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Saturday, June 26, 2010

From the FIRST MATE's

Don Counts sent me this very neat tombstone artwork:

See the buffalo? Made using the letters of the surname of this Native American of the Cherokee Nation.
Bartholomew "Bart" Gipson was born in Cherokee County, Oklahoma 25 July 1951. He died in Vanderburgh County, Indiana 26 March 2009 (burial in Evansville Lutheran Cemetery). Living in Evansville for 30 years, working as a Social Worker (according to his obituary, as posted in the Browning Database).
[Note: in his obituary some of the family members last name was spelled "Gibson" instead of "Gipson." - JGW]
- Photos taken & submitted by Donald Counts


Anonymous said...

This is my husbands headstone.His mother was full blood Cherokee and his father full blood Choctaw. He was the 7th child of 10. The Buffalo was designed by he and his youngest sister Zena. All 10 siblings have license plates with this design as well as quilts and magnets and reunion T-Shirts. Bart was a very unique person and proud of this heritage.

Karyn Gipson

Tri-State Genealogical Society said...

Thanks, Karyn, for your additional comments!

John G. West, Blog Master

Anonymous said...

Do you know how he came by the last name Gipson? My folks come from the same area, and definitely have Cherokee mixed in there, but my great-grandfather John Jefferson Gipson was a very white redhead...

Joy Gipson