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The Courtneys, Mathis, Tillmans, Yorks, Foulks of Oklahoma

Updated December 5, 2012

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------------- Copyright 2005 Gary D. Courtney ------------------

Designed to be a forum and archive for the interlinking of the following families:

Courtney of Cleveland, Hominy, Tulsa, Kiowa, OK, Austin, Missouri
--------<Surname invented in 1010 A.D. by Sir Athon de Courtenay>
--------<Courtenay, Plantegenet & Capet Royal Family
---------of France & England>
--------<Castles of Powderham, Oakhampton & Courtenay, France >
--------<Titles incl: Earls of Devon(13),Archbishop of Canterbury
--------< Bishop of Hereford, Bishop of London, >
--------< Chancellor of Oxford University, >
--------< Emperor of Constantinople(during Crusades)>
Stovall of Missouri, Tennessee -- Cherokee
Mathis of Hominy, Oklahoma
------------Kansas, Indian Territory, Arkansas, Tennessee
--------<Originally of London, England>
Upchurch of Georgia, Arkansas
Tillman of Hollis, Grove, Oklahoma City, Moore, OK &
----------------Missouri, Indiana, Georgia
--------<English, of Kent>
York of Hollis, Mangum, OK, Henderson,TX & Pall Mall, TN
--------<English Royal Family, York Castle>
Pevey of Henderson, Texas, Northern Alabama
O'Quinn of Henderson, TX
Coleman of Northern Georgia
Foulks of Hollis and Cleveland, OK, Seattle, WA, California, and Hawaii
Choi of Houston, Tulsa, Dallas, and Seoul,
Baker of Choteau,Tulsa, OK
Beach and Cook of New Mexico
Bordenkircher of Cleveland, OK
Brown of Poteau, Broken Arrow, OK
Carter of Hominy, OK
Cline of MO and OK
Gibbons of Tulsa, OK
Hickman of CA and OR
Hyatt of Arkansas
Joiner of Texas, family that drilled and discovered the largest
-----------------known oil pool in the world, "Teapot Dome"
Mahill of NM
Bryant of CA
Ostby of CA
Simon of CA

Ward of Skiatook, OK
Weldon of Cleveland, Bristow, Drumright, Skiatook, OK

Family Trees (viewing trees requires 4.0 or later browser)
  • William Foulks Family Tree (6 KB)
    The relationship of the Foulks Family at Dryden to the Tillman and York Families.
  • Courtney Family Tree (9 KB)
  • William Shrewder Family Tree (1 KB)
    The Shrewder & Moore Connection to the Tillman Family at Dryden
  • Alvin York Family Tree (2 KB)
    As many as 8 generations of cousin Sgt. York's York, Brooks, and Pile families of NC and TN.
  • Gary Courtney Family Tree (27 KB)
    All the linkages between Courtney, Mathis, Upchurch & Tillman, York, Pevey, Foulks
  • Mathis Family Tree (5 KB)
    The Elijah & Henry Mathis family, as they moved from Texas to Arkansas, then to Indian Territory, Kansas & Oklahoma.
  • Choi Family Tree (4 KB)
    Gary Courtney's wife's family, bank president, dentist, and business owners in South Korea.
  • Courtney Family Tree (10 KB)
    The Courtney (Courtenay) family, as they moved from South Carolina to Indiana to Missouri, then Indian Territory/Oklahoma.
Family Photos
  • Deep in the backwoods of Cherokee Wildlife Refuge (79 KB)
    Copyright 2005 Gary D. Courtney. In the Cookson Hills, where Gary Courtney lives, explores, and writes about the history and adventures. Heather and her dad were hiking with their day packs, and playing in the creek.
  • Cynthia Ann (Busby) Cline Tillman (411 KB)
    Cynthia Ann Cline Tillman (1866-1901), wife of James Franklin Tillman, and mother of Frankie Ann (Cline) Foulks and James Grover Cleveland Tillman. Hollis, Oklahoma, circa 1890's. Died after May 6th childbirth of Charles Olen Tillman.
  • The Old Qualls Store & Cafe (38 KB)
    Copyright 2005 Gary D. Courtney. Local ranchers Hal Green (l) and Earl Gower (r) and the author (c), on horseback, say goodbye to Debbie Rucker, after a Grand Opening breakfast, and trail ride through the backwoods. Site of the movie "Where the Red Fern Grows", the store is owned by Gary's friends Jack & Rena Rucker, and is open for meals on weekends. Jack's granny, Jincy Powell, built the original store in 1905, this store in 1935, and served as Postmistress for many years, until the government took all the settlers' land for Camp Gruber, in 1942, and killed the town and farms. Whittaker and Heather Courtney received a guided tour by Jack several years before the store was restored, and learned all about the antiques inside.
  • Henry Mathis & Frances Elizabeth (Upchurch) Mathis (474 KB)
    Henry Mathis (1856-1927) and his wife Frances Elizabeth (Upchurch) Mathis (1848-1921). Arkansas, circa 1905, before they moved to Hominy, Oklahoma.
  • Whitt & Heather Courtney Sailing on Lake Tenkiller (202 KB)
    Copy 2005 Gary D. Courtney. Whittaker and Heather set sail with their father, and Gary's friend, cave diver David Carroll of Tahlequah, OK, in 1997.
  • Rosie Ella (Pevey) York (391 KB)
    My great-grandmother, Rosie Ella (Pevey) York (1874-1959), wife of William Riley York, member of the Dryden Missionary Baptist Church. She was the daughter of Dr. Green Taylor Pevey and Cherokee woman Mary Jane (Coleman) Pevey of Henderson, Texas. Circa 1905, Hollis, Oklahoma.
  • A Two-Week Backpacking Trip off the Durango Train (44 KB)
    Copyright 2005 Gary D. Courtney. Heather and Whittaker Courtney, and their father receive their packs from the conductor, as they prepare to let the train leave them for two weeks alone into the 12,000 to 14,000-foot snow-capped San Juan Mountains of Colorado, in 1998. Gary's 70-lb pack is laying on the ground.
  • Ensign Heather Courtney, US Navy & UT Graduate (1048 KB)
    One of the Navy's newest officers, Heather Chae Courtney, daughter of Gary Courtney of Tulsa and Younae (Choi) Courtney of Houston, receives her first salute in a ceremony on the University of Texas grounds at Austin, May 20, 2005, following her commissioning ceremony. The evening was busy with a celebration of Navy and Marine officers and their families at the American Legion mansion, built in 1858. The following day, Heather received her degree, with Honors, from UT, which she earned on full scholarship. She is currently one of the officers in command of the 565-foot guided missle cruiser USS Chancellorsville.
  • At 12,000 Feet on the Colorado Trail Up Sultan Mt. (35 KB)
    Copyright 2005 Gary D. Courtney. Whittaker and Heather and Gary Courtney's little speck of a tent is 1,000 feet below, hidden in the grove of trees, with a view out the door of the trout lake.
  • Heather and Whittaker Courtney Fly a Cessna 172 (141 KB)
    Copyright 2005 Gary D. Courtney. As a special surprise Christmas gift from their father, Whitt and Heather each got in over 40 minutes flying time at the wheel, when they were only 11 and 13 years old. Over 3,000 feet below were the buildings of downtown Tulsa and Lake Keystone.
  • Camping at the "Slab" on Greenleaf Creek. (316 KB)
    Copyright 2005 Gary D. Courtney. Whittaker and Gary Courtney's view from their campfire of the waterfall over the low-water bridge. Deep in Cherokee Wildlife Management Area of Camp Gruber, this location is a favorite spot to camp for trail riders and deer hunters. On this weekend, Whittaker and Gary just rolled their bedrolls out beside the campfire, and slept "cowboy" style - under the stars.
  • Jesse Lee Courtney & Opal Marguerite Courtney (299 KB)
    Jesse Lee Courtney (1913-1983) & sister Opal Marguerite Courtney, chlidren of Alexander Hamilton Courtney & Nettie Mae Mathis. Thomas, OK, in 1913.
  • James Grover Cleveland Tillman & Family (352 KB)
    My mother's parents, James Grover Cleveland Tillman (1891-1970), his wife Cleva Pauline York (1896-1975), and their first two children, James Riley Tillman (1914-1985) and Gladys Yineta Tillman (1917-1986). Hollis, Oklahoma in 1917, just one year before my mother Alice Tillman was born. Gladys was born in a soddy with a midwife, because their frame home wasn't built yet, and there was no doctor available for many miles. James and his father, James Franklin Tillman farmed and hauled supplies from Texas in a freight wagon with draft horses for the Hollis General Store. The old Tillman place is currently owned by Bill Dill of Hollis.
Related Files
  • Homestead Deed of William Riley York (6 KB)
    1914 - Homestead Deed of great-grandfather William Riley York on his 160 acres at Dryden, OK near Hollis. Authorized by the Act of Congress of May 20, 1862, and signed by President Woodrow Wilson.
  • Homestead Deed of James Grover Cleveland Tillman (6 KB)
    1916 - My grandfather's homestead north of the Tillman family farm near Hollis, Oklahoma. The legal description puts his land in the section immediately next to William Riley York, whose daughter, Cleva, he married.
  • "Sergeant Alvin Cullum York - Hero of WW I" (297 KB)
    A compilation of Internet sources by his cousin Gary D. Courtney.
  • Origin of the Name Courtenay - 1010 A.D. (13 KB)
    A summary page of how the family was begun by its original ancestor, and how the family branched from France, into the Crusades of the Holy Land, and into England.
  • The Courtenay Royal & Noble Lineage - Titles (50 KB)
    A basic description of ranks of Royalty and Nobility, and the significant Courtenay role. A compilation and writing by Gary D. Courtney, from research.
  • Poem by Sgt. Lloyd Dwayne Beach son of Eunice York (12 KB)
    Sgt. Lloyd Dwayne Beach was the son of Hollis, Oklahoma native Eunice Gertrude (York) Beach. Dwayne wrote the poem while home on leave, just before he shipped out to fight in World War II, and was killed in battle in Argonne, France.
  • Powderham Castle of Courtenay, Earl of Devon (18 KB)
    Courtenay English family home for over 600 years. In addition, the Courtenays held the title to 8 manors, and other properties, plus, counties, castles, and properties acquired through marriage with other royalty. <------------------------------------------------> The French nobility Courtenay family home was located at Courtenay, France, 56 miles southeast of Paris in the Isle de France area of the Monarchy, since before 985 A.D.
  • The Courtenay Royal & Noble Lineage - In England (145 KB)
    Detail by generation of the origin in France and the English line, and intermarriage with other royalty and nobility.
  • A Tribute to Lt. Ralph Eugene Foulks, Jr. US Navy (12 KB)
    A Navy combat pilot, like his father in World War II, Killed in Action over North Vietnam. Part of a long military heritage of the Foulks family of Cleveland and Hollis, OK. Ralph Jr.'s grandfather was John Edward Foulks, and his great-uncle was Rev. W. Henry Foulks, pastor of the Dryden Missionary Baptist Church and source of the land for the Dryden Cemetery in Harmon County. His cousin, Charles Foulks, Jr. US Army, was killed in action in South Vietnam.
  • Harmon County Cemeteries - Tillman, York & Foulks (41 KB)
    Pioneers of the Hollis, OK area in the late 1800's, with George Washington Hollis, two of these family members, Wilbur Tillman and Henry Foulks, provided the land for the Dryden and Madge cemeteries. Tillmans, Yorks and Foulks are also buried at the Cleveland, OK cemetery, where they moved about 1930.
  • The Historic Cookson Hills Dictionary (14 KB)
    The author's latest book. Over 3,500 Old Time and Slang Words and Phrases, with chapters and photography of the Cookson Hills and area history. Available through Authorhouse. ISBN 1-4259-3723-3.
  • The Courtenay Royal & Noble Lineage - In France (329 KB)
    A chronological order (to 1600 A.D.) of succession of royalty and nobility in France, many of whom were of the Courtenay family or Courtenay daughters who married other royalty or nobility.
  • Letter from Dryden, OK Missionary Baptist Church (7 KB)
    Authorization from William Riley York's church to follow his calling as a Minister of the Gospel. February 3, 1923.
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