BOUDINOT, ELIAS - Cherokee County, Oklahoma | ELIAS BOUDINOT - Oklahoma Gravestone Photos


Worcester Mission Cemetery
Cherokee County,

Kilakeena "Buck" Watie
1802 - 1839

A son of OO-Watie and Susanna Reese Watie. Educated at Moravian Mission, Spring Place, Georgia and at Cornwall Mission, Connecticut. He became known as “Elias Boudinot.” This name adopted from that of his friend, a noted leader in New Jersey. He made his home at New Echota, the Cherokee capital in Georgia, where he served as clerk of the Cherokee National Council (1825 – 1828); and was editor of the Cherokee Phoenix newspaper and translator of biblical works in association with the Rev. Samuel A. Worcester.

Elias Boudinot, his brother Stand Watie, their relatives, the Ridges, and other tribesmen signed the Treaty of 1835 at New Echota, providing for the removal of all the Cherokees to the Indian Territory. Here in the west, Boudinot again served with Rev. Worcester in the work of the Park Hill Mission Press. Near which he was assassinated, June 22, 1839, by enemy tribesmen. Ostensibly for having signed the New Echota Treaty. His burial was near the spot where he fell, his grave covered by a large slab of stone with no inscription.

One who knew him well spoke of Elias Boudinot as a Cherokee of honor, an earnest Christian, a man of exceptional ability and fine intellect whose life was devoted to the vision of advancement and well being for all the people of the Cherokee Nation.

Erected by the Oklahoma Historical Society 1964

Contributed on 9/27/12 by judyfrog
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Record #: 26767

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Submitted: 9/27/12 • Approved: 9/27/12 • Last Updated: 10/28/12 • R26767-G0

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