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The Edmond Genealogical Society was established in September, 1991, with 78 charter members by December 31, 1991. 

Our purpose, as stated in the EGS Constitution, adopted in December, 1991:

  • Bring together persons interested in the field of genealogy
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  • Work with other groups and libraries in the state

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Program for August 18, 2014: Wade Burleson - "Red Earth Courage: Indian Territory and The First Official Secret Mission of the Civil War."

By Carolyn B. Leonard

Wade Burleson of Enid will present "Red Earth Courage: Indian Territory and The First Official Secret Mission of the Civil War." If your ancestors were in Indian Territory perhaps they were involved. The program may help you learn how to find out.wade

Burleson will describe how President Abraham Lincoln and General-in-Chief Winfield Scott ordered U.S. Cavalry 1st Lieutenant William Averell to dress as a Confederate and make his way to Indian Territory to hand deliver an order of evacuation for the Union soldiers stationed there. With the assistance of West Point, Wade Burleson has used Averell's diaries and first-hand accounts how the troops evacuated Indian Territory to Fort Leavenworth, led by retired U.S. army captain "Black Beaver,' blazing a trail that would later become known as the 'Chisholm Trail.' Of those troops who evacuated Indian Territory, eleven went on to become generals for the Union Army during the Civil War.

The speaker will use Power Point to trace the incredible stories of those involved in this spectacular but little known event of the Civil War.

Mr. Burleson is a pastor, writer and avocational historian – so he is well acquainted with genealogical research. On the maternal side of his family, Wade is the direct grandson (16x) of Geoffrey Chaucer, the father of English literature. His (7x) great-grandfather, John Crawford Burleson (1729-1776) served under George Washington and died in the Battle of Trenton in December 1776. He is working on official biography of Oklahoma oil man Lew Ward. For more info about Rev. Burleson, go to his website
His wife is the new Assistant Professor for Nursing at the University of Central Oklahoma in Edmond.

The meeting, which is free and open to the public, will begin at the Edmond Historical Museum, 431 S. Boulevard, Edmond, OK with a social time at 6:15 pm, program begins promptly at 6:30 pm.
FYI The Edmond Historical Museum is closed to visitors on Sundays and Mondays.

The EGS meets on the third Monday evening of each month, with speakers on subjects of interest to genealogists; membership is open to anyone interested in historical or genealogical research. For more info on EGS, or

Parking at the Museum is limited and can be a problem. You may need to arrange for drop off or to carpool. For more information on the meeting place, contact Edmond Historical Museum at (405) 340-0078

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