Yates Overview Page
Holmes - Brown - Yates Clan's
1893 Wagon Train
Laurel, North Fork Township (now Simpson Township)
Tucker & Comanche, Stevens County, Oklahoma
Boston Mountains, the the highest section of the Ozark Plateau,
Ozark National Forest, Arkansas
by Charles Smith, 2003 wikipedia.com
|Haw Falls, near Hector & Scottsville |
|Longpool Falls, Pope County, Arkansas|
by Don Dailey
1893: The Brown - Holmes -
Yates Clan Moved by Covered Wagon from the North Fork of the Illinois Bayou, Laurel, Pope County, Arkansas to Comanche, Stephens County, Oklahoma
-- at the time the Chickasaw
Nation, Indian Territory
Sally Yates Duncan: "When
I was about four years old, we moved to Comanche, Oklahoma.
Mother was pregnant with Louise [born March 26, 1893 in Comanche, Oklahoma]."
"Did they come here with other families?"
Sally Yates Duncan: "Yes, and one went to school and became a lawyer."
"Did your Grandparents Brown
came to Oklahoma, too?" [
John Daniel Brown (1817-1898) & Mary Elizabeth Church Foster Brown (1844-1921)
Sally Yates Duncan: "Yes."
"Did your Grandparents Yates [ Gabrirel Yates & Sarah Ann Holmes ] stay in Arkansas?"
Sally Yates Duncan: "No, they came here too, but I don’t remember how." (See lis of people in the wagon train.)
"So they all came to Oklahoma?"
Sally Yates Duncan: "Yes."
"Why did they decide to
Sally Yates Duncan: "Well, to find a better life. They had farmed all their life and had a rather
People in the 1893 wagon train from Pope County, Arkansas to Comanche, Oklahoma
Sarah Ann Holmes Yates, age
59, the twice-widowed matriarch of the Holmes - Yates clan. Her 1st husband, John Pryor Yates (1832-1864) had
been killed by bushwhackers in 1864, near the end of the Civil
War. Her 2nd husband, Gabriel Yates (1820-1881), had died 12 years before the 1893 departure from Arkansas.
Children of Sarah Ann Holmes & her 1st husband, John Pryor Yates (1832-1864):
- Elijah ("Lige") Yates (age 28,
Children of Sarah
Ann Holmes & her 2nd husband, Gabriel S. Yates (1820-1881):
- Abe Yates (age 25)
- Gabe Yates (age 2_)
- Polly Yates (age __)
- John Pryor ("Young Pry") Yates (1866-1927) (age 27) & Rebecca Brown (1867-1953) age 26) & Family:
- John Pryor Yates & Rebecca Brown's 3 children: Mary, age 7; Abe age 5; Sally,
age 4. Rebecca was pregnant with
their 4th child, Louise, who was born in Comanche.
- Rebecca Brown Yates' parents, Mary Elizabeth Church Foster Brown, age
49 (1844-1921) & John
Daniel Brown, age 76 (1817-1898)
Duncan Work to Sally Yates Duncan:
"Have you ever been back to Arkansas?"
Sally Yates Duncan: "No, but my parents did [John
Pryor ("Young Pry")
Yates (1866-1927) & Rebecca Brown (1867-1953)]. One time after they went and came back, Papa said he
wished he'd never gone; in his mind's eye, it had been a lot bigger. They went
to visit Aunt Ludi [ Ludi Brown Tredwell -- sister to Rebecca Brown Yates]."
"When you were traveling, did you encounter Indians?"
Sally Yates Duncan: "Well, I don't remember.
I was only about 4 at the time, and coming here is just a vague memory. Mary
[the oldest child in the family, age 7 at the time of moving] remembers more than I do. We
rode in a covered wagon from Arkansas to the Mississippi or the Red
the Arkansas River at Russellville, Arkansas - - where the Illinois
Bayou flows into it]. The mules swam across the river with the wagons
a-floating, and they
forded in across to the Indian Territory side."
Rita Yates Lilly: "My father Abe Yates was 6 years old
when the family came to
Oklahoma. He remembers when they got to the Arkansas River, the cattle and
horses had to swim across. Many of the cows had young calves that
were unable to swim, and the mother cows took them across on their
horns. They had two wagons drawn by oxen and one by horses. When they arrived in
Fort Smith, Arkansas, Granddaddy John P. Yates [age 27] became ill, and hired somebody in
the caravan to drive his wagons through. He and his family later took a
train to Gainesville, Texas -- the nearest railroad terminal. Relatives came
back [to Gainesville] for them and brought them [north across the Red River in] to Indian Territory."
Indian Territory -- with the overland routes through it,
including the wagon train route taken by the Yates Extended family
from Ft. Smith, Arkansas to Gainesville, Texas
(for location of Gainesville, Texas, see map after this one)
In the center-west of this map of Indian Territory,
the line of hills or trees follows along the cattle-drive route,
the Chisolm Trail - - present-day US Route 81.
Present-day Oklahoma, including including the towns of Ft. Smith, Arkansas &
between which the John Pryor & Rebecca Yates & family of 3 small children
traveled by train
Indian Territory, 1890
Indian Territory: Tribal Nations -- with overlay of
present-day Oklahoma counties & county seats
Insert map of area: Comanche, Oklahoma:
southeast of Lawton, south of Marlow, & Duncan
More work: 2009/12/02, 2010/09/22