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Submitted by: Martha Real

Duncan O’Bryant Gravesite
Adair County, Oklahoma

© 2006 by: Martha Jones-McGinnis-Real

New Hope Mission - Cherokee Nation West - established 1831 on Barren Fork Creek, about 2 miles from the Arkansas line, by Rev. Duncan O’Bryant of Hickory Log District, Georgia, Cherokee Nation East. The mission was discontinued about 1836. Rev. O’Bryant died in 1834. Mr. Lawrence Cavene of Stilwell, Oklahoma found Rev. O’Bryant’s grave. Ref: www.rootsweb.ancestry.com/~okgs/sheriffs_cherokee_nat_snake.htm

Duncan O’Bryant was a Baptist minister at Tinsawattee, 60 miles south in Georgia in 1822.

© Oklahoma Federation of Labor Collection, M452, Box 5, Folder 2.
Western History Collections. University of Oklahoma, Norman, Oklahoma.

"The final resting place of the Reverend Duncan O’Bryant is in a lonely grave beside a county road in Adair County.
At one time his tall beautiful marble monument could be seen by all who passed, reminding them of a man who gave much of his life to the spiritual needs of the Cherokees.
The monument has fallen from its base and lies apparently forgotten by most people.
The Reverend O’Bryant is first mentioned in Cherokee history as having come to the Valley Town region of Georgia to preach and conduct a mission among the Indians, about the year 1822.
His mission was known as the Hickory Log Mission on the Etowah River in the southeast part of the Old Cherokee Nation.
Apparently foreseeing coming events, Reverend O’Bryant came west with a group of emigrating Cherokees in 1831.
He reestablished his mission work and church at Piney in eastern Adair County.
The inscription on his monument reads: "Duncan O’Bryant died August 1834 Aged about 59 years Missionary Baptist Preacher".
This is one of the oldest recorded graves in the Cherokee Nation.
During his short time in the Indian Territory, his mail address was Vineyard, Washington County, Arkansas.

This gravesite is located North East of Stilwell, Adair Co., OK. Travel east on HWY 51 2.7 miles, turn left (north) on Piney Road, stay on the main paved road, travel 5.7 miles to gravesite on your left (west side).
O'Bryant Duncan   Died Aug 1834 about 59 yrs old
Missionary Baptist
See photo

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