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Confederate General and Cherokee Chief Stand Waite

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    Confederate General and Cherokee Chief Stand Waite was one of the founders of the Knights of the Golden Circle
    Message 1 of 1 , Jan 13, 2009
      Confederate General and Cherokee Chief Stand Waite
      was one of the founders of the
      Knights of the Golden Circle

      Jesse James, Stand Waite and hidden treasure of the KGC

      For Sale: Jesse James Hideout
      By Janet Warford-Perry
      Rarely does a piece of property hit the real estate market that
      sparks the interest ofthousands as did a recent ebay listing
      originating from the sleepy little southeastOklahoma town of
      Wapanuka, that read simply, "Jesse James Hideout Includes
      A flurry of online discussions between treasure hunters, historians
      and commercialinvestors erupted immediately following the listing,
      thousands flocking to the auctionsite. Even nationally recognized
      radio host Paul Harvey commented on the outlawhideout during a
      morning show.
      Talk quickly turned to action as treasure hunters across the country
      scurried to organizeinvestors willing to gamble on a fortune in gold
      said to be hidden on the 590-acre tract ofland.While most of the
      general population is hard pressed to pinpoint on a map the tiny
      townof Wapanuka, the sellers, sisters Ceci and JoAnne Gillespie,
      learned shortly afterinheriting the property in 1991 that it is a
      magnet for uninvited guests.Several treasure hunters staunchly
      believe a cache or possibly several caches, buried byseveral
      different factions, remain on the property.Local folklore says before
      statehood, between 1863 and the 1880s, Jesse James, theDalton Gang,
      and various other outlaws, sought refuge in Indian Territory on
      theGillespie ranch. Author Steve Wilson, Oklahoma Treasure and
      Treasure Tales,documents the site as a hideout and cache burial site
      for the James Gang.It has been also been reported that in 1869 an
      estimated 4,500 pounds of Mexican goldbullion was dumped into a
      tributary near the ranch, sunk deep into the mud.Thomas P. Terry in
      his United States Treasure Atlas refers to a lost Spanish silver
      minein very close proximity of the property that has never been
      located.Scores of old carvings, traditionally associated as markings
      for buried treasure, continueto be found on the property. One etching
      bears the letters JJ alongside the numbers 1880and 11,000 with a
      stick figure turtle.One treasure hunter, Poteau, Oklahoma resident
      Michael Griffith unearthed from theproperty a Colt pistol and an old
      snuff jar filled with gold coins and silver dollars dating1844-1880.
      The Gillespie sisters maintain that Griffith did so without
      permission andcontinues to sell the photographs garnered from their
      property to sell on his websitewww.outlawtreasure.worldbreak.com as
      examples of Knights of the Golden Circle(KGC) signs and symbols as a
      treasure hunter's guide.Bob Brewer, a treasure hunter who accompanied
      Griffith to the site and helped decipherthe codes, maintains Griffith
      led him to the Gillespie ranch on the pretense thatpermission had
      been garnered from the owners. Brewer, along with Bloomberg
      Newseditor-at-large Warren Getler, recently co-authored a book,
      Shadow of the Sentinel(available via Amazon.com), with one chapter
      dedicated to the Gillespie ranch. Getler, atfirst skeptical, was
      convinced after visiting the Wapanuka ranch, that it is the site of
      aKGC depository.Historical accounts, including the book titled, Jesse
      James Was One of His Names, tell us the outlaw was a comptroller of
      the KGC, a secret society of southern Confederatesupporters who
      reportedly stashed cash and other valuables, planning for the day
      that thesouth would rise again.Entries into the National Historical
      Register indicate the Wapanuka Institute, a schoolbuilt on the
      Gillespie Ranch in 1851 to educate Chickasaw youth and train them for
      lifein the white man's world, was indeed used by Confederate General
      Douglas H. Cooper ashis headquarters during the Civil War.Cooper was
      known to be a close associate of Stand Waite, also known as Isaac S.
      Waite,the only Cherokee Indian who attained the rank of General
      during the Civil War and thelast southern leader to surrender his
      troops. Born in Oothcaloga in the Cherokee Nation,Georgia, Waite
      served as a member of the Southern Cherokee Delegation after the
      CivilWar, alongside many elite members of the Cherokee Nation who
      were also members ofthe KGC. University historians claim Waite was
      one of the founding fathers of the KGC.Why did the Gillespie's
      grandfather painstakingly use a wrecking ball to level the
      Indianschool from the inside out?The results of a study of the caves
      on the ranch done by Dr. Allen Whitten, a professor atthe University
      of Oklahoma who specializes in near-field geophysics and
      geophysicalimaging, seemed to add one more mystery to the mountain of
      mystique the sisters faced.According to Dr. Whitten's images beneath
      the earth's surface, the cave allegedly usedby Jesse James and the
      KGC is a multi-level structure, or cave beneath a cave.Furthermore,
      the images also indicated that an underground tunnel existed at the
      site ofthe old academy building leading approximately 100 feet toward
      the cave thought to bethe Jesse James hideout.Could it have been the
      academy was destroyed in order to forever hide the secretscontained
      within?Mary Greenleaf, a beloved teacher at the academy who fell ill
      and died suddenly, isburied on the property. Her tombstone has a
      unique set of carved letters: G8 FAT. Theletters FAT are traditional
      KGC symbols indicating gold.Mary's headstone is made of imported
      white marble, something Ceci and JoAnne findodd since the property
      has tons of marble readily available.An original Indian Allotment to
      the Chickasha and Choctaw Nations, the Gillespie familyhas owned the
      property since 1911. And almost from the beginning it continues to
      bringnew surprises with each passing day.Not really believing all the
      tales that had passed their way, when the sisters first inheritedthe
      property in the mid-1990s, they were content to camp on the property
      and enjoy thesplendid view atop the cliff overlooking the Delaware
      River below.Treasure hunting, after all, seemed a frivolous waste of
      time, until one piece of evidencesparked their interest. An elderly
      gentleman, who has since passed away, Tom Webbshowed the sisters a
      treasure map and asked permission to continue hunting on theproperty.
      The sisters allowed Webb to hunt in exchange for a copy of the
      treasure mapthat they retain today.Earnest Davis, a journalist for
      the Chronicles of Oklahoma, showed the Gillespie sistersmost of the
      carvings, although they were able to find a few on their own and
      continue tofind new ones nearly every time they search the ranch.
      Davis also gave the sisters threetreasure maps that his research had
      yielded.The large deposit of marble found on the ranch that contained
      a rare fossilized pattern seemed a more profitable venture to the
      sisters than searching the rugged terrain forburied treasure. Thus
      they mined a tiny portion of the marble and watched as it
      statelygraced mansions owned by country music stars in Branson,
      Missouri and several otherprestigious buildings across the
      country."We were women, we could do anything. That's what we
      thought," recalls JoAnne of themarble venture.The ladies found a
      quarrying venture was costly and required a great deal of
      knowledge,thus they decided to sell the property to pay incurred
      marble debts.So they placed a dual listing, one for the ranch, the
      other for the marble quarry on ebay,then sat back and watched the
      email inquiries fill their inbox by the hundreds. Buyersfrom all
      across the United States were interested in their family farm in the
      middle ofnowhere.And the ebay auction gavel came crashing down,
      except not at the moment the ladiesanticipated or wanted. Unbeknownst
      to the Gillespie sisters, they violated ebay rules witha dual
      listing, even though it clearly stated the high bidder from both
      listings would bethe winner. The auction was halted on the eve of the
      sale, after receiving nearly 9,000visitors (called hits) to the
      website with 46 recorded bids. However, since very fewpeople had
      actually contacted the Gillespies directly, they had no way to
      contact thebidders once the auction was abruptly halted."A few times,
      for different reasons, we've come close to selling and it has
      fallenthrough," said JoAnne. "I think maybe selling wasn't meant to
      be."The sisters have agreed to sell the property on their own, and
      will continue to answerquestions and welcome documented information
      about the treasure or treasures containedwithin. Their email address
      is: ecotours@.... They can also be reached bytelephone at
      (918) 583-3344.As the mystique of the property continues to linger,
      the sisters are kept fairly busy thesedays giving tours to the media.
      They graciously allowed Lost Treasure and the DailyOklahoman to visit
      in July and are awaiting an August visit from the crew of
      Nightline.Ceci and JoAnne take all possible precautions to safeguard
      the location of their treasuresite. Visitors to the ranch, including
      the media, are blindfolded before being driven to theranch of rugged
      terrain, the scenery reminiscent of an old western movie.It is
      probably with good reason the treasure site is kept secret for now.
      But the sistershave promised to divulge all they have learned about
      this unique piece of property to thenew owner if the ranch is sold.

      Personal interviews with Ceci and JoAnne Gillespie.Schrader, Del with
      Jesse James, III.
      Jesse James Was One Of His Names, Arcadia,California: Santa Anita
      Press, 1975. Library of Congress Catalog Card Number: 74-33962.)
      Tidwell, William A., Hall, James O. and Gaddy, David Winfred. Come
      Retribution, TheUniversity of Mississippi Press, 1988.Franks, Kenny.
      Stand Watie, Memphis State University Press, 1979.The Birth of the
      Keetoowah Society, University of Virginia, www.people.virginia.edu

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