Independence County Arkansas Queries



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George Anikis           December 30, 1999
Seeking information about a Batesville, Independence County resident. John Cadwallader Ringgold lived in Batesville from ca 1820 untll 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 abou 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. Pleae 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 reasearching 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 HannahDecember 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 HannahDecember 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 Independance 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 nameNovember 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 III          24 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 quiite 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 infomation 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 BridgesNovember 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 CRAFTONNovember 10, 1999
Dorothy ToddNovember 9, 1999
HARDIN: Looking for descendants of James L. Hardin that was on the 1880 Independence Co., Census for Black River Twp.
Jack W. WoodNovember 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 Independance 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, Independance 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 Cullins          September 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 LockhartOctober 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. StewartOctober 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 GoudelockOctober 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 EstesOctober 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 DeckardSeptember 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 PenningtonSeptember 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. JonesSeptember 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 JeffersSeptember 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 Sept. 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) Grimesaug 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 ShearmanAugust 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-grandfarther (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 PeekAugust 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 recogonize 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 ReedAugust 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 13 Aug 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 DavenportAugust 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 DawsonAugust 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 SmithAugust 10, 1999
I am looking for information on the McCrackin lineage. Any information that you may have would be greatly appreciated. Thank you!
Paula BelcherAugust 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 GIVENAugust 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 ReedAugust 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 WomackAugust 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.
Michael Sweeney July 31,1999
My Grandfather, James Franklin GIER was born in Batesville, Independence, Ar. on Sep 7, 1872. He married Frances Hutchison, but I don't know where she was born. Also, there seems to a great many Gier's in that area: William Henry, William Thomas, James Henry and William James. Are they all related?
Nancy McConnell July 31, 1999
I am looking for information on the Fulks family. My g.grandmother Mary Elizabeth Fulks married Thomas Haskins July 23, 1857 with consent of their parents in Independence Co. AR. I know nothing of her family except that they probably lived in Independence Co. Any help greatly appreciated! Nancy
NO NAME GIVEN 31 Jul 1999
James P.Griffin b.1850 Miss. f;N.C. M;N.C. WIFE Rebecca A.Davidson b;1854 Tn. parents born Tn. children;Nancy E. Griffin. b; 1876 Big Bottom,Independence Co.Ark. Andrew F.Griffin b; 1878 Big Bottom Independence Co Ark Wm.Griffin b;1879 Big Bottom Independence Co Ark James P.Griffin siblings; Rena Griffen b; 1870 Tn Charlie Griffin b;1869 Tn Rebecca A Davidson Griffin brother;Joel Davidson b; 1867 Ark. James P. Griffin died and Rebecca remarried Fredinand Prince their children; JohnPrince,Ida Prince b;Feb 15,1885 Independence Co Ark m;Claude Galloway[my husband line]Kate Prince m;Edgar Hempill,Florence Prince m;Will Doss,Charlie Prince married Mildred Camp Rebecca died 1895 in Independence co Ark. Fredinand Prince remarried Dora. then he died 1899/1900 Indpendence co Ark. thank you
NO NAME GIVEN31 Jul 1999
Looking for any information on the Zedoc Richard Freeman DeVaughan families, when he entered Independence Co. and who he came with and to stay with. He died in Mar. 1901 and lived in Sulpher Rock. He was married to Martha Jane Dunnagan.
Julie MallinsonJuly 30, 1999
I am looking for Jack Dempsey KERSEY and/or his sister Doris who were born in Batesville Arkansas. Jack served in the army in WW2 in England, Great Britain. I believe that I am related to him. His military service number is 37103787. If you have any information at all I would really love to know.
Amanda Smith KellyAugust 17, 1999
I am looking to find information on some of my ancestors. I'm not real sure that I am in the right place for that, but I have tried everything else. I am looking for info on the following people: Hugh Magness who married Lucy McDonald and their children. Some of their names are James Raymond, Sherrod , Reuben, Hugh, and not sure of the rest. If you know anything please contact me at Thank you so much for your time. Sincerely, Amanda Smith Kelly
William Wycough-Claesen August 17, 1999
My name is William Wycough-Claesen (, and I am interested in the Wycough surname. Specifically, I am looking for specific information on Paul Franklin Wycough and his lineage. Thanks in advance. William Wycough-Claesen

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