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| Beginning in 1828 the Western Cherokee were relocated from Arkansas, settling mainly outside future Delaware County, in the southern part of the region that later became the Cherokee Nation. One of the chiefs, Thomas Chisholm (grandfather of Sen. Robert L. Owen), settled just west of Maysville, Arkansas. He was buried there in 1834 in the oldest-known marked grave in the county. In 1832 the Seneca from Ohio were removed to Indian Territory into lands that extended into present northeastern Delaware County. Some of the Eastern Cherokee arrived in 1836 and 1837, but the main body came late 1838 into 1839. About 1820 a group of Delaware who had befriended the Cherokee against the Osage settled Delaware Town, located approximately two miles south of present Eucha on Spavinaw Creek, where it now lies under Lake Eucha. The Cherokee named the surrounding area Delaware District. |
Delaware County was created at statehood in November 1907. The first county judge and clerk were sworn in by Cherokee John H. Gibson, mayor of Grove. As the only incorporated town in the county at statehood, Grove was designated the seat of government. However, a movement soon emerged to relocate it. Those who wanted it in the county's center banded together, found a place on Jay Washbourne's allotment, platted a town, won a vote to make Jay the county seat, and built a wooden courthouse. Meanwhile, an entrepreneur built a concrete courthouse just outside of the Jay plat. The wooden courthouse mysteriously burned, tempers flared, guns appeared, and the governor called out the military. A judge ruled in favor of the Jay plat, and in 1912 the records went into the Jay courthouse. Nevertheless, Grove citizens complained about the difficulty of holding court at Jay, because of poor roads and insufficient accommodations.
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