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Robert Ivy and Lucendy Shadden by Richard Peel, JP, February 12, 1826
David Canady and Polly Shadden by Richard Peel, JP, April 5, 1826
Abraham Creswell and Sarah Graham by John Redmon, JP, October 22, 1826
Wm. H. Johnson and Eliza Bean by Richard Peel, JP, October 19, 1826
Charles Hagerton and Polly Wiseman by David Litchford, September 14, 1826
Allen Hulsey and Vicey Tyler by Andrew Boyd, Methodist Episcopal Church, February 20, 1824
Robert Bates and Mary Ann Blan by John Redmon, JP, March 27, 1827
Jeremiah Cornwell and Nancy Davis by Richard Peel, JP, April 28, 1827
Gabriel Davis and Tracy Penn by Richard Peel, JP, April 15, 1827
Eli Sherill and Nancy Henson by John Redmon, JP, May 1, 1827
John Spence and Polly Turpin by John Redmon, JP, August 30, 1827
John Cobb and Rebecca Turpin by John Redmon, JP, October 28, 1827
Samuel H. Creswell and Louisa G. Lafferty by Henderson L. Lafferty, Preacher of the Gospel, Methodist Episcopal Church, July 6, 1827
Samuel R. Henton and Elizabeth Ramsey by John Redmon, JP, March 11, 1828
James H. Harris and Miss Ester Ruddell by James Boswell, JP, July 4, 1828
John Davis and Elizabeth Sherill by John Redmon, JP, September 14, 1828
Rev. Josephus A. Cornwall and Miss Nancy Hardin by Jonathan Blan, Minister of the Gospel, November 13, 1828
Edward Tatom and Lucinda Huddle by Parker Snedecor, Preacher of the Gospel, December 24, 1828
George Rupell and Lelinda Mastersy by John Redmon, JP, December 25, 1828
John H. Robbins and Jane Peel by James Boswell, JP, February 11, 1828
Isaac Gill and Betsy Hess by James Boswell, JP, February 14, 1828
Eli Akin and Miss Cynthia Reeves by J. A. Cornwall, Minister of the Gospel, November 25, 1828

Henry A. Engles and Eliza Allen by Thos. P. Eskridge, United States Judge for the Territory of Arkansas, July 25, 1829
James Ramsey and Ferebee Jones, by James Boswell, JP, August 27, 1825
Thomas Staton and Nancy Ramsey by Parker Snedecor, Minister, August 14, 1829
John Palmer, Jr. and Polly Guest by James Boswell, JP, February 25, 1830
John Martin and Sarah Fulbright by James Boswell, JP, March 31, 1830
Washington Bradley and Betty Magness by James Boswell, JP, September 20, 1829
Josh Barnett and Zelpha Welden by David Magness, JP, January 28, 1830
Joseph Porter and Lorena Hardin by Richard C. Pell, JP, April 4, 1830
Jackson Tucker and Johanna Peel by J. A. Cornwalll, JP, July 1, 1830
Thomas G. Ivy and Sarah Wilson by Austin Lafferty, JP, September 16, 1830
Phillip Overturf and Mary Couch by Russell Bates, JP, May 18, 1831
William Dennis and Patsy Delaney by Russell Bates, JP, October 20, 1830
John Arnold and Nancy Magness by Robert Cruduf, December 2, 1830
Joseph B. Henderson and Fancy Robertson by Robert Cruduf, December 28, 1830
Wm. Thompson and Missouri Johnson by James Boswell, JP, May 27, 1830
Bazilla Bell and Jane Magness by Robert Cruduf, February 2, 1831
William Willson and Eleanor Vickers by Isaac Robinson, February 24, 1831
Clark McKinney and Sarah Hulsey by Isaac Robinson, May 12, 1831
Urrel Tyler and Patsy Gullet by John Milligan, Minister of the Gospel, Cumberland Presbyterian Church, January 14, 1830

John S. Nothiny and Lieuvicey Ortner by Isaac Robinson, JP, March 3, 1831
Henry R. Hynson and Eliza Magness by James Boswell, JP, April 28, 1831
William Porter and Martha Bateman by Burrell Lee, MG, April 9, 1831
Hiram Terry and Happy Hinkle by Robert Cruduf, JP, May 19, 1831
John Hammon and Elizabeth Hargis by Isaac Robinson, JP, June 9, 1831
Adam Henderson and Rebecca Leggett by John Milligan, August 18, 1831
Richard M. Sanders and Polly Ann Moore by J. A. Cornwall, MG, July 22, 1831

Franklin Bale and Betsey Ann Dillard by Pleasant Turney, JP, March 26, 1833
Wiley Dunn and Emeline Collard by N. R. Bewley, April 25, 1833
Bird Condry and Matilda Robinson by Isaac Robinson, JP, April 28, 1833
Thomas S. Carter and Harriett Trimble by Nelson R. Bewley, May 23, 1833
Wm. Thomas McDaniel and Lucinda Chandler by J. Boswell, JP, September 12, 1833
John Meek and Betsy Duncan by J. Boswell, JP, September 12, 1833
James W. James and Mirandy Sutton by George Gill, Preacher of the Gospel of the Spring River Association, December 12, 1833
Robert Bruce and Nancy Haughren by J. J. Borman, MAy 16, 1833
Geen A. Chote and Polly Ann O'Neal by Austin R. Lafferty, JP, September 4, 1833
Wesley Allen and Susan Partee by Austin R. Lafferty, JP, September 19, 1833
David Lasswell and Polly Harmon by Rd. Peel, JP, November 17, 1833
Phelomidas I. Balch and Mary Copeland by Geo. Gill, POG, November 30, 1833
Bonaparte Allen and Julia Ann Finley by Ambrose Coldwell, JP, November 7, 1833
Lewis Shadden and Hester Ann Parker by George Gill, January 2, 1834
William Hess and Permealy Sutton by George Gill, January 9, 1834
Levy Minnard and Rebecca Colston by James McBride, JP, August 21, 1833
William Draper and Malessy Lysinby by James McBride, JP, August 25, 1833
Abner H. Dodd and Mary Jane Martin by James McBride, JP, November 28, 1833
Jabey S. Bowman and Rachel Pool by Austin R. Lafferty, JP, January 9, 1834
Walter Thedfor and Emmeline Taylor by Austin R. Lafferty, JP, January 16, 1834
Noadiah Marsh of Pope County and Elizabeth Craig of Independence County by J. A. Cornwall, Minister of the Gospel, February 3, 1834
Samuel Peel and Mrs. Harriett Lynch by J. A. Cornwall, MG, February 6, 1834
Caleb Bates and Jane Craig by James Davis, JP, January 1, 1834
Joseph Beal and Eliza Peel by J. A. Cornwall, March 27, 1834
Brazeal Gibbs and Nancy Heffington by James McBride, JP, February 13, 1834
Samuel French and Elizabeth Wilson by Richard Peel, JP, January 10, 1834
Richard Peel and Prescillah Johnson by Richard Peel, JP, February 13, 1834
Eli Sherill and Fereby Ransom by J. S. Bowman, April 19, 1834
John Robertson and Matilda Garrett by Wm. B. Karr, JP, March 13, 1834
Wm. Fulbright and Barbara Moser by Austin R. Lafferty, JP, May 15, 1834
Elias Burns and Jemima Ivy by Wm B. Karr, JP, May 23, 1834
Isa Bettes and Elizabeth Elms by Richard Peel, JP, June 15, 1834
James F. Moore and Ann I. Dillingham by Wm. B. Karr, JP, July 18, 1834
Dr. David J. Chapman and Mrs. Lucretia Redmon by J. S. Bowman, July 26, 1834 (nee Lucretia Ringgold, the widow of John Redmon)
George Coer and Sarah Lochard by William Arnold, JP, August 3, 1834
Martin Penter and Nancy Bowerman by Austin R. Lafferty, JP, July 18, 1834
Jacob Nelson and Elizabeth Wilson by John W. Childress, JP, September 24, 1834
Andrew Caldwell and America Ann Ruddell by John W. Childress, JP, September 24, 1834
John Heffington and Leviny Overturf by James McBride, JP, April 9, 1832
Robert Crump and Mary Ruddell by James McBride, JP, April 2, 1833
Shewbred Manzy and Smiley Dennis by James McBride, JP, April 24, 1833
Thomas Wideman and Rachel Neely by James McBride, JP, July 12, 1833
Danley Woods and Mary Ann King by John Milligan, JP, October 23, 1834


Addison Gill and Nancy Lacefield by M. D. Newton, December 18, 1834
Isaac Gass and Charlotte Guess by M. D. Newton, January 9, 1835
Washington Allen and Sarah Rollins by J. S. Bowman, January 8, 1835
William B. Karr and Charity Morrison by Benjamin Hawkins, May 28, 1835
R. W. Pryne and Minerva Bateman by Isaac Robinson, JP, August 1, 1835 (Robert H. Pryne died in 1837)
William Vivers and [no name given] by Isaac Robinson, JP, December 24, 1834
Hilbery Cason and [no name given] by Isaac Robinson, JP, February 12, 1834
Jeremiah Clemance and Jane Wilson by James McBride, JP, April 14, 1835
Abrum Hendricks and Virginia Tucker by James McBride, JP, July 16, 1835
John Lewis Craig and Margaret Hardin by J. A. Cornwall, MG, May 12, 1835
W. Garrett Elms and Margaret Bowles by J. A. Cornwall, JP, May 12, 1835
Hiram Hutson and Millie Foster by James McBride, JP, November 3, 1835
Oliver B. Goodridge and Peline Sisk by J. S. Bowman, April 24, 1835
Joseph Wyatt and Rossete Boen by J. S. Bowman, June 14, 1835
Wm. Landers and Jannet P. Carter by J. S. Bowman, August 20, 1835
Hugh Allen and Harriet Morris by J. S. Bowman, September 20, 1835
Michael Walker and Catherine Hazel by Austin P. Lafferty, JP, July 9, 1835
William Peel and Mary Bowles by Richard Peel, JP, October 7, 1835
William Dudley and Tanny Gibbs by [no name given] June 29, 1834
John Robertson and Vilete Garrett by Caleb Halcomb, JP, February 1, 1836
T. R. Wells and Malinda W. Daniels by John Craig, July 19, 1836
Rubin Hollan and Matilda Johnston by J. S. Bowman, JP, April 20, 1836
William Magness and Catherine Compton by Caleb Halcomb, April 24, 1836
Samuel Caruthers, Junior, and Matilda Crow by James Searcy, JP, June 2, 1836
Aron Beard and Maria B. Sprigg by Burwell Lee, Presiding Elder of M.E. Church, July 28, 1836
Ivy Caststep and Peggy Peel by George Gill, MG, August 25, 1836
Bunon Cation and Polly Dillard by Robert Bruce, JP, July 13, 1836
Robert Magness and Sally Wherle by Robert Bruce, JP, September 13, 1836
James Cato and Nancy Weldon by Robert Bruce, JP, October 13, 1836
Trent Akin and Jane Bean by Burwell Lee, Presiding Elder of M.E. Church, August 11, 1836
Henry A. Engles and Martha Dillard by Burwell Lee, PE, September 1, 1836
Samuel Elliott and Louisa Wilson by Benjamin Hawkins, September 29, 1836
Willis McClennon and Unis Ramy by Richard Peel, JP, October 2, 1836
John Heffington and Rachel Lisinbury by James McBride, JP, September 11, 1836
William C. Rives and Martha Ann Tucker by William Arnold, JP, July 31, 1836
J. L. Fuston and Mary Haggard by Austin P. Lafferty, JP, September 1, 1836
West Fowler and Rachel Hulsey by William Arnold, JP, December 11, 1836
Henry Neill and Dorcas Starks by J. A. Cornwall, MG, November 17, 1836
Abraham Tally and Elizabeth Wyatt by James McBride, JP, October 29, 1836
Ewel L. Hardin and Matilda Web by James McBride, JP, December 3, 1836
James F. Smalley and Liddy Fortinbury by James McBride, JP, January 8, 1837
Harry Gibs and Elizabeth Baly by James McBride, JP, January 17, 1837
George Caldwell and Margaret Tunstall by James Boswell, JP, January 12, 1837
John Hill and Sarah Ruddle by Burwell Lee, PE, February 9, 1837
John Carrel and Jaricia Lasswell by Richard Peel, JP, October 14, 1836
Geptha G. Halcome and Sarah Fytsgill by Absalom Fortenberry, JP, December 29, 1836
Jesse Jeffery and Arfie Compton by Caleb Halcomb, JP, January 22, 1837
John Neal and Margaret Elms by Richard Peel, JP, March 16, 1837
William Fugate and Mary Jane Searcy by Burwell Lee, PE, May 11, 1837
William Fugate and Mahutra McHenry by Thomas Hughes, JP, January 22, 1837
Thomas C. Henderson and Franky Smith by Austin R. Lafferty, JP, March 30, 1837
Robert D. Pearson and Gincey Cason by John Milligan, Preacher of the Gospel in the CPC, June 14, 1837
Elijah Blanset and Ann Smith by James McBride, JP, May 25, 1837
Charles McArthur and Mary Blair by Burwell Lee, PE, July 13, 1837
William Brooks and Polly Foster by John W. Childress, JP, July 3, 1837
Philip Crist and Rebecca Magness by John W. Childress, JP, August 6, 1837
John Hess and Louisa Sutton by Ansel Webber, preacher of the Gospel, June 4, 1837
Richard J. Montgomery and Mary Jane Haggard by Burwell Lee, JP, August 16, 1837
Asa Button and Mary Lyons by J. S. Bowman, JP, June 1, 1837
Andrew Allen and Matilda Dillard by J. S. Bowman, JP, July 27, 1837
Marbury Johnson and Nancy Holland by J. S. Bowman, JP, August 10, 1837
John Hulsey and Martha Steel by William Arnold, JP, July 13, 1837
Thomas Elms and Sarah Nelson by Richard Peel, JP, September 13, 1837
Benjamin Cox and Elizabeth Sutton by George Gill, Gospel of Baptist Church, October 4, 1837
Samuel Hughes and Ruth Jamison by George Gill, October 19, 1837
Richard Turner and Elizabeth Holland by Austin P. Lafferty, JP, September 8, 1837
Thomas Guess Ivy and Beedy Brown by Austin P. Lafferty, JP, October 1, 1837
James W. Hightower and Margaret Tosh by George Gill, November 9, 1837
Alexander G. McFarlen and Sarah Ann Peel by J. A. Cornwall, MG, October 26, 1837
Eli Moser and Keziah Bowen by Burwell Lee, PE, November 30, 1837
William B. J. Flournoy and Ann Bates by Burwell Lee, PE, December 14, 1837
Jacob Varner and Mary Palmer by Jaboy L. Bowman, December 19, 1837
Silas Cornwell and Mary Davis by Richard Peel, JP, December 21, 1837
Joshua Perkins and Mary McKnight by John Milligan, PG, October 5, 1837
John Hammonds and Catherine Wolf by John Kyler, JP, December 28, 1837
William Bully and Lucinda Landers by Isaac Robinson, JP, March 6, 1838
Thomas Southerland and Susannah Pistole by John Kyler, JP, February 8, 1838
Jonathan J. Clouse and Loisa Kirkelance by John Kyler, JP, March 15, 1838
Reuben Wyatt and Loutitice Duton by James McBride, JP, January 18, 1838
Louis Smith and Sarah Bennet by James McBride, JP, April 19, 1838
John Perkins and Nancy Leggett by J. S. Bowman, JP, May 3, 1838
John D. Daughty and Mary Elizabeth Hollen by John Ruddell, JP, July 9, 1838
William H. Dickinson and Eliza Moore by Burwell Lee, PE, July 17, 1838
William Penter and Delila Queen by J. S. Bowman, JP, August 22, 1838
George W. Ellison and Elvira WIlliams by John Kyler, JP, June 26, 1838
William Golden and Maria Johnson by John Kyler, JP, August 1, 1838
Isaac Golden and Jane Castile by John Kyler, JP, August 2, 1838
Samuel Hess and Elizabeth Wells by Austin Lafferty, JP, July 19, 1838
John Ruddell and Mary Gill by George Gill, Preacher of the Gospel, September 16, 1838
William Hannond, Sr. and Nancy Kesling by John Kyler, JP, November 3, 1838
Edward McGuire and Emaline Craig by Ansil Webber, November 8, 1838
John McBride and Huldy Wilson by James McBride, JP, December 27, 1838
Isaac K. Taylor and Julian Saylors by Caleb Halcomb, JP, December 13, 1838
John Owens and Mary Ann Browner by William Arnold, JP, August 26, 1837
Henry C. Dye and Diana Mathews by Ansel Webber, February 28, 1839
John Cochran and Rebecca Case by Abraham Wyatt, JP, March 7, 1839
William Engles and Margaret Starke by George W. Morris, PE, February 28, 1839
Jonathan Lamberton and Ann Saffold by William Martin, JP, May 2, 1839
Eli Golden and Rebecca Minyard by John Kyler, JP, May 26, 1839
Henry W. Shelpre and Mary King by John Kyler, JP, April 2, 1839
Robert Martin and Tertsthee Bullard by William Arnold, JP, April 25, 1839
Elbert Smith and Mrs. Mary Varner by Benjamin Watson, JP, July 3, 1839
Thomas Dillard and Mary Jane Day by Benjamin Watson, JP, July 4, 1839
Riley Clark and Lurinda Weldon by Bemjamin Watson, JP, July 18, 1839
John W. Britten and Lurendee Smalley by Abraham Wyatt, JP, June 13, 1839
Joseph Pender and Louisa Queen by Ansel Webber, June 25, 1839


Adam Guyram and Levira Bagley by J. A. Cornwall, MG, June 29, 1839
John Wyatt and Martha Ann Cook by William Martin, JP, August 22, 1839
Joab Peel and Martha Ann West by William Arnold, JP, June 30, 1839
Henry Langston and Ann Plume by J. A. Cornwall, MG, September 26, 1839
John Friendly and Rosey Ann Wyatt by William Martin, JP, October 17, 1839
James W. Rust and Susannah Dickinson by John Kyler, JP, May 16, 1839
Ansel Webber and Minerva Gamble by Thomas Benn, October 17, 1839
Joseph Asbol and Nancy J. Watkins by Thomas Hughes, JP, September 6, 1839
John S. Wilson and Naomi Bettis by Burwell Lee, December 17, 1839
A. W. Bird and Martha Sturdivant by William Arnold, JP, December 11, 1839 [Alfred?]
Robert Sanders and Mary Ann Ramy by J. A. Cornwall, MG, January 7, 1839
John T. Cate and Sarah Ann Patterson by Lewis T. Waugh, JP, January 2, 1840
Henry Holderby and Margaret Brunditt by John Kyler, JP, January 15, 1840
James A. Henry and Polly Waggoner by J. A. Cornwall, MG, February 2, 1840
Edward P. Waggoner and Elizabeth Henry by J. A. Cornwall, MG, February 2, 1840
Joseph Young and Jane Ware by Elijah Hogan, JP, December 29, 1839
William Canada and Elixa Bradley by Elijah Hogan, JP, December 19, 1839
John Cash and Nancy White by Elijah Hogan, JP, January 2, 1840
Andrew Hill and Jane Waggoner by Richard Peel, JP, February 23, 1840
Lanta A. Roberson and Clementina Moody by Isaac Robinson, JP, February 20, 1840
William Peg and Margaret C. Linebarger by John Kyler, JP, March 5, 1840
Stephen Neal and Synthy Elms by Richard Peel, JP, March 8, 1840
Elijah Jeffery and Caroline Robinson by Elijah Hogan, JP, February 26, 1840
John Applegate and Maria Curry by Elijah Hogan, JP, April 5, 1840
Benjamin H. Griffith and Cynthia Ann Lynch by Elijah Hogan, JP, June 11, 1840
Willis Young and Nancy Six by Richard Peel, JP, June 11, 1840
Thomas Peel and Elizabeth Kerber by J. A. Cornwall, MG, June 20, 1840
Stephen Morrison and Elizabeth Wilson by Burwell Lee, June 20, 1840
Jacob A. Jenkins and Elizabeth Smith by Burwell Lee, July 1, 1840
Thomas B. Burson and Julia A. Frazier by William Martin, JP, September 6, 1840
Robert Dunlap and Mrs. Lorena Guinn by William Martin, JP, September 30, 1840
Daniel Lacefield and Nancy Foster by George Gill, PG, October 15, 1840
William Hammond and Polly Johnson by William Martin, JP, October 23, 1840
L. B. Creswell and Pheobe O'Neal b Austin Lafferty, JP, November 12, 1840
James M. Campbell and Ester James by George Gill, PG, December 13, 1840
Thomas Sulivan and Martha Perkins by Elijah Hogan, JP, December 24, 1840
Perry G. Magness and Atlanta Tomlinson by John Owen, JP, October 15, 1840

William Castelow and Sarah Given by William Martin, JP, December 17, 1840
Clabourn C. Holcomb and Martha Milligan by Isaac Robinson, JP, December 24, 1840
John Seals and Sarah Hynson by James Wilson, JP, December 27, 1840
F. C. Sherrill and Marth Chandler by H\John Minikin, JP, December 31, 1840
Samuel Wilson and Harriet Patterson by John Minikin, JP, January 7, 1841
William Gibbs and Margaret Sharp by John Morgan, JP, December 28, 1840
Charles Fenton Mercer Noland and Lucretia Ringgold by A. Baird, January 12, 1841
Samuel Garner and Mayzell Williams by Burwell Lee, PE, December 24, 1840
George W. Allen and Elizabeth Chandler by Burwell Lee, PE, February 11, 1841
William Hogan and Jane Tunstall by Isaac Robinson, JP, January 14, 1841
James Gordon and Sarah Stanley by Isaac Robinson, JP, February 11, 1841
George J. Martin and Julia A. Masters by George Gill, PG, March 5, 1841
John Magness and Virginia L. Byrd by J. A. Cornwall, MG, February 18, 1841
Moses Russell and Hannah Allen by William Martin, JP, April 1, 1841
William Holland and Sarah Henderson by John Minikin, JP, March 4, 1841
Alpha Chandler and Jane Foster by John Minikin, JP, March 23, 1841
Elias M. Reaves and Teressa Gilbreath by William Martin, JP, March 28, 1841
William McKinney and Cynthia McMannis by D. W. Lowe, JP, April 3, 1841
Willis McLendonand Catherine Six by James Simpson, JP, April 4, 1841
Samuel Elms and Luretta Johnson by James Simpson, JP, March 23, 1841
John Kirk and Elizabeth Taylor by A. Baird, MG, March 28, 1841
Joe Garrett and Mahaly Snider by Elisha A. Robertson, JP, April 4, 1841
John Everett and Nancy Wilson by Benjamin Watson, JP, April 15, 1841
Frederick Moser and Margaret Pedwell by James Wilson, JP, July 8, 1841
Ives Estes and Elizabeth M. James by James Wilson, JP, July 13, 1841
Robert Frasier and Sarah Bateman by Isaac Robinson, JP, June 24, 1841
Joseph A. Griffith and Clemia King by William Martin, JP, July 1, 1841
Robert A. Childress and Martha Ann Waugh by Juba Estabrook, MG ME Church, September 8, 1841
James Covington and Fuslean? by John Minikin, JP, September 24, 1841 (Check Washington Township)
Robert H. Ford and Mary Millsaps by John Minikin, JP, September 9, 1841
William E. Moody and Elizabeth Hogan by Elijah Hogan, JP, September 2, 1841
James Sexton and Levina Allen by Elijah Hogan, JP, August 22, 1841
William Carter and Amandy Sturdivant by Isaac Robinson, JP, August 28, 1841
Lewallin Tomlinson and Martha Ann McGuire Magness by John Owen, JP, September 16, 1841
Daniel Biles and Mary Bullard by John Owen, JP, September 29, 1841
Morgan Gha and Eliza Curran by Benjamin Watson, JP, August 26, 1841

The abbreviation PE is for presiding elder, a preacher and official of the Methodist Church.
The abbreviation JP is for Justice of the Peace.
The abbreviation MB is for Minister of the Gospel.
The abbreviation ME is for Methodist-Episcopal.



Burwell Lee
by Nancy Britton
In the autumn of 1830, a young Tennessean arrived in sparsely-populated northern Arkansas. He had been licensed to preach two ears earlier by Bishop Paine in the Tennessee Conference, but, like many young men of that day, he heard the call of adventure from the territory across the Mississippi. This was the period when the shameful relocation of teh southeastern Indian tribes was taking place. Perhaps it was the urge to help these suffering souls as they made their way across Arkansas on the "Trail of Tears" that first brought this young man into the area. He served briefly on two circuits -- the White River and the Spring River -- then he went on to the Cherokee Mission at Adair, where he worked with the Indians for three years. This young man was Reverend Burwell Lee, destined to become one of the pioneers of Methodism in Arkansas. Burwell, sometimes spelled Burrell, Lee was born in Davidson County, Tennessee, on October 20, 1809. His father was Braxton Lee who had come from Virginia to Davidson County about 1796. In the Davidson County records there is a marriage of a Braxton Lee to Polly Hunter on May 20, 1808. These are probably Burwell's parents. Burwell was raised as a Baptist, but was converted to Methodism at the age of sixteen and called to preach. He was first licensed to exhort, probably because of his tender age, then to preach just before he came to Arkansas. On July 2, 1831, he was present at the organization of a Temperance Society in Batesville, and one week later he solemnized the marriage of William Porter to Martha Bateman. This was the first of many marriages he performed in Independence County over the next forty-six years. Strangely, even though he officiated at dozens of marriages in Independence County, there is no record of his own marriage. At present, research has failed to disclose the identity of Burwell Lee's wife. He must have been married before 1840, because he ws the head of a household consisting of an adult male, an adult female, two children under five and , surprisingly, one slave, in the 1840 census of Independence County. After his work with the Indians, during which time he was ordained Elder by Bishop Roberts of the Missouri Conference, Lee was bak in Batesville in 1835. He is mentioned by Jewell as presiding over the organization of a Methodist Society hosted the first year of teh new Arkansas Conference and Burwell Lee was appointed presiding elder. He continued to perform marriages in Independence County and served briefly as pastor of the Batesville Methodist Church. However, in 1839, he retired from active preaching to farm -- perhaps to ensure a more dependable livelihood for a growing family. According to the 1850 census, he had children born in 1836, 1840, and 1842. While retired, however, he continued to perform marriages as a licensed elder, preached funeral services, and, in 1849, was one of the founders of Ebenezer Methodist Church near Moorefield. This church was later renamed Lee's Chapel in his honor. The 1850 census, Ruddell Township, Independence County, Arkansas lists: No. 1055 Burwell Lee, age 41, farming property valued at $1500, born in Tennessee Henrietta Lee, age 14 Richard H. Lee, age 10 Julia A. Lee, age 8 It is interesting to learn from this census that in 1850, living in the same house with Reverend Lee and his children, was young Andrew Hunter, age 35, another clergyman prominent in the early days of Arkansas Methodism, his wife Ann, age 30, and infant son William. Between 1850 and 1854, Burwell Lee also served as county treasurer for Independence County. Careful reading and re-reading of the 1860 census of Independence County has failed to turn up the name of Burwell Lee -- mysterious because he is there again in 1870. He performed several marriages during the 1860's and also served three different terms as pastor at Batesville Methodist Church during the upheaval of Civil War and Reconstruction. In the 1870 census, Ruddell Township, Independence County: No. 25 Burwell Lee, age 62, Minister Susan L., age 43 (is this a second wife?) J. Edward, age 14 Robert E. B., age 7 Records also show that Lee performed marriages during the 1870's; one, at Sulphur Rock, as late as March 1877. He is also listed as a member of the Batesville City Council in 1873. Burwell Lee died on May 28, 1877, following wht his obituary in the Batesville Guard called "a long and
painful illness." He was only in his sixty-eighth year, but he must have been marked by hard work and poor
health. An editorial about him in the Guard the following June 7, expressed surprise that he was not much
older. He had spent nearly fifty years of hard work in his church and community.

"The last active labors of his long and useful life," wrote the editor, "were mainly spent as a coloporteur,
in the suppying of the Scriptures to the people of an adjoining county at their own doors." The obituary gave
him credit for organizing the first Bible society west of the Mississippi and remarked that through his zeal
and exertions, the first church was built in Batesville and the first Methodist society was organized in North
Arkansas.

Again, to the frustration of the researcher, the obituary mentions no wife and only the briefest reference to
surviving children -- two sons and two daughters.

Burwell Lee is buried in Oaklawn Cemetery in Batesville. A large and handsome marker is placed there in
his honor, but there is no mention of a wife or widow. There are three small, flat markers at the rear of his
burial plot, engraved with names but no dates. One is Richard Henry Lee, a son, and next to it is one Emma
Florence Lee, believed to be his son's wife, the Emma F. Goodwin who married Richard H. Lee in 1877. The
third marker reads only Edna Lee. She is unidentified.

A plaque commemorating Reverend Burwell Lee has been placed in a wall of the First United Methodist
Church in Batesville. It reads:

Sacred to the Memory of Rev'd B. Lee,
Founder of the First Methodist Church
In Batesville and Who Remained
In the Ministry 43 Years
Born Oct. 20, 1809
Died May 28, 1877

SOURCES:

Batesville Guard for May 30, 1877 and June 7, 1877.
Microfilm census records for Independence County, courtesy of Arkansas College.
Booklet printed privately to commemorate the centennial of First Methodist Church,
Batesville, in 1936. Courtesy of I. N. Barnett.
Jewell, History of Methodism in Arkansas.
Vernon, Methodism in Arkansas: 1816 - 1976.
Chronicle, publication of the Independence County Historical Society,
Vol. XI, No. 4, "Early Religious Activities."
Marriage Book of Independence County, Arkansas. Courtesy County Clerk's Office.
Picture of Reverend Lee, courtesy First United Methodist Church of Batesville.




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