Biography of John Scullawl

Among those whose activities in the cultivation of the soil have contributed materially to the agricultural development of Washington county is numbered John Scullawl, a native son of Oklahoma, who is the owner of a valuable farm near Ochelata.

He was born in the northeastern part of this state on the 17th of October, 1866, of Cherokee parents, who removed from Tennessee to Indian Territory, casting in their lot with its early pioneers.

John Scullawl is a man of fine physique, weighing two hundred and ten pounds. His life has been devoted to agricultural pursuits. He is the owner of a one hundred-acre tract near Matoaka, in Washington county, which he rents, also deriving large royalties from oil wells on his property. He resides on his wife’s farm of one hundred and twenty acres, situated one and three-fourths miles northwest of Ochelata. On this land is a good home on an elevation which commands a fine view of the surrounding country, while in the background is a beautiful grove of trees. Mr. Scullawl owns ten acres adjoining the home place, on which he raises large crops of Kaffir and Indian corn and oats, and he also keeps some hogs. Broad experience has made him thoroughly familiar with the science of agriculture and in the cultivation and development of his land he employs the most practical and progressive methods, productive of gratifying results.

John Scullawl has been married twice. His first wife bore him three children: William and Richard, aged, respectively, twenty-eight and twenty-six years; and Mary, who is deceased. At Bartlesville, on June 5, 1908, he wedded Miss Caroline Jackson, a daughter of Mack and Liza (Dawning) Jackson, members of the Cherokee tribe. Mrs. Scullawl’s mother died when Mrs. Scullawl was but ten years old and her father passed away in 1899. They removed from Georgia to Indian Territory prior to the outbreak of the Civil war, in which Mr. Jackson participated as a soldier in the northern army. A brother and sister of Mrs. Scullawl, Jack and Allie, are deceased. She has no children but is rearing an adopted grandchild, Ellen Florine Hayes, whose mother, Mrs. Mary (Scullawl) Hayes, is deceased. Mrs. Scullawl was educated at a tuition school and is an excellent housekeeper, presiding over a most attractive home.

Mr. Scullawl’s life, covering a period of fifty-five years, has been spent within the borders of this state and there is no phase of pioneer conditions with which he is not familiar, his memory forming a connecting link between the primitive past, with its hardships and privations, and the progressive present, with all of its comforts and advantages. His record illustrates the power of honesty and diligence in insuring success and his well directed labors have resulted in placing him among the progressive and successful agriculturists of his part of the state.



Benedict, John Downing. Muskogee and Northeastern Oklahoma: including the counties of Muskogee, McIntosh, Wagoner, Cherokee, Sequoyah, Adair, Delaware, Mayes, Rogers, Washington, Nowata, Craig, and Ottawa. Chicago: S.J. Clarke Pub. Co., 1922.

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