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MRS. AMERICA ROUNDS

THE LINDSAY NEWS, Lindsay, Oklahoma - December 20, 1907 headstone

Oldest resident of this vicinity buried last Saturday. Was born as Ft. Gibson in 1827 and spent all her life in the Indian Territory.

Mrs. America Rounds who had spent 33 years of her life near Erin Springs---longer perhaps than anyone else now living in this part of the country---died at the home of her daughter, Mrs. Ben Ayers, at Muskogee, on December 12, 1907, aged 80 years, 7 months and 16 days. She had been ill but a few days and pneumonia was the cause of her taking away. Three weeks prior to her death she went to Muskagee in good health, but illness did its work quickly.

The Body was brought to Erin Springs for burial, the funeral being held at 11 o'clock last Saturday morning, Dec. 14, conducted by Rev. Ready of the Methodist Church.

Mrs. Rounds had a remarkable career. She was born at Fort Gibson, Indian Territory, on April 28, 1827, and spent all her life in the Territory. Although she had no Indian blood in her veins, her life was spent among the Indians, and she had much to do with them.

She was married twice, her first husband being Lindsay Carson, who was killed in a duel at Santa Fe, Mew Mexico, in 1849. His adversary was also killed in this duel. Lindsay Carson was a brother of Kit Carson, the famous scout and fighter.

To Mr. and Mrs. Lindsay Carson one son was born--Jerry Carson--one of the best known and most highly respected citizens of this vicinity.

After the death of Lindsay Carson, his widow was united in marriage to Lyman F. Rounds at Fort Gibson. Mr. Rounds took an active part in many battles of early days and acquitted him-self with great credit. He fought with Sam Houston in the Mexican war, and was prompted on the battlefield of San Jacinto for good service. At the battle of Monterey he was offered the commission of First Lieutenant by General Taylor.

To Mr. and Mrs. Rounds two children were born, one of whom survives, Mrs. Ayers of Muskogee. The family moved to Erin Springs 33 years ago. Mr. Rounds died 17 years since. The small creek flowing near Erin Springs was his name.

Mrs. Rounds has been a member of the Methodist Church for 65 years. She was a consistent Christian and did much good for humanity. One of her delights was giving a home for orphan children, and she aided some 6 or 7 unfortunates in this way, several of the number being Indians.