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Annie V. Noble

Checotah, Oklahoma
June 22, 1937
Jas. S. Buchanan, Field worker
Indian Pioneer History
(Vol. 38, p.108)

I (Annie V. Noble) was born May 30, 1875 at Fishertown, Creek Nation, which at that time was a thriving little town situated ten miles South of where Checotah now stands.

My father was William Fisher, a Creek Indian of some German blood, son of Samuel Fisher, Creek, born in Alabama and he came to the Indian Territory with his family in 1847.

My mother was Sarah (Lampkin) Fisher, Creek, married to my father in 1850. By this marriage there were born nine children, two of whom are now living, Samuel Fisher and myself, Annie V. Noble.

In 1855 my father engaged in the mercantile business at Fishertown and by the time of the outbreak of the Civil War he had acumulated a large stock of goods and established a lucrative business, but due to the Civil War he lost all that he had acunulated. He joined the Confederate army, serving under Col. Chilly McIntosh as Sergeant Major and First Lieutenant the duration of the war.

Returning home after the war, he reopened his mercantile business at Fishertown and rebuilt it to it's former state and continued in business there until about 1892 when he moved his business to Checotah, where he continued in business about three years, when he retired and returned to his old home at Fishertown where he resided until his death which occurred in 1902. He was popular and influential among the Creek people and served them in their National Council for eight years and for several years served as Supreme Judge of the Creek Nation.

My first schooling was in the Creek public school at Fishertown. I later attended the Harrell Institute at Muskogee. In 1895 I was married to John Harwood Noble, white, of Texas. Two children were born to this union, Loucille (Noble) Melton, born November 20, 1895. Myrtle (Noble) King, born December 13, 1897.

My husband's active business life has been devoted to the stock business, which was a good business in the early days. He engaged in selling, buying, and raising stock.

My grandfather, Samuel Fisher, was born in Alabama and served in the Creek uprising in 1812 which was called the Red Stick war. He came to the Indian Territory in 1847 and established the settlement at Fishertown. He brought with him two young men who made prominent citizens and made history in the early days of the territory, William E. Gentry and Elijah R. LeBlanche. Samuel Fisher brought many slaves to the territory with him and engaged in farming on a large scale until his death soon after the close of the war. At the close of the war the slaves were made free, some of them moved away and several remained on the old plantation for several years.