Phoebe Ann Mosey, also known as Annie Oakley, was born six miles northeast of here in what was then Woodland, later renamed Willowdell. Born in 1860 she was the sixth daughter born to Jacob and Susan Mosey. After the death of her father, she engaged in shooting wild game to feed the Mosey family. This child prodigy shooter shot match after match until she won a life-changing match in 1881 with champion shooter, Frank Butler. In 1882, Phoebe Ann married Butler in Windsor, Ontario.
She chose Annie Oakley as her professional name and went on to dazzle audiences in the Midwest with her phenomenal accuracy. Sioux Chief Sitting Bull was so moved at seeing her amazing skill that in 1884 he adopted her as his daughter, naming her “Little Sure Shot.” After joining Buffalo Bill’s Wild West in 1865, Annie became the star who thrilled audiences, including royalty and nobility across England and Europe. Retiring from the Wild West in 1901, Annie shot mostly for fun and charity events, donating funds to orphanages and disadvantaged widows. In ill health for several months, Annie died in Greenville
Erected 2010 by Annie Oakley Center Foundation, Darke County Historical Society, Darke County Visitors Bureau and The Ohio Historical Society. (Marker Number 7-19.)
Topics and series. This historical marker is listed in these topic lists: Cemeteries & Burial Sites • Entertainment • Women. In addition, it is included in the Ohio Historical Society / The Ohio History Connection series list.
Location. 40° 15.624′ N, 84° 33.638′ W. Marker is in Brock, Ohio, in Darke County. Marker is on Greenville-St Marys Brock Road South ¼ mile south of Ohio Route 185, on the right when traveling north. Marker is located at Annie Oakley's gravesite in Brock Cemetery. Touch for map. Marker is in this post office area: North Star OH 45350, United States of America. Touch for directions.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 5 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. Brock Cemetery Unknown Soldiers Memorial (within shouting distance of this marker); Darke County Chapter No. 57 D.A.V. Veterans Memorial (within shouting distance of this marker); a different marker also named Annie Oakley (approx. 3.7 miles away); North Star (approx. 4.3 miles away); Richard McGriff (approx. 4.4 miles away); Richard Brandon (approx. 4.4 miles away); Zachariah Hole (approx. 4.4 miles away); Greenlawn Veterans Memorial (approx. 4.4 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Brock.
Regarding Annie Oakley. Annie Oakley was born Phoebe Ann Mosey, near North Star, Ohio on August 13, 1860. She started hunting at age nine to help support her family. She became well known for her shooting skills, and at seventeen years old she began her career as a sharp shooter. At that time, she was in a shooting contest in Cincinnati, and defeated a well known marksman named Frank Butler. Annie Oakley and Fred Butler were married in 1882. They both traveled with the Buffalo Bill Show from 1885-1902. She died from lead poisoning in 1926, from handling so much ammunition. Frank Butler was so upset about his wife's death, that he stopped eating and died a couple weeks later. Annie Oakley was cremated, and rumor has it that her remains were placed in her husband's coffin, and they are both buried in his grave.
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Also see . . .
1. Annie Oakley. Annie Oakley biography on nethelper.com (Submitted on September 20, 2012, by Cosmos Mariner of Cape Canaveral, Florida.)
2. Annie Oakley. This article was written by Eric V. Sorg and originally appeared in the February 2001 issue of Wild West. (Submitted on September 20, 2012, by Cosmos Mariner of Cape Canaveral, Florida.)
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