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THE LINDSAY NEWS (Lindsay, Oklahoma) - Friday, April 2, 1920

Pioneer Called To His Reward Last Friday

Robert Emmett McCaughey was born at Starksville, Miss., May 20, 1847, and passed away at his home in Lindsay, Okla., at 8 p. m., Friday, March 26, 1920, aged 72 years, 10 months and 6 days. His passing was due directly to pneumonia.

Emmett McCaughey was a son of John and Sophie (Dibrell) McCaughey; his father was a native of Ireland and his mother a native of Mississippi and belonged to the Choctaw Indian nation. The maternal grandparents of Mr. McCaughey were Charles and Alzira Dibrell. The latter was a daughter of Mollie Folsom and a sister of Isreal Folsom who was Chief of the Choctaw nation.

The father of the subject of this sketch at the time of the civil war enlisted for service in the confederate army and died at seige (sic) of Vicksburg. Emmett McCaughey also, though but a mere boy, served during a part of the war.

In December, 1865, the widow and her five children, namely Emmett, Alzira (Mrs. A. Murray,) Hibernia, Talulah (both now deceased) and J. C. (Major) McCaughey came in the Indian Territory locating in the Choctaw Nation near Arbuckle in January 1866; some 18 months later they moved to this section and were perhaps the first white setlers (sic) to locate at Elm Springs (Erin Springs.) In the early days the McCaugheys, "Uncle Jerry" Carson and Frank Murray experienced many hardships incident to pioneer life, and (with the assistance of their trusty cowboy helpers) often stood guard to ward off possible attacks from the Indians. They were visited several time by the James boys and other notorious outlaws, but suffered no depredations at the hands of any of these.

Mr. McCaughey owned a large tract of land and was engaged in the stock business extensively for some time and he was also engaged in the merchandizing (sic) business in partnership with his sister, Mrs. Murray) for a number of years at Erin Springs; this business was later sold to R. A. Diggs who was for many years a well known citizen of Lindsay.

Mr. McCaughey assisted in the organization of the First National Bank of Lindsay and served as one of its vice presidents from the time of its organization until his death.

He was a member of the Masonic order more than 40 years, also had been an Odd Fellow for a number of years.

He lived in a nice home on his farm near Erin Springs for a number of years, but came to Lindsay a year ago because of failing health.

Mr. McCaughey was three times married. He first married Miss Alice Rounds and unto them was born one child, John. For his second wife he chose Miss Sarah Eddie of Tennessee, and they became the parents of four children, Ethel, (Mrs. Fred Charles,) Lelia (now deceased,) Sophia (Mrs. L. M. Williamson) and Emmett. His last marriage was with Miss Anna M. See, who survives, together with three children, viz: Anna (Mrs. J. J. Ewert,) Loraine (Mrs. R. H. Spalding) and Claude.

Mr. McCaughey's life was busy and useful, and in trade circles and among friends he always enjoyed the confidence and the regard of all with whom he had been associated. He was honorable, genial, big-hearted, and altogether a big man.

The funeral took place at the family residence last Saturday afternoon at 3:30 the discourse being delivered by Rev. J. M. Couch. The burial was in the Erin Springs cemetery, the Masons and Odd Fellows participating in the last sad rites. A very large number of friends were present to pay the last tribute of respect to this good man.

Card of Thanks

To the many kind friends who lent aid and sympathy in our late bereavement and also for the beautiful floral offerings, we extend our heartfelt thanks.

Mrs. Emmett McCaughey and family.


THE LINDSAY NEWS (Lindsay, Oklahoma) - Friday, May 6, 1932


Died, at her home in our city, at about 11:00 o'clock, Monday morning, May 2, 1932, Mrs. Mary McCaughey, relict of the late Emmett McCaughey, at the ripe old age of 69 years, 11 months and 18 days.

Annis Mary See was born May 14, 1862 at Sugar Creek, Kentucky. She came to Oklahoma with other members of the See family in time to be listed as an 89'er. She resided for a time in Oklahoma City, when it was a new town.

Forty-one years ago she was united in marriage with Emmett McCaughey of the Erin Springs community; her home since was in that neighborhood and in Lindsay. Her husband passed away a number of years ago in Lindsay.

Surviving members of the McCaughey children are John, Emmett and Claude; Mrs. Fred Charles, Mrs. L. M. Williamson, Mrs. J. J. Ewert and Mrs. R. H. Spalding. Deceased is survived also by three sisters and four brothers, namely: Mrs. Almeda Stephenson, Fort Mitchell, Kentucky; Mrs. Bettie Stephenson, Ludlow, Kentucky; Mrs. Addie Ewing, Washington, Oklahoma; R. A. See, Cyril, Oklahoma; Frank See, McAllen, Texas; George and Chas. See, Lindsay.