August 18, 2009

Tombstone Tuesday - Robert Herman Odom

Robert Herman Odom headstone

Robert Herman Odom (a nephew of my 2nd great-grandfather) was born 2 February 1888 in Arkansas (probably Johnson County), and died 27 March 1909 in Checotah, McIntosh County, Oklahoma.

Burial: Indian Territory (original) Cemetery, Checotah, McIntosh County, Oklahoma

Herman was the son of the first sheriff of McIntosh County, OK (William "Doc" Odom) and was a resident deputy at Checotah. Herman was killed in the "Crazy Snake War/Smoked Meat Rebellion" during an exchange of gunfire that lasted 10 minutes as officers attempted to arrest Crazy Snake. Herman's name is also inscribed on a Washington, D.C. memorial to fallen law enforcement officers.

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