Independence County, Arkansas
1999 Queries

George Anikis December 30, 1999
Seeking information about a Batesville, Independence County resident. John Cadwallader Ringgold lived in Batesville from ca 1820 until his death in 1857. He was killed in a steamboat accident near Clarenden Arkansas June 17, 1857. I have a copy of an article from the Arkansas Gazette, Jan. 26, 1969 discussing Ringgold and his mansion in Batesville which was known as the Ringgold-Noland-Lawrence house. The home no longer stands. He was a member of the Arkansas Constitutional Convention in 1836 and represented Independence and Jackson Counties in first state senate. I am researching the life of Samuel Ringgold, of Washington County, Maryland. Sam had a son named John Cadwallader; but local records showed that he "died young, no date". I am trying to determine if the John Cadwallader from Batesville is in fact his son. I have been searching for Arkansas papers from June- July 1857 that may contain an article about the steamboat accident and a Ringgold obit, to no avail. Any information or guidance will be appreciated. Happy millennium! George Anikis

Doris English December 28, 1999
I am searching for relatives or descendents of Jacob Lewis Jones, my great-great-grandfather, born 1823; wife, Mary, born 1822, Tennessee: married 1840's in Tennessee, moved to Independence County, Arkansas. Resided in the Black River Township, Independence County, AR in 1850. Children of Jacob Lewis Jones and Mary Jones were: Frances M. Jones, b.1844, Tennessee; Fanny Elizabeth Jones, b.2/8/1845, Tennessee; married George Washington Moorehead, Independence County, 1866, buried Pine Grove Cemetery, Independence County, near Banner/Floral, AR, March 19, 1907. Marthina Jones, b. 1848, Georgia; Nancy Jones b.1850,Independence County, Arkansas; Phillip Jones, b.1855, Independence County, Arkansas; Salaminto Jones, b. 1855, Independence County, Arkansas; (Phillip and Salaminto were twins.) Susan Jones, b. 1858, Independence County, Arkansas; and Mary Jones, b Apr. 1860, Independence County, Arkansas. Any information that you may have on this family or their descendents will be greatly appreciated. I am the daughter of Herbert Luther Robinson, b. Dec. 4, 1900, Independence County, AR; and the granddaughter of the late Mary Alice (Molly) Moorehead Robinson Bullard, born 1870 Independence County, AR, buried July 1944, Pine Grove Cemetery, Independence County.

Mel Karsten December 29, 1999
We are looking for information on Samuel & Elizabeth CROW & their son Brittian CROW. Samuel was born c1775 & died c1839 in Lawrence Co., AR. Brittian CROW married Nancy Reemer 18 Sep 1845, Independence Co., AR. We have a Brittian CROW age 14 born in AR on the 1860 Upshur Co., census living with the family of Maxcillius Laviny (LAIN?) HARRIS. Could their be a connection? - Thanks Mel Karsten

Radena Chambers December 29, 1999
Looking for information on Charles Armstead MILLIGAN, born 1866. He was a farmer in Hickory Valley, Independence Co. His wife was Minty BAILEY born 1868 in Missouri. They had 3 children: Frank, Foster, James Calvin. Foster was a 1/2 brother to James. James Calvin was born in Hickory Valley in 1887. Willing to share what I have.

George Shawver December 23, 1999
Subject: George Washington Reynolds and wife Martha circa1852, 1853
I have info that these two people died in INDEPENDENCE Co., Ark. in 1852 and 1853. My info states that Martha Reynolds died giving childbirth and that George died one year later of smallpox. My question is what were their children's names and what happened to them? My mother's name was Reynolds. George Shawver

Kay Hoover December 9, 1999
Looking for CRUMLEY in Independence County 1870.

Michael Hagan December 7, 1999
Captain James P. Moody lists Batesville, Arkansas as his home when he was released from the Johnson Island, Ohio prisoner of war camp at the end of the Civil War. He was part of Gordon's 4th Arkansas Cavalry Regiment and was captured on October 25, 1864. Does anyone know of J.P. Moody or his brother Thomas Moody who was in the same Regiment in terms of their lives before and/or after the war?? Thomas Moody is my great grandfather.

Diana Elledge December 20, 1999
I would like to find the parents of RUFUS LOYD WISNER and where and when he was born. I would also like to find the parents of MAUDE BALLARD, plus where and when she was born.

Johnnye Totty December 20, 1999
Looking for information on Dr. James Davis who was born in Virginia about 1797 and was in Independence County by 1827 when he is named in the will of Eleven FINLEY.
He married (1) Matilda FINLEY before 1825. He and Matilda had the following know children: Mary (1832-1912) married James Adolphus TOTTY James (1835-????) Elizabeth (1838-????)
He married (2) Mary J. ? and they had the following children: Joseph W. (1842-) Edward B. (1846-) William A. (1848-) Jerusha J. (1849-)
I will be happy to exchange info with anyone researching any of these lines. Johnnye Totty

Leah L. McCalmon 18 Dec 1999
Searching for information about the following found in Independence County research books:
1870 Census Allen E. Beaver age 47 - Farmer Charity age 41 - Keeping house Any information about this or any Beaver family in Independence County appreciated.
Marriage license C-101 Reads BEATER?, Thomas W. of Missouri to Miss Cate N. M. B. McLentcheon? of Tennessee, 28 May 1863, by George W. Kennard, M. G. Baptist. Does anyone have access to the original to check and see is Thomas W. BEATER could be Thomas W. BEAVER? Does anyone have any information about this family? Thanks.

Darlene Simpson Jones December 23, 1999
I am looking for information on the parents [(James Edward Hughes b. 1846 d. Aug. 14, 1868 Webster Co, MO Julia Emmaline Yewbanks(Eubanks) b.1851 AR)], sisters or brothers (William Riley Hughes b. Dec. 18, 1869 d. Jun 8, 1946) of Ada Mae Hughes Manuel. b Sept. 4, 1882 in Rosie, AR. d. November 4, 1916 in Munday, Knox Co. Tx. Ada Mae married Andrew Jackson Manuel July 4, 1897 in Jonesboro, AR. If anyone can help please let me know. Thanks.

Evelyn Sell December 17, 1999
In 1870 My Great Grandparents , John and Sarah Bolton Skelton and three children, Ellen, James & Betty, moved to Batesville from Hamilton CO. TN. I am looking for any other family of theirs that may have already been there. They would be Skeltons and Boltons. The Skelton Family moved again in 1871 to White County. They lived there for quite some time. Three more children were born. Frank, Susan and Minerva. Sarah died on Dec. 12, 1878 somewhere near Pangburn. She is buried in one of the cemeteries but I have not been able to locate her. The two girls, Susan and Minerva are buried by her. Any help will be most appreciated. I will exchange information also. Please e-mail me privately or to P.O. Box 744 Chowchilla, CA 93610.

Charles Lee December 13, 1999
Hello. My name is Charles Lee. I am looking for anyone researching Joseph and Charles Handford. Joseph was my gr-grandfather. I am willing to share information with anyone looking for the same.

James R. Stewart, Jr. December 5, 1999
I just started research in Independence County this past Thursday when I traced an Absolum (Absalim/Absalam) Stewart/Stuart there on the 1860 and 1870 censuses. Absolum, born about 1820-21, TN, is the son of an Elias Stewart out of SC. His wife Rebecca (???) and son Willis from TN were still with him on the 1860 census. My descent is from Elias' brother Charles Stewart. I am interested in all information on Absolum and his descendents, the identity of his wife Rebecca, corresponding with any of his descendents, and working with anyone researching Stewarts in Independence Co. I want to establish if any of the others there are in some way connected to this line. I have extensive information on Absolum's ancestry and lateral lines.

Ron Harper December 3, 1999
I am looking for information on the family of my aunt, Ruby SUGG, from Independence County, AR. Estimated birthdate is 1915. She married Hobart G. PORTERFIELD, from Fulton County, AR, and they lived their lives in Oklahoma, moving there about 1934.

John Hannah December 2, 1999
I am researching Alberta Warren, b. cir1870. She married Eli Max Owens about 1898, in Independence County, Arkansas, and they were still in that county when the 1910 census was taken. I have no data on her except she was born in Arkansas. I don't know anything about her ancestors except that her mother and father were born in Arkansas as well. Thanks. John Hannah Benton, Arkansas

Lou Anne Johnston November 24, 1999
NOTHERN / NORTHERN. Searching for relatives of William No(r)thern who married Nancy Sims. Family moved to Independence Co. 1842-1850 from NC. Lineage through son, William B. Nothern m Rosanah Palmer (daughter of John J. /1. Martha 2. Lettica). Their son (my gf ) Theodore C. Nothern m Eulah Owens (daughter of Thomas J / Rhoda E. Keeney). Searching for surname Nothern/Northern, family lived around Sulphur Springs/Batesville. GGF William married Rose Palmer. Children: George, Clyde, Fred, William C., Lockie, Daisey, and Theodore Columbus (GF). Theo C. married Eulah Owens (her parents were Thomas J. /Rhoda Ellen Kinney/Keeney). T.C. /Eulah children:Paul M., William T., Beulah L., and Theodore Columbus Jr (my father). Can't trace the family past GGF. Any info would be greatly appreciated. Any info or help would be greatly appreciated.

John Hannah December 1, 1999
I am researching an Owens family in Independence County, Arkansas. Thanks, John Hannah.

John Hannah December 1, 1999
I am researching a Warren family in Independence County Arkansas. Thanks, John Hannah.

Brenda Tollett November 30, 1999
I am searching for information on Logan Bain, born 1888 in Arkansas; listed in the 1900 census with his father, Gilley Bain, b. 1839, Hardin County, Tenn., and brother Henry, and sister, Ella. His mother, Rhoda Jane, is buried in Independence County. Gilley and Ella moved to Oklahoma and Henry moved to Texas. Logan may have returned to Arkansas, possibly to Sulphur Rock. Any help will be appreciated.

Richard Joslin November 28, 1999
Independence County surname: Joslin I am looking for information on Jiles Thomas or Thomas Joslin b.1860 d.Oct 1922. He married Sarah Alice Sullivan b.August 8, 1878 d.December 12, 1915 who was from the Cord area in Independence County. I know that Sarah was his second wife and she is buried in Union Cemetery, Cord AR. His first wife was M. V. Thanks for any information.

Merritt November 27, 1999
Would like any/all information on Joshua C. Merritt listed in the 1860 Census in Liberty Township. Sons: William F. Merritt, Carroll N. Merritt, and Columbus S. Merritt. with all responses. Thanks Much.

Didn't give name November 30, 1999
Stewart family. I am looking for information about Christopher C. and his wife Laura Alice Stewart. Christopher was born in Batesville, no dates given. He married Laura Alice on December 24, 1899. I would like to know when Christopher was born and who his parents were. Also if you have any information about Laura and her family I think her maiden name was Lewis. November 8, 1999
SNELLGROSE/HUNTER We are looking for information on my husband great grandparents John Henry Snellgrose & Genora (Hunter) Snellgrose. They lived in Independence County, Arkansas and are buried Lee's Chapel, Independence County, AR.. JOHN HENRY SNELLGROSE was born February 27, 1861, and died June 01, 1925. He married GENORA A HUNTER September 26, 1883 in Jackson County, Arkansas. Genora A. Snellgrose was born June 14, 1862, and died March 7, 1931. Children of JOHN SNELLGROSE and GENORA HUNTER are: HARRY HINTON SNELLGROSE, b. August 19, 1889, Sidney, Independence County, Arkansas; d. January 22, 1943; MAGGIE SNELLGROSE, b. Unknown. m. Jim Miles; THOMAS WILLIAM SNELLGROSE, b. September 14, 1884; d. April 24, 1907. Thank you for any help you can give.

Charles H. Bell III24 November 1999
Looking for information on CHARLES H. BELL II who m. STELLA JONES in Batesville in 1905 or 1906. Also looking for information on ANDREW BELL m. LAURA THOMPSON (father/mother of CHARLES) Also seeking information on GEORGE BELL m. ANNIE VANCE ( father/mother of ANDREW) We believe that GEORGE is buried in Batesville. Any assistance would be appreciated.

Lou Anne Johnston November 24, 1999
NOTHERN / NORTHERN. Searching for relatives of William No(r)thern m Nancy Sims. Family moved to Independence Co 1842-1850 from NC. Linage through son, William B. Nothern m Rosanah Palmer (daughter of John J. /1. Martha 2. Lettica). Their son (my gf ) Theodore C.Nothern m Eulah Owens (daughter of Thomas J / Rhoda E. Keeney). Any info or help would be greatly appreciated.

Leta Jo Cox November 23, 1999
MAJORS, Ella Nora Majors was born in Sulphur Rock, Independence Co., AR, January 7, 1881. I would really like to know what her parents names were.

Donald E Milligan November 20, 1999
Looking for info on my G.Grd.mother>Minerva Hardin/Harden< not sure off the spelling. She married my G.Grd.father>Samuel M. Milligan sometime between 1870 & 1873?. She was b. 1855/AL. & d. 1916/17 in OK. We think she was raised around Batesville, AR. & that was where they were married. They are listed on the 1880 census, in Sharp County with 3 children>Isiah, (Daniel) Le**, Louis N. (My grandfather) he is listed @ 8mons.& b. in AL. We have been looking every where for info but it is as they never existed before they were married. Any help is greatly appreciated. ThankYou.

Dortha Gamel Nov. 19, 1999
PAGE,JOHN--HICKS,BENJAMIN F/L.-- CROW--FIKE Researching these families,They came from Haywood County,Tn to Independence County,Ar ca 1857 and were on 1860 census Ind.Co. JOHN PAGE had a daughter MARTHA JANE PAGE who married WILLIAM B. HICKS and they lived Greenbrier Bottoms/Jamestown, out that way. Son BENJAMIN F/L HICKS married SIDNEY LUCINDA FIKE who was daughter of HARLIN FIKE and ELIZA CROW. I have lots of info on CROWS, FIKE but need help on the PAGE and HICKS. There were ca four different families of HIX/HICKS in Independence Co at the same time and as far as I can find out after 30 years, none were connected to the other. Thanks for any help, Dortha.

Annette Ramsey November 17, 1999
Perrin, Polston,Carr,Dunn Need information on family. My grandfather's name was Aaron Polston 1886-1957 he was buried at Harmony Cemetery in Independence County. He had been married to Locey Lance Polston and had two children Aaron Pete Polston and Bobbie Louise Polston before he met my grandmother. This is the only information on my grandfather except he had 2 brothers, Charlie Polston and Fred Polston 1892-1968 (I think). My grandmother's name was Beaulah McDaniels she had a total of 5 children. Rachel Perrin Sanders, Stella Mae Perrin Joseph, Tillman McDaniels, Carl "Redius" McDaniels and my mother Gaynell "Genell" Perrin Carr Cook. My great grandmother was Mae Prince Perrin and she was married to Will Perrin along with Beaulah they had 4 sons. My gg grandmother was Lou Cason Perrin 1840-1925 I believe she was married to an Eddie Perrin. I get confused at this point because there is a story that Eddie Perrin fought in the civil war and never returned home so Lou Cason Perrin remarried 7 years after the war. Soon after Eddie Perrin shows up and takes their children never to be heard from after that. Any information on the Polston or Perrin family would be greatly appreciated.

Jodie Wyatt Nov. 16, 1999
Would appreciate information on the WYATT CEMETERY which is in Batesville, AR. Searching for WYATT family.

Sydney Phillips November 15, 1999
Are there any descendants of a Jesse JOHNS and sister, Anne, out there? Don't know if or who she may have married. They were half brother and sister to my great grandfather, Arthur GREEN. This was in Batesville, Independence Co AR. Jesse JOHNS and wife, ?, and two children visited Arthur and my g-grandmother GREEN in Bethany, OK. in the late 1930's or early 1940's. Arthur's mother's name was Sarah (maiden name, GREEN). Do not know the name of the father of these three people. Arthur GREEN was born May 29, 1872, Sulphur Rock, Independence Co. Mother was unmarried at the time of birth. Our family was told Mr. JOHNS was married at that time. So, don't know if he divorced or his wife passed away. Years ago, prior to the1930's, the family was given to understand that "Mr." (?) JOHNS and Sarah GREEN married at some point in time. Also, understood they had more children. So, it could be Jesse and Anne JOHNS were these children. Therefore, they would not be half siblings after all. Jesse and Anne were both quite a bit younger than Arthur. Here's another tidbit - Arthur's mother, Sarah GREEN, her parents raised Arthur from quite young, as "Mr" JOHNS did not want him in the home. Would like to find some descendants of these people. Also, would like to find out the father's name, and anything else there is to be found!!!!! Want to thank you in advance for any responses. Sydney Phillips

M. Keene November 14, 1999
Seeking Info on a John and Elizabeth Meeks from Missouri and Ill. moved to Independence County after their marriage ( no date) second child was born in either 1828 or 1835 name John D. Meeks. There were 5 children . Father John Meeks was an old line Wig in politics. After the death of the mother (Elizabeth) The father moved to Clark County Ark. lived to be 78 years of age. Son John D. Meeks married Anna Mauney in Pike County1869 . Florence D. Meeks (Tessora) 1871-1954 Minnie Meeks 1878 died before 1900. were the children of John D. and Anna Meeks. Any information would be greatly appreciated.

Kathy Atkin 13 Nov 1999
I am seeking information on the marriage of Newton J Bonner (born Jan 1821 In Kentucky Father John Robert Bonner ??) and Nancy Pate (born 1821 In Tennessee father Byrd Pate and Mother Rebecca Hankins) married about 1846-1848 Independence County AR. Would like to share/ trade info. Any help would be greatly appreciated. Thank You.

Carolyn Bridges November 13, 1999
Seeking information on JEFFERSON WELCH who lived in Independence County 1860 - 1870. Was he the husband of Nancy b 1827 Tenn or the father of Cynthia B. b. 1864. Thanks for your help.

KERRY CRAFTON November 10, 1999

Dorothy Todd November 9, 1999
HARDIN: Looking for descendants of James L. Hardin that was on the 1880 Independence Co., Census for Black River Twp.

Jack W. Wood November 9, 1999
Searching for any information on the WOOD family in early Independence Co. My grandfather was born there in 1875. I am a descendant of the family of Osborn Marion Wood, founder of Union Grove Church in Independence Co. Trying to further establish the connection between the Wood families in Independence Co. and those in Henderson and Decatur Co., in Tennessee.

Lavonne Walker November 7, 1999
Richard Holaby/Holderby/Halaby, etc. come to Independence County, Arkansas by 1822. John Holaby/Holybee, etc. got a land grant in Independence County, Ark. in 1824. Would like to exchange information with anyone working on these families or Holaby/Holderby/Holybee, etc. surname. Where did Richard come from? Who were parents? Who were brothers and sisters? Thanks for any help. Please, reply direct to me, I am not on the Independence County mail list. Lavonne Walker, 19505 13th Street, Shawnee, Ok. 74801 Phone 405-273-5345 or 405-273-3326

Trudy Marlow 11-6-1999
Is anyone researching these two families? I would like to compare notes! 1870 Independence Co. AR Vaughn H.W. 42 M.W. Physcian 3400 real est. NC. Maria 40 Ark. Ella 14 " Solon 13 M. " Pheba 10 " Clarance 09 " Vaughn James 33 M.W. farmer 200 per.prop IND. Eliza 20 Ark. William 13 " George W. 12 " Sarah E. 07 " Marel Samavila E. 13 F. "

Radena Chambers11-5-99
I am looking for information on a James Calvin Milligan, b:3-19-1887 in Hickory Valley, Independence Co, Arkansas. He married Ada Estel Owens (Smart). His parents were Charles Armstead Milligan and Minty Bailey. If you have any information please contact me.

Deborah Hollowbush November 1, 1999
Victor C. TATE, s/o John W. and Minerva J. TATE was born October 29, 1898 in Pleasant Plains, Independence County, Arkansas. He was murdered in Thida, Independence County, Arkansas on May 1, 1941. If anyone has a newspaper article on this murder I would like the information in the article or a copy of the article. Also, what newspaper would the people in Thida most likely have subscribed to in 1941.

William Crosser 11-04-99
I would like any info on George F. Crosser. He lived in Cord where he was a postmaster.

Cindy Allen-Martinez November 3, 1999. I am looking for information on Andrew Allen found in the 1830 census in Independence County, Ruddell Township, Arkansas. The Andrew Allen I am researching was born in 1808 in South Carolina, moved to AR, TN and finally to Frio County, Texas where he died abt. 1859. Any information would be appreciated.

Lorri Greer November 03, 1999
I am looking for the parents of Addie Newton. She was born around 1876. She married first Jake Holloway and had a son in 1895 and after Jake's death she married J. T. (Tommy) Wilson in 1897. My grandmother said she was from Batesville and had her son in Alicia, Ark. and married the second time in Independence County.

Deborah Hollowbush November 1, 1999
Victor C. TATE, s/o John W. and Minerva J. TATE was born October 29, 1898 in Pleasant Plains, Independence County, Arkansas. He was murdered in Thida, Independence County, Arkansas on May 1, 1941. If anyone has a newspaper article on this murder I would like the information in the article or a copy of the article. Also, what newspaper would the people in Thida most likely have subscribed to in 1941?

Dorothy Todd September 16, 1999
BUTTS, HARDIN: Would like to correspond with descendant, friends, or relatives or anyone having information about Tilithia E. Hardin that married Francis M. Butts, on March 17, 1875. Thank you.

Charles W. White, Jr. September 18, 1999
Please add the WHITE surname on your list. My GGrandfather was William Edward WHITE b. abt 1862 d. 15 Aug 1909 in Batesville. His father was David Ewing WHITE b. 27 Jan 1836 in TN d. 02 Jan 1926 in Batesville. David's father was Bridges A. WHITE b. abt 1806 in NC d. abt Mar 1875 in Batesville. William and David are buried in Oaklawn Cemetery, Batesville, AR. Thanks, Chuck White

Marshall CullinsSeptember 19, 1999
Looking for any Cullins.

Ann CrumptonOctober 31, 1999
Masonic Home and William & Nema Tuggle:
I am looking for information on the Masonic home and school that was (or still is) in Batesville. I understand that William P. and Nema Mitchell Tuggle, helped established it about 1909 and were teachers there for several years. They were in Jonesboro by 1919. Nema is part of my family and lived to age 102 and I am trying to find out as much about her life as I can. Ann in NE Texas

Judy Lockhart October 27, 1999
Looking for descendents of David BURROW b. abt 1790 VA - he was in 1860 Independence Co census - Barren twp. His sons: James b. abt 1826, George abt 1832, Franklin b. abt 1840 and Lorenzo D. b. about 1842. George md. Margaret A. - 8 known children. Thanks!

James Michael Calaway 10-25-99
I am looking for a cemetery listing for Alderbrook Cemetery in Desha. I am trying to find my ggggrandmother Jane Clark Calaway. She died in 1862. Any info would be appreciated.

Wilma Sneddon October 25, 1999
Wm B. PATE families & descendants. Wm married 1) Sarah Steelman; she died in 1889; They had several children. Wm married 2) Eva McLester in 1891. Wm and Eva had dau Clara, b abt 1893; and son Lester (b 1902). Would like contact with any descendant of Wm Pate. Thanks!

June D. Stewart October 23, 1999
Recently found information that my father's family lived in Independence County, Arkansas. There are two land records: My grandfather's father or brother William G. Bruce owned 80 acres July 1, 1859 and my grandmother's father William E. Strickland owned 40 acres Nov 15, 1893. My grandfather Elijah Hamilton Bruce was married to Sarah Hester Strickland, my grandmother January 1886. They had 4 children: Walter Millard Bruce, Maude E. Bruce, Margaret Catherine Bruce, and Commodore Dewey Bruce (my father). Margaret C. was born in 1894 in Arkansas but Commodore D. was born in 1898 in Texas. Family migrated to Kansas City, Kansas and grandparents, Walter M. and Commodore D. are buried there. Elijah's brother, William G. Bruce married Sarah's sister Virginia Strickland February 1885. Possible children: Carl Bruce, Mary Bruce, Claud Bruce, Nettie Bruce. Family migrated to Saskatchewan and British Columbia Canada. Have much family data to share.

Cheryl Reed Oct. 22, 1999
Looking for any relatives of Brown Parker who was living at RFD 1 Batesville in 1920 he is listed as the informant on my ggrandmothers death certificate. His wife was possibly Laura Jones.

Gayla Crump10-18-99
Looking for burial site of Thomas (D. or B.) Laird and Lucy (Garner) Laird. I know they owned 40 acres around Batesville, AR when they died around 1920. My grandpa was 6 or so at the time and later went and laid headstones. The graveyard was near the homeplace. Would like to come visit but need more info.

Jodie Wyatt October 17, 1999
Would anyone have a listing of the WYATT CEMETERY at Rosie, Independence Co., AR. Looking for Wyatt family. Any information most appreciated. Jodie Wyatt

Jimmy Coleman October 16, 1999
Any ancestors of George W. Goff on the 1870 census of independence county. Maybe someone has some information . Thanks.

Steve Coleman 10-14-1999
I am looking for info on the COLEMAN family in Ind. cty, Ar. My grandfather is Cecil Gordon COLEMAN, b.1916, location unknown. He was the son of a Sam COLEMAN, last location known to be of Rosie, AR. Cecil married Mildred KIRBY, b. 8-1919, d. 10-1983, buried in Maple Springs cmty., and had two children. Ronald NMI, b.1937 in Rosie AR, d. 1987 in Mphs, TN., and Shirley Jane, b. ? in Rosie, AR, and d. 1984 in San Benito, TX, buried in Maple Springs cmty. My grandparents operated a gas station and cafe in Oil Trough, AR, c. 1968. The business was demolished by the tornado of 1967 or 1968. My grandfather was also a rural route carrier between Newport & Batesville for many years, retiring in 1980. My grandparents were members of the Oil Trough Church of Christ. Additionally, COLEMAN family members were known to live in Rosie, Lafferty (sp.) Creek in Cushman. KIRBY family members were known to live in Sandtown, and Southside. KIRBY siblings include Mildred, my grandmother, Mildred, a living aunt in Southside, and Ruby, deceased and buried in Sandtown cmty. Any info is appreciated. Thanks, Steve Coleman

Alicia Hicks October 14, 1999
Interested in finding out more about Dr. William James family. Wife's name was Anna Headstream. My grandfather W.T. James was one of their children. Need info on Dr. James parents - siblings. Any information greatly appreciated.

Sue Gillispie October 14, 1999
Looking for family information on the Elms family. I am descended (I'm almost sure) from Samuel Elms of Independence County. He was married in Batesville to Loretta Johnson. Need a list of their children. Harvey Elms was my greatgrand. Thanks for your help.

Lou Anne Johnston October 13, 1999
Searching for surname Nothern/Northern, family lived around Sulphur Springs/Batesville. GGF William married Rose Palmer. Children: George, Clyde, Fred, William C., Lockie, Daisey, and Theodore Columbus (GF). Theo C. married Eulah Owens (her parents were Thomas J. /Rhoda Ellen Kinney/Keeney). T.C. /Eulah children:Paul M., William T., Beulah L., and Theodore Columbus, Jr (my father). Can't trace the family past GGF. Any info would be greatly appreciated.

Linda Harris 13 Oct. 1999
Am looking for the parents of Angeline Jane CURTIS MAIR, she was born 23 Sept 1857, near Batesville, AR., her obit. said: her father was Wm. S. CURTIS, it also stated that he was killed during the civil war, that her mother then went to IL. & died 2 yrs. later. I find a Angeline living with Madison CURTIS on the 1860 Independence Co. census. In checking some records it almost looks like Madison was the one who died during the war, as Wm. S. was granted guardianship on some of Madison children (those I found named where boys). Names of siblings on the obit. (1917) were: Green, living in Hamilton, IL.; George, living in Hamilton, IL.; William, living in Pleasant Plains, AR.. The obit. said Angie had moved to Valley Falls, KS. with her sister Mrs. Campbell in 1872. Anyone know anything about these families?

Judie Fite King 12 Oct 1999
Need info on Lawrence L ELLISON who lived in Oil Trough. He died 10 Mar 1936. He was md to Mattie M PARKER about 1895 in Independence Co AR. Thanks for any help.

Wilma Sneddon 11 Oct 1999
Looking for Wm B. Pate, b Feb 1858. Merchant at Jamestown. Need record of his wives and children. 1st wife: Sarah __ - at least 3 children. 2nd Eva McLester who had dau Clara and son Lester. Eva d abt 1902. Would love to hear from any descendants. Thanks.

Karen Jackson Goudelock October 10, 1999
Am looking for a Conway Oliver COOK III who was born in Texarkana on 5/22/1947. Just searching for this name in general has turned up a Conway COOK in Batesville. The reason I am searching for him is that his great grandfather William Oliver COOK was a brother to my great grandfather, Thomas Sterling Cook of Columbia Co. I am looking to connect with this branch of COOKS. If anyone if familiar with this Cook, please have him contact me at or: Karen Jackson Goudelock, 97 Poquito Road, Shalimar, Florida, 32579

Ron Estes October 3, 1999
I am looking for ancestors & descendants of Harden D. Hopper, b. abt. 1853 in Independence, died in Fulton County, AR. He married Mary Jane Campbell, also born abt. 1853 in Independence Co. Both are buried in Flora Cemetery, near Viola, Fulton Co., AR.

Judy Holt Etling September 28, 1999
Searching for any information regarding four HOLT children who were orphaned approximately 1868-1870 in the Greenbriar & Des Arc areas. Their names were Nickolas , about 6 yrs., Elizabeth, Amanda, & James Mack. They may have been taken in by the McNew families. Any information on this line would be appreciated. Thank you very much, Judy Holt Etling

R. Perry September 28, 1999
Searching for info on Marion Morris who married Elsie Pierce in Independence Co abt 1918. They had 7 children that I am trying to locate also, Richard, Carl, Myrtle, Gene, Bob, Lon, and Thelma all born in Independence Co. I understand that they had a store near Cushman for many years. We believe that Marion died bef 1975 and Elsie abt 4/1982. Any help greatly appreciated.

Patsy James MacFadyen Sept. 26. 1999
I am looking for any connections to Daniel James. b. 1816 in Tn., married Malinda Pate b. 1818, Jamestown was named after Daniel..they had 6 or 7 children, Alvia Issac, b.1843 in AR. was one and he had a son, John C. James, who was my grandfather. He was married to Claudie Brannon. John was a Baptist Minister and moved his family to Ca. in the mic 30's. I also know that in the 1950's one of my father's brothers was living in Bald Knob, AR. His name was Ollie E. James and he was married to Elsie Pearson..I am now living in Ar. and would like to find out about this side of the parents divorced when I was quite young, therefore, don't have much info, but will be happy to share what I do have. I have managed to get "hooked up" w/ a cousin in Ca., thru the internet, and she has given me what little info I do have..Thanks for any help.. Pat

Kelly Deckard September 14, 1999
I am looking for any information on G.W. Morehead/Moorehead, somewhere about 1865? around Hutchison Mtn,-Floral area.


Rita (Wadley) Chance September 10, 1999
Searching for John T. Wadley family; wife Julie Gentry Wadley. Listed on the 1870 census; later moved to White Co., AR. Any information?

Melinda Pennington September 14, 1999
We are researching the CULLINS and ELMS families in Independence Co., AR. Any information is appreciated. We have research to share with others.

Mary K. Jones September 14, 1999
I'm interested in locating information on the Robert Cook family. His wife 's name is Mahala Cook. They had 6 children Charlie, Frank, Henry,Joseph,Lillieand Retha. They were married 6-26-1861 in Independence County. He came from Ky. Thank you, Mary K.

Mary K. Jones  September 10, 1999
I'm looking for information on Cora Bell Walker Cook, Born Oct.1873, TN.
Henry Clinton Cook, born Feb.1865, AR. They lived in Independence Co., AR. Thanks, Mary

Tomi Jeffers September 7, 1999
Looking for information on my gg grandparents Henry Hillard Wheeler and Nancy Ann Dodd. They were married in Independence County on July 15, 1874. Children were: Henry Johnson , David Elijah , Myrtle , Robb , William , Emma , Charley Addison , Nora , Ann , James Marshall b. March 18, 1887, Artie b. April 17, 1897. James Marshall Wheeler was my great-grandfather and was married to Nora Myrtle Stewart on March 18, 1906. Nora was the daughter of John Stewart and Catherine Callum (Collum) Stewart. James and Nora are buried in Macedonia Cemetery in Rosie, AR.

Sherry Bramlett Donohue September 3, 1999
Looking for anyone who has knowledge of a King Ranch in the Batesville area around 1900-1920. Specifically looking for Hershel King, purported to be my grandfather. He is said to have come from this ranch. Thank you in advance.

Amy Dillehay August 29, 1999
Johnny W. Dillehay b. July 14,1901 Oil Trough d. 1950

Richard A. Barber (Great Grandson) August 29, 1999
My Aunt told me Charles (Charlie) and Teeny Elizabeth (Gibbs) got hitched in AR, possibly Independence Co. She did say he was born in Hutchinson and Teeny was born in Batesville. Her father came from South Carolina (John A. Gibbs). Any Info. you could provide would be greatly appreciated.
Thanks, Richard Barber (McAllen, TX.) (956)686-0183

judith lavonia(HUGG) GrimesAugust 29,1999
Hello, my g grandparents were Edward Baxter Hugg and Lavicia(Lavicy) (lane) Hugg and they lived in Strawberry, Lawrence co. Arkansas in 1880's. They had several children including my grandfather, Grandon Tobias Hugg, and his wife was, Ollie Mae (Turner) Hugg. All of Grandon 's children were born in Strawberry. I am looking for TURNER Family members and the maiden name was ROUINOS. Also looking for researchers on the LANE family. I do not know where the g grands are buried, Edward Baxter Hugg and Lavicia Lane Hugg. Does anyone in the "web" have cemetery lists for Strawberry? I have not tried to get death certificates as I do not know how early Arkansas kept records. Is there an URL for the State of Arkansas archives on line? And, also I am asking about marriage records for Grandon Tobias and Ollie about 1900's. Are any of the marriage records for this county, (lawrence) on line? thanks for help. sincerely judith lavonia hugg grimes

Barbara Crane Shearman August 26, 1999
Barbara Crane Shearman Route 1 Box 112 Maramec, OK 74045
Need info, parents and siblings, on James Bennett Crane that died in Batesville, Independence Co, AR. About all I know is that he was a physician presumably in the area. Any help would be greatly appreciated.

Virginia Rhodes August 25, 1999
Looking for info on marriage of Robert B. Reddell to ??? Hilliard around 1904. Need more info on Hilliard.

Edward Jarold Wright August 26, 1999
I am the great-grandson of John W. and Susan A. Starnes. My grandmother was their daughter, Mary Jane Starnes , who married John Bridgeman and had three living children, Rosa A. Newton, and Jesse C. My mother, Rosa A. was born in Caldron, Ark. I heard my mother talk of it but don't know where it is located. My mother died in Sept. 1969 in Jacksonville, Ark.

Donald E. Barbe' August 24, 1999
My wife's great-grandfather (Alvin A. Williamson) died June 20, 1929 in Batesville and is buried there. We went to Batesville a few years ago and visited his grave. I took pictures there. I have forgotten which cemetery he is buried in. Other family members would like to visit the grave. I would appreciate it if anyone can give me the name of the cemetery. Thanks. Donald E. Barbe'


Sherry Peek August 16, 1999
William LANDERS was b. 1797 in SC and he and his family migrated to Arkansas--namely Independence County. I have an article showing that Wm Landers was the Chairman at a Democratic Meeting in Independence Co on June 25, 1840. Another list shows John LANDERS (possibly his son) being a member of the Whig party. He and his wife had at least these issues: COOPER LANDERS, SUSAN LANDERS, JOHN C. LANDERS, ANDREW LANDERS, CAROLINE LANDERS AND LUCINDA LANDERS. Susan m. a FORTENBERRY, Cooper m. Sarah TUCKER, Andrew m. Elizabeth FLANAGAN, Lucinda m. William BULLA, and John C. m. a Jane E. John and Jane along with their sons moved to Hopkins co. TX in ca 1848. Does anyone recognize any of these names? Would like to share/ trade info. Please check out my web page at Thanks!

stacey craine August 16, 1999
I am looking for someone who might have some information on my grandmothers sister......her name Heneritta/Heneryetta Swafford,orginally from Craighead Co., Monette, AR......she left this area around the late 1930's early 1940's with some people with the last name Henson/Hensen going to the Batesville,AR grandmother lost touch with her at that time,i who very much like to find her or her children,grandchildren for my grandmother.the last name Swafford would be her maiden name, don't know a married name or if she ever married. any help would be very appreciated, as I have done lots of research and keep on getting hung up in this the Batesville, Independence Co., AR area. thanks in advance to any help I may receive.

Beverly Southard Reed August 15, 1999
I am searching for the STROUDS in Independence County. My grandmother SARAH ANN STROUD married JOSEPH WILLIAM SOUTHARD. Her father was RICHARD STROUD and her mother was LOUISA FULLBRIGHT. I have been unable to go past RICHARD STROUD. I would appreciate anything you can give to me. Thanks. Beverly Southard Reed, 4527 HWY 71, Lockesburg, AR 71846

Ben Foreman August 14, 1999
I am seeking information about the parents of Benjamin Allen Foreman or Sara Strange. BA was born on November 7, 1872 in Newport, AK. He married Sara Strange at Hillian Store, AK December 26, 1900

Cheryl Defries Reed August 13, 1999
Looking for information on Fannie Snow she is listed in the following 1870 Independence Co. Washington Township Census. Pg. 163 dwelling 28 family 29 Richardson Charles M age 40 NC Sarah A F 24 TN Snow, Fannie 22 NC Richardson Mary 30 NC Rarks, Robert 20 AR Martin Thomas 16 AR Any one with any information on this family I need your help. Fannie is my ggrandmother and I have been unable to find any information on her parentage. Thank you.

Jann Davenport August 13, 1999
I am looking for the Old Ruddell and the Ruddell cemeteries. (I think!) I suspect that my GGGrandfather was buried there in 1902. (George Harrison Bell). I don't know how to find it or who to contact in regards to the death record. The county clerk said records were not required until 1914. I would really appreciate any help or guidance you can give me. Thanks, Jann Davenport Oklahoma City, OK

Lynn Dawson August 11, 1999
I am a descendant of the Dawson, McCoy, Dugger, Phillips, Scott and Barber families, all from Independence County. I have a
web page with genealogical data and old pictures, many of Independence County people, places and things, at
I have written an autobiographical book, that has a considerable amount of data about Independence County folks. The book is available at modest cost. I can supply details via e-mail for those in acquiring a copy. Lynn Dawson

Rebecca Smith August 10, 1999
I am looking for information on the McCrackin lineage. Any information that you may have would be greatly appreciated. Thank you!

Paula Belcher August 9, 1999
Meador/Dally. Charles L. Meador lived in Oil Trough, Arkansas in the 1920's to 1935 with first wife Laura Louise Dally Meador. He relocated there again in the 1940's with second wife, Allie Harding, to the time of his death in the mid sixties. Hoping for any information on him and the first wife, Laura Louise.

NO NAME GIVEN August 5, 1999
Looking for information on the parents of MARY J. DUNLAP born November 1857,(Independence County) Arkansas, married TILLMAN PATTERSON HARPOLE in 1876, died in 1909. Her father was HENRY C. DUNLAP born March 1815 in Tennessee. I have no information on her mother. Any information on any of them would be very much appreciated. Thank you.

Cheryl Defries Reed August 4, 1999
Looking for anyone researching the Surnames SNOW, ROSS in Independence Co. I have hit a brick wall with Mary F. "Fannie" SNOW b.abt. 1850 NC m. John Henry Defries (Defrees). Also Martha J. ROSS b. abt. 1833 TN m. James S. Defries (Defrees). all lived in Independence Co. John Henry Defries' obit states he was a justice of the peace and a founder of Independence Co. Any help would be most appreciated. Willing to share info on the Defries/Defrees Family. Thank you.

Ivalou Womack August 3, 1999
I am searching for information on Paris J. Owens, son of Emsley Owens. Oral history has it that he was murdered or bushwacked?? in Batesville, Independence, AR around 1861. Transported by horseback back to Newtonia, MO to the homeplace. Any information is appreciated. Thanks, Ivalou Womack, Southwest City, MO 64863.








Independence County Arkansas
March - July 1999 Queries

These queries are placed on this page in hopes that other Internet researchers on the same families can make connections. There are several Independence County researchers online.

Hope you make a connection!

Dennis Valentine July 29, 1999
Looking for info on G-grandmother's family, Dorcas. She married y g-grandfather, Alford Mayes in Batesville in 1889. He died and is buried in Egner Cemetery. I would like to find out something about her family, the Whitworths. I have a picture my grandmother said was Uncle Dan Whitworth and his family. That's all I know. She moved to Alabama in 1896 or 1897 by way of Mitchel, Indiana. And info would be appreciated.

David H. Johnson July 24, 1999
Looking for historical information from Independence County on MOORE, William (b. 1793), Edward (b. 1827), and Henry H. (b. 1830) and WILLIAMS, Robert (b 1810), Septimus (b. 1816), Miles (b. 1801). 4048 Partridge Dr., San Jose, CA 95121

Samuel WeldonJuly 29, 1999
On the 1850 census of White River Township Independance County, AR.
Benjamin A. WELDON 28 years of age born in TN. married to a Sarah 38 Years of age also born in TN. The following kids are listed in the household:
John W. WELDON age 8 Benjamin F. WELDON age 6 William C. WELDON age 4 Mary E. WELDON age 2 Martha LANE age 16 Brad LANE age 15
Because of the difference in Benjamin and Sarah age it is belived Benjamin was her second husband and the two LANE kids was from her first marriage. Benjamin and family was on the Tax rolls untill they ended in 1858 and I can find no trace of him after that. I belive his son John W. went to Pulaski County and was a farm laborer on the 1860 census down there. The only problem I have is the 1860, 1870, and 1880 census says he was from GA. Anyone researching this family I would like to exchange information with you.
My ggrand father William David WEST b abt 1854 d 27 Jan 1939 Logan County, AR. married abt 1883 to Mary Jane TODD b 7 Feb 1866 d 13 Apr 1917 Logan County, AR. The following children were born to this family:
Margaret Nora WEST b 3 Jan 1886 Batesville, Independence County, AR d 30 Sep 1956 Stockton, San Joaquin County, CA. Myrtle May WEST b 14 May 1891 d 23 May 1958 Logan County, AR. Willis Newton WEST b 14 Dec 1892 Magazine, Logan County, AR. d 13 Jan 1971 Bernard C. WEST b 28 Dec 1897 Magazine, Logan County, AR. d 28 Jan 1964 Yell County, AR. Rosa Anna WEST b 1 Nov 1898 d 22 Aug 1963 Oakland, Alameda County, CA. Mel Vinnie WEST b 28 Aug 1900 Havana, Yell County, AR d 18 May 1952 Yell County, AR.
It is thought William David was from TN. His father died while William David was a boy and the only offspring. His mother remarried a GRIST or GIST and had a large family. It is thought William and Mary Jane married in Independence County. They lived in the Oil Trough area. Would like to share information with anyone with information on any members of this family.

Kay Blanton July 29, 1999
My great grandparents John & Sarah SKELTON are seen in the July 7, 1870 Census of Independence Co. AR Batesville P.O. in Fairview Township. They left Hamilton Co. TN sometime after April 13, 1870 apparently, and arived in AR just as the census was taken. Elizabeth seen in the census was one yr. old and she was born in TN on date shown, which tells me the time of their departure from TN and arrival in Ar. There are two other childen in the Census, Ellen 9 and James 4. Ellen was by Sarah's previous marr. to an R. B. McCULLOUGH killed in the C. W. Another child F was born on May 22, 1871, and Susie on Sept. 7, 1873. I am trying to find proof of their birth. Was it in Independence Co. or after their move to White Co. where Manervy/Minerva was b. & d. on Dec. 5, 1878 and Sarah d. a few days later on Dec. 12th. Susie died less than a year later on Oct. 3, 1879. John is seen in the 1880 Census of White co. in Jackson Township in House #27. I have been told it is in the extreme North Central part of the County. would anyone know if it's near the Fairview Twsp. in Independence Co. I have not been able to find the Cemetery Sarah and the two girls are interred in, in White Co. Has anyone seen them in any cemeteries there? John left White Co. in Jan. 1882 and moved back to TN where he remarried and had more children. He died in Rome, GA and is interred in the Oakland Cem. there. Any help is appreciated. I can also be reached at. KAY BLANTON

Bonnie Dodson July 27, 1999
I am looking for the date of marriage of my great-grandmother Sarah Frances Brown McAllister to John Henry Henderson in 1892 in Independence Co., Arkansas. She is buried in Mt. Zion Cemetery in Independence Co. I also am looking for her date of death. My great-great grandmother Emma Brown may be buried in Independence Co. She was living with my great-grandmother. Does anyone have any information of these folks? I would like to send for marriage and death certificates.

Rick WaddleJuly 24, 1999
I am looking for any information on the names below. The information was taken from AR census records for Independence Co.
Head of Household: Charley Waddle 46 AR Wife: Winnie Brumley 44 AR Name Relation Age Born Where Florence daughter 22 8/1898 AR Buckler son 20 4/20/1900 AR Orena daughter 18 AR Thomas son 14 AR Adler son 13 AR Leona daughter ? AR
1860 Independence Co., AR Census Head of Household: Isaac Brumley 43 TN Wife: Christian 32 TN Name Relation Age Born Where Franklin son 19 Sarah daughter 18 Malinda daughter 16 Jennifer daughter 11 Randolph son 10 Willis son 7 Lincoln son 6 U.S. Grant son 5 Elizabeth daughter 5 Unknown Male son 3 Lucas son 2 Artie W. daughter 2 Winnie daughter 9 mo. Mary daughter 2 mo.
1880 Independence Co., AR Census Head of Household: Willis Brumley 27 AR Wife: Sarah Flournoy 24 abt 1856 AR Name Relation Age Born Where John son 5 1875 AR Winnie daughter 2 1877 AR Joe son 4mo. 1880 AR
If anyone has any information on the above names, please email me. Thanks, RickW

Dorothy Todd July 20, 1999
Hardin: James L. Hardin, 22 years, was listed in the 1880 Independence Co., Census, Black River Twp., along with wife, Mary A., 17, and son, Samuel P. Wm Hardin, 11 months. Does anyone know what happened to this family? I presume this James L. is the son of Larkin Hardin that was killed at age 34 years. I would appreciate speaking to any descendant or anyone having any information at all to unravel my brick wall. Thank you. Dorothy Todd

Corinne Lawson 7-19-99
Jeremiah Baker, age 66, is #97 in Barren Township in the 1850 census. Does anyone know the name of Jeremiah's wife and children? Thanks, Corinne Lawson

Rick Waddle July 17, 1999
I'm looking for information on the Waddle Family and the Brumley Family in this county. Particulary, Charles Waddle m. to Winnie Brumley and Willis Brumley m. to Sarah L. Flournoy. If anyone as any information on these families, please email me. Thanks, Rick Waddle.

Dee Burr18 July 1999
I am researching the HARDIN family of Independence/Lawrence Co. area. The father, John Smith HARDIN came to Lawrence Co. between 1830 - 1833. He and his wife Tabitha HENSLEY had numerous children. They also raised several of their grandchildren. My direct line is through Larkin H. HARDIN.
There were HENSLEYS living close by the Hardins. I would like to correspond with anyone with ties to the Hardins or the Hensleys. Happy Hunting! Dee

Johnnye Totty July 18, 1999
Looking for information on the following family. I believe Elizabeth was a sister to Edward O. and James A. Totty who were enumerated in dwelling 1013. I will gladly exchange information with any interested persons.
1850 census Ruddell Twsp page 385 dwelling 1007
Jesse ARNOLD 34
Elizabeth 36
Edward 13
James W. 8
Mary 5
Daniel 4
John 1hr> Don CollieJuly 18, 1999 I am beginning a search for my ancestors. My grandfather's name was John Henry Collie, and my grandmother's name was Minnie Ashley Collie. Any information you might have will be appreciated. Thank you, Don Collie.

Liz Hazer-Prohaska 18 July 1999
Looking for information on the family of George ROBINSON b 1797 KY d bef 1880 m abt 1829 Susanna ?? b abt 1811 NC. Their children were Isaac ROBINSON b abt 1830 Wayne Co, MO, John R. ROBINSON b abt 1835 Wayne Co, MO m Sarah L. ??, George W. ROBINSON b abt 1836 Wayne Co, MO m 1866 Yell Co, AR Nancy C. CARTER, Darling G. ROBINSON b abt 1840 Independence Co, AR, Barbara G. ROBINSON b abt 1842 AR, Susan C. ROBINSON b abt 1844 AR, Jacob H. ROBINSON b 1845 Independence Co, AR d 1914 Yell Co, AR m 1866 Yell Co, AR Elizabeth Jane CAMPBELL, Joseph ROBINSON b abt 1848 AR m 1877 Yell Co, AR Lucinda DODD. I'm especially interested in finding the parents of the older George & Susanna's maiden name. The older George may have died in Independence Co., as his wife is in the 1880 Yell Co, AR census as Susanna PARRISH.

Jan Huie 7-15-99
I'm searching for any information on my grgrgrandmother's side of the family. Her name was Martha Ann Divers (Devers, Deviers, Deeve) born 3-11-1828 in Independence Co., AR. Her father was John Divers (b 1802), and her mother was Mildred ? (b 1806), both in Independence County. Martha married Edward C. Mills 8-16-1853. This is all the information I have. I would like to know who Mildred was, if possible. If anyone can help me I would sure appreciate it.

Debbie BarberJuly 14, 1999
Looking for family and descendants of Drewry B. James who married Saphronia E. Barber in 1875. Drewry James was the son of Daniel James and Malinda Pate. Saphronia daughter of Zibe Barber, wife unknown.

Cloria Richey BrownJuly 14, 1999
Searching for information on parents and siblings or other researchers of the BURCH line. My grandmother, Sophia Savannah BURCH, was born 17-February-1888 in Magness, Independence, AR. On Sophia's birth certificate her father is listed as William Noble BURCH and her mother as Allie FURNER. Sophia supposedly had two brothers and one sister, all older than her; but their names unknown. Sophia's mother died when she was two and she was separated from her father and siblings. Sophia's parents both may have been school teachers.

Nancy McConnell July 09, 1999
Looking for info on my g.grandmother Mary Elizabeth FULKS Haskins b.1840-d.1878. I am trying to find out who her parents and or siblings were, where they came from etc. I know she married Thomas H. Haskins of Independence Co., AR. One child was born to them there and four more were born to them in Rusk Co., TX., where she is buried. Any help greatly appreciated.

Liz ArndtJuly 7, 1999
Looking for marriage record of the following:
James Robert Cunningham and Ollie Farris Cornett (or Carnett) married between 1920 and 1922.

Mollie Hopper July 7, 1999
Doctor L. SMITH lived in Round Pond district in 1860, Fairview P.O. Wife Martha, children: Julia, Nancy, Harriett, Margaret, Lewis, M --? , Benjamin, Coornelia, Samuel, Agnes. Need to hear from descendants.

Mollie Hopper July 7, 1999
I would like to hear from descendants or anyone who knows about Jesse T. Smith who married Elizabeth McLean 1847 in Independence Co. They are on the 1850 census of Independence Co. as Jesse T. being 28 ys. old, b. TN, Elizabeth 27 yrs. old, b. NC, one child, Mary F or J, 2 yrs. old.

Genevieve Hertel July 3, 1999
I am searching for information about Joshua West BIRD and wife Elizabeth ELLIS. They lived in Independence County 1851 to 1860.

Karen RogersJuly 7, 1999
I am searching for Joe MUSTAIN and Betty POOL(E), who were apparently married and lived in Independence County, probably from the 1880's until the turn of the century, when they moved to Dyer County, Tennessee. We know nothing about Joe and Betty's parents. This is a huge brick wall for us, so any help would be appreciated! Are there marriage records for Independence County for this time period? Thanks, Karen Rogers

Robert C. EdmonsonJuly 7, 1999
I am trying to confirm my Family Tree marriage date of July 18, 1853 for Elisha Shirley and Caroline Seaton in Independence County, AR. Would you have any of this information available to confirm the date for me as well as who performed the marriage etc.? I would appreciate any information that you may furnish as well as other pertinent information on the Shirley clan. My grandmother was Samantha Caroline Shirley who was the daughter of James Washington Shirley. James Washington Shirley was the eldest son of Elisha Shirley and Caroline Seaton. Thanks for any help you may provide. Bob Edmonson

Carl Phillips Jul. 5, 1999
I am seeking kin of Andrew Abraham LATTING, aka Andrew Jackson LATTING, born Apr 11, 1836, died Jan 8,1933. Buried in Marshall Cemetery, Independence County. Lived at Cord, AR.

M. L. "Dusty" Green-Thanner5 July 1999
I am searching for information on my grandfather William Davis Slatton, b.17 April 1883, d. 22 April 1949 at Bald Knob, White Co., AR and is buried at Maple Springs Cemetery, Independence, AR. He married my grandmother Mary Elizabeth Shirley 24 August 1904 at Oil Trough, Indpenence, AR. They were divorced prior to 1943 when my grandmother moved to California. I know he had a sister, Laura Slatton-Davidson and the family was still living in Oil Trough, Independence, AR in 1988. Would appreciate any information and will share what I have on the Shirley family. Thanks. Dusty

Jack W. Killian7-5-99
Looking for info on Luther Wilson Gilbert. Luther owned a store in Batesville, AR named LW Gilbert's. Luther also was the census taker for the Batesville area. Luther was born 1867 in ILL. He came to Independence Co., AR around 1880 (he is listed on the 1880 census of Independence Co). Luther married Alice Lorell TUCKER 5 July 1893 at Independence Co., AR. His father was Joseph J. Gilbert, b 1835 in NC. Luther had cousins in Franks, Pulaski Co., MO who also ran a store up there. It is believed that my Gilbert line descends from Rev War Patriots William Gilbert and Tamar Strickland of NC and Gwinnette Co., GA. Any info would be greatly appreciated. Jack

Jack AllwhiteJuly 2, 1999
My name is Leslie Jack Allwhite, the grandson of Leslie Getin Allwhite, who was born in Newark Arkansas in 1887. I am looking for any information on my great-grandfather and great-grandmother, Andrew Allwhite and Lillie Owens Allwhite; they lived in Newark in 1887. If you have any information this would be helpful. Thank You, Jack Allwhite

Tanya Schroeder June 30, 1999
I am looking for Thomas J. BONE. I found him in Jefferson Township in Independece CO in 1860 with his parents Abel and Sarah BONE. On the 1870 census it has the father and mother but no Thomas. I have found a Thomas J. Bone in Pope County in 1910 census married to an Elsina that says that they have 3 childern living and only one living with them. Could this be the same Thomas J. and if not does anyone know what happened to the first Thomas J. Thanks. Tanya Schroeder

Nancy McConnellJune 30, 1999
Surnames: FAULK and HASKINS
I believe Thomas Haskins married Mary Elizabeth Faulk in Independence Co. Ark., and their first child Samuel Haskins may have been born there. I am looking for verificaton of any of this. Thank you. Nancy

Brian Brooks 6-27-99
Looking for information on John Ford and Cardella Gulley. Their son James Samuel Ford was born 1-23-1895 in Batesville, Arkansas (Independence County).

Linda J. BrinkleyJune 25, 1999
I am looking for information about William W. Barton, father of Henry David Andrew Barton, Minnie M. Barton, May A. Barton, and William C. Barton, who lived in Independence County (Union Township) approx. 1870 - 1900 before he and his family moved to Texas in 1900. I am particularly interested in where William W. was born and the names of his parents and siblings. Thanks.

Nancy McConnellJune 27, 1999
My gg.grandmother is supposed to be buried in Independence Co. AR. I would like to know which cemetery.
Her name : Elizabeth Haskins Husband: Hiram Haskins born: 08 Jul. 1804 died: Sep. 1869 Any info greatly appreciated!

Frankie Williams June 23, 1999
I am looking for information on John Alphus HILL and his wife Elizabeth(PULLIUM). They lived in Independence County. Their children were William Earnest, Claude, Evert, Wilburn and Mable. Any information would be appreciated.

Robert L. Haddock June 23, 1999
I am researching the KIRKLAND family in Batesville, Independence Co. AR. My great grandfather was John Dooley (J.D.) Kirkland and was married to Susan (Martin) Kirkland. He died in 1925 and is believed to be buried at Campground Cemetery in Bethesda, along with several of his children. I would appreciate hearing from anyone who might have additional information on the Kirkland family in this area.

Mollie Hopper June 21, 1999
I am looking for descendants of Doctor L. Smith. Wife Martha, children William J, Julia A, nancy J, Harriet, Margaret, Lewis F. living in Round Pond Dist. in 1850. He is shown to have owned land in the county in 1860. Is he buried in Independence Co? Where did his family go? I can't find them after 1860.

Lola L. Allen 21 Jun 1999
Researching the family of William A. WALKER, b. Jan 1855, IN and his wife, Margaret CARR, b. Apr 1861, IL. They lived in Cord, Independence Co., AR in 1891; Myatt Twp., Fulton Co., AR in 1900; South Fork Twp, Fulton Co., AR in 1910 & 1920; and Bird Twp., Jackson Co., AR in 1936. Their children were, Virginia WALKER (m. Lemuel CREAMEANS), b. Jan 1887, AR; Mary WALKER, b. Oct 1888, AR (m. James BUTTS?); Washington G. WALKER, b. 29 May 1891, AR (m. Sina JONES?); Tennessee WALKER, b. Mar 1894, AR; and, Amanda M. WALKER, b. c1899, AR. In 1920, William A. & Margaret WALKER had three grandchildren living with them. They were, Albert CREAMEANS, b. c1906, AR; Charlie CREAMEANS, b. c1907, AR; and, Herbert CREMEANS b. c1908, AR.

Liz ArndtJune 21,1999
Looking for marriage info on JAMES ROBERT CUNNINGHAM and OLLIE CORNETT. Married 1922 possibly 1921 month unknown, city unknown, possibly Batesville. Any help appreciated.

Helen Fisk 6-18-99
My great-great grandparents: WILLIAM MATTHEW HAIGWOOD, b 1838 Newton, Georgia--d 1921 Seminole, Oklahoma SARAH ELLEN (ELLA) BROOM, b 1842 Independence County, Arkansas or possibly Newton, Georgia Arkansas Land Patents--Independence County, Arkansas----Wm. M. Haigwood; Vol Ar 0340.123 Land office, LRock, 30 June 1882 Doc #1738 miscdoc #5032 Homestead Orig, Part #1: SNE, Sec 18, T W P 14N, R5W, 80.000 acres. Children: Betsy Ann Haigwood b 1868; John William Haigwood b 1870; Sarah Ellen Haigwood b 31 Jan 1874 or l876--d 30 Oct 1945 possibly born Independence County, Arkansas--married 13 Nov 1892 Alfred William Love at Sunset, Texas--15 children, 3 sets of twins--I have the names & dates for all, plus many of their spouses & children.(My great grandparents) Janie Haigwood b 1876 Nancy Haigwood b 1878 James Matthew Haigwood b 13 Jul 1878 Lavina Haigwood b 1880 Any and all information will be greatly appreciated, especially any reference to Indian Heritage, CBIB. I'll be happy to share other information. THANK YOU FOR TAKING THE TIME TO READ THIS INFORMATION !!!!

Byron Brown June 18, 1999
JAMES LAFAYETTE BAKER born1859, Independence Co, AR, son of JOHN BAKER & ANNA CAROLINE BEELER. Married LAURA ELIZABETH McCLENDON in Independence Co, AR. Children: Robert Columbus b 1884. John William b 1887. Henry Cleveland b 1892. Annie J. b 1890. Luther Franklin b 1896. Allen Eugene b 1900. McClendon Richard b 1902.
Seeking marriages and families of all of these children except Allen Eugene Baker. Are they on the 1900, 1910, 1920 census?

Byron Brown June 18, 1999
RUFUS ALBERT BAKER, born October 14, 1854, Independence Co, AR, son of JOHN BAKER & ANNA CAROLINE BEELER. Married MALILA ELIZABETH CULLINS, Sept. 20, 1877 in Independence Co, AR. Children: Clayte Weaver b 1879. Florence T. born 1880. John Washington b 1881. Paul J. b 1883. Lola b 1887. Seeking information on marriages and families of Clayte Weaver Baker, Florence T Baker, Paul J. Baker, Lola Baker. Are they on the 1900, 1910, 1920 census?

Byron Brown June 18, 1999
JOHN HENRY BAKER, born Sept 21, 1898, McHue, Independence Co, AR, son of DAVID LEONIDAS BAKER & ANNA JANE PATE. Married December 12, 1897 in Plummerville, AR, LESLIE VICTORIA BATSON. Children: Jacob Harley b 1898. Bessie Larue b 1900. Annie Ethelyn b 1902. Asbury Mowan b 1904. John Wood b 1906. Roger Leonidas b 1908. Ann Oral b 1810. Elenor S b 1913. Henry Neil b 1916.
Seeking information on all but the first of these children (Jacob Harley Baker). Are they on the 1910, 1920 census? Looking for their marriages & families.

Byron Brown June 18, 1999
DAVID LEONIDAS BAKER born November 6, 1852 in Independence Co, AR, son of JOHN BAKER & ANNA CAROLINE BEELER. Married October 22, 1874, Jamestown, Independence Co, AR, ANNA JANE PATE. Children: John Henry born 25 July 1875. Margie Lee born June 1881. Robert Franklin born 1883. Seeking information on last two children: Margie Lee Baker & Robert Franklin Baker. Can they be found on the 1900, 1910, 1920 census. Looking for their marriages and families.

Byron Brown June 18, 1999
WILLIAM L BAKER, born May 22, 1838 in McMinn Co, TN, son of JOHN BAKER & ANNA CAROLINE BEELER. Family moved to Independence Co, AR abt 1839. WILLIAM L BAKER married LUTITIA JANE SIMS March 8, 1859 in Independence Co, AR. Children: Louisa J. born March 1860. John W. born 1862.
WILLIAM L BAKER died in 1865 while serving with the CSA, Company I, 7th Arkansas Infantry, also known as Rutherford's Regiment. Seeking information on his widow and two children. Can they be found on the 1870, 1880, 1900, 1910 census in Independence Co?

Neill E. EdwardsJune 18, 1999
Does anyone know the location (with driving directions) of the Cotham Cemetery, Independence County, Ark.? Am attempting to find burial place of DAVID L. EDWARDS (born +/- 1778; died August 28, 1817)

Dorothy Todd June 17, 1999
HARDIN: Larkin L. H. Hardin, age 34, son of John Smith Hardin and Talitha Hensley Hardin, and his young family were living at Black River Township, Independence Co., AR on the 1860 Census. On October 15, 1861, his father, John, was appointed gdn of Larkins minor children. How did Larkin die? Are there any newspapers in the area that I could search? My great+ grandfather, unknown Hardin, drowned in the White River while rafting logs during this time period. Both had daughters named Lucy and a son named James; I would like to either tie them together or discount this branch of the family. Would appreciate any clue's or responses to this 50 year old mystery.

Paula Belcher June 15,1999
DALLY, MEADOR, WOLGAMOTT. I am seeking information on Edward J. Dally, Laura L. Dally Meador, or Anna Gertrude Wolgamott. According to a newspaper article, they resided at 1702 Battery Street in Little Rock between 1900 - 1910. Laura L. Dally Meador ( Charles L. Meador) lived in Oiltrough, Ark. late 1920 and early 1930. Laura's brothers were Edward and Harry Dally. In 1910, a trustee, Rev. J.N. Jessup of First Christian Church was appointed at the deaths of Edward and Anna Dally.

Mary West Goode June 5, 1999
I'm looking for information on Williana Martha Thompson who married Calvin Green West in Independence Co. She was born Apr 18, 1868 and died Mar 6, 1906. She had an older sister, Narcisus, who was first married to Calvin G. West and died in 1890. Calvin and Martha's children were: David (died as an infant) William McKinley, Floyd Ora, Charles C., and Susie Alma. I believe Martha had at least one brother named Jeff. They lived in the area of Charlotte and Walnut Grove. I would like to know Martha's father and mother's names. Any help would be appreciated.

PennyJune 13, 1999
STONE/RUSSELL. Am looking for any information on Anderson Clark Stone and his family. Father - Tilford STONE b. abt 1821 in TN, d. 1870, AR, m. 1839 to Dellilah RUSSELL in TN, moved to Independence Co., AR by 1860. Children-Elijah, James, Susannah, Elizabeth, Anderson, Nancy, Louisa, Martha and John. Anderson's first wife was Mary Elizabeth (?), b. 1855, d. 1899. They had several children before she died, he later remarried and had 3 more kids. Thanks for any help!

Gary Perkey June 13, 1999
I'm looking for information on two Independence County families. I would like to make contact with the descendants of: (1) the family of Morgan and Leona MEACHAM MAGNESS of the Newark/Magness area regarding their relationship to the Thornberry A. MEACHAM family of Hickory Valley; and (2) the family of Washington and Sarah ROLLINS/RAWLINGS ALLEN family of near Pfeiffer. Wash Allen was the grandfather of Leona Meacham Magness. Any information would be most appreciated. Pleasd contact me at

Carolyn Camp,June 6, 1999
John STURDIVANT b. 1770-1780 NC d. 19 March 1843, Independence Co., AR children: Wm Swink, Amanda M. F.(md. William Carter) Mary M (md. Smith) John C, (md. Etna) Ruth T (md. A. H. Byrd), James Riley (Martha Divers) and John J (or P) Winford==Family in Independence Co., AR 1840-1880--White River Twp--according to census.

Audrey VanWinkle Gramling June 7, 1999
I am searching for the family of Freman Daggett b. Jun 1833 in Arkansas, d. Oct 1903 in Big Bottom Twp. He served in the Civil War 38th Infantry along with his brother S.F. His brother, Jacob, fought as a Union soldier. He had brothers named Sylvester, Jacob R, John, James, and Robert E. He married Mary Ann ? about 1860. In 1900 he was living with his only surviving child Henry A. in Big Bottom Twp. I had a reference to an obituary for Oct. 16, 1903 in a local paper, but the paper is not named. His son Henry married Nancy E. Perry in 1892. She is listed in the census records as born in Tenn. I would like information on any Perry's in Ind. Co., also. Nancy is said to be of Native American descent. Thank-you.

YoungerJune 13, 1999
I am looking for information on William Younger who died in 1869 in what is now Stone County.

Sandy Newport June 09, 1999
I am looking for any information on G. W. JACKSON, abt.. 1835 TN or Wales, and Mary Ann WALLACE KNIGHT abt.. 1835 TN( daughter of Alberto WALLIS and Ann MOORE), married Feb. 8, 1869 in Independence County, Arkansas. They had one son Thomas Walter Jackson b. 11 Dec. 1870. I cannot find any record of this marriage except the bible entry of Walter JACKSON, his son. G. W. JACKSON is said to have died in a mining accident in Arkansas but I can't find any information on his death or when and where he is buried. Mary Ann WALLACE married 1. John KNIGHT Nov. 28, 1861 in Independence County, Ark, in a private residence by a pastor of the Methodist - Episcopal Church. John KNIGHT had two daughters, Mahala and Rebecca when he married Mary Ann WALLACE. He had one daughter, Martha, with Mary Ann. John KNIGHT is said to have died in the Civil War leaving a large estate. Wm. Henry WALLACE at one point was granted letters of administration, and Mary Ann KNIGHT was listed as Administrix of the estate. Mary Ann KNIGHT married 2. Stephen JONES May 8, 1866 in Independence County, AR at the res. of Mr. BARR near Batesville by a pastor of the Methodist - Episcopal Church. They had one son, William JONES b. c.1868 AR, and I don't know if she was divorced or widowed in this marriage. G. W. JACKSON was her third marriage.
I am trying to find any information on G. W JACKSON and the first wife of John KNIGHT. I would also like to find any descendants of this family that might still be in the area. Any information you can give me will be greatly appreciated. Thank You for your time, Sandy Newport

Renee PerryJune 13, 1999
Looking for decendants of Pearl Pierce McGinnis lived in Independence Co., AR. Need info on her family and husband __??__ McGinnis. Any help appreciated. R. Perry

Lois Jackson June 13, 1999 I'm searching for information on my great grandparents, Walter Matthews and Laura Arnold.

Lisa Marion June 12, 1999
Looking for any information on my gg.grandparents, Ben D. Arnold and Frances Saunders Arnold who lived in Independence County as well as Lawrence County around 1880-1890. Ben was the son of Jesse Arnold and Elizabeth Totty of Independence County. Do not know anything about Frances Saunders family. Found Ben and Frances in the Lawrence County 1880 census with two young children, Olive and Ben Jr. They were 23 and 25 years old respectively in 1880.
Around 1887 my g.grandfather William Edward Arnold was born in Batesville. Not sure of other children born between 1880-1887. William was orphaned about 5 years later and went to live with Ben's brother, James Henry Arnold. Ben and Frances died a day apart of unknown causes and nothing is know of what happened to the older children. Possibly disease took them?
Would like to know cemetery location of Ben and Frances Arnold. What caused their death. What became of the older children. And possibly any information on the Jesse and Elizabeth Arnold family history.

Thomas A. Sams May 31, 1999
I am searching for any information about Giles Bridgman, who died in Independence County, Arkansas about 1904, or his decendants. Giles was the brother of my gg-grandmother, Amanda Bridgman b. Feb. 1839 in KY.

Doris M Helton 30 May 1999
THOMAS WOMACK son of Archibald and Sarah Hager Womack migrated to Independence Co, AR circa 1840/41 from Lincoln Co NC. When he left North Carolina he had a wife and son. Would like to know if there were other children, etc. Thanks, Doris

Leonard BarberMay 29, 1999
I am searching for information on my ancestors with the last names of Barber or Patterson. I was born in Batesville in 1948. My grandfather on my mother's side was Robert Patterson and on my father's side was John Barber. If you could point me in the right direction I would be most thankful.
Leonard L. Barber

Sherry Liles May 29, 1999
I am searching for my g-g-grandfather, Mark Stout. The earliest I find him is 1850 in this county. By 1860, he has disappeared and left my great-grandfather with Green and Liz Stout in Batesville. I don't know how the two men are related. He was married to Eleanor Barnett, a widow in the late1840's. My great gfather's name is Mark Fletcher Stout who married Martha E. Brewster in Cave City. Anyone who is searching the Stout line is welcome to e-mail me. I have communicated with lots of Stouts who go back to Richard and Penelope Stout of NY, but my line seems to get lost somewhere.

Barbara Crane Shearman May 27, 1999
Would someone be so kind to let know if they know of a gravesite for MARY JANE GORDON d. abt 1911 in Batesville, AR. She came from the Baxter Co. area to Independence Co. Her maiden name was NORMAN and her 1st married name was CRANE. Thanks.

Richard & Kathryn Brotherton 27 May 1999
Alta Catherine Willis b 7/28/1897 was one of five children born to Delana(Delano)Applegate and James Monroe Willis. Delana's parents were Gilbert Applegate b.2/26/1846 in Batesville,Arkansas. He died in 12/27/1925 in Ongo Missouri; he was married to Catherine Cracker on 7/1/1865.She was born 12/26/1841 in Union, Arkansas.She died 3/21/1928.Gilbert was the son of Joseph Applegate and Elizabeth Mackey. Particularly interested in any information on James Monroe Willis.

Brent L. ReagorMay 27, 1999
I am looking for any information concerning Albert Henry Woodard. He married Sarah Elizabeth Stark in about 1891 in Ruddell, AR. Any information would be greatly appreciated. Thank you. Brent L. Reagor

Tina Davis5-27-99
Looking for anyone who knows anything about Sandtown, AR. In Independence County. Some of my family lived there around 1917. If you know anything or could tell me where to go for information about Sandtown it would be much appreciated. Thank you. Tina

Bettie Liu May 25, 1999
I am looking for information on my GGG grandmother. Nancy Jane WOODS was born on 12 Jan 1848 in Independence County, AR. Married Andrew Jackson CROMEANS. Had 10 children. She died in Barksdale, Edwards County, TX. If anyone has any information on her parents please e-mail me. Thanks. Bettie

Carolyn Amant BridgesMay 24, 1999
Seeking information about WILLIAM CARROLL EDWARDS, ELIZABETH JANE (BETSY) MCCABE, and their daughter MELITHA EDWARDS, born around 1860. Melitha married (BILLY) HARDIN around 1880. any information would be helpful. Thanks. Carolyn

Barbara Tucker Reed May 21, 1999
Researching James J. Kennedy who purchased land in Independence Co., Ark., in 1857 and 1859 from US government. Is he the same James Kennedy who was in Greene Co., Ark., in 1840 and in Tennessee earlier? His son Cantrell Bethel Kennedy is my great great grandfather.

Sandy Hardin May 20, 1999
I am looking for information on a John Wesley McMurtry. He was buried in Independence around 1914. I was wondering if anyone had a index of the cemeteries. I'm sorry I don't have any more information, but there have been some differences between the family so I don't know too much. Any help would be appreciated. Thank you.

Cow Mud19 May 1999
J P Dollar (could be John Pierce) memebers of Oak Grove Presby Church, probably 1880..wife Ann. have reason to believe Daughte of theirs, Laura , is gg randmother. also had sister, Lucinda who married N.E. Dollar..thanks so much.

Dean Hudson 5-19-99
Searching for records of Powhatan Boatwright between 1816 and 1830. He was living in Batesville in the early 1820s. Are there any deeds, tax lists, or other court records in which he appears? He served as an officer in the county militia. Any help appreciated.

Leah Stein May 18, 1999
I am searching for information on William Huston Wren. He was the Postmaster of Cushman Arkansas (Independence County) in 1910 his son John Wren was the assistant Postmaster this same year William was also a minister at the Baptist Church in Cushman. (I am not sure of the year).
I am also searching for any information on Oscar Killian who married Eliza Elnora Moser (Nora).Also Sophia Francis Mance Killian who married Marion Francis Caney Moser. All the names listed above were in Independence County.

Eric JohnsonJune 21, 1999
I am looking for information on Isaac Moser, son of Jacob and Louisa, in or around 1880 or thereafter. If you have any information on these people we would be very grateful. Eric Johnson

Terry S. Altom May 13, 1999
Looking for information on Benjamin Mathew Grimes or any of his children, Isom, Mike, Pearlie Mae (my Grandmother). Pearlie Mae married Elmer Altom in Independence Co on January 05, 1913, page 332, book 0 of Marriage Records.
908 Running Brook Dr.
Prattville, AL 36066
(334) 361-0189

Marian Wood Hilton13 May 1999
Researching ARCHIBALD W. and REBECCA MARTIN DAVIS. ARCH was brn. in Fulton Co. AR. in 1900 Ind. Co. He is listed with wife (widow of Patrick Martin). Children WILLIS . ll/12, EDNA MARTIN 8, the step-dau of the above.
Hope to make a connection, Happy Hunting Marian

Marian Wood Hilton12 May 1999
Researching JAMES DAVIS brn 1854 Fulton Co. AR. In 1900 with wife Fannie Robertson brn GA. 33 yrs old. Siblings ADDIE 12, FRANK 10, ROSA 8, BURREL 6, NELLIE 4 and WINNIE 2.
Looking forward to find new relatives. Marian

Marian Wood Hiltonl2 May 1999
Researching BERRYMAN DAVIS brn. 1869 Fulton Co. AR. Wife LUCY J. brn. 1872. in 1900 cenus he is in Ind. Co. with siblings WILLIS 11, MARGARET 7, LONNIE 5 and MAUD 3. BERRYMAN was the son of HEZEKIAH WM. DAVIS and his 2nd wife FRANCES MARIAH STROUD.
Will be glad to share info. Marian

Rose M. SpencerMay 11, 1999
Seeking information on William L. GOSSETT b Oct 1828 SC, d aft 1900 Lead Hill Boone Co. AR, Married to Martha ____. Son Lorenzo Dow GOSSETT b Jul 1856 TN marr 2 Mar 1890 in Independence Co. AR to Frances M. Dawson. Rose Spencer

Rose SpencerMay 11, 1999
Seeking information on William L. Daniels b 12 May 1 866 Centralia, Marion Co. Ill, d 2 Apr 1949 Pine Bluff,Jefferson Co,AR. He was on Independence Co. 1900 Census age 35, single, and married in Plummerville, Conway, Co.AR to Martha J. Gossett. On the 1880 Independence Co. Census in Greenbrier, there was a William H. Daniels and Martha with a son William L. Daniels b in Ill in about 1866. Were these the parents of my William L. Daniels. He had children: Lois b 1907/marr Gibbons; Lora abt 1911; KLoyd abt 1914; Lawrence abt 1915; Lee 1918; Roberta/Marr Monk; Kathryn/marr Smerck; Jean/marr Staub; and Marie/marr Snell.. Pls reply to Rose Spencer

Virginia Stanley11 May 1999
I am looking for information on either Hezekia Hotckiss Goodwin, who fought in the civil war, or his Father Overton Peter Goodwin who married a Miss Hotchkiss in Independence County, Arkansas. Any information would be appreciated.

Rose M. SpencerMay 11, 1999
Seeking information on William L. GOSSETT b Oct 1828 SC, d aft 1900 Lead Hill Boone Co. AR, Married to Martha ____. Son Lorenzo Dow GOSSETT b Jul 1856 TN marr 2 Mar 1890 in Independence Co. AR to Frances M. Dawson. Rose Spencer

Rose M. Spencer13 May 1999
Seeking information on William L. Daniels b 12 May 1 866 Centralia, Marion Co. Ill, d 2 Apr 1949 Pine Bluff,Jefferson Co,AR. He was on Independence Co. 1900 Census age 35, single, and married in Plummerville, Conway, Co.AR to Martha J. Gossett. On the 1880 Independence Co. Census in Greenbrier, there was a William H. Daniels and Martha with a son William L. Daniels b in Ill in about 1866. Were these the parents of my William L. Daniels. He had children: Lois b 1907/marr Gibbons; Lora abt 1911; KLoyd abt 1914; Lawrence abt 1915; Lee 1918; Roberta/Marr Monk; Kathryn/marr Smerck; Jean/marr Staub; and Marie/marr Snell.. Pls reply to

Bev Allen May 11, 1999
TUCK / RUSSELL I found my Tuck family on the 1860 census for Washington Township, Independence County, as follows: Hiram TUCK age 51, farmer born in VA, Mary RUSSELL TUCK, 42, born in Kentucky; Minerva 15, MO; Ellen 13, MO; Sarah L. 9, MO; Joseph A. 5, MO; Mary E. 4, MO; Martha M. 2, MO. Mary Russell Tuck was at least part Cherokee and I am wondering if any of this sounds familiar to anyone. Were there some of the Cherokee nation in Arkansas in 1860? Would they have been in Independence County? Please contact me if you have any information or link with this family.

J. Lee Simons 06 May 1999
Message: ADAMS, HENDERSON, MADDEN, MAGNESS lines from late to early 1800s in Independence Co. James Wilkinson ADAMS, Lucinda ADAMS, Susan MAGNESS, William F. HENDERSON, Noah HENDERSON, Josiah MADDEN, Arletha or Euretha MADDEN. Migrating from and descendants of those from NC, SC, TN, MS. Their descendants went on to TX and OK.

James and Linda Tidwell 8 May 1999
We are looking for knowledge of Bracey, Bracy, Hill, Jacks, and others that live around Bracy Mountain at the turn of the century, Then they moved to Kaufman County, Texas. James and Linda Tidwell

Sara AllenMay 5, 1999
Looking for info on Smith family that was first in this county about 1856. They are J. B. Smith b. 1811 in AL. Wife was Nancy A. ? of VA b. abt 1810. Kids: Sarah E. 1832, Robert P. 1833 (married to N. J. Toddy in 1860 same county), Mary E. b 1837 (married to Burton G. Jeffery), Martin VanBuren b 1840(married to Mary Perry in 1867 same county), Frances J. b. 1842 (married to, I think, Jesse C. Smith), Lavinia b. 1844, Christopher C b. 14 Dec 1844(married to Lucretia Shiplen 2 NOv 1873 in same county), J. B Jr, b. 1849 and Nancy A. b 1852. She was born in Indep co. All the rest of the kids were born in Fayette Co TN, except Mary who was born in AL. Any help with surnames SMITH, TODDY, PERRY, or SHIPLEN appreciated. Thanks, SARA

Jeanne Atha May 3, 1999
Looking for any information on James D. ATHEY and his wife Martha THOMPSON ATHEY. Moved to Batesville from Lawrence Co., MO during the 1860s. May have died there and may be buried in a local cemetery. Any information would be greatly appreciated.

Mary Jane Davis May 2, 1999
I am looking for information on Charlie and Maude Wherry from Newark, AR. I would like to find out where my grandparents came from, Maude Wherry's maiden name was Fetzer, she died in about 1959, Charlie Wherry died around 1966-67, any information would be greatly appreciated. I am trying to research this and my mother can't tell me anything about my grandparents' families I would like to find out where they came from. Thanks. Mary Jane Davis

Pat April 26, 1999
I am researching the Ray family history on my husbands side of the family. Names I am researching:
Stephen Henry Ray Sr, b June or July 14, 1856, Jacson, Tennessee d May 8, 1935, Swifton, Arkansas was married to Virginia Ellen "Jenny" Evans b June 4, 1858 Tennessee or Kentucky, d January 4, 1910, Topolo or Swifton, Arkansas.
Children: Cora Laura Ray b Feb 3, 1878, Kentucky d 1936 Swifton, Arkansas
Steven Walton Ray b Dec 6, 1882, Neenley, Missouri d Jan 11, 1908, Swifton, Arkansas
Harvey Wayman Ray b Dec 17, 1887 Caro, Illinois d July 5, 1956, Topolo, Arkansas
Bessie Gurtrude Ray b Feb 7, 1890, Oackton, Kentucky, d. 1957, Pine Bluff, Arkansas
Hooper Allen Ray b March 11, 1892 West Point, Missouri d 1933/34 Jonesboro, Arkansas
married Oct 14, 1922, Oil Trough, Arkansas to Ora Lee (Orlale L) Cooper
Nora Bryan Ray b Nov 4, 1895, Missouri d April 4, 1988, Pocahontas, Arkansas
Robert Basil Ray b Aug 24, 1898 Hardy, Arkansas d April 11, 1960, Osceola, Arkansas
my husband's grandfather was Hooper Allen Ray he had 3 children with Ora Lee Cooper
Cora Lee Ray born Dec 1924, Caraway, Arkansas
Steven Henry Ray Jr b April 2, 1927, Caraway, Arkansas
Opal Marie Ray b Sep 1932, Jonesboro, Arkansas
I would appreciate any information you might have on any part of this family. Thank you, Pat,

Tracy Henderson 24 Apr 1999
I would like any information about my father William Vance Henderson who died in Hot Springs, AR Sept.24th, 1979. His mother's name was Pearl Henderson from Batesville, Ar. I am interested in obtaining obituraries,death records, etc. if posible, and thank you for your time. Sincerely , Tracy Henderson

James M. StolleApril 18, 1999
Looking for anybody researching a James Gibbins that died about 1827. He most likely had settled in Arkansas about 1817 having come from North Carolina, where most of his children appear to have been born.

Ellen Tolleson Reesh April 16,1999
TOLLESON is the family name I am researching. My gg-grandfather was Hitson Harrison Tolleson, he purchased land from the gov. in Oct 1860 which is located south of the White River and SE of Batesville, between Salado and Ramsey Hill along Hwy 14 (probably north of the highway). Hitson H. Tolleson moved his family from Tishomingo Co., MS. He was married to Lucy Elkins . They had 10 children :
James Monroe bn March 15,1846,(he served in Civil War), Henry Oscar bn April 22,1848 , Virginia bn Oct.21,1849 (died in a fire), Paulina Ann bn. Feb.22,1851, Mary Debacher bn Oct 16,1853; Kansas Devarilla bn Aug. 19,1855; ( all of these children were born in AL and MS.) William Benjamin bn June 10,1860; Silas (Stirling) Price bn Dec 29,1864; Isaac Joshua bn Aug 4,1866; Charles Francis bn Jan 31, 1868 (were born in Independence Co.)
I would like info on this family. All I have are dates and places, trying to turn them into REAL people. Thanks for any info or leads as to where to get info. Ellen

Dorothy Blankenship LewisApril 18, 1999
I am descendant of William Curey Blankenship and Missorui Murry Blankenship, and would like to contact others researching this family. Thank you, Dorothy Blankenship Lewis

Jim PayneApril 15, 1999
I am trying to locate any information on George Stanford. He lived in Paraquet, Arkansas in 1905. His wife's maiden name was Mable Yates. In 1905 he was 24 years old, his wife, Mable was 20 years old. My mother Mamie Juanita Stanford was born on Nov. 28, 1905 at this location in Independence County. Any help would be greatly appreciated.

Jim Young February 24, 1999
Looking for information, descendants of Joseph G. and Mandana YOUNG. Joseph b. 8 Aug 1868 d. 10 Oct 1903. Mandana b. 1848. Children - John L. 1869, Sarah E. 1872, Joseph F. 1873, Manerva 1875, Robert 1877, James O. 1879. Especially looking for information on Mandana and the children after Joseph death in 1903. Any help appreciated.

Wilburn Mark FranksMarch 1, 1999
I am looking for any information on Lewis and Anni Franks. Children are with wifes David & Malinda Franks, Jerry & Martha (Langston) Franks, Joseph Allen & Almeda ( Rickman) Franks, Jacob Francis Franks, William L. & Amanda (Searcy) Franks, John Thopmas & Ida (Searcy) Franks. Also am looking for Decendents Of William Bevans, Son James Thomas & Amanda (Ward) Bevans. Thank You.

Dorothy BoyntonMarch 1, 1999
I am trying to research Elizabeth (Lants/Lantz) Sanders who lived in this county when she as a widow married Major Jacob Wolf of Norfork on 8 Dec 1823 in Batesville. I am also trying to locate Jesse H. Sanders who surely died between 1820-1823 in Independance Co., AR. He was the husband of Elizabeth Lantz.
I am seeking information on the LANTZ and SANDERS families who were in Independence Co. between 1818 and 1823. The Lantz family moved to AR about 1818 from Ohio. Elizabeth Lantz was born in Ohio in 1800, the daughter of George and Anna Lantz. I do not know if her husband Jesse H. Sanders was from Ohio or AR. He must have died soon after they were married in 1820 and the widow Elizabeth (Lantz) Sanders was a resident of Batesville when on December 8, 1823 she married Major Jacob Wolf from Norfork. She then moved to Baxter Co. where she also died. I would appreciate any lead I could get or either the Lantz or Sanders line.
Thank you, Dorothy Boynton

Alice Lindsey-Fluegge March 12, 1999
I am doing genealogical research in Independence Co. on these surnames:
BARB, HEADSTREAM, JONES, MASON, PEEL, RUNDELL, SOMERS, WHITE. To see what I am working on please visit my web page at

Terry Harvey ClementsMarch 15, 1999
My g-grandparents were married in Independence Co around 1886. His name was John W. Harvey, hers was Christine Sarah Ann Altom. They lived in Floral and Pleasant Plains. My grandfather was Charles Harvey and he was born in Pleasant Plains. His mother died when he was born. John was a Baptist circuit riding preacher. Has anyone heard of him? He came from Mo., having served in the Civil War for the Confederacy. He was born in 1843. We believe he may have had a family before he married my g-grandmother in 1886. He left my grandfather and his sister with the Altoms in 1892. He married again somewhere in Arkansas, had 8 children which were born in Arkansas, Texas and Oklahoma. When he wife died in or around 1911, he left them in an orphanage in Texas (Buckners) and remarried in Menard, Arkansas. He had 2 more children. His 2 youngest daughters are still alive. One is 92 and the other is 82. They were never told anything about his family. They were told he had a sister named Mary that went to England and the ship sunk either going or returning. He was raised by an uncle. My g-grandmother is buried in what was the Jacob Altom family cemetery. I understand it is now on private property with no access. I think there were only 4 or 5 graves there. My parents saw the cemetery many years ago and took a picture of it. John died in Oklahoma in 1946 at the age of 103.

Janet Burns Linley l3 March 1999
Independence Co. Relatives. Seeking information on gr, gr, gr grandmother SARAH JANE KRAMER b ca 1829 Adam Co., Ohio, d ca 1867 Batesville, Indep. Co., Ark. She married ORVILLE B. BURNS 7 Feb 1851 Harrison Co., KY. Her sister MARIAH KRAMER m PETER ENGLES, JR. After death of SARAH JANE KRAMER, ORVILLE B. BURNS m MARTHA A. MARTIN, ll Feb 1872 Independence Co. Did she die there? Buried there? Is my gr-gr-gr grandmother SARAH JANE KRAMER BURNS buried there? Does anyone have any knowledge of these families?

Tim KuykendallMarch 1, 1999
I would like to submit the surname of Albright as an Independence County surname. While there are no Albrights left in the county, it is the surname of a family that was influential in Batesville and Independence County from the 1850's through the 1930's. Probably the best known of this family was F. P. Albright, who was in business with his brother-in-law, William Ramsey, at the turn of the century. His only daughter, Helen, was married to Nathan Adler.

Frank Clemmer March 1, 1999
I am a grandson of W.L. and Devona Hall, who were long-time residents of Newark, AR. I am interested in the Hall, Boyce, Saylors, and Tourtelott names. Thank you.

Melba Goff Allen5 March, 1999
Seeking information on William B. Allen, son of Abraham Allen and wife Isabella Allen, of North Carolina, who, on their journey to the West, first settled in Tennessee, and then in the State of Arkansas.
They moved to Independence County in 1827, and located within six miles of Batesville. In 1866 he Nancy A. McClendon, daughter of Joel and Matilda McClendon, native of NC., who moved with his father to St Claire Co., AL., then to MS. before his final resting place in Independence Co.
Would like any information on these two families to add what I have on Southern Families at:
Any help appreciated. Thanks Melba Goff Allen

Jamie HarrisApril 4, 1999
Looking for parents of Austin A. GIBBONS b. KY ca1824 m. 1837 Mary LOYD/LLOYD b.TN ca1824, daughter of James LOYD/LLOYD of Greene TN. All persons were in Independence Co. AR in the 1830's. Austin and Mary GIBBONS lived in Izard Co. AR 1840-1850. Children: William, James, Robert all born in AR. Family later moved to TX.

Dr. Johnny Holland April 14, 1999
I am researching my Holland ancestry - from the wilds of Alaska! I have information that my ggrandfather William Holland arrived in Independence Co., Ark abt 1830 as a boy of about 10 years , with his mother - her name is unknown to me. They had come from Tennessee by way of Illinois. They settled in Independence County and she died there when almost 90. I need census information from the period of 1830 - 1900 or so to try to find her name. I am looking for William's father, name unknown to me, who apparently died in Tennessee shortly after William's birth, which precipitated the move of William and his mother to Independence Co., Ark. by way of Illinois. Any information that can be provided on the Hollands of Independence County in this time period would be greatly appreciated. I would particularly appreciate any information as to how I can obtain censuses and/or other material from Independence Co.

Beverly (Bumpus) HollowayApril 13, 1999
I am searching for information on William A. Bumpas and Thomas F. Bumpus. Thank you for any information.

Michael HattrickApril 13, 1999
I am searching Atlas Crumpton and Cheline Nalley, both born in Independence County, both died in Kitsap County, WA. Each born about 1910.

Geary JenkinsApril 13, 1999
I am looking for information on William D. Jenkins b.abt. 1818 in Alabama, father of G. A. Jenkins b. 1845 in Tenn. William D. was married to Emily Carter b.abt. 1823 in S. Carolina. In the 1860 Census for Independence County they had 4 children-included the above-G.A., Lycurgus, James E. and Susan M. Jenkins. All born in Tenn.

Claudean HoganApril 13, 1999
Want info on J.R. Noles. Pvt. in 1st Ark. Confed. Mounted Rifles of Independence County from March 13, 1862 to April 16, 1865.

Don H. Watson April 13, 1999
WATSON, Benjamin, and his wife, Matilda Ball, came from Waterford, Loudoun County, VA in 1826. Need their parents and children. They traveled with the BALL and RAWLINGS families.
WATSON, John Decatur, and his wife, Sarah Jane BRUCE, lived in the Batesville area. John was born in 1821 in VA and is believed to be the son of Benjamin and Matilda. Need confirmation. Need burial sites for John and Sarah. Their son was Arthur Lee WATSON, who married Louisa Jane VIRDEN. Arthur and Louisa had William Elton WATSON, my grand- father, in Pope County AR in 1875.

Lynn HurleyApril 13, 1999
Am looking for descendants of John A. Hurley. Resided in Independence County from 1850-1863. Sons who may have family still in the area, James D(1840-?), William D(1841-?), Henry W(1844-?), Robert T(1852-?) and John (1850-?). The the first three were born in Fayette County, TN. Robert and John were born in Independence as were the other children, Mary, Millard,Henrietta, Amelia. Any information would be appreciated.

Grace Baxter ConstantineApril 13, 1999
Hi, am a descendant of all the above folks, having ties to Independence County in the 1800's. Maternal grandmother descended from Thomas Peel, family moved to Arkansas from Christian County, KY. Her mother was Elizabeth Bagley Peel, know nothing about her other than her maiden surname, would love to hear from anyone knowing about that family.
My maiden name was Baxter, and family lore ties us to Elisha Baxter of Independence County and Rutherford County, NC also in 1800's.
Thanks for any info. on these folks, Grace Baxter Constantine

Elizabeth BrewsterMarch 25, 1999
I am looking for any information on Benjamin Brewster, who came to Independance Co. from Megis Co., Tenn. Is there anyone else out there who is working on this line? Thanks.

Cindy Allen Martinez April 1, 1999
I am looking for information on an Andrew Allen listed in the 1830 census in Ruddell Township. I believe he may have been my ggg grandfather. Any info would be appreciated.

I am looking for information on my great-grandmother. Her name was Mary Elizabeth Nation(s?). She was born on 12-04-1867 and died on 12-1-1947. She was married to Robert Andy Hankins and is believed to be buried in a slave cemetery in Independence County, either Newport, Oil Trough, or Tuckerman. They say the owners of the cemetery were either named Saffold or Saffell. My greatgrandfather was also buried there as the family was upset that he married my great grandmother who was an Indian. Can you help me? Does anyone have any info on these people??? Would love to be able to get a birth certificate frm her. Thanks very much.

Virginia Campbell March 18, 1999
Independence County Query: I am searching for information on Richard Campbell, born 1822-24 in middle Tennessee, migrated from Ripley County, Missouri into Independence and Van Buren Counties by 1860. 1st wife, Mary Anne.,maiden name possibly Smith. 2nd wife, Elizabeth Bean, married 1855-59 in Van Buren Co. May have had a brother named William H. Campbell. Any information on parents or siblings will be greatly appreciated.

David AlbertApril 1, 1999
Charles Gustavus Cohn (born April 22, 1855 in Batesville, AR) married his cousin Cora Concordia Hirsch (born September 22, 1865 in New Orleans, LA) on July 27, 1886 in St. Louis, MO. Does anyone know anything about Charles or his family? Are there birth records from Batesville dating that far back? Charles and Cora were Jewish. Does anyone know of a Jewish population in Batesville in the 1850s?

Mary C. Hull Mar 27, 1999
I am looking for descendants of DeWitt Clinton Mentor of Independence County, AR. He was b. April 1859, in Indiania. Clinton was married to Nancy Jane Haddock, b. 12 Feb 1875, Tennessee, d. 23 July 1943, Dallas, Texas; she married 2nd to S. Hysom Moore. Clinton & Nancy were on the 1900 Independence County census & Clinton had a homestead in Independence Co. Clinton & Nancy had children: John C., William S. Would like to correspond with anyone researching this family.

Karylon Denney March 26, 1999
Looking for information on Marvel Columbus WATKINS b. December 26, 1859 in Yancey County, North Carolina. We know he was living somewhere around Batesville in November 1889 til May 1891 because of old letters written to his Mother in Searcy County. My grandfather was born in April 1890 while they were here and they later moved to Searcy County. We believe Marvel Columbus' father was a John Watkins from North Carolina but he never showed up in Arkansas and we don't know if he died or what. If anyone has information about this family I would appreciate hearing from them and would be glad to exchange information.

Elizabeth LadueMarch 24, 1999
Looking for Jarrott Jernigan b. 1806-1811 who married Martha C. Clay b. abt 1827 on November 30, 1865. Cannot find anything about him after that date. Could someone help with Obits or Census?

Alice Lindsey-Fluegge March 24, 1999
I am doing genealogical research in Independence Co. on these surnames: Co. BARB, HEADSTREAM, JONES, MASON, PEEL, RUNDELL, SOMERS, WHITE. To see what I am working on please visit my web page at

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LV Reynolds January 30, 1999
Researching family of John Henry DICKEY (b. Jul 1870), wife Polly Ann WILLIAMS (b. Oct 1876), found on census 1900, 1910, 1920, Independence County AR. They were married Dec 16, 1894.
Children: infant (b. between 1985-1999); Eddie Veris(?) DICKEY (b. Oct 1897); Julia Belle DICKEY (b. Jan 1900); Morgan Riley DICKEY (b. abt 1901); Clemy Francis (?) DICKEY (b. 1906); Leona May DICKEY (?) (b. abt 1908); 3 infants born between 1900-1910; Junice DICKEY (b. 1912); William DICKEY (b. 1915); and Mary DICKEY (b. 1918).
Any information will be appreciated. Thanks. LV Reynolds

Margarette Stanfield January 29, 1999
I am seeking information on Roland BUTLER and Mary Ann STANFIELD BUTLER. In 1870 they were living in Christian Township, Independence Co, Ark. Mary Ann was the daughter of Frederick Washington Stanfield who also moved to Ark.---Stone Co.
Roland Butler was born in N.C. in about 1828. Mary Ann was born in S.C. in about 1837 according to the census. Their children include Nancy, William F., John, James, Elizabeth, and Robert C. There may have been another son. ( There is a blank line on the census record.)
I will appreciate ANY information, but I would especially like to find descendants. Thank you.

Brenda Tengelin 28 January, 1999
My cousin said that she saw a posting about someone who had a picture of a hotel run by Lewis Bowers, sometime after 1880, outside the town of Batesville, Independence Co., AR. The hotel was probably around the town of Cushman. My cousin deleted the message at the time, because she hadn't made a family connection to Lewis Bowers. Since then, we have made the connections, and wish that we had that picture!!! If anyone knows about the hotel, and or the picture, we would be most grateful for any help! Brenda in WA State

Helen Markano Jan. 25, 1999
I am trying to find any information on Benjamin J. Walker (born 1838 in Tenn). He married Elizabeth Cash (born 1832 in Tenn), they were married in Independence Co. AR on October 23, 1853. They had the following children: David (born @1858 in Tenn), Ellen (born 1868 in Tenn), Thomas (born 1870 in AR), Newton (born 1873 in AR), and George (born 1872 in AR). In 1880 they were living in Ozark County, MO. Any help would be greatly appreciated.

Christopher Hawkins Jan 24, 1999
My great-grandfather, Floyd HAWKINS, was born in Batesville on Feb 28, 1902. I'm looking any information on his parents, John William HAWKINS and Cordelia EMERY. Also looking for info on his wife, Ruby POPEJOY and her parents, George Wiley POPEJOY and Mary Ellen COOPER (I believe they are from neighboring counties, Fulton & Izard). Any help would be greatly appreciated.

Linda MerriweatherJanuary 20, 1999
My ancestors were slaves in Independence County, Arkansas. My grandmother's name was Darthulia Compton. She was born in 1891 in Stone County in Arkansas. Her mother was Ida Hurley and her dad was John Compton (a white man). I am seeking information on Julius Merriweather and the Winn family. Thank you!

Linda Reynolds Jan. 19, 1999
Looking for any information on Harrison and Lavada BLEVINS. I would like to know where they are buried. Harrison died 22 Feb. 1946 and I believe Lavada died 1934, both in Independence Co. Any information on them will be greatly appreciated! Thank You.

Sandra Barnett/ Fry January 20, 1999
Information on Victoria WELLS/BARNETT/ANDERSON Victoria was married to Isaac Barnett. He died in 1914. She remarried, a man whose last name was Anderson. They left Independence County around 1920 to White County. VICTORIA had children from ISAAC BARNETT, names are LAWRENCE,JESSE,PEARL,NELLIE. I do not know if she had children from ANDERSON. Any info will help.

Dortha Kay Brown January 18, 1999
I am seeking all descendants of the following lines:
John YORK abt. 1775 - abt. 1845 married: Rachel LEE Jan. 25, 1805. Rutherford, N.C. Rachel was born abt. 1790 Their children were: Pleasant Andrew York 1810 Abraham York 1822 *Andrew York 1825 moved to Indep. Co. AR & died there 1890 Asberry York abt. 1829 Nancy York 1830 Rebecca York 1835 James York 1845
*Andrew YORK 1825 married Cynthia J. HARMON (Harman) Their children were: Sarah Ann York abt. 1849 Lucretia York 1854 *John Abram York 1856 born in Indep. Co., AR Mary Elizabeth York 1859 " " William A. York 1862 " " Martha Emeline York 1864 " "
*John Abram YORK 1856 Married: Arlena Malissia BUCKNER 1898 Arlena was born March 24, 1880 in Arkansas. She died November 11, 1961 in Texas. I am desperately seeking Arlena Malissia BUCKNER's parents. Her mother was a KELLY before marrying a BUCKNER. First names unknown. Anyone with access to census records for around 1890 in Arkansas, Indep. Co., or possibly another county there. I would greatly appreciate if you can locate an Arlena M. Buckner as a child (10 yrs old in 1890 census). Might be listed as A.M. Buckner, A. Buckner, Mallissie Buckner, or Arlena Buckner.
I am also starting a Brown & York Newsletter. Anyone interested please email with Newsletter in the Subject line, please include your mailing address as well as your email address.
I have tons more information. Too much to list here. Please email me. Short notes maybe sent to:
Longer notes and detailed notes maybe sent to:
Thank you and May the Archive Gods bless you in your searching.

Ria Hendrix January 17, 1999
Subject: Independence County Hotels
Is there anyway I can find some one who could tell me about hotel owners. I have three lines, Bowers, Sherrill, and Headstream who were all men who ran hotels in this county at various times. I was curious if there was any information on these men and their occupations and would someone know the names of the various hotels in Batesville from long ago. Thanks for your reply. Ria Hendrix

Stephanie Mart January 18, 1999
I am trying to trace my great-grandparents, Charles and Bessie Houston who lived many years in Batesville, and my grandparents also, Joe and Opal (nee Bickers) mother was Joanne and her brother Merval Lee...the last family home was at 610 Bates St...I'm not sure when it was originally purchased, but there were definitely Houstons in the county up until 1983...any assistance at all would be greatly appreciated!
much obliged, stephanie marth
ottawa, canada

Grace Constantine January 18, 1999
Am searching for information on a maternal great-grandmother, ELIZABETH JANE BAGLEY PEEL, who lived in Independence County in the mid-1800's. Have learned quite a bit about the Peel family, but no trace of Elizabeth Jane Bagley or any of her Bagley line. She married Allen Peel, and my grandmother, Ella C. Peel Fleming was youngest of their eleven children. Allen's grandfather, Thomas Peel, was an early settler, Revolutionary War soldier, and had lived in Christian County, KY prior to moving to Arkansas in the early 1800's. Grace Constantine, 166 Whippoorwill Road, Union, New Hampshire 03887, (603) 473-2289.

Linda LaHueJan.17,1999
I am looking for Wilson families of Independence Co., Ark. Pleasant or Pleas, his brother William, and any of their children. Pleasant's children were, Walter, Mary K., Rufus, Bill, Tom, and John W. I believe he also lived at LaCrosse at one time. I know they were in this county in the 1900's. Pleasant and his brother William were born in Roane Co., Tennessee. Their parents were Phillip and Margaret (Dawn) Wilson. Anything will be most appreciated. Thank You.

Mary Haines January 14, 1999
Du Quoin IL I am researching the McFARLAND families; especially Alexander, Blassingame Harvey, Alexander Gibson who m. Sarah Jane Peel and Alexander who m Frances Smith ( all this before 1850). They go back to VA, Have info and will share and wish to exchange info.

Thurman Lane January 13, 1999 DOBBS- I am researching my DOBBS family in Independence County. I am the great grandson of John Ira McMellon Dobbs b. Oct. 4, 1839 in TN and Mary Ann McSpadden b. July 31, 1844 in Warren County TN. John I.M. Dobbs' parents moved to Independence County around 1842 from TN. His parents were John and Neoma and his siblings were Mary A., Elizabeth, Alexander B. , Marcus, and Samuel B. Dobbs. Living next door to John and Neoma was Thomas and Susan Dobbs and children Rebecca S. and Mary A. Dobbs. John and Thomas were both born in KY and 2 years apart in age. Were they brothers? If anyone has connections to these people please E-Mail me.

Carol Lolli January 13, 1999
I am looking for the marriage record of ROBERT DANIEL WOODLEY to SARAH ???? somewhere between 1881-1883 that may have occurred in Independence County. He was a Methodist Minister and lived near there during that time. Please help!

Donna Powell January 11, 1999
Searching for information on William Shelvie McDonald born Jan. 13, 1908 in Batesville, AR. His parents were Frances Elizabeth (Vicus or Vickers) McDonald and William Hubbard McDonald. Seeking any info. on this line. Thanks, Donna

Patsy Luke January 11, 1999
Seeking info. on Jock MCGONIGLE (MCGonagle, etc.) who died in Independence County , AR betweeen 1890-1910 purportedly attempting a rescue in a fire. Any leads would be appreciated.

Doreen Stephens Tipple7 January 1999
Most of my family settled in Arkansas and I am avidly researching my roots. The families are: BRADLEY, CASON, COOPER, FERRELL, HAMMOND, HARGIS, HOWARD, JAMES, JEFFREY, KNIGHT, MAGNESS, MORGAN, STEPHENS, WIDSOM. I would appreciate hearing even the smallest bit of information of those families. I am especially interested in copies of pictures as I am none of the earlier families. Will be glad to reciprocate information and pay postage, copy costs, etc. Thanks!

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