Walter Green MERRYMAN Benjamin Colbert MERRYMAN Mary Louise MILLUS Mini tree diagram
Gabe Harlis MERRYMAN

Gabe Harlis MERRYMAN1,2,6,5,4,3

about Nov 19001,2,3 - 13th May 19475,4

Life History

about Nov 1900

Born in Sugar Loaf County, Choctaw Nation, Indian Territory.1,2,3

13th May 1947

Died in Sebastian County, Arkansas.5,4

after 13th May 1947

Buried in Peachland Cemetery, Bengal, Latimer County, Oklahoma.4,5


  • Gabe was listed in very early records as Gabe.  This is usually shortfor Gabriel.  But I have not found a record with that full name.  Hisgrave had Gabe Harlis Merryman.  Gabe was on the official finalcitizenship roll of the Choctaw Nation published in 1902.

    U.S. Native American Enrollment Cards for the Five Civilized Tribes,1898-1914
    25 Sep 1902, Final Rolls, Tribal Affiliation Choctaw By Blood
    Dawes' Roll #8460, Census Card #2880 Merryman, Walter G, Age 26, BirthAbt 1874, 1/16
    Dawes' Roll #8461, Census Card #2880 Merryman, John D, Age 7, BirthAbt 1895, 1/32
    Dawes' Roll #8462, Census Card #2880 Merryman, Zado C, Age 5, BirthAbt 1897, 1/32
    Dawes' Roll #8463, Census Card #2880 Merryman, Izora Lula, Age 3,Birth Abt 1899, 1/32
    Dawes' Roll #8464, Census Card #2880 Merryman, Gabe, Age 2, Birth Abt1900, 1/32

    Chickasaw Roll Citizens by Marriage, 9 May 1904 (birthdates as of 1899census)
    #8460 Merryman, Walter G Age 26 [Birth abt 1863] Male Blood 1/16Census Card #2880
    #8461 Merryman, John D Age 7 [Birth abt 1892] Male Blood 1/32 CensusCard #2880
    #8462 Merryman, Zado C Age 5 [Birth abt 1894] Female Blood 1/32 CensusCard #2880
    #8463 Merryman, Izora Lula Age 3 [Birth abt 1896] Female Blood 1/32Census Card #2880
    #8464 Merryman, Gabe Age 2 [Birth abt 1897] Male Blood 1/32 CensusCard #2880
    --  Choctaw Roll, Citizens by Blood, up to 1907, U S Dept of theInterior Printed edition 1961

    His age in the 1920 census is wrong.  he is reported there as age 18.Since the census date was 1 January, this would mean Gabe was bornsome time in 1901.  Finding this first, this indicated Gabe's motherwas Mary Millus Lewis Merryman, who married his father Walter GreenMerryman in February 1900.  But upon finding the above Choctaw rolls,it became clear that Gabe was born about 1900.  The daughter IzoraLula, named after her mother Lula Poteet, was born in 1899 or so,according to her age, about a year before Gabe.

    If Gabe was age 2 in September 1902, he would have been born some timebefore September 1900, meaning his mother was Mary Millus Merryman,instead of Lula Poteet.  From February 1900, two years would mean hewas born in about November 1900, so his age must have been rounded upin the 1902 report above.  Or he could have been conceived beforetheir marriage ceremony was performed

    1920 Federal Census, Latimer County, Oklahoma, 5 January, DamonTownship, District 87, Page 1B, Hse/Fam #13
    Reed, Mary Head Rents F W 46 Widow MO NY MO Farmer
    Lewis, Perry Son M W 28 Single MO AR MO Farmer [b abt 1891]
    Lewis, Jessie Son M W 22 Single OK AR MO Farmer [b abt 1897]
    Merryman, Gabe Son M W 18 Single OK OK MO Farmer [b abt 1901]
    Merryman, Bennie Son M W 16 Single OK OK MO
    Merryman, Jewell Dau F W 14 Single OK OK MO
    Merryman, Addie Dau F W 8 Single OK OK MO
    Reed, Jettie Dau F W 6 Single OK OK MO

    In 1930, Gabe's brother Benjamin was enumerated in Gabe's household.

    1930 Federal Census, Latimer County, Oklahoma, 5 April, BengalVillage, District 39-12, page 1B, Hse/Fam #12
    Merryman, Gabe H Head Rents $2 No Radio Male Indian 29 Married at age20 Oklahoma Mixed Blood Choctaw Tie Maker [b abt 1901]
    Merryman, Eva Wife F W 26 Married at age 17 Oklahoma Arkansas Missouri[b abt 1904]
    Merryman, Denver Son M W 6 Single OK OK OK [b abt 1924]
    Merryman, Oleeta Dau F W 4yrs4mos Single OK OK OK [b abt Nov 1925]
    Merryman, Jimmie G Son M W 9mos Single OK OK OK [b abt June 1929]
    Merryman, Benjamin Brother M W 27 Single Oklahoma Mixed Blood ChoctawTie Maker [b abt 1903]

    Arkansas Death Index, 1914-1950
    Gabe Har[liss] Merryman
    Age 46, Estimated birth year 1901
    Death 13 May 1947 Sebastian County
    Burial in  Okla
    Volume 31, Roll #1947, Certificate #999

    His name on his gravestone has the name as Gabe Harlis Merryman.  Hisbirth date on the stone is 1901, but in the September 1902 Choctawrolls, he was already reported as 2 years old.  Other facts indicatehe was born about November 1900.

    Gabe H. Merryman
    Birth 1901
    Death May 14, 1947
    Burial Peachland Cemetery, Bengal, Latimer County, Oklahoma
    Created by MillieBelle Aug 18, 2009
    --  Find A Grave Memorial #40807984,


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