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Between 1892 and 1906 four families traveled to Arapaho, Oklahoma Territory.Susan 1993

In June 1892 W. F. and Nancy Cabaniss arrived in Arapaho from Titus County, Texas with covered wagons and a herd of cattle. Rufus and Mittie Cobb arrived in Arapaho October 1892 with three wagon loads after three weeks on the trails from Healdton, Chickasaw Nation. John and Emmaline Jones loaded a train box-car with wagons and implements in Missouri. The Jones rode the train to El Reno then drove their loaded wagons to Arapaho February 1898. James and Myrtle Dovel traveled by train from Virginia to Arapaho November 1906. They all came with children and more children were born in Custer County. Thirty one children were born to these four couples, many grand-children and great-grandchildren.

I'm one of those great grandchildren. Family meant a lot and there are two dozen cousins of Cabaniss and a dozen of Cobb. The Genealogy Bug bit. Where did the Cabaniss - Jones - Cobb - Dovel ancestors came from? Started up  researching the Family Tree.

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and Family Histories

Genealogy has it's own Humor.

I'm interested in the Family History and Local History of Southwest Oklahoma. I was raised in Custer County and have lived in Greer County, Oklahoma over twenty years. Greer County has an unusual history. It was claimed by Texas until 1896.

I hope you enjoy the family histories told here and on other pages linked. If you have comments, information, or a connection please e-mail.

Thadeus and Effie Cobb

Thadeus Hiram Cobb and wife, Effie Caroline Burke, maternal great-great grandparents, left Georgia for Texas in 1856. They settled in Fannin County, Texas. Thadeus enlisted Jun 8, 1861 at Lamar County, Texas with Confederate States Army Volunteers. During the Civil War Effie and the children went to Alabama.

The family returned to Fannin County in 1868. They lived in Indian Territory a short time and settled in Montague County, Texas by 1878. Thadeus and Effie had eleven children, Mary L., Caledonia, Emma, Nancy, Rufus, William, J.A. & Sarah (twins), Martha, Robert and Ross. Effie died in Montague County in 1899. After Effie's death, Thadeus lived with sons in Indian Territory and Oklahoma Territory and died at Gyp, O. T. 1906.

R. C. Woods and Elsie Yochman, were the parents of great-great grandmother Armindie Malisse Wood, born in Tennessee 18 October 1851. Armindie married Darwin Safford Mann 1 August 1872 in Logan County, Arkansas.
Darwin traveled from Missouri through Arkansas when he stopped near Alma at a brush arbor revival camp meeting and met the pretty girl outside the brush arbor. After meeting Armindie several times he asked her to marry him. At her house her brothers sat on the porch and told Darwin, "She's not going with you." Darwin spurred his horse, circled it around and drew his gun in the maneuver. With the drop on Armindie's brothers, he told her to mount her horse and travel down the road where he would meet her later.

Do you know Armindie's brothers?

Darwin Mann Armindie Mann

Darwin & Armindie Mann

Darwin was a teamster, owned teams of oxen. He and Armindie lived in Crawford and Logan counties, Arkansas, Carroll County, Missouri, and Custer, Bryan and McIntosh counties, Oklahoma. They raised nine children: Louise Emmeline, Harrison Casablanka, Lorenzo Washington, Frances Franklin, Wesley Penroy, Owen Clifford, Ollie Green, Bessie Maude, and John Pauley. Darwin and sons helped build railroad in Custer County, Oklahoma in 1900.

Emmeline married John S. Jones, Custer County pioneers in 1898.

Margaretta Johnson Mann

Margaretta Johnson Mann
1820 Canada-188? Missouri. I feel very lucky to have a picture of a great-great-great grandmother. According to the 1850 Census, Margaretta Johnson was born 1820 in Canada. According to the 1880 census her father was born in New York, her mother in Canada. Margaretta married Daniel Selson Mann, of Wood County, (West) Virginia, about 1838. They lived in Wood County until they moved to Missouri about 1860. Daniel died in Livingston County, Missouri in 1876. Margaretta died in Carroll County, Missouri after 1880. Their children were Ann, Darwin, David, Rebecca, Bertha, Daniel C., and Siegel. Picture from Delores Mann.

Microfilmed newspapers at OHS
Western Oklahoma newspapers

Using Newspapers for Genealogy Research

"Like a kid searching for treasure when you're looking for the undiscovered it doesn't matter as much where you look as how wide you open your eyes." Phillips Co.

"Success - comes not so much from making great discoveries as from seeing the connections between small ones." National Genealogical Society Quarterly

Favorite quotes...
"Patterns of the past echo in the present and resound through the future."

"Family faces are magic mirrors. Looking at people who belong to us, we see the past, present and future. We make discoveries about ourselves." Gail L. Buckley

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My Great-Grandparents
Pioneers in Custer County, Oklahoma 1892-1906 4 great-grandfathers
Wm. F. Cabaniss - John S. Jones - Rufus Cobb - James C. Dovel
4 great-grandmothers
Nancy Welborn - Emmaline Mann - Mittie Stephens - Myrtle Stoneberger
Cabaniss ----------- Jones ------------- Cobb ----------- Dovel

Susan's Family Tree & Resources
Genealogy Poems & Humor
Bradford Family Tree
Our Family Pictures
Shary's Poetry, by Sharon Bradford, my sister-in-law
Seasonal & Holiday Poems
George V. & Letty (Beam) Cabaniss
Jones Family, Carroll County, Missouri
Rufus & Mittie (Stephens) Cobb
Dovel: Six Generations - A Maternal Line
Bradford, Cabaniss, Cobb, Dovel, Stoneberger, Lucas

Jerrie Cobb,
Oklahoma Flight Pioneer bid for Space Program
Great-grandaughter of Thadeus H. & Effie Cobb

Genealogy How-To: A Quick Start

Serendipity: Genealogical Discoveries
at GenealogyToday
Study of Genealogists
by Ronald D. Lambert, Department of Sociology,
University of Waterloo, Waterloo, Ontario, Canada
studying group trends in genealogy research
Cyndi's List of Genealogy Sites on the Internet
Yates Publishing & Online Database
U.S. GenWeb Project


Cabaniss Genealogy by Billy Joe Cabaniss

Cabaniss Genealogy by Michael Caviness

Welborn Family Tree Jim Welborn
Kipp Teague's Genealogy & Family Photo Page
Reynolds Family Circle by Joe Reynolds

John Teeter Beam by J. Beam
Michael R. Cobb Family Tree
Yoakum, Yokum, Yocum Genealogy
Van Bibber Pioneers


OKGenWebOklahoma Genealogy GenWeb
GOOD for exploring Oklahoma history and genealogy.

Oklahoma Historical Society
First Families of the Twin Territories
Oklahoma Land Openings 1892-1906
Cowboy Hall of Fame
Images of the American West - Oklahoma

TRAIL OF 100 YEARS, Arapaho, Oklahoma 1892-1992
Surnames & Topics Index
Custer County, Oklahoma Pioneers
from homestead proofs
in Arapaho newspapers 1892-1906 
Arapaho ARROW April-May 1892
From Arapaho's first newspaper ...
the growing-pains of a new town ...
Arapaho's pioneering business men,
the first storm, the first death, civil proceedings RBW
Western Oklahoma Newspapers  1892-1906
Western Oklahoma Research tip: Greer County, OK microfilmed newspapers begin 1898. Mangum, Greer Co, TX/OK was settled before 1886. Mangum's nearest Oklahoma neighbor was Cheyenne, O. T. and CHEYENNE SUNBEAM's microfilmed issues begin March 10, 1894. Northern Greer county residents are mentioned in the SUNBEAM.
Microfilmed copies of the Cloud Chief HERALD SENTINEL in Washita County begin 3 June 1893 and contains news of Greer County citizens.
Researching Oklahoma Homesteader Records
Greer County, Oklahoma Genealogy & History
Western Trails Genealogical Society
Altus, Oklahoma
Museum of the Western Prairie page
Southwest Oklahoma Genealogical Society at Lawton
Western Plains-Weatherford Genealogical Society
Weatherford, Oklahoma
North Texas Genealogical Association
Southern Prairie Library System, Altus, Oklahoma
Western Plains Library System
Oklahoma Obits and Other Tidbits by Sharon Crawford


Oklahoma Tourism & Recreation
BrightNet Oklahoma
Oklahoma Department of Commerce
Clinton Daily News
Clinton Chamber of Commerce
Altus Times
Western Oklahoma State College
Southwestern Oklahoma State University
Oklahoma State University
The University of Oklahoma



Grandmother said we were
"Pocahontas kin" ... ?
Pocahontas aided the Jamestown colonists
and died at Gravesend, England 1617.

The Pocahontas Trails Genealogical Society,
Lakeport, California, first brought researchers
interested in Pocahontas lineage together.
PTGS published the POCAHONTAS TRAILS QUARTERLY from October 1983 to October 1993.

The  POCAHONTAS QUARTERLY was published for all interested in the genealogy and history of Pocahontas and her people, collecting materials to make them available to members. Most researchers
began with "Grandmother said."

Pocahontas Kin

Jamestowne Society
Pocahontas by Powhatan Renape Nation
The History Net
The Library of Congress
National Archives Homepage

National Women's History Project
Notable Women Ancestors


Good Places to Visit

ParisTimes Pioneers, NW Oklahoma by Linda Wagner

Click for Duke, Oklahoma Forecast
Ag Youth

Cabaniss Club Lambs
The Old Farmer's Almanac
Rodale Press Home Page