I have no relationship to any Adairs or Harnages. This is just a response letter to Lena Harnage Adair from the superintendant of Fort Gibson National Cemetery. A friend of mine came across the book at a flea market. I typed in a few of the names and Lena's is the 1st one to come up.
A letter from page 33 of the “letters sent” Ledger book from the Fort Gibson National Cemetery,
Indian Territory, Oklahoma (Now Muskogee County, Oklahoma)
Mrs.Lena Harnage Adair
June 19, 1893
Tahlequah I. T.
With pleasure I reply to your inquiry of the 10th instant, that there are interred in this cemetery, the remains of 2449 persons who were connected with the Army & principally stationed at Fort Gibson & Towson I. T. 237 only of this number are known. Why? Because the inscriptions over their graves had become illegible, the wooden head boards over their original place of interment having rotted away, for you must know that this cemetery was not established until 1868 when all the unknown together with the known hereinafter mentioned, were disinterred from their original resting places, in different parts of this territory and re-interred here.
Amongst the known are
LieutJohn W. Murray, USA, who died Feby 14, 1831
Thos. C. Brockway, ‘’Sept. 28, 1831
B. W. Kinsman,May 14, 1832
Chas L. Minor,Oct. 31, 1833
A. G. Baldwin,July 25, 1835
James West,Sept. 28, 1834
Jas H. Taylor,Oct. 17, 1835
Capt Chas O. Collins, USA, who died Aug. 17, 1846
Lieut Richd H. Long, who died June 30, 1849
and Captains Billy Bow Legs, Walter Stop,
and O.P. Willets of the Indian Territory.
(From the cemetery’s website- Stop, Walter, LIEUT 2 IND HOME GUARD KAN INF, Plot: 2114,
Willets, Oliver P, d. 12/23/1863, CAPT H 1 IA INF, Plot: 2112)
Among the interments of members of officers families, I note that of Mrs. Flora Rucker (nee Ross) a pretty Cherokee girl who became the wife of Lt. D. H. Rucker while that officer was serving with the garrison at Fort Gibson & who died June 26, 1845, -- also that of Mrs. Virginia L. Bacon wife of Lt. J. W. Bacon, USA, and daughter of Major B. L. Beale, USA, & who died Nov. 14, 1844.
More than half of the interments in this cemetery are Indians of the five tribes, which should make the place of special interest to you and yours.
I very much regret that indisposition from malarial fever has delayed this answer to your very kind letter.
Mrs. D. wishes to be kindly remembered and joins me in extending to you a cordial invitation to visit us at your earliest convenience. With much respect,
I am, Dear Madame, your obt. Srt.
R. Dickson, Supt.