Independence County, Arkansas
2007 Queries





(1)  Dear Ms. Liz Burns Glenn:


My great grand father George Washington Mills moved to "near" Cave City, Arkansas sometime between 1851 and 1854.  Family records show that he bought a farm "Near" Cave City.  Since the vicinity of Cave City seems to have been in several different counties from the time frame that he lived there (About 4 to 6 years), it is difficult to know if his farm was in Independence county or some neighboring county.  A few years before the civil war he was back in West Tennessee because a couple of his sons joined the confederate army from Carroll County, Tennessee.  I do not mind driving from my home in West Tennessee to Cave city (About 150 miles).  However, I would like to get your idea on what counties it would be best to check for land deed, etc.  Any help you could give me would be greatly appreciated.


Thanks and,


William L. (Bill) Jones

3082 Maple Ave.

Milan, Tennessee



(2)  In the 1860 census there is a family Neverson F. and Martha J. Sutton and their children. They also had three children with them that are related to me. John, Isaac and Mary Skinner. Mary was my Great Grandmother. I am trying to find any information that might help me identify the parents of these 3 children. They were all born in AR. But I do not know where they lived. I have hit the brick wall. Can you be of any help? My home E-mail is rankincagle @yahoo. COM

Davidoff, Cheryl Elaine (Cheryl)      2145 []



(3)  Liz,


Thanks for your response. I am researching a Ward family for a friend.

John R. Ward and his wife Elizabeth were on the 1860 Census but neither appear on the 1870 Census but a child does who is living with a half-brother. I am wondering if John died and Elizabeth remarried.



Edwin Ellis []


(4)  I was wondering if you could help me in some way .In the late 1870' there were several famalies left there great things of interest going in other States?Some of the names were;Richardson,HARRIS,Kings the wifes all seam to be related to the Longs.Hope to hear from you.      

Dorotha Loveless []


(5)   William and Laura Long Qualls family on 1880 census for Independence (error as Quarts)



      The Qualls family moved to Gainsboro, Independence, AR  1870s from Hardin, Co., TN.  One daughter, Fearby (Ferbia) Qualls Loyd died there on 7 August 1874.  Her husband was William Daniel Loyd who remarried Fearby's younger sister, Jane, at Fearby's deathbed request.  William Daniel Loyd and family moved to Texas soon after marriage,

      William Daniel Loyd's sister, Nancy V. Loyd age 17, was living with the Qualls family on 1880 census for Gainsboro, Independence Co., AR

      I am wondering if you know of this family and especially about Nancy V. Loyd.

      Thank you,

      Marshaleigh Orr Bahan

      Austin, Texas

Marshaleigh Bahan []


(6)  I am looking for birth records and death records for my grandmother's family.  The name is Carlisle and has also been spelled CarlileShebascum (Baccum or Bascum or Boss) and Louisa Bain Carlile came to Arkansas around 1900 or so.  I find them in the 1910 census and my grandmother was born in 1896 or thereabouts.  Her name was Iva Alice Carlile and she married David G. Dunn around 1912-1914 somewhere in Arkansas.  I know that they lived in Greene Co., for a while before moving to OK.  My mother was born in Paragould Arkansas in 1919.  Her delayed birth certificate states 1918 but in the 1920 census she is just 6 months old.  I was not able to enter anything on your site for Independence.  So, was wondering if you could help me find my grandmothers family.  They had a slew of kids.  Any help appreciated.  I know that Shebascum and Louisa are both buried in Independence Co., ARK.  Would love to know anything more about them.  Thanks for any help.


Peggy Jentgens

Fishers, IN 46038


(7)  I am looking for Ferguson or Furgerson family history for a friend in Arkansas.  John D. Ferguson b. 1843 in Haywood Co. TN, married Sarah L. "Elizabeth" Ballard b. 1844 TN, they were married Oct 29, 1862 in Independence Co. Arkansas.  I am wanting the parents names of these two if possible.  Thanks, Sandi

Sandi []



GRENADA, MS. 38901


(9)  Dear Mrs Glenn,


           Seeking information on Reverend Jerome J Colson, born 1855 in Independence County Arkansas. He is listed in the Independence County 1860 census along with his father, James J Colson age 30 born in Tenn, and his sister, Lizzie Colson age 2. His mother IS NOT listed which leads me to believe she died in childbirth when Lizzie was born or shortly thereafter. In 1878 Jerome married Rosalee Rowland. In 1900 he married second Anna McLendon. Reverend Colson was active in the ministry for 35 years, all in Arkansas. Upon retiring he lived in Hermitage Arkansas until his death in 1944. He is buried in Oakland Cemetery at Warren Arkansas. Reverend Colson is my wife's great grandfather. We are trying to learn the name of his mother and any information relating to the parents of his father. Thank you for your help.        


         Floyd A Mills  - Husband of Christine Holt Mills

          Covington, GA .


(10) Marti Kulisch July 15     Does anyone have a connection to Maple Springs Cemetery?  My grandparents:  Mark Owen and Annie Victoria Johnson Owen are buried there.




(11)   Ralph G. Brodie,  May 5, 2006


I am seeking information about the MEACHAM FAMILY

Specifically : who were the father and mother of

ANN SPENCER MEACHAM a native of Independence County, Ark.?

Ann Meacham married Elisha Columbus Gray (born 1830) in the 1850’s or 1860’s.


I need not only their names but any other information i.e. DOB, DOD

And their immediate family which included Ann Spencer Meacham.


Thank you for your assistance. 


Ralph G. Brodie





Do you know of any volunteers in Independence County who will photograph grave markers?  I have two ancestors who died in Independence County.

From what I have seen online, it appears that one is buried at the Egner Cemetery in or near Salado.  I have not yet determined where the other one is buried, but he appears to have died in or near Pleasant Plains.

Carol Hull




Please update my surname entries and my e-mail address:







My e-mail address is



Amy Dyer



I am seaching for old obituaries of people that were buried in the Campground cemetery in Bethesda. If you have any, please email them to


Tanyua Davis
P.O. Box 134
Pleasant Grove, AR 72567

(16)  Betty Ford                           July 17, 2007

Looking for info. on my family ,Mary dunavin, having  five children henry,john,james,annie and eph in1910 census they where living in Wycough .  If you can please help. Thanks.


(17)  Gerene Kinney Lord                  email:               August 21, 2007


Do you have information on the Stewart Family?

David was the son of James F. Stewart b. TN and Dicy b.GA.


I would like to find probate or other identifying documents on James or Dicy.

Believe James d. (age 60 on 1870)between 1870 - 1880 Ind Co AR

Dicy is with son Felix Grundy on the 1880.

She is 71 on 1880.

Felix is found 1900,1910,1920 Searcy Co AR.


I believe Mary Ann Stewart who married Richard Taylor Dec 1851 Meigs Co

TN is the dau of James F. & Dicy, who were also from Meigs Co TN.

We cannot find Mary Ann or James F & Dicy on the 1850 Cenus ... James

should be on 1850 AR as Felix was born in AR.


Richard & Mary Ann are in Independence Co AR in 1870, Scott Co in 1880

and living next door to some of this Stewart Family.

Mary Ann is buried in Weeks Cem, Scott Co AR and Richard goes to IT about 1896


Can you help me and I can furnish additional information on Stewarts & Taylors.





(18)  betty ford []                                          August 24, 2007 


Ms .Burns I am trying to find info. on my grandmother and grandfather he was henry j dunavin he married  ora clark terry between 1912 and 1915  he used his nickname alot it was dick,they had two children together james and inez  she had two other children by her first marriage to a terry around 1915 or 1916.  if you could please help me find out when they got married .Thanks Betty.


(19)  Maurice Shortnacy                          August 24, 2007


I am looking for anyone who can help me with the James J. McCauley family that lived and died in Pleasant Plains, Ar around 1860's.  Thanks.


(20)  Phobe Sneed                                           September 07, 2007

I am looking for any information on BILL TOSH.  He married PEARLE FLEMING April 25 1914 and thet lived in CUSHMAN ARKANSAS


I am also looking  for SARAH BLACKBURN FLEMING and her husband JACK FLEMING who lived in independence county.  Both are burried in the Plesant valley cemetary. any information would be appreciated.  thank you



Seeking to find the death date of Margaret Ann FRY, b Mar.15, 1849. Wife of W. B. FRY b. Mar. 16, 1839 d. Nov. 12, 1913. Both buried Pleasant Plains Cemetery. Her death date does not appear on the stone. Any help appreciated.

T. Presley


(22)    October 1, 2007 


 Please post this in Sharp, Independence Counties.


John Logan Jones born 1831 in N.C. Died in 1906 and is buried in Palestine Cem.

Daughter Mary Jane (Jones) Wilkins Abt. 1901- 1997 and is buried in Palestine Cem. Squire F. Wilkins is her husband.


It is said that Mary Jane ( Jones ) Wilkins was in care of the Burrell Jones bible. Burrell is John Logan's Dad. Would like to contact any living  relatives to Mary Jane.



Michael Jones



(23)                      October 1, 2007


Could you tell me who the sheriff was in 1908.  I have been told it was A. L. Dunlap.  Can you verify this.


B. H. Rains



 (24)       David Mowery        October 9, 2007


Hi! I’m very interested in Arkansas Civil War history, and I am wondering where exactly (on a modern map) was fought the Battle of Waugh’s Farm (Feb 1864)? All I know is that it is was fought north of Bethesda in Independence County. I notice from your ICHS web site that there is an article about the battle in the July 1961 edition of the Independence County Chronicle. Does it mention (or show in a map) where the battle occurred?


Thanks for any information you can provide me!


Best regards,





I am looking for descendants of David C. Melton and Mahala C. (Jones) Melton.  David Melton was born about 1845 in Tennessee and died in Newark, Independence Co., Arkansas on March 23, 1901.  I believe Mahala Jones was also born in Tennessee.  They were married in 1868 in Decatur County, Tennessee.  Their children are Wesley, b. 1877; Fannie, b. 1879; Vester, b. 1881; Minnie A., b. 1886; Joel L., b. 1888; Frederick P., b. 1891; and Urmer (sp?), b. 1895.  In 1890 this family was living in Craighead Co., Arkansas.  After David's death in 1901, Mahala married a J. M. Kennedy in 1904 in Arkansas.
Linda Fink
Crossville, Tennessee


(26)  November 14, 2007

It is my understanding that Jesse Bean raised a Company of "Bean's Rangers" from men in and about Batesville, Independence Co. Ark. c, 1832. I need info on a possible relative of his by the name of John Hogan Bean who is believed to have moved from Mississippi to Arkansas sometime before the above date. Any leads or info will be very much appreciated. Thanks, Fred Bean


(27)  November 15, 2007

I am trying to verify that there was a mill in the Rosie area that was owned by J.C. Ladd.  He was my great-grandfather.  I don't know what type of mill it was.  Any help is appreciated.
Terry Phillips


(28)  November 15, 2007

    I am looking for information on a place owned by  J.C. Ladd in the 1800's. He was supposedly drowned in 1880 while taking a load of lumber down a river to his mill.  I am also looking for a location called Jackie Ladd Mountain. Can anyone help?
Cindy Gutierrez

cindy gutierrez []

(29)  November 19, 2007

I am trying to find a tombstone inscription for William F. Tracy (b. 1850) and Martha Tracy (b. 1851) who were shown on the 1880 and 1900 Independence Co census records.  They disappear after 1900.  Any help appreciated.
Tim Harrison
Tim Harrison []

(30)   November 22, 2007

I am a granddaughter of Asia Blaylock.  We have no record of Asia's Birth of Death.  I have found an Asia Blaylock born March 1, 1859 in Tennessee, and a death record for one Asia Blaylock died in Knob, Arkansas on November 23, 1902.  This could be my grandfather, but I am unable to search the  records further.
My parents are dead and I have tried to find this information from every source.  Asia Blaylock was married to a Millie Josephine Morris.  She lived with my parents in Virginia, but she died when I was three years old.  I have no source other than the web to search.
Can you help me.
Thank you,
Evelyn Blaylock Baugh

Evelyn Baugh []


I am searching for information on James Isaac McGee who lived in Independence County in 1920. He was born July 7 or 12, 1880 (James has given both dates for his birthday) in Crawford County, Arkansas to James B. McGee and Phoebe (Adams) (THOMAS) McGEE. James lived in Van Zandt Co., TX after he married and moved back to Arkansas around 1915 based on where their children were born. James operated a ferry on the White River for several years and would also dive for pearls. I have a picture of both the ferry and of James in his diving bell suit with his wife, Margarette Alifar (Johnson) McGee, holding his air hose and piles of mussel shells around them. Does anyone know where the ferry was located on the White River or the name of the crossing? James and Margarette left Independence County sometime between 1925-1927 and moved to Benton County, Arkansas where he died in 1932. I welcome any information from Independence County on James Isaac McGee. Thank you.
Nancy Feroe











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