dec 27, 1891, age: 24yr, w/o Walter
Franklin, Eliza, no dates, d/o J. and H. Franklin
Franklin, Elizabeth, d. May 6, 1897, w/o J.C.
Franklin, Infant, b 1895, d Mar 1, 1895, d/o P.F. and L.F.
Franklin, James C., b. Dec 10, 1905, d. Apr 1, 1906, s/o J.C. & H.
Franklin, Levy, d. Feb 15, 1868, age: 31yr
Franklin, Lorene, b. Jun 14, 1884, d. May 4, 1905
Franklin, Lula M., b. Feb. 14, 1895, d. Jun 28, 1897, d/o A. & M.
Franklin, Malinda, b. 1870, d. Mar 14, 1898, w/o P.
Franklin, Millie, b. 1847, d. Dec 25, 1891, w/o Dave
Franklin, Reuben, b. Sep. 3, 1887, d. 1896, s/o P & M
Franklin, Willie, b. Sep. 3, 1887, d. Oct 1, 1887
Franklin, Manerva, b. May 9, 1863, d. Jun 28, 1898
James, Leah, d. Feb 2, 1877
Johnson, Pricillia, b. Aug 1860, w/o Eli
Jones, Phil, no dates, age: about 70yr
Jones, Delphi, no dates, age: 70yr, w/o Phil
Newberry, Callie, d. Sep 29, 1903, age: 60yr
Newberry, Lydia, b. Aug 12, 1888, d. Nov 31, 1904 (note death date?)
Newberry, Sonnie, b. Jan 1, 1821, d. Jan 19, 1893
Newberry, W. N., d. Oct 1, 1895, age: 54yr
Peters, Emerline, d. Nov 14, 1898
Philips, Susan, d. Oct 21, 1891, age: 50yr, w/o James
Prince, Newt, b. Feb 25, 1849, d. Jan 16, 1906
Settles, Matilda, no dates, age: 60yr
Stephenson, Manervy, b. 1831, d. Oct 23, 1906
Williams, Mary, d. May 13, 1882, age: 21yr
Young, Mime, d. Jan 12, 1908, age: 53yr, w/o James

 

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