Bartholomew, Daisy Lane

Daisy Lane Bartholomew

Submitted by: Charlotte Braly Schuepbach, granddaughter of Daisy Lane Williams.

Daisy Lane Williams was an amazing woman whose 94 years witnessed many wondrous events in the history of her people, state and country. She was the granddaughter of Jincy James who made the long difficult trip on the Trail of Tears from Mississippi to Skullyville, Indian Territory in the 1830’s. Jincy married Impson Jones in 1847. His brother was Wilson N. Jones who became one of the wealthiest Choctaws and principal Chief. Jincy taught school.

She gave birth to Frances November 12, 1854 in Skullyville. When Frances was 20 she married a forty-year-old Irish immigrant named Bartholomew Lane who was a section foreman for the Missouri, Kansas, and Texas (the “Katy”) railroad. They lived north of Caddo. Daisy, the ninth child of Frances and Bartholomew, was born in

One afternoon as she was riding down the main street of Caddo, Douglas Williams, the owner of the furniture store, stopped Daisy. He said that he would trade his son James Pinckney for the horse that Daisy was riding. Daisy laughed and said that she would have to check James out first. She liked what she saw. He was a soft-spoken man from South Carolina with blue eyes that danced as he talked. They married in 1912. They built a home on her Indian allotment north of Caddo. They had three children, Rose Elaine, Edward, and Robert. In 1952, James Pinckney Williams (Cowboy Pink) was elected as Lieutenant Governor of Oklahoma. The couple moved to Oklahoma City.

As wife of the Lt. Gov. Daisy entertained Eleanor Roosevelt, Bess Truman, Robert Kerr, Carl Albert, Sen. John F. Kennedy, John Wayne, among others. Cowboy Pink Williams also served as State Treasurer. They returned to their ranch in 1966 after retiring from politics. Daisy enjoyed traveling. She and her husband visited most of the states, Canada and Mexico. She visited Ireland four times seeking her father’s family in the River Kenmare area. She was a member of the Caddo Music and Literary Club and the Civic and Cemetery Club. She leased her ranch to Reba McEntire early in the singer’s career. Daisy Lane Williams died in 1986.