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History

    Organized at 1907 statehood, the county is named for a former Creek town in present Cleburne County, Alabama.
    Prior to the removal of the Creek from Alabama and Georgia to Indian Territory in the 1830s, this area was occupied by the Quapaw and Osage, who ceded the land to the United States in 1818 and 1825, respectively. In the 1830s the Creek established Greenleaf and Thlopthlocco tribal towns in the Deep Fork District of the Creek Nation, within the boundaries of present Okfuskee County. Thlopthlocco had a Methodist Episcopal church and was located approximately eight miles southeast of present Okemah. Greenleaf, a trade center with a school and a Baptist church, was situated about five miles northwest of Thlopthlocco.
    Both towns were significant during the Civil War (1861-65). For a short time Thlopthlocco Town served as Confederate Col. Douglas H. Cooper's headquarters. Greenleaf Town was the location where Creek leader Opothleyahola established a camp to meet with Creeks in hopes of retaining harmony among the factions split over the Civil War. He and approximately five thousand others traveled north to Kansas to avoid the conflict. In 1870 a Baptist church known as Thlewarle Mekko Sapkv Coko was built in the southeastern corner of the future county. Okfuskee, another Creek town, was the location of Samuel Checote's trading post and had a post office established on July 18, 1896.
    Following the Civil War the Creek freed their slaves as part of the provisions of the Reconstruction Treaties of 1866. Consequently, African Americans remained in the area to farm and to establish All-Black towns such as Boley, Bookertee, Clearview, Chilesville, and Rusk. Several newspapers served the African American population, including the Clearview Tribune (1904), the Boley Progress (1905), and the Bookertee Searchlight (1919).

Links

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Okfuskee County Cemetery Listings

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Oklahoma Birth Certificates

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Oklahoma State Archives

  • Dept. of Libraries
    Third Floor
    200 NE 18th St.
    Oklahoma City, Oklahoma 73105
    Phone: (405) 522-3579
  • The Oklahoma State Archives provides an excellent library of genealogy records including: Commissioner of Confederate Pensions Applications, 1915-33, Commissioner of Confederate Pensions Pension Files, 1915-49, U.S. District Land Office Homestead Registers, 1889-1908, Oklahoma Supreme Court Applications to the Bar, 1907-42, Oklahoma Board of Medical Examiners Deceased Files, 1907-86, Oklahoma Board of Pharmacy Deceased Pharmacist Files, 1907-75, and Oklahoma Board of Chiropractic Examiners Inactive License Files, 1921-84.

Oklahoma Genealogical Society Library and Archives

  • 2100 N. Lincoln Blvd.
    Oklahoma City, Oklahoma 73105-4997
    Phone: (405) 522-5225
  • The Oklahoma Genealogical Society maintains a library and archives that the public is allowed to visit. The Library and Archives contains over 62,000 volumes with emphasis on Oklahoma, Native American, and western history. In addition to these materials -- many of which are rare and out-of-print -- the library also houses a number of special collections.
County Clerk
209 3rd St.
Okemah, OK 74859
Phone (918)623-0525
Fax (918)623-2687
Court Clerk
209 North 3rd St.
Okemah, OK 74859
Phone (918)623-0525
Fax (918)623-2687

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Adjacent Counties

Creek County | Okmulgee County | McIntosh County | Hughes County
Seminole County | Pottawatomie County | Lincoln County

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