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Now back to Burnt Cabin road south of the slab, just a little ways there is an old road off to the right that goes to the old Whittle place where John Spencer used to live with his family. There is a little creek by it and if you cross it and go southwest for about a mile or less you can find the old Charlie Spencer place. It was just south of Greenleaf creek and across the creek and just north of it is where the old Indie Spencer place is located on Cedar Bluff road. Now back to south of the slab where Whiteoak road comes into Burnt cabin road. Just south of Whiteoak road turnoff on the west side of Burnt Cabin road is an old road that goes a short distance to the old Corneilous Raincrow place. It is on the left side (south) of the old dim road, then on a little farther on the right side of the old dim road and out in the woods is where the old Raincrow cemetery used to be. Now back to the main road (Burnt Cabin) go south to the south gate at the end of Burnt Cabin road. Just inside this gate and to the west is the old Joe and Mary Sanders Raincrow place. Now back through the gate and go north about a 1/2 mile and on the west side of the road you will see the turnoff for Black Hollow road which goes west all the way to the south gate at the foot of Battenfield hill and meets Greenleaf road and then to the south gate where Small Game road starts. On Black Hollow road starting from Burnt Cabin road, go a short distance and there is an old dim road off to the north after you cross a small creek. This old road goes up to the old John Cookson place that has a big old well and cellar. Back on Black Hollow road, go on west and you will come to a dim road that leads off to the north. Take this road about 1 mile or less and there is the old Rachel Raincrow place. (Here for page 2 of Raincrow place) (We have to walk this one) Back to Black Hollow road and about a 1/2 mile on the right at the bend in the road is the old Johnson Silk place. We found and old enamel coffee pot at this old place. Now go on west to another old dim road leading off to the south (We have to walk this one too) you can find the old Charlie and Gracie Warseat Silk place on the left (east) side of the road. ( Here for page 2 of Charlie Silk place) The old road used to go on south to Perdue church years ago. Back to Black Hollow road and on west just a short distance and there is an old road off to the south that goes to where the old David Sanders place used to be. I can find nothing here except the old Walnut tree that was north of the place. I went back again and finally found some old rusted things. A short distance on west and on the left (south) side of the road is where the old well of Grant Redfearn place is. Go on a little farther west on Black Hollow road and on the right (north) there is where Devils Backbone mountain and those caves are. Then on up the Battenfield hill back to Greenleaf road. Now we go back to north of the Greenleaf bridge and across it to the corner where the old Greenleaf school site is. All that is there are the old cement steps which have been broken up and pushed back on the property. There used to be a store across the raod from the school, called Jim Dawes store. Now turn west on Pumpkin Center road. We go west about 1/4 mile or less and on the south side of the road there is where the old Pete Johnson place used to be. He had a store there years ago. He had a grist mill on the north side of the road. Go on west about 3/4 of a mile more and on the south side of the road is where Doc Mulls had a store. An old road goes north from just east of Doc Mulls place, to the old Dewitt Ballard place. If you go on north the road comes out on Round Mountain road. But back to Doc Mull's place, then go west a short distance and there is on the north side an old place and then there is a road going north to I think it was called the Leonard Curtis place. There is an old drilled well there. Back to the Pumpkin Center road west of Doc Mulls, go on west and you will come to Spaniard creek. Cross Spaniard creek and keep going west until you get to the west gate at the Cherokee / Muskogee county line. There is a county line road going north. Just go north about a 1/2 to 1 mile and on the left just inside the Muskogee side is where the old William Ballard place is. (Here for another page, then another page) Then there is an old road off to the right (east) that goes to another old William Ballard place on the Cherokee county side. On the Muskogee county side about 1/4 mile kind of south west of William Ballard place is where Tom Ballard and Mable lived and their son, Houston was born here. We found the old well after Houston came back from CA and told us where it was. Go north from that old well about 1/2 mile and not far from a little creek is where another of the John Jack Ballard places was. We found old car running boards there. Now go back to Pumpkin center road at the west gate and go east a short distance. Then go north across the creek (have to walk) and a little farther is where there is an old cedar tree at where the old South Ballard cemetery used to be. Now lets go back to the south gate just south of the bridge and go through the gate onto what is called Small Game road. If we turn right (west) on what is now called Hayfield road, and drive just a few hundred feet we will come to the old Charlie Glass place on the right side of the road. Continue on west about a mile and on the left is where Little Charlie Glass place is. There is an old dug well here and part of rock foundation. There was a little family cemetery east of the house. There is an old road going to the south just west of this place and it goes to an old homeplace ruins. Now go on west from Little Charlie Glass place, (on past that little road going to the south) and on the left (south side of the road is the old Grass Ballard place, used to be called Garfield. (This was the first old Tuxy Ballard place) There are ruins there and there used to be a hanging tree. If you go on past this place the road goes south and then back east making a loop back to Small Game road. (If you were to go back a short way north and turn on an old road, called Corral road, going kind of north east and then east you would come on the right, to the later Tuxy Ballard place, called the Mary Ballard place.) Now back to when you come out on Small Game road turn south and just a short way you will cross Terrapin creek. The road goes up a steep hill after crossing the creek and about 1/2 mile on top of the hill is an old road going off to the right (northwest) to a place with lots of ruins. It is the old Henderson Spears place. (Here for page 2) Go back to Small Game road from this place and continue on south west to Persimmon Ridge road, which will go west and east. If you go west you will come to the Cherokee / Muskogee county line gate which is no longer open to the other side at this location. Just on the other side there is a county line road which if taken to the north a few hundred feet and then back to the west it will take you to Greenleaf creek. Going back to the gate though, lets go south here and just a little way is a tiny creek across the road which ran behind my grandma Nancy Ziegler’s old place. To get to it, just continue on the old road going south to the top of the hill and on the left (east) side of the road is where she lived. There is an old cellar there. On the right side of the road is where the old Conrad place used to be. Going on farther south to the top of another hill is where my daddy and mama got married in the middle of the road in front of the old Cicero Parson place which was on the east side of the road on the Cherokee county side. Off to the right on the Muskogee county side about a 1/2 mile or so is where the old George Conrad place used to be. There is a big old dug well there. Now lets go back to the old Ziegler place and just north of it a few feet from where the little creek crosses the road, is where the old Pecan tree used to be right in the middle of the road where they had picnic’s, preaching and etc. The roads used to intercept here and off to the west it went and crossed Greenleaf creek, but now the road is different. You go back a little way north to the gate and go on north a short distance and then the road goes west to cross Greenleaf creek. But if you walk north from the gate, up an old road and around a small pond and keep going through the wood for about a mile you will come to a bunch of cane growing along the creek. If you make your way through the cane to the creek you will come to a place called McCracken ford where they forded the big Greenleaf creek to get to the McCracken cemetery or to go on the county line road leading north. The old McCracken cemetery is on the high bank on the west side of Greenleaf creek barely inside Cherokee county. (Here for page 2 of McCracken cemetery) You can get to this old cemetery from Muskogee side taking what Camp Gruber calls “A” street. An old road that you can drive for about a 1/2 mile then walk another 1/2 mile to the county line road then walk south for another 1/2 mile or more. There is part of the old hinge on a tree where the gate used to be. But now lets go back to McCracken Ford on the Cherokee side. We can go east on an old dim road for about a mile and get to a place where my uncle Tom Sanders used to live. There is some old ruins there. The old place  is located right on the high creek bank on the south side of the creek. Some more of my relatives used to live there too and we used to go to visit uncle Tom when I was a small girl.I was told that we used to go in a wagon with a team of horses to see them. Now lets go back to the gate at the county line and since this gate is closed to automobiles, we  go back all the way to the corner north of the bridge where Cedar Bluff, Greenleaf and Pumpkin center road meet. Go west on Pumpkin Center road all the way to the gate at the county line just south of the old William Ballard place. Go on through the gate on Pumpkin Center road about a mile to North/South road. Turn south on North/South road and go pass “A” street and on to another gate. Go on through it and you will come to what is called, “White Rock Y”. There is a fork in the road, to the left curves and goes back to Greenleaf creek not far from the south county line gate north of the Nancy Ziegler place and where the old Pecan Tree was. Go to the right and the road curves around to the west. Go west a short distance and at the next corner where there is a road going south, if you turn south, there is where the old Mt. Zion school used to be. The foundation is still there on the left (east) side of the road. This is the school site where my daddy went to school. The old Sallings place was just east of the school site off the south side of the road. I have not found it yet but plan to soon. I was told there is an old well there. Now instead of turning on that road, just go on west until the next corner which is a 1/2 mile. Turn south on this road and go 1 mile to the next corner and right on the corner on the east side of the road is where my grandpa lived. Sanders corner is what it was called. My daddy was born there and the old cellar is still there. (Here-page 3 and here-page 4 of grandpa's cellar) If you were to go on west (on the old dim road) instead of turning south to go to grandpa’s place the road would go on to Little Greenleaf creek and used to go on into Braggs. On the right (north at this corner) is where the old Pray’s house still is!) But, lets go back to Sanders corner and if we go west about 1/2 mile to Little Greenleaf creek there is a little low water dam which was built by the WPA back in the 30’s. Anyway just before you get to the creek on top of the hill is where my grandpa James Louis Dazley (Dazzler) had a house that was rented to the Frank Hinds family. Now go back east to Sanders corner and go south about a mile or less and turn back east on an old dim road that is called (by Camp Gruber), “Amphebious Landing”. Go east down to Amphebious Landing and walk on east on a dim road a short distance and that is where I think the old  William Hinds place used to be. (Here for page 2 of Hinds place) Daisy Hinds Cunningham told me where it was located. The Greenleaf lake is right there to the south and east. Now go back to Sanders Corner and turn east and go 1/2 mile and you will be at another corner. The old Elders place used to be near this corner. Now go north at this corner about 1/4 mile to the top of a small hill and on the left (west) side of the road is where my grandpa’s cousin Thomas Ditymus Sanders used to live. Go on north 3/4 of a mile and you will come out at the corner where old Mt Zion school used to be. Now go on back east and curve around there at White Rock Y and go north on north/south road all the way to Pumpkin Center road. Turn east and go about a mile to the county line gate and through it to the Cherokee county side. You will now be just south of the old William Ballard well. Go on east on Pumpkin Center road all the way to the corner of Pumpkin Center, Cedar Bluff and Greenleaf roads meet just north of the old Greenleaf bridge built in 38. Go south to and across the bridge and on south to that gate just where Black Hollow road meets Greenleaf road. Now go through the gate, when and if it is open and go south all the way to Persimmon Ridge road. Turn east on Persimmon Ridge road and go until you see a sign on the right (south side) which will say Yellow Hammer road. Turn right and go south for about a mile and on the right (west side) of road is the old Yellow Hammer school site with the old well with a watering trough for watering horses. We found the remains of an old rock outhouse there just recently. I just found another old place recently. It is the old Armine Sanders Summerlin place. There is more exploring I do down in there but this is enough for this time. Enjoy your Virtual exploring.
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