Leading Bartlesville Title Company — Southern Abstract Company

Do you need quality help from an established Bartlesville title company? Southern Abstract Company provides premier abstracting, title and closing services for all real estate needs. In fact, we’ve provided professional title services since 1906 — before Oklahoma was a state!

Our full-service Bartlesville title company provides in-depth land record research (abstracting), escrow and closing services, title insurance and more. Southern Abstract Company is a fully vetted member of the American Land Title Association and the Oklahoma Land Title Association. Locally, we are members of the Bartlesville Chamber of Commerce and the Bartlesville Homebuilders Association and are involved in numerous local non-profit and civic organizations. Reach out to our dedicated team today to learn more about what our Bartlesville title company can do for you.

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What Can We Do For You?



Southern Abstract Company provides accurate, quality abstracting to certify every piece of your property’s history, including past owners, liens and more.

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Title Insurance

Protect your investment with valuable title insurance from Southern Abstract Company to shield your property from unforeseen problems.

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Closing Services

Cross the t’s and dot your i’s with thorough, detail-oriented closing services from Southern Abstract Company.

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Ensure the title to your commercial property is marketable with help from our experts. We also serve as a reliable third party to facilitate commercial real estate transactions.

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Buying, selling, building or refinancing a house? Do it with dedicated help from Southern Abstract Company.

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Farm & Ranch

Purchase, sell or mortgage farm and ranch land with help from our title experts. Our team also performs important closing services to complete your transaction.

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The history of Washington County

The Cherokee Nation came to own the land now known as Washington County in 1828. Their possession was ratified in 1835 by the Treaty of New Echota, under which the Cherokee Nation ceded its territory in the Southeastern United States and agreed to move West. One of those signing the treaty was Stand Watie, a member and subsequent principal chief of the Cherokee Nation.

In 1873 Jacob Bartles (son-in-law of Delaware Chief Charles Journeycake) moved from Kansas to settle at Silver Lake. In 1874, he opened a trading post and post office on Turkey Creek, in what is now east Bartlesville. After buying a grist mill on the Caney River, he soon built a two-story general store and residence, and added a rooming house, a blacksmith shop and livery stable. In 1880 he moved the Turkey Creek post office to “North Bartles Town”. As more folks gathered in the area, Bartles provided electrical, telephone and water systems.

Among the early movers and shakers were William Johnstone and George B. Keeler, both former clerks of Bartles’ store, who opened a general store on the south side of the Caney River in 1884. The first newspaper, The Weekly Magnet, began publication in March 1895 and was published every Friday.

The town of Bartlesville, in what was then known as Indian Territory, was incorporated in January 1897. The town was surveyed and platted in 1898, and eighty acres were offered to the Atchison, Topeka and Santa Fe Railroad. The railroad reached the town in 1899.

As the Twentieth Century opened so did the prospects of being a state when the Curtis Act of 1898, an amendment to the US Dawes Act, continued the allotment of Indian tribal lands. By 1906 Southern Abstract Company had established its business in Bartlesville and, as they say, the rest is history!

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An Oklahoma history story

In the early 1800s the hilly green lands of Indian Territory (now Eastern Oklahoma) and the plains of Oklahoma Territory in the West were largely unsettled lands. There were indigenous peoples of a sparse, nomadic nature in the area but, it was largely unpopulated. The natural resources were abundant and food sources plentiful.

Although migration began in the early 1800s, the Indian Removal Act in 1830 forced the Five Civilized Tribes of Native Americans to relocate to Indian Territory from their ancestral lands in the Southeastern United States. This difficult journey, referred to as the Trail of Tears, was first taken by the Choctaw nation in 1831 followed by the Seminole Nation, Creek Nation, Chickasaw Nation and lastly by the Cherokee Nation in 1838. Thousands perished along the “trail where they cried."

As the Nineteenth Century unfolded, these peoples began to domesticate and form communities. During the Civil War the division between slave proponents and abolitionists reached a fever pitch. There were seven officially recognized battles in Indian Territory. One, near what is now Rentiesville in McIntolsh County, was the Battle of Honey Springs. It was in both size and importance, the Gettysburg of the Civil War in Indian Territory. Many nations made treaties with the Confederacy and a few with the Union. The war was bloody on an individual scale within the Indian Territory and, in fact, lasted longer than the actual Civil War. Stand Watie of the Cherokee Nation, became the last Confederate general in the field to surrender. The surrender took place on June 23, 1865 near Doaksville, now an archaeological site in Choctaw County.

By 1890, more than 30 Native American nations and tribes had been concentrated on land within Indian Territory or "Indian Country," and many cattle ranchers from Texas and settlers had encroached on the territories and were occupying large tracts of land. The Dawes Act in 1887, which authorized the President of the United States to survey American Indian tribal land and divide it into allotments for individual Indians, opened more of the land to settlement and railroad rights.

The ensuing two decades saw the land runs in the West and further domestication of the East. The Organic Act of 1890 established a territorial government defining the boundaries of Oklahoma Territory and Indian Territory. On November 16, 1907, Oklahoma was established as the 46th state in the Union.

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Call Southern Abstract Company today to learn more about our services or to schedule an appointment. Our Bartlesville title company is committed to providing the highest quality service to every customer. We’re ready to partner with you to facilitate your next real estate transaction.