He was born in the Cherokee Nation. He served in the Military in 1814 during the Creek War with Capt.Gideon Morgan Cherokee Volunteers. He served as the Conductor during the winter of 1838 for the Trail of Tears Removal. He acted as the Cherokee delegate to Washington, D.C. in 1845; He was also elected Asst. Principal Chief Cherokee Nation for the West.
Located at Mt. Salem Cemetery aka Salem Cemetery in Elkins, AR.
When I first seen this marker I thought it was a military marker. Because that is the first thing I think of when I see and eagle holding a flag. Then I read the inscription. Deffinately not a military stone unless they recruited three year olds in the 1880s. (The bird could possibly be a dove.)
The term Alpha and Omega comes from the phrase "I am the alpha and the omega" an appellation of Jesus in the Book of Revelation (verses 1:8, 21:6, and 22:13).
Its meaning is taken from the fact that alpha (Α) and omega (Ω) are the first and last letters of the Classical (Ionic) Greek alphabet. This symbol comes from the belief, by many christians, that Christ, as well as the Father, is "the First and the Last" therefore Alpha and Omega in juxtaposition are often used as a Christian visual symbol.
I just found the answer to what these were called. In Stories in Stone a Field Guide to Cemetery Symbolism and Iconography by Douglas Keister he has a section on the evolution of the Death Head which is now called a Soul Effigy. He even has photos to go along with the section to show how the Death Head went from a skull and bones to an angel head with wings.
I always find the "Unknown" ones sad. If they are unknown to those who buried them chances are their loved ones never knew where they were laid to rest. Which means no one came to visit after they died. I just hope they weren't alone in life as they have been in death.
Located at Old Newtonia aka Civil War Cemetery in Newtonia, MO.
I call these "Death Head Angels" because I am not sure what the are really called and haven't been able to find a name for them. (If you know please leave me a comment and tell me what they are called.) This is one of the few really detailed ones I have found in my area.