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Last Updated on 5/25/2003
By Sharon McAllister

Oklahoma County GenWeb

Springer Township

Oklahoma County, Oklahoma

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About Springer Township

Springer Township (T13N-R1W) is in northeastern Oklahoma County, part of the Unassigned Lands opened by the Run of '89. Its eastern boundary is the Indian Meridian, its northern boundary runs just south of Lake Hiwassee, its western boundary is about 3 miles west of Jones, and its southern boundary runs through State Center and on the south side of Jones.

The present-day population center is the city of Jones. Glaze, in the southeastern part near Jones, was bypassed by the railroad and its Post Office later discontinued to Jones. Pleasant Valley (which did not have its own Post Office, as far as we've been able to determine) was in the northwestern portion and its school was consolidated with Luther.

Douglas City was in Section 1 (the northeastern corner of the township, which is shown in the upper right-hand corner of the map below). The Turner Turnpike now runs through the former townsite. It is the only one of the three still known outside the local area - thanks primarily to an article about it in Ghost Towns of Oklahoma. It "was to be a black town, developed by black capital and managed by black entrepreneurs", laid out on the line surveyed for the proposed Midlands Railroad. The 160 acre townsite included 10 acres set aside for a public school and the developers offered to donate 20 acres to the state for the location of the Territorial Normal School for Negroes. The city initially thrived, but the Midlands Railroad was never built and when the Frisco and Katy came through the area both bypassed it. The Douglas City Post Office was discontinued to Luther and its school consolidated with Luther, but it still exists as a diffuse community centered on the corner where Deep Fork, Springer, Dewey and Luther Townships meet.




Township Links

In this chart, links using Township-Range Numbers take you to the corresponding map in the set of Township Maps that I'm preparing for the entire state. Links that use Township Names take you to a page like this, which provides some information about the Township and genealogy links as well as the map. Or Return to the County/Township Links




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Genealogy Links

Because the northeastern corner of Dewey Township is only about 4 miles from the town of Luther, my Area Study quickly included many of its families.

Founding Families

Genealogy reports for families who were in the area during Territorial Days. Because there were so many marriages across township and even county lines, these are linked as a single set instead of divided by Township.

Index to 1900 Census

Heads of Household on each page for Springer Township.

"The Negro in Oklahoma"

A narrative, written in the 1930s, about African-American settlers in this area. It starts with some who made the Run of '89 into Deep Fork and Springer Townships and includes information about some of the founding families of Douglas City. Lists enough individuals to be a valuable tool to researchers of any race - there are so many unrelated families in the area who bear the same surname that unscrambling them can be something of a challenge.

World Connect Project I have uploaded my GEDCOM for this entire area study.  You can go directly to my database, smc, and consult its index or use the link at left and its global search feature to find information contributed by others who are researching area families.


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