Independence County, Arkansas
2001 Queries

Cheryl Governale September 13, 2001
BROOKS-KITCHENS I am looking for ANY information on any of the below people: This family in the 1880 Independence co AR census Christian Township household: 313-315 Brooks, James O. W M 42 Farmer b GA Elizabeth C. W F 48 wife K House b. GA Kitchens Julia L. W F 18 Step dgt b GA, Brooks James T W M 14 son b. GA, Kitchens, Charles A. W M 14 son b GA, Brooks William O W M 12 son works on farm b GA , Brooks Jessie W M 7 son b AR, Brooks Martha W F 6 dgt b AR, Brooks, Franklin L W M 2 son b AR. Next door at house of Joseph S. Magness household is Elizabeth's son Obediah (Henry Lee Obediah)Kitchens W M 16 works on farm b. GA. Henry married a Mary Redden/ Reddin / Redin b. 1868 in Independence co Aug 22 1882 (see query by E P Reeves)of Big Bottom AR. I know that James O. and a new wife named Julia must have married in 1881 somewhere, they are listed in 1900 Lamar co TX as being m. 19 yrs and Jesse is in their household. Listed in same TX 1900 Lamar census Henry Lee and (2nd wife) Laura C. Gray Kitchens (she was from Izard co Armand in Red River Co TX is the Franklin L. as listed above as a 2 yr old but his name really is Frank L. Kitchens, son of Julia L. who married a Andrew Jackson Sward in Jackson Co AR. Cheryl Governale

Larry D. Erwin Aug 24, 2001
Larry D. Erwin
7900 Woodland Dr.
Newburgh IN 47630
Could someone please contact me concerning doing some research on the John Campbell family? John passed away in April of 1855. I believe his wife was Nancy and a son John H. It is believed John H. is my wife's great-grandfather. Would appreciate any contact about researching this family. Larry D. Erwin

Johanna Thompson 8-24-2001
I need information on the family of John Sipco and Rachel P. Jones married in Independence County on 12-18-1855. Thank you.

Vicky McClain August 21, 2001
Hi, I'm looking for relatives or information on my great-great-grandfather Henry Jefferson Bryant, born 1843 in Independence Co., Batesville to be exact.
He was married to Elizabeth Bostic in or around 1868. I have been told that the courthouse burned and all the records destroyed. I would like a copy of
their marriage certificate and his birth certificate if anybody has one. Does anyone have any relations with these people? I would really appreciate this.
I was also told that he was married to an Abigail Wills or Willis and that sometime during his life he changed his middle name to Clay.

Donna August 15, 2001
I am searching for information on WILLIAM YOCHUM born in 1823 in Independence CO., AR...he married Barbara MOORE born in 1823 in AL...I believe that both of them passed away in MO...that is all of the information that I have on him...I am especially interested in his parents. If you can help me it would be greatly appreciated. Thank you, Donna.

Sue Thompson August 14, 2001
I am looking for someone experienced with access to the microfilms of the old Batesville Guard newspapers to do obituary lookups. I am willing to pay a reasonable fee per hour. Please contact: Sue Thompson.

Fay Childs August 12, 2001
My husband had a lot of relatives by the last name of Mead living in Independence County. most are deceased now and are believed to be buried at a cemetery
that we only know the name of as being the Burn't Schoolhouse Cemetery. We do not know where it is located or if this is the actual name. The great-grandfather's
name is Sol Mead. He was married to a Sarah brown. his sons were Elmer, Denver, Verner, Mac, and bill. all are deceased now but info would be appreciated. Fay Childs

Debbie Patrick August 1, 2001
Looking for information on Alfred Hennon GAMBILL/GAMBLE. He is thought to have moved to Independence County Arkansas sometime in 1858-1870. Would love to find a will and any other information confirming that he was in the Independence County area. Alfred's son William Thomas GAMBILL/GAMBLE was born 3 Mar 1859 possibly in Batesville, Independence Co., Ar. He married Mary Ida COATS 29 Mar 1881 in Datto, Clay Co., Ar. William's son Raleigh Herbert GAMBILL/GAMBLE was born 30 June 1882. An old family history lists his place of birth as Batesville, Independence Co., Ar. He married Fannie Lucretia FITZGIBBON 31 Jan 1904 in Corning, Clay Co., Ar. Would appreciate any information. Thank you, Debbie

Bud Henderson July 29, 2001
Subject: Lineage of Alfred Arnold family and Lucretia Magness family
Alfred Arnold was my great-great-grandfather--married to Lucretia Magness. Their daughter, Louisa, married my great grandfather, David Holderby. I am seeking information on the lineage of Alfred Holderby and Lucretia Magness family. Any information or help will be appreciated. Bud Henderson

Karen Williams July 28, 2001
I am researching the MAYHAN family from this area. In particular, I am looking for info on Edward Oliver MAYHAN
(born before 1910 and died in 1966) and his father Oliver MAYHAN (born about 1890 and died about 1912). >Edward's brother David moved to the west coast. Do you have any info?

Paul Rydeen July 25, 2001
I'm looking for W.T. Fain in Oiltrough, AR. He was a teenager in 1910 living with Robert Fyke/Fike. The census says
Fyke was Fain's maternal uncle. Fain was born in Talladega County, Alabama ca. the 1880s. He moved to Oil Trough
at an undetermined date, and he left Oil Trough for Texas at an undetermined date. He married Sarah Watkins in Texas. She was from Oklahoma.

Thomas L. Harman July 24, 2001
I have found reference that Isaac Kendrick Bryant died in 1863 at Batesville, AR (Civil War) I have not discovered in which unit he served, although he was living in MO in 1860 and there is a Isaac Bryant listed as a member of the 9th (Elliott's) MO Cavalry. Can anyone tell me what battles occurred in the Batesville area in 1863? Any information greatly appreciated. Tom

Solveig BERRY July 23 2001
Alfred BERRY born 1819 Barren Co KY, married Pernicy C NIX 3 Oct 1839 Henry Co TN. I have lost them after 1860 census Henry Co TN, and just found a cemetery record showing them in Independence Co AR. Alfred died there 1897. I don't know where they were between 1860 and death date, but have quite a bit on Alfred's father and gr. father. Also wondering about William H BERRY and William P BERRY shown on 1870 Independence Co AR census. William P might be Alfred's brother, William H a cousin. Solveig Berry

Bobby Boone July 22, 2001
I am trying to locate some of my Pierce relatives. In the 1870 Arkansas census INDEPENDENCE CO. Healing Springs Township-There is a George and Caroline Pierce listed. I think this may be my Great Grandparents. My Grandfather was James (Tyra or Tyre)Pierce. In the census he is listed as Tyra. He possibly had a sister listed as Julie. If anyone is connected to these Pierces I would like to hear from you. In the census, George and Caroline may have been living in the James and Nancy Pierce household.

Walter Kennedy July 16, 2001
I am searching for names of John Robert KENNEDY's parents, aunts, uncles, sisters, and brothers, and where he was born in NC. John Robert KENNEDY died in 1895, buried in Antioch Cemetery in Drasco, Cleburne, Arkansas 1860 census Batesville, Independence, Arkansas KENNEDY, John R. 43 1816 Elizabeth S. 33 1827 Lydia C. 13 1847 David J. 11 1849 Sarah E. 6 1854 Elias W(?) 4 1856 Wife's maiden name DEATON On March 26, 1875 he married Sarah E. Borders (Barders) DILL KENNEDY, John Robert 1816 Sarah Elizabeth Aug 11, 1848 John Theodore Feb 24, 1876 William Alex Jul 11, 1877 Enoch J. Jun 8, 1979 *Aaron Benjamin May 2, 1884 Thomas Wesley Aug 1888 They lived in Ida, Cleburne, AR * My father

Dorothy Boynton July 10, 2001
Trying to find a John Q. Wolf of Batesville, Independence Co., AR who married a sister to Dr. "Dunk" Maude Wallis of Mountain Home, Baxter Co., AR. Need information about Dr. J.H.P. Wallis of Mountain Home who married Jane Wolf, daughter of George Washington and Malinda McFelch Wolf. I believe the couple had at least five children: Ella Wolf who married Tom Paul; Nell Wolf; George Wolf Dr, "Dunk" Maude Wallis; and Dr. Robert Wallis. Dr. Dunk Wallis and John Q. Wolf of BATESVILLE, AR., MARRIED SISTERS but I DO NOT KNOW THEIR GIVEN OR MAIDEN NAMES. I find one John Q. Wolf who married someone with surname Crouch. I also find a surname Millen in the Wolf family but have no clue as to who they are. I believe Jane and her husband, Dr. Wallis, moved to Rockdale, Milam, TX about 1870 where he was in the drug business. I believe that Jane's sister Mary "Kate" Wolf married a Dr. Sapp of Cameron, TX which is near Rockdale. I believe the Sapps had one son who died. I do not have correct dates or chronology of activity of the family. I know that George Washington Wolf served in CSA from AR and I do know that he was suppose to have moved to Texas after the war. I do not know what happened to him or his wife or their children. I think one son, Jacob M. remained in Izard Co. I do not know when George or his wife died or where they are buried. George Washington Wolf was the son of Major Jacob Wolf of Norfork. After the Major's first wife died, he married a Mrs. Elizabeth Lantz Sanders of Batesville, Independence County, AR. If some of the George Washington Wolf descendants, Lantz descendants, Sanders descendants, or Wallis family members are still in Baxter Co., Izard Co, or Independence Co., please contact:

D. Patrick July 9, 2001
I am looking for information on Alfred Hennon Gambill and/or his family. He was married first to Maria Whitesell, second to Anna (?). Children were; John W. (possibly Wesley), Thomas J., Margaret, Joseph, William, Gotha or Gatha Ann, and Martha B. Gambill. This family would have migrated to Arkansas sometime after 1849 as all the children are thought to have been born in Rutherford or Bedford County, Tennessee, the last being Martha who was born 1849. Thank you for any help.

Erma Pruett July 9, 2001
Am searching for WALTER WILLIAM WARD, b. 1861 in Ala. as were both of his parents according to 1900 census. Married SOPHRONIA PARKER 1890 in Independence Co. Ark and died there in 1939. Listed on 1900 census Indep. Co with Sophronia and 3 children. She died ca 1905. He sold land with second wife in 1906 who I believe was Kate Tate Ward. Would like to know his parents name or where in Alabama he came from and any information on Kate Tate. Thanks.

Beverly McElroy July 7, 200l
Looking for information on Emily Nelson and Licurgus McElroy. They were the parents of William Gideon McElroy b. March l876 in Ar. and he married Letitia Jane Kent in Batesville, Independence County, AR. in l897 and had 6 children while living there till about l920 when they moved to Texas. Letitia Jane Kent McElroy born l877 Ar.was the daughter of John Albert Kent and Elinor Elizabeth Ham Kent. Jewel Emily McElroy born l90l wrote a letter to her Aunt Grace (her mother's sister) in l9l8 and this letter was written from Cushman, Arkansas and I am wondering where in Independence county Cushman was located or is located???Jewel died after she wrote this letter in l9l8 and we have not found her burial place and was wondering if there might be a cemetery in the Cushman area where she might have been buried. She also had a brother born in l9l0 named Licurgus B. McElroy who died at 6 months of age in l9ll and we have not located where he was buried either. Have checked out all the cemetery listings that are online for the county and have not found them. Some of the extended family members were buried in the Liberty cemetery in the Gainsboro Township area as well as some in the Lee's Chapel cemetery. Other children of William G.McElroy and Letitia J.Kent McElroy were Clarence A. McElroy b. l899 Batesville,Ar. (my husband's father) and siblings Edna,Ollie and Edythe. Emily Nelson McElroy was born probably about l850 probably in Alabama and is believed to have been part Cherokee. Licurgus McElroy was b. in l85l in St.Francis county,Ar. to parents John McElroy and Mary Stevenson McElroy. Besides William Gideon McElroy (their first child and grandfather to my husband) they had another son named Levi I. McElroy born in December l878 Ar. He also married in either l909 or l9l0 in Batesville, Independence county,Ar. to Hattie Newman. They also had children born there and later moved to Texas with brother William G. and family about l920. Emily Nelson is believed to have had a brother named Gideon and sisters named Fannie and Missouri. It is possible that Fannie might have married a man named Tidwell and Missouri may have married a man named Harris. Any help anyone can give me on this would greatly be appreciated. Thanks so much in advance for any help . Sincerely, Beverly McElroy

Helen Warnick JULY 5, 2001

Don Cherry June 8, 2001
Looking for birth information on William Allen McDowell born 1870, Independence County, Arkansas.

Sherry Peek June 4, 2001
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,
Cooper m. Sarah TUCKER, Andrew m. Elizabeth FLANAGAN, Lucinda m. William W. 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!


Archie Cook June 3, 2001
I'm looking for information on my Grandparents, John D. Cook and Mary Montgomery, George Cook and Elizabeth Haskins, William T. Cook and Missouri Fugatt, Hiram Haskins and Elizabeth Blair, Royal Stokely Fugatt and Margaret emeline Penland, They lived in the Washington Twp & Christian Twp. They Came to Independence around 1848. Also Archie Qualls who Married Missouri after William T. Cook died in 1880. My Grandfather Georgia (George) F. Cook was raised by Archie Qualls in Oklahoma. Archie Cook

Chuck Riley June 1, 2001
Hi everyone, I am in need of an obit for Angeline Weaver, Riley as published on January 8,1880 in the Batesville Guard Newspaper. Angeline died at Big Bottom on Jan. 3,1880 she was the wife of R.R.Riley. I have what I believe to be only a partial Obit for her, and need the full Obit. I hope that someone can help me with this need. I would also like to find her father William Weaver and his family Any help at all would be much appreciated. In the event there are no Lookup volunteers in the Batesville area who can help, could someone put me in touch with a professional researcher in that area? Thank you. Chuck Riley, 9760 E. Flanders Rd. Mesa, Arizona 85207


Carol Perry May 3l, 2001
Looking for information on Foster family found on 1860 Independence Co AR census. Probably a widow, Sarah Foster had children, Mary, George, Jesse, James, Singleton, John, Lud, Josiah, Eliza. George, Jesse and James fought in Civil War and then relocated to Union County, AR. Their father, Mr. Foster was born in VA or TN about 1795. The children were born in TN, MS or maybe AL. I have no clue as to the county to look in each state. Mr. Foster is probably buried in Independence Co. The daughter, Mary, born about 1826 married a Huggins. Does this sound familiar to anyone?

Clete Ramsey May 31, 2001
Seeking any information on John H. and Martha Jane Lewellen, the Alabama-born parents of my great grandmother, Arkansas-born Mary Jane Lewallen (1861-1954). My great grandmother married Tennessee-born William B.P. (Bailey Peyton?) Jackson (1857-1911) in Independence County, Arkansas, on 29 July 1877. Family records often spell my great grandmother’s maiden name as Lewallen.

Kris 5-31-01
I am looking for information on Nicholas Trammell.

Ginger Turner May 27, 2001
Just recently found out that my grandmother Parthena Manor? Cathey Duncan married J.F. Kacklay. Here is the marriage record. Book G, page 562 J. F. Kacklay of Tuckerman, age 54, and Mrs. Parthina Duncan of Tuckerman, age 45, married in Jackson County by G. W. West, Christian minister on 24 Aug 1911. Parthena Cathey was living in Independence Co., Christian twp. in the 1900 census and separated from her husband. She then married a W.T. Duncan of Elmo, Independence Co. in 1901. She also was in Elmo. Does anyone know who these two men are? They are a mystery to me. Thanks for any and all help on this blind spot for me.

Jean Cothren 24 May 2001
I am looking for someone who has info. on the Cochran, Bryant, Farmer families. I found Cochran and Bryant in the county surnames. Would appreciate anything. Thanks Jean

Leonard T. Clark Sr. May 23, 2000
Can you guide me as to how I can find out about these names. All lived in Arkansas in the late 1800's. My grandfather Stephen Clark was born in 1853 and died in 1942. These names were in his bible. I need to know the relation of J.G.W. Clark, Amon Luther Clark and Lee A. Clark. I know the others. If there is a fee, please inform me. I am trying to trace ancestors., Thanks, Leonard T. Clark Sr

Kathy Marsh May 21, 2001
Pelham, Pellham Family Charles H. Pelham was on the 1830 tax list for Independence County, on the 1850 census for Batesville. He was buried at Maysville Cemetery - apparently was a Revolutionary War veteran. He and his wife, Sarah, were born in KY. Is anyone researching this Pelham family? Please get in touch. Thank you.

Linda Acrey May 21, 2001
Subject: Forgotten Civil War Soldiers--F.Price, Forsuth, Pemberton, Jones, Dunn, Tatum
I am sending you this because I believe some of the men were from Independence County. I am looking for anyone who knows about this. I live in Lonoke County and am /was related to the Pearce family there. J.D. Pearce who marched with the 8th Arkansas was my great great grandfather. He was later a gunsmith here in Lonoke County. Fielding Price was from the other side. His descendents left White County and went into Independence County we believe. I would love to hear from more of them. Price and others captured by the Union forces 11-22-1864 in Woodruff County On 11-22-1864 in Woodruff County, Fielding Price of White County Arkansas was taken prisoner by the Union forces. It is now believed it was the 61st Illinois out on a patrol that picked the men up. With Price at that time were five others. In the Rebels' Hell published in 1993 which Tom Ezell ,noted Civil War Historian in Arkansas, suggested I read, it lists Lt. Fielding Price Of White Co., Lt. J. Pemberton, Lt. A.W. Jones, Pvt. Wm Tatum, Pvt. John Forsuth, and Pvt. Wiley Dunn. They were sent to the Union Prison in Little Rock and are listed at being admitted on 11-25-64. Price died of variola (smallpox) on Feb. 1, 1865. Forsuth died of the same on May 10, 1865. Pemberton, Jones, Tatum, and Dunn took the oath on May 7, 1865 to be released. Of all these men, Pemberton said only that he was with Davis Co. Jones said he was with 1st Ark. Rifles, and everyone else is listed as unassigned. I am very interested in connecting with the descendents of these men to see what oral history was pasted down to them regarding their ancestors' time in the Yankee Prison in Little Rock. Please feel free to contact me. Pemberton signed the papers for Fielding Price's widow, Mary called "Polly", to receive a one time payment of $25 in 1897. Mary Price stated he was with the 1st Arkansas.( Fielding was my great grandmother's grandfather. His family had floated the White River into Arkansas in 1836 having originated in South Carolina.) I believe there is more to this story than there is recorded history for. Thanks to any and all for suggestions and information. I am very interested in solving what as been something of a family mystery for many years. Linda Acrey Lonoke. Arkansas

Joan Clark17 May 2001
Would like to find the descendants of the Sargent family who lived in the Greenbrier Township of Independence Co AR. The mother was a descendant of George Washington Marks. Vinnie Marks married Frank Sargent. Any information will be appreciated.

Sam Duncan12 May 2001
Subject: Sulfur Rock Veterans Home/Poor House 1895-19??
My name is Sam Duncan. I have been working to track down information on John P. Duncan and Mary Jane Barnes (d/o Moses Barnes and Rebecca Benton). They were married 6/7/1863 in Independence County AR. John P. b. 1838 was the son of Moses F. and Jane Duncan. The family is in the 1850 and 1860 Indep County Census Ruddell twp. John P. fought in the Civil war and was wounded and captured in the fall of Little Rock on Sept. 10, 1863. He was wounded in the battle and spent a year or so in Alton and Rock Island. After his release we have no record of him and Jane. We know they had family in Indep County (Barnes). The next record I have is John P. taking his military pension in Independence County, living at Victor AR Feb 27, 1896. He could not work because of the wound on his leg from the war, so he lived out his post-war years as a very poor man. My dad says John P. was eventually admitted to Sulfur Rock (veterans home). This was a very bad place to be. He says John P. died at Sulfur Rock ca. 1900 and was buried in a "potter's" grave. I have found Sulfur Rock Cemetery burials on the Internet. None of them list John P. Duncan. QUESTIONS: Do any records exist from Sulfur Rock? Was there such a place? Does anyone have 1870 or 1880 Census records showing John P. Duncan and Mary Jane (Barnes) Duncan family (children) in Independence County. Does anyone know what township Victor would have been in? I appreciate any help I can get on this. This is a present for my dad. He never really knew much about John P. before I started digging. Thanks, SAM DUNCAN Margaret Colley May 8, 2001
My Great-grandfather Phillip Gossett died in the Township of Desha in 1886. I am planning on coming to Desha in July and would like to know if he anyone might know where he is buried. His wife's name was Elizabeth and she passed in 1898. Any info would be of help even if it is just how my find out the location of the cemetery's around Desha. Thanks so much. Margaret Colley

Wesley Bradley May 6, 2001 Looking for information about a cousin who died at Sulphur Rock, Arkansas Apr 5, 1973. His name was Ellis Harrison Lowder Born 1900 in Iowa. If someone can send his obituary will gladly pay for their trouble. Thanks. Wesley Bradley

Verna Bice 4-23-01
Looking for the CARTER descendants first found in the 1870 Indep.Census: pg.066; HENRY C. CARTER, 20yrs., b.S.C.; JULIA VAUGHN CARTER,24yrs,b.Ark; JAMES T. CARTER, 2yrs.,b.Ark.; WILLIAM S. CARTER, 3yrs.b.Ark.; STERLING VAUGHAN, 4yrs.,b.Ark.

Clete Ramsey April 24, 2001
Seeking any information on parents, siblings, and other kin of my great grandmother, Arkansas-born Mary Jane Lewallen/Lewellen (1861-1954), whose parents were born in Alabama. She married Tennessee-born William B.P. (Bailey Peyton?) Jackson (1857-1911) in Independence County, Arkansas, on 29 July 1877. The couple's first three children, Martha Elizabeth "Mattie" (1878-1917), Walker Eugene (1881-1943), and Alma Lucreta (1883-1911), were born in Sharpe County, Arkansas. William Washington (1885-1974) and eight other children, including my grandmother, Bessie Mae (1894-1991), were born in Boone County, Arkansas. The family later moved to Nevada, Vernon County, Missouri. William B.P. and Mary Jane Jackson are buried in Maplewood Cemetery, Boone County, Arkansas.

Bob Foley Apr 26, 2001
I am seeking information on the surname FOLEY in Independence VCo., AR for the period 1880-1920. Specific names that I am looking for are: William Foley who married Mary Stroud; Richard Foley who married Elizabeth "Lizzie" Carpenter; and John Foley who married S. Elizabeth Hall. Also seeking information on John R. Foley, who married Ida (last name unknown). Ida died Dec. 1910. They had a son named Virgil. John R. Foley may have later married Amanda or Mandy (last name unknown). Any help on any of these names would be greatly appreciated. Thanks!

Russell Haynes June 26, 2001
Looking for descendants of JESSE KENNEDY/PRUDENCE HAYNES-KENNEDY. Moved to Independence Co., AR, from Maury Co., TN about 1851. Purchased land in Independence Co. Need birth, marriage, and death records and last resting place of family members. JANE HAYNES, died, Indolence Co. AR, but no date or place. Never married, but may have had a son: JAMES HAYNES.

June 26, 2001
Independence County Query
MOORE family: CHARLES ALBERT MOORE, SR. d.1865. m. to Mary Oretha VAUGHN; children MARY (by first wife--who?) GEORGE RANDOLPH, LAURA or LARAH, CHARLES ALBERT, JR., GOVERNEUR (?) CARROLL. Oretha m.(2) JOEL ROBERT RUSHING in 1866; children MATTIE, MOLLIE (twins), ROBERT BELLE (ROBBIE--female) JOEL ROBERT RUSHING d. 1876; family went to Oklahoma around 1890. Any info appreciated--will share what I have also.

RuthAnn Marshall 6-25-2001
Looking for any info on a JESSE MARTIN aka JESSIE L. and his wife, HANNA(H) PURSIFUL/PURCIFUL/PERCIVAL MARTIN. Jesse was born 1852 and Hannah in 1854. Their last child, ARTHUR W. MARTIN, was born in Independence County in 1893 and died there in 1975. The other children are Greenberry, Minnie, Nancy Elizabeth, Ellen, Grover, America and Vester. These children were all born in Missouri. On Arthur's death certificate an OBIE MARTIN is listed as the informant. Would also like to know who Obie Martin is. Also would like to know where Jesse and Hannah are buried in Independence County. Thank you RuthAnn

Harry A. Isom June 21, 2001
Surnames: BUIE, ISOM
Seeking information On Alvie Adeline Isom who married J F Buie in Ozark County Missouri December 29, 1902. Alvie listed in Arkansas Death Index in County, as DOD 6-15-1948, WF, 68

Betty G. Laney June 21, 2001
I am searching for information on Rev. CHARLES WESLEY DRAKE (born: March 4, 1845 in Pike County, Georgia died: March, 1923 in Independence County, Arkansas) and his descendants. He was married to PRISCILLA GOODSON on January 1, 1871 in Itawamba County, MS. Priscilla Goodson Drake died in 1918 in Kingsland, Arkansas. Rev. Drake moved to Batesville, Arkansas in 1921 and was living with his daughter, Mrs. CHARLES E. BONE, at the time of his death in 1923. I would like very much to correspond and share with anyone having information about these families (DRAKE or BONE). Thank you.
Betty G. Laney
P.O. Box 226
Gautier, MS 39553
Researching the following surnames: Graham, Gregory, Ballard, Francis, Sandlin, Farrar, Ford, McWilliams, Medley, Works, Johnston, Laney, Dulaney, Senter, Young, Morgan, Lambert

Linda Bodie June 16, 2001
I am looking for anyone who has any information on a feud that took place in the 1920's.
It culminated with a knifing and stabbing that took place on May 22, 1926. My grandfather, Charlie Franklin Linebarger
was killed as well as George Moore. Arvie Moore was injured and Bob Linebarger was also implicated in the incident.
I would like to know if the case went to court and what happened. I know that there were some arrest records, but I cannot
find anything other than that. Any information would be greatly appreciated. Thank you very much, Linda Bodie

Thad Beagle June 15, 2001
Independence/Izard County "lost communities"
I am looking for information describing and locating Independence County communities listed on 19th century maps
which are no longer referenced on current maps. There are several. The communities of Convenience and Emminence
show up on post Civil War maps and look to have been within 5 miles of Batesville. Where are they?
What type of businesses were located there? There are others I have noticed in what is now Izard County.
The communities of Athens and Liberty I believe may have been the county seats of Izard County but are
no longer listed on current maps. I'm just looking for locations of reference material which may give historical information
and current locations for these communities identified on the old maps. Any help you can give would be greatly appreciated.
Thanks again,
Thad Beagle

Sandy Deckard June 9, 2001
I am interested in looking at the Cemetery book for the Kyler Cemetery, in Southside, south of Batesville. I am looking for the name Matthews, John P.
Thank you.

S. Duncan May 3, 2001
Subject: Sulphur Rock Old Folk Home, John P. Duncan ca 1900
I am looking for information on Sulphur Rock Rest Home near Batesville. I think my Ggfather John P. Duncan died there and was buried there around 1900.

Carol Burton April 28, 2001
I am searching for any information about MARTHA HOLLAND, who married HENRY T. GIBSON, May 1, 1853 in Independence County, Arkansas. Any information would be greatly appreciated.

Linda Flattinger April 27, 2001
Subject: Independence County Surname
I am searching for Baker, Varnell, Parmer, Pennington, Massey from Independence County, AR. My grandfather, Cecil J. Baker, grew up in Salado and my grandmother, Ida Gloe Parmer grew up in Locust Grove. Contact me at

Patty Edwards April 21, 2001
I am researching the following lines: Joseph Herzig who married Ivy Adams; Wardie Waters who married Emma Herzig, they lived around the Limedale and Batesville area; and Lonnie Jackson (born July in 1910) who lived in Maple Springs and Batesville area before his death. Any information on or about any of the following individuals named above or their families will be greatly appreciated. Thanks, Patty

Carol Perry April 21, 2001
Seeking info on James Foster born in MS about 1834. Was in Independence County AR in 1860
before serving in Civil War. Moved to Union County Arkansas. His first wife, Martha Howard and
his mother are possibly buried in Independence County.

Barbara Crane Shearman April 19, 2001
Subject: John W. Gordon Family
Am searching for the family of John W. Gordon b. 1856 [son of Wm. M. Gordon and Mrs. Mary Jane Crane nee Norman] and Nancy Ann Loman [dau of John Washington Loman and Eliza Ann Coffman]. John and Mary's children are: Bruce S. b. 1873, Anne E. b. 1874, Mary J. b. 1878, Josiah b. 1883, Flora A. b. 1885 and William W. b. 1889. From Loman researchers info is that John and Nancy Gordon were living in Batesville in 1915. Any info on this family would be greatly appreciated. Thanks Regards, Barbara Crane Shearman
Bettye King Stevens April 16, 2001
Looking for information about my grparents, Mose King b?, d1910, Rosie, Indep. Co. Nora Ann Murphree b 1872, d1937 buried in Pine Grove Cem, Floral, AR. as Nora Nicholson (Jim). Mose and Nora have three children (I assume they were married 1898 - 1900, since first child born 1901). Wm. Finis King, b1901, buried in Maple Springs Cem., Hattie King Griffis, b1905, buried in White County, Virgil Martin King, b 1909.(my father) buried in Evergreen Cem, Judsonia, AR I know nothing beyond Mose and Nora. Your help greatly appreciated.

Glynda Ford Ellman April 15, 2001
Seeking to contact descendants of WILLIAM S. FORD who is living in Independence County in the 1870 census. This may be my great-great uncle. Will gladly share Ford data on his ancestors. Thanks!! Glynda Ford Ellman

Norma Pettit
April 10, 2001
Looking for information on WILLIAM AND LOUISA PETTIT and their son JOHNSON and his wife REBECCA BASSHAM PETTIT.
They moved to Independence County in 1870. REBECCA died in the 1870s. Johnson and Rebecca's children were
Louisa, William Meridi, Jacob Gideon and James Abner. Any information would be appreciated. Thanks.

Heidi Grether 9 Apr 2001
I'm looking for a birth record of my Greatgrandfather Jesse Hubert Carver b. ca 1896 in Batesville, Independence Co., AR His mother's maiden name was Kincaid, first name possibly Lizzie. If anyone can help me out I'd be so grateful. Thank You! Heidi Grether Sacramento, CA.

Charles Wallace April 9, 2001
Subject: 8th Mo. Infantry
I am researching the 8th Mo. infantry. I have found a thank you letter on the net from Capt. Mitchell to Misses Casen, Denton and Hinson of Batesville Arkansas for making the battle flags for the 8th inf. Do you know if there may be any information in a museum somewhere in your county? Sincerely, Charles Wallace

Norma Pettit April 3, 2001
I would like information regarding William Pettit and wife Louisa. Also Johnson Pettit and wife Rebecca.
They moved to Independence County l/14/1870 from Lawrence County. William born 1802, died 1870. Johnson born 1820, died 1890.

Metta L. Nesmith 3-18- 2001
I'm trying to locate some of the Soward family. Martha C. Soward was my grandmother. She married Pleasant Crigler September 8,1866. They lived in Charlotte, Arkansas, and ran a general store along with a land company.
Thanks for your help.
Metta ( Crigler) Nesmith
910 Wesley Ct.
Jonesboro, Ar. 72401

A'Delle Duggan-Laws March 19, 2001
I have been told that Olen BATES committed suicide by drinking carbolic acid on the courthouse stairs in Batesville between 1910-1930. I am looking for any information regarding this event, or any ideas about how I can research this event from long distance.

Bruce Mason March 19, 2001
Seeking information on the parents and/or siblings of George Randolph MOORE, born Sept. 2, 1855 in Independence County, AR, died June 13, 1933 (probably in OK or TX). He married Susan P. ????? Dec 19, 1878. She was born Dec. 24, 1857 in Cherokee County, TX and died June 18, 1934. Any help would be appreciated.

Debbie Steinberg March 11, 2001
Descendant of John A LASSITER b. 1850 and Naney (Nancy) b. 1849 found on 1880 and 1900 census Jefferson/Independence County. Seeking any information, and Naney's maiden name. "Known" children of John and Naney, born 1870 through 1893: William J., Charles E., Minnie E., Savannah A., Margaret C., Ethel A., Alvis L. Would welcome any information at

Vi Beavers Richard March 4, 2001
Looking for parents of Margaret Ann (Luster) Gill, Simons, Conditt. Would also like a full list of her children. Does anyone know the parents of Margaret Elizabeth Conditt born Feb. 17, 1859 in Batesville? She supposedly had a twin sister named Mary who died young. Margaret Elizabeth was my Grandmother..Thanks.

Frank Blankenship Mar. 2, 2001
I am looking for any information re; JAMES Q. BLANKENSHIP who appears on a 1860 Census in Independence Co.,Gainsboro Township, Ark. AR126174581. I'm trying to find his parents. James Q. is my ggrandfather. He also appears on the Independence Co. Marriage List at age 17. He is believed to have been born 1859. He married Lou Price. Thank you. Frank Blankenship

Karen Courtney Feb. 25, 2001
Probate paper of John Barnett signed by my gg Grandfather James F. Ferguson in Independence Co signed Feb 10, 1866 lists following heirs: Jane Vandergriff, William H. Barnett, E. M. Barnett, Mary Ann Baskett, James W. Barnett, John I. Barnett, and Henrietta C. Ferguson. Paper states John Barnett died in Jackson Co ILL on 13 Dec 1864. He is listed in 1830, 1840, and 1850 Independence Co. Census. Would love to hear from anyone who thinks they might connect to this line. Also researching Pearce, Hall, Ferguson, Comer, and Cox in Independence Co. from 1850 on.

Brian Brooks Feb 13, 2001
I am looking for information on John Ford that died in Independence County, Arkansas on September 14, 1932.

Stephanie Richards Feb. 9, 2001
I am searching for info on my ancestor John Bunyan Wells. He lived in Arkansas, probably Independence Co., he was born 1842, died 1866, was married to Pheoba Francis (Fanny) Vanhook Comer. They had one son (that we know of): James Allen Davis Wells, born 1864. Would appreciate any info. Thanks!

Kay ??February 8, 2001
Does anyone know the location of 1860's Franklin Township, Independence County AR?

Rosalyn Alsobrook February 7, 2001
In a copy of the Thursday, December 27, 1962 Jackson County Democrat (which is next to Independence County) I found this tidbit in a column called "Local Items from Newark": "Mr. and Mrs. Houston Rutledge arrived last week from San Antonio, Texas to spend Christmas with Houston's parents, Mr. and Mrs. Cecil Rutledge and the Wilburn Rutledge family." Does anyone know who Cecil's father may have been? I'm trying to figure out how they fit into my Rutledges, originally from Newark. This newspaper once was in the possession of my grandfather, Harry Rutledge who moved to Upshur County, Texas.

Alice Strother Lane February 2, 2001
Looking for info on Reuben G. LANE b. c1841 AR d. c1889 AR m. Margaret J. BOOKER 12/9/1866 in Independence Co. Margaret d. c1886 AR. Children include: Mary Eliza "Molly" b. 11/28/1869, Lula Beth, Biddie, William Logan b. 4/29/1877, John, Sam, James "Jim", and Fred. Margaret died in childbirth, with Reuben following "not long" after when William was about 12 years old. With the help of the community, the kids stayed together. William went to work logging in the woods, probably around Logan. Family lore says Reuben and a friend walked to Missouri to fight with the north in the Civil War. He is buried at Buck cemetery just north of Newark. Thanks.
Also researching related families: FETZER, METCALF, and WALKER.

Bob Edmonson February 1, 2001
Hi....I am looking for marriage information on Lindsey White and either Mary Elizabeth Shirley or Elizabeth Ann Shirley in 1880 or after. She was listed as 22 and unmarried in the 1880 Sharp County census and living with her father, Elisha Shirley. Any information that you might provide with regards to her or any other of the Shirley family in Independence County would be appreciated. My great grandfather was James Washington Shirley who moved from Sharp County, AR to Red River County, TX and died there. There are a number of Shirley graves listed in Providence Cemetery near Cave City. Thanks for any help you may provide on the SHIRLEY family tree.

Robin Stiles23 Jan 2001
Marion Stark Hotchkiss born 9-13-1887 died 2-15-1912. He was buried in Alderbrook Cemetery. He married Molly Simmons on Nov 29,1898. I am trying to find out if anyone knew his parents. Thanks, Robin.

Lorri Greer January 23, 2001
I am looking for any relative of Addie Matlock. Addie was born around 1876 in Ark. She married J. H. Holloway in 1893 in Jackson County and had a son, Homer Clarence in 1895 in Alicia, Ark. She remarries J. T. (Tommy) Wilson in 1897 in Independence County. She dies sometime between 1910-1920 in Jackson County. My grandmother told me her family was from Independence County and that she was full or part Native American. Does her name ring a bell with anyone?

Shelley Owens Woods January 16, 2001
I am looking for information on my grandchildren's other grandfather Herman Floyd Simmons. He is deceased and believed to be buried in the Calico Rock area. I only know that he had at least 2 sons. The oldest James and the youngest Robert was about 12 when he died. He died about 1985 or 1986. I am looking for sibling or parent information. Thank You.

Faye Erwin January 16, 2001
Searching for a Nancy (?) CAMPBELL who shows up in the 1850 Independence County Census, Greenbriar Twp. It shows she had daughters Sarah 20, Rebecca 17, son John H. 11, with Joseph C. H. LANE 17, Milla LANE 8 living with her in dwelling 623. Nancy could possibly be my gr gr grandmother and John H. Campbell possibly my gr grandfather. There is no other data on Nancy that I have found and was wondering if anyone has a connection to her and her family. This census shows her 55 and son John H. 11, which would fall into my time frame for Nancy and John H. to be my gggrandmother and my gr grandfather, John Henry Campbell b. December 19, 1838, Phillips Co., ARK. I have data on John Henry Campbell (gr grandfather) from his marriage certificate dated April 2, 1863 in Breckenridge Co., KY on forward until his death in 1898 at Cloverport, Breckenridge Co., Ky. If anyone has a connection or question, please contact me at and I will be willing to share the data I have documented. Thanks, Faye Erwin

Diane Dobbs Wilson January 15, 2001
I am trying to find McNealy family members in the Batesville area. My grandmother was Birch Iola (Birch) McNealy Dobbs. Her parents were Joseph Francis McNealy and Mary Josephine (Wright?) McNealy. My grandmother has a brother, Paul McNealy that lived in Batesville from the 1940-1980's or more. He lived in the old section of town and had antique clocks in his home. I remember visiting with them as a child with my mother Lenore Smith Dobbs and my father Ray Wright (Spur) Dobbs. I am trying to find out who my great grandparents were and where they were from and also who their parents were. Is there anyone that knows any of these people and could help me. Thank you for your time.

Shelley Owens Woods 01-13-01
I am trying to research my husbands family. His grandmother Bessie Hays (Hayes) was born in Pleasant Plains, AR Independence CO in 1896 according to the family Bible. She first married a William Ray Beard ( date unknown). He was born in Minneapolis, MN. I am hoping she appears with her parents on the 1900 or 1910 census and any siblings she may have had at the time. The Bible said her fathers name was Robert H. Hays and her mother's first name was Maggie. My husband's brother seems to think she may have had a brother by the name of Eli. I have some information on their descendants and will gladly share. We believe that after getting married they moved to the Jackson CO. area. We appreciate your help. Thank You. Shelley Owens Woods

Jean Cothren January 12, 2001
I am searching for info. on George Washington Farmer and Phoebee Bryant Farmer. They were married in Independence Co. 9 Nov.1876.

Virginia Lawson Long January 23, 2001
I am searching for info on family of William and Mary Gillispie (Wilson) Hightower, who lived and died in Independence County. I believe Mary G was a sister of my great-grandfather, George Alexander Wilson. I am searching for other siblings of Mary and George A, their names: Elizabeth, Jonathan T, Theresa, Zacheus Charles, and Alfred Zed. Virginia Lawson Long

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