Seminole Nation, I. T.


Alice Brown Davis Obituary

Oklahoma City, OK
June 22, 1935 Vol. 43 No. 165
E. K Gaylord, Editor


Death Friday closed the colorful career of Mrs. Alice Brown Davis, noted chieftan of the Seminole Indian Nation. She died a victim of heart disease at the age of 82 years.

A true pioneer mother, Mrs. Davis, only Indian woman from this section to occupy a niche in Oklahoma's hall of fame, reared her family of ten children unaided after the death of her husband when the youngest was but three.

Perpetuating her spirit of usefulness are six daughters, Mrs. W. S. Key, wife of the works relief director for Oklahoma; Mrs. V. L. Kiker, wife of Seminole county's representative; Mrs. E. Aldridge, prominent Wewoka club woman; Mrs. Frank Fleet, Ada and Mrs. John Twinan, Sulphur, Mrs. Ben Locke, Oklahoma City, and two sons, John Davis, of Oklahoma City and Jack Davis, an actor. Her other two children are dead.


Mrs. Davis, only woman to hold that office, was appointed chief of the Seminoles by President Harding in 1922. She succeeded her brother, John F. Brown, Jr., who had served 30 successive years.

Mrs. Davis was born near Parkhill in the old Cherokee Nation Sept. 10, 1852.

Her father was a government physician, John F. Brown, of Scotch descent and her mother a Seminole princess of the Tiger Clan. The young doctor met his bride during the original trek of the Seminole from Florida to Oklahoma Territory. He flaunted tribal laws to marry her.

After the Civil War, Mrs. Davis moved with her parents to Greenhead Prairie, Pottawatomie county, Oklahoma, after residing at Fort Gibson during the war between the states. At Greenhead Prairie they were neighbors to the Jesse Chisholm family of 'Chisholm Trail' fame.


In 1874 Mrs. Davis married George R. Davis of Leroy, Kansas. Widowed after the birth of ten children, she founded the Arbeka Trading Post and post office in Seminole county. There she reared her family, finding time also to take part in tribal affairs.

In 1910 she went to Old Mexico to seek possession of a tract of land ceded by the Mexican government to Wildcat, a Seminole warrior, for his gallant defense of the people of Sonora during an outbreak in 1840. Too much time had elapsed, however, and she was unsuccessful in her mission.

In 1914 she went to Florida as a missionary in the Everglades.

Funeral services will be held here Sunday afternoon.

Find A Grave Memorial for Alice B. Davis

*Note: As favorable as this obituary is to the late Alice B. Davis, it is full of errors.

1. George R. Davis did not die leaving Alice with ten children to raise.
They were divorced as he was having an affair with their cook, Victoria.
He would later marry her and they would raise their child together.

2. Alice's father, John F. Brown was indeed an Army physician but was not of Scottish descent,
he did not graduate from the University of Edinburgh, he was from a well to do Charleston, South Carolina
family who disowned him when he married Lucy.

3. Lucy was not a Seminole princess and the Tiger Clan had no royal ties.

4. Alice went to Mexico in 1903.

5. Alice went to Florida in 1905 and 1909.





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