11 May 2011

Kolb Cemetery, Oklahoma County OK

On a day off from work for my semi-annual dental visit, I stopped at a couple of cemeteries. Now I moved to OKC two years ago, but I still go to the dentist in Stillwater. So after my visit to el dentiste, I traveled east to Oilton (Creek Co.) and walked Highland Cemetery. I had visited there back in the 1980s to get information on possible Civil War veterans. This time I was looking for anyone who died before 1920. I came up with 24 new entries for the database.

Then I drove to the east side of OKC and checked a couple of cemeteries that I had not known of before. But, alas, they were all recently established, even the two that were pet cemeteries! But I did stop at Kolb Cemetery. I had visited this cemetery several years ago, again looking for Civil War veterans. Since tombstone listings are available for it on several internet sites, I walked the cemetery looking for for pre-1920 death dates on new tombstones or tombstones with newly cemented bases. My 30 minute walk netted me 10 corrections to previous entries and 5 new entries. So overall a successful trip!

I ended the visit to Kolb Cemetery with a talk with the man in the uniform and black and white car with flashing lights on top (Spencer Police Dept.). He wanted to make sure I wasn't vandalizing tombstones. He showed quite a bit of interest in the project once I explained what I was doing.

The day ended with 3 hours in the Oklahoma Historical Society Library adding info on Blaine County deaths, followed by the May meeting of the Oklahoma Genealogical Society.

You'd think that would be a big enough genealogy fix to last for a while, but....

...until next time....


  1. Question about a burial in Hillside Cemetery, Purcell, McClain county Oklahoma. My GG grandfather buried there, Harvey H Pickens. He is listed as a civil war veteran, but, I can not find a record for this. Any help. He was born in Alabama, 1845, died 1926.
    Patricia Pickens Black

  2. Sorry...I didn't see you comment until this morning! From his Oklahoma Confederate Pension Index Card:

    Harvey H. Pickens deceased 1 Apr 1926 of Purcell, McClain Co. OK Appl#4509 filed 26 Apr 1921 served Pvt H 20 AR Inf CSA 1862-65 pension #3671 granted 6 Apr 1921. On back of card is a note that changed his address to 526 Miller Ave., Norman OK