Carl G. Searcy, Portland, Oregon, wrote in 1971:
"The first family from North Carolina at Yale, Oklahoma, was Ed and Ann Haydock from Henderson County, North Carolina.
Ed and Ann together with my Dad's cousin, Rusha Barnwell, and her husband moved to the Ozarks in Arkansas when Oklahoma was opened up. Ed and Ann moved to Yale where they bought a small forty acre farm about six miles southwest of Yale. In 1906 my Uncle John (Patterson) Laughter, who married Grandpa Uriah's oldest girl, Mary (Mary Ann Owensby), and two of his boys, Fulton and Roscoe, together with his nephew, Sherm Laughter (General Sherman Laughter, son of Matthew Arthur Laughter), and Sid Laughter (Sidney Marion Laughter, son of Matthew Arthur Laughter) moved to Yale, Oklahoma.
In 1907 the Searcy family moved to Yale also. All of us, Dad, mother, and five of us kids lived on a farm three miles west of Yale at first, but later moved to an Indian lease six miles north of Cushing, Oklahoma. We were still about five miles from the other North Carolina families. The Haydocks lived and died there, and Sherm and Sid, but Uncle John and Aunt Mary went back to North Carolina. The[y] still have one son living, Ben Laughter."