Wild West Wednesday: Samuel Sixkiller

SamSixkiller  Samuel Sixkiller was born circa 1842 in the Going Snake District (now Adair County, Oklahoma) of Indian Territory to parents Redbird and Permelia (Whaley) Sixkiller.  Samuel was of mixed blood Cherokee heritage, his father being the son a half-breed Cherokee mother and a full-blood Cherokee father.

As you might imagine, the Sixkiller surname is unique and believed to have its origins during a time when the Cherokee and Creek nations were at war.  A man, possibly a great grandfather to Samuel, was said to have killed six men before being killed himself.  He was thereafter called Sixkiller and the name was passed down to his descendants.  Sam’s ancestors had been among those Native Americans removed from the southeastern part of the nation to reservations in the 1830’s.

RedbirdSixkillerThis article is no longer available at this site.  However, it will be enhanced and published later in a future issue of Digging History Magazine, our new monthly digital publication available by individual purchase or subscription.  To see what the magazine is all about you can preview issues at our YouTube ChannelSubscriptions are affordable, safe and easy to purchase and the best deal for getting your “history fix” every month.


  1. Sam Sixkiller was my g/g grandfather my grandmother was Fannie Sixkiller.

    • Sam Sixkiller is my great great grandfather and my great grandfather was James T Sixkiller, Sam’s son.

      • That is an interesting family for sure. This article will appear in full in a future issue of Digging History Magazine. The Digging History blog where you read this snippet is being converted to a monthly digital (PDF) magazine. Subscriptions are available for 3-months, 6-months and one-year here: https://www.digginghistorymag.com/buy-a-subscription/

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  2. Sam was quite a guy. I researched him and did a presentation for some Cherokee groups. If you’d like to have a copy of it, email me and I’d be happy to share. You did a great job on this article!

    • Thanks for stopping by … I would love to have a copy. You can send it to seh@digging-history.com



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