Yesterday after running errands I was driving past by a small cemetery and decided to stop.
The cemetery has an iron fence around it located on 32nd and Utica. It is surrounded by a residential neighborhood.
It is called Perryman Cemetery.
I found this information online about the graves there. It is Oklahoma’s oldest Indian cemetery.
The cemetery has approximately fifty people buried there and a small number of unmarked graves.
I decided to look up more history about this small cemetery.
The Perrymans were instrumental in the foundation of Tulsa during the 19th century.
The cemetery was laid out in its current location in 1848 by Lewis Perryman.
Then an outbreak of cholera in the Broken Arrow area forced his family to move to the settlement of “Tulsey Tulova.”
Lewis Perryman built a log cabin near what is now 33rd and Rockford. He ran a successful cattle operation in the years before the Civil War.
Lewis fled to Kansas at the outbreak of the war and died there in 1862.
The Perryman family, friends and unknown soldiers in the Civil War are buried in the cemetery.
By the 1960s, the Perryman Cemetery had fallen into disrepair. The grounds were overgrown and grave markers were vandalized.
Forced relocation of the bodies buried at the cemetery and development of the land was a real possibility.
But then it was deeded to the Tulsa Historical Society in 1971.
The gift was considered as “giving us the history of the Perryman family, which is Tulsa.”