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Mattie Ann Burns

Mattie Ann Burns was born April 26, 1877 at LeFlore, Oklahoma to Henry Franklin Buckner Burns and Isabel LeFlore. Her grandparents were Wallace LeFlore and wife Judie. Wallace came to Indian Territory on the Trail of Tears from Mississippi. Wallace ran an Indian School named Bok Falaya. Mattie’s father Buckner was a teacher at this school and met her mother Isabel there. Buckners parents Rev. Willis and Keziah Burns were the first itinerant missionaries the Baptist church in Alabama sent to the Indian Territory to missionary to the Choctaw and Chickasaw. They came to the Indian Territory in 1858. Mattie had two brothers Henry and William. Mattie married W.H.H. Keltner Sr. at Ardmore, Indian Territory on September 18, 1898. They had four children Goodman, W.H.H. Jr., Wallace and Neroli. Mattie’s home was at the Reck and Wilson areas in her latter days. She died in 1942 at Wilson, Oklahoma and is buried at the Hewitt Cemetery in Wilson, Oklahoma. Her survivors include the following grandchildren. Randol Keltner of Little City, Oklahoma, Dixie Keltner of Texas, Nelda Airington of Gene Autry, Oklahoma, Naomi Peery of Ardmore, Oklahoma and Eugene Vaughan of Borger, Texas. Deceased grandchildren are W.C. Vaughan, in the Korean War. Wiley Vaughan in 1992 and Donnie Keltner in 1994. Ten great grandchildren several great-great-grandchildren and great-great-great-grandchildren.

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