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      Slave narratives are stories of surviving slaves told in their own words and ways. Unique, colorful, and authentic, these slave narratives provide a look at the culture of the South during slavery which heretofore had not been told.

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  • Arkansas Cemetery Records
    Arkansas Cemetery records are listed by county then name of cemetery within the Arkansas county. Most of these are complete indices at the time of transcription, however, in some cases we provide only a partial listing.
    • Cemetery census of Arkansas
      Magnolia, Columbia; Conway, Faulkner; London, Pope; West Helena, Phillips; —  Chalybeat Springs,   P e r s o n , Columbia;  BARLOW,   Evenezer,  Frazier,  MT. Vernon,  Westem, Miller,  Salem,  Sharmon,  Sawrna, Oak Grove, Pleasant Hill,  Price, L. 0, 0. F,  Hartford Memorial Park   Cemeteries, etc. FHB

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Arkansas Genealogy

  • Fathers of the ridge
    Genealogical sketches of Greene County, Arkansas
  • Ancestor charts of the Saline County History and Heritage Society members
    Rowland, Leon; Moore, Orene; Saline County History and Heritage Society (Arkansas)
  • Lineage charts and family group sheets
    submitted by members of Hempstead County Genealogical Society
  • Arkansas pioneers
    Compiled local and family histories from the Clayton Library.
  • A family history : Adcock, John, of Buckingham County, Virginia
    Some of his descendants : with collateral lines: Christian, McMurtry, Robertson, Ingersoll, etc. John Adcock, of Scottish-Irish descent, emigrated from England in late 1600s or early 1700s and settled in Buckingham County, Virginia. His son, Joseph Adcock, served in the American Revolution. He married first, Susan Cason (d. 1804). They had thirteen children, ca. 1754-1804. Joseph and his second wife, migrated to Kanawha County, Virginia (now West Virginia) in 1814. Descendants of his sons, John and Joel, listed, lived in Tennessee, Arkansas, Missouri, Illinois, Georgia, Mississippi, and elsewhere.
  • A history of the Albright family
    Thomas Finley Allbright was born in 1853 near Capps, Arkansas, married Sarah Anne Gilliam at age 24 and died in 1900. Includes Allbright, Albrecht, Moore and allied families.
  • A Berry history
    Record contains an accounty of John and Jane Campbell Berry of Washington County, Virginia and some of their descendants in Virginia, Tennessee, Alabama, Arkansas, Oregon and other states.
  • A biographical sketch of the life, ancestors and descendants of Robert Exum Coffey (1858 – 1939) of Boone County, Arkansas
    Robert Exum Coffey (1858-1939), son of Jonathan Norman Coffey and Permelia Spencer Cloyd, was born in Yardelle, Arkansas. He married Ida Mae Crumpler, daughter of William Crumpler and Mary Ann Cockerham, in 1881.
  • A bit about the past for Calvin, Barbara, and Ruby
    Genealogy for Cotton, Castoe, Pendelton, Batesel, Coots families : from 1068-2008 A.D. John Cotton was born in 1626 and lived in Conington, Huntingdonshire, England. He married Anne Hucheson and they had nine children. He died in Virginia. Ancestors, descendants and relatives lived mainly in England, Virginia, North Carolina, Arkansas, Missouri, Utah, Idaho and California.
  • A Dysart lineage, seven generations
    Information on seven generations of the Dysart family line, beginning with Samuel Dysart of Ireland c. 1746. Continues with the Dysart family coming to the United States and settling in Virginia, Maryland and Kentucky, and later moving west. James Dysart, son of Samuel and Frances Anderson Dysart, ” … was born in 1744 in County, Donegal, Ireland. In 1775 he married Agnes Beattie in Botetourt County, Virginia. He died on May 26, 1818 in Rock Castle County, Kentucky.”–P. 22. Descendants and relatives lived in Virginia, Maryland, Kentucky, Tennessee, Illinois, Missouri, Arkansas, Utah and elsewhere.
  • The first Donahoe families in Fort Smith, Arkansas, 1848
  • The Edmistons of Washington County, Arkansas
    David Edmiston (b.ca.1760) was born in North Carolina, and married Anne Brevard in either North Carolina or Tennessee. They moved in 1818 from Tennessee to Clark County, Arkansas. Descendants and relatives lived in North Carolina, Tennessee, Arkansas and elsewhere.
  • 2000 years, the families of Foster and Mansell
    Stephen Moore Foster, born February 2, 1844 at Dekalb County, Tennessee, son of William Golden Foster and Minerva Spurlock. He married Mary Pearl Patterson and Rebecca Marilza Blythe Pruitt. He died on January 1, 1902 at Roseville, Arkansas.
  • A Gallaher family history : James H. and Sarah E. Gallaher and their descendants
    James Gallaher (ca. 1730-1792) was born in Ireland. He and his wife, Sarah E. Miller, were in the Cumberland Valley in Pennsylvania in 1762. They later settled in Washington County, Tennessee in 1783. Descendants lived in Tennessee, Illinois, Arkansas.
  • A Graham family of Boone County, Arkansas
    Eli Frazier Graham (1839-1916) and wife Narcissus Lucindy Ellen Wadley (1848-1933) with some earlier generations and collateral lineages. Eli Frazier Graham (1839-1916), son of James M. Graham and Mary Robinson, was born in Bolivar, Missouri. He married Narcissus Lucindy Ellen Wadley (1848-1933) in 1866.
  • A Graham genealogy
    William Graham was born in Ulster Province, Ireland, the son of Richard and Nancy Graham. His family immigrated to Pennsylvania when he was young. He later migrated to North Carolina. He married Margaret Graham, daughter of James and Jane Graham of Rowan County, in 1767. They settled in Mecklenburg County, where they had nine sons, 1769- 1790. He was a singner of the Mecklenburg Declaration of Independance in 1775. He died in 1818. His grandson, William Graham (1814-1861) was born at Charlotte, North Carolina, the son of Sam and Abigail Shinn Graham. He migrated to Georgia where he married Louisa B. Dungegan. They had ten children, 1840-1859, all born in Georgia. The family migrated to Pleasant Valley (later Naylor) Arkansas in 1861. He died there. Descendants listed lived in Arkansas, Illinois and elsewhere.
  • A genealogy of the Hammer and Spoon families
    John Hammer immigrated to the U.S. and eventually settled in Randolph County, North Carolina. His descendant, John Hammer, son of Abraham and Catherine Hammer was born in 1814 in North Carolina. He married Jane Spoon in 1832, daughter of John and Sophia. Descendants live in North Carolina, Indiana, Tennessee, Missouri, Arkansas, and elsewhere.
  • A genealogy of all the descendants of Ephriam Knight through John Knight
    James Valentine Knight was a veteran of the War of 1812. He was the son of Ephriam Knight who had migrated from Maryland to Virginia. James married a Miss Kindal in Virginia and they migrated to Ross County, Ohio where their family was reared. Descendants lived in Indiana, Pennsylvania, New York, Missouri, Arkansas and elsewhere.
  • 200 Years of London family in America
    Amos London (1737-1805), a Quaker, served in the Revolutionary Army, and moved from New Jersey to Surry County, North Carolina in 1777. Descendants lived in New Jersey, North Carolina, Kentucky, Tennessee, Arkansas, Oklahoma, Colorado, New Mexico, Arizona
  • May and Keith families of Arkansas
  • A Genealogy of the McCullah-Wasson families, 1700-1967
    Thomas Robertson (1763-1834) immigrated from Ireland to Virginia in 1780. He married Elizabeth Lane (1771-1838) in 1789 in Amherst County, Tennessee. Their daughter, Lucy married Alexander McCullah in 1819. Descendants lived in Tennessee, Kentucky, Arkansas, Iowa, Missouri and elsewhere.
  • A family history of Luther and Vera Merriman, 1883-2004
    Luther Merriman was born 10 September 1912 in Doniphan, Missouri. His parents were Jess A. Merriman (1883-1942) and Hattie Belle West (1885-1959). He married Vera Beatrice Gregory, daughter of Samuel Afton Gregory (1878-1958) and Rosa Jones Horn (1880-1959), 16 September 1934 in Pelsor, Arkansas. They had three children. Luther died in 1982 in Independence, Missouri.
  • A Brief history of the Pettit and Spruce families in Boone County, Arkansas : ca. 1818-1925
  • The Rhoads family newsletter
    by the Rhoads Cemetery and Family Association,
  • A history and genealogy of the Ruddle family, 1695-1941
    John Ruddell (ca.1695-1781) emigrated from England to Chester County, Pennsylvania about 1717, and married Mary Cook. The family moved to Augusta County, Virginia between 1743 and 1747. Descendants lived in Virginia, Kentucky, Missouri, Arkansas and elsewhere.
  • 13 generations of Sabin families
    Life stories of David Sabin (1807-1882), Elizabeth Dowart (1811-1891); life stories of David Dorwart Sabin (1841-1899), Mary Powell (1843-1929); life stories of David Sabin (1868-1947), Julia Elizabeth Pfiste.
  • A branch of the Stallings/Stillions family tree
    Richard Stallings was born in about 1630 in Lincolnshire, England. He married Lavaria Kingland, daughter of Anthony Kingland. They had seven children. They emigrated in 1652 and settled in Calvert County, Maryland. Descendants and relatives lived mainly in Maryland, Virginia, Missouri and Arkansas.
  • A history of one–of the many–John Williams families in America
    John Williams immigrated from Wales to land near Norfolk, Virginia, served in the Revolutionary War, probably married twice, and moved after the war to North Carolina and then to Madison County, Tennessee. Descendants lived in Virginia, North Carolina, Tennessee, Arkansas, Oklahoma, Texas and elsewhere.
  • Kith and kin of Georgia Ridge, Crawford County, Arkansas
    Abel, Adams, Chastain, Ferguson, Rogers, Sinclair, et. al.

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  • Benton County
    • Gentry Courier Journal 1896-1897
    • Gentry Courier Journal Advance 1897-1949
  • Independence County
  • Mississippi County
    • Leachville
      • World’s cresset 1903-1918
        The World’s Cresset began in 1891 in Aurora Springs, Missouri, as the journalistic brainchild of Leroy Sylvester Garrett. In publicity introducing the new four-page, six-column weekly, Garrett called it “The Aurora Springs Cresset,” but he seemed to decide later to expand the scope of the paper beyond Aurora Springs.
  • Sebastian County
    The following newspapers are hosted by the Fort Smith Library through History Archives interface which doesn’t allow direct linking (aka, it’s poorly designed). In order to access these you’ll need to use the following link: Fort Smith Library Community Archives
    • Arkansas Developer 1894-1894
    • Belle Grove School Journal 1872-1872
    • Daily News Record 1894-1895
    • Daily Southwest American 1911-1911
    • Evening Call 1891-1891
    • Fort Smith Bulletin 1862-1862
    • Fort Smith Daily Herald 1877-1879
    • Fort Smith Daily Time and Herald 1861-1861
    • Fort Smith Elevator 1878-1909
    • Fort Smith Enterprise 1895-1895
    • Fort Smith Herald 1848-1881
    • Fort Smith Herald and New Elevator 1912-1915
    • Fort Smith New Era 1863-1870
    • Fort Smith News Record 1896-1907
    • Fort Smith Southwest American 1908-1911
    • Fort Smith Standard 1867-1867
    • Fort Smith Times Record 1924-1929
    • Fort Smith Tri Weekly Bulletin 1862-1862
    • Fort Smith Tri Weekly Herald 1865-1866
    • Fort Smith Weekly Herald 1867-1879
    • Fort Smith Weekly New Era 1865-1874
    • News Record 1894-1894
    • Ouachita Conference Journal 1863-1863
    • South West Independent 1854-1854
    • Southwest American 1908-1932
    • Southwest Times Record 1923-1932
    • Sun 1898-1898
    • Thirty Fifth Parallel 1860-1861
    • Times Record 2012-2018
    • Tri Weekly Fort Smith Herald 1870-1872
    • War Times 1863-1863
    • Weekly New Era 1880-1884
    • Western Independent 1872-1877
    • Wheelers Daily Independent 1879-1879
    • Wheelers Independent 1878-1883
    • Wheelers Western Independent 1878-1878

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Biography of George W. Pearcy

GEORGE W. PEARCY. Ability, when backed by enterprising business measures and progressive ideas, will accomplish more than any other professional or commercial requirement. An illustration of this is found in the mercantile establishment owned and conducted by George W. Pearcy at Thornfield, MO. This gentleman was born in Platte County, Missouri, in 1848, but his parents, William H. and Jane (Henry) Pearcy, were born in Kentucky in 1813 and Indiana in 1818, respectively. After their marriage, which occurred in Indiana, they came to Platte County, Missouri, later removed to Dallas County, and when the subject of this sketch was four…

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Biography of C. C. Hudson

C. C. HUDSON. Many of the most active and enterprising residents of Newton County are natives of the same, and have here spent the greater part of their lives. In them we find men of true loyalty to the interests of this part of the State who understand as it were by instinct the needs, social and industrial, of this vicinity, and who have a thorough knowledge of its resources. They are, therefore, better adapted to succeed here than a stranger could be and are probably without exception warmly devoted to the prosperity of their native place. Mr. C. C.…

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Biography of Jesse N. Nelson

JESSE N. NELSON. The business in which Jesse N. Nelson is engaged is a most important one, and he has found that since engaging in it his time has been fully occupied. He is the proprietor of a mill and cotton-gin at Buford and as a means of livelihood he has found that this occupation has been reasonably successful. He is a native of Pontotock (now Lee) County, Miss.. born February 8, 1858, a son of William and Martha (Carter) Nelson, both of whom were born in Mississippi, and were there reared, educated and married. In 1870 they removed to…

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Biography of Preston A. C. Wallace

PRESTON A. C. WALLACE. An active and progressive system in any profession or line of business, when based upon principles of honor, is sure to bring success, and an illustration of prominence gained through these means is seen in the record of Preston A. C. Wallace, of Heber, Arkansas He was born in Williamson County, Tennessee, in 1841, and is a son of Alfred F. and Ann (Moore) Wallace, who were born in Alabama, from which State they moved to Tennessee, thence to Arkansas in 1841, locating in Independence County. The father died there in 1848, after which his widow…

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Biography of James Augustus Carter

JAMES AUGUSTUS CARTER. This gentleman is the able and efficient editor of the Baxter County Citizen, a paper published in the interests of the section and of the Democrat party. It is a breezy, spicy sheet and from its columns something useful and interesting may always be gleaned, especially in the editorial department, for Mr. Carter is a forceful and elegant writer and does not hesitate to give his unbiased opinion of all matters of public interest. He is a native of Pontotoc County, Miss., where he was born October 30, 1858, a son of Benjamin F. and Mary C.…

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Biography of N. J. McBride

N. J. McBRIDE. With the advance of time, civilization, wealth and population, it becomes necessary that a large number of men should turn their attention to the general mercantile business and make the wants of their patrons their constant thought and study. A gentleman who is engaged in this line and whose reputation for intelligence and integrity materially adds to his success, is N. J. McBride, whose principal place of business is in the town of Marshall, although he is also the owner of well-conducted establishments at Springtown and Snow Ball. He was born in Yell County, Arkansas, September 2,…

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Biography of William Harrison Cecil

WILLIAM HARRISON CECIL, is a dry goods merchant in Harrison, Arkansas (July 9, 1894), and was born in Newton County, Arkansas, on July 9, 1854. His parents were Riley and Sarah J. (Harrison) Cecil, the former born in Arkansas July IO, 1829, the latter in Tennessee, April 11, 1835. Riley was a son of Solomon Cecil, who was born in Tennessee in 1786, and who was married to Sally Hatfield, in Tennessee, in 1814. There were born to them seven sons and two daughters, Riley being the fifth child. Two sons and one daughter are now living in Visalia, Cal.…

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Biography of William Arnold

WILLIAM ARNOLD. This gentleman is one of the thrifty and energetic farmers for which Searcy County, Arkansas. has become well known, and in the conduct of his affairs has shown good judgment and business foresight. He was born in Wabash County, Illinois, September 18, 1822, a son of Jacob and Rebecca (Thompson) Arnold, natives of Kentucky, from which State they removed with their parents to Illinois, when that was a new country. There they married and made their home until 1838, when they started for Texas, but upon reaching Ft. Smith, Arkansas, became discouraged by reports from the Lone Star…

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Biography of James Claiborn McNair

JAMES CLAIBORN McNAIR. The subject of this sketch is an intelligent and enterprising gentleman, who from boyhood has been interested in agricultural pursuits. He is a thorough master of his business, has spent many years of his life in developing the country, and is now in comfortable circumstances. He was born in Knox County, Tennessee, August 24, 1822, a son of Col. Jack and Mary Ann (Sherertz) McNair, who were born in Sullivan County, Tennessee, in July, 1784 and February 5, 1803, respectively, and were married in Knox County, July 12, 1821. They removed to the Cherokee Nation, now Bradley…

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Biography of Henry W. Hermann, M.D

Dr. Henry W. Hermann, who has attained prominence in the field of neurology, was born on the 9th of June, 1855, at Hermansburg, Washington county, Arkansas, and is a son of Charles F. and Lena D. (Wilhelmi) Hermann. According to a genealogical record printed by C. F. Hermann, the first date mentioned in connection with the family in America is 1650. In a volume entitled Founders of Harman’s Station, Kentucky, it appears that one Heinrich Hermann from the same family reached America about the year 1700, penetrated as far west as the Mississippi river, and was celebrated as an Indian…

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Biography of G. W. McDowell

G. W. McDowell
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This gentleman is one of the oldest and most reliable merchants of Yellville, and is in every way deserving the large patronage which he commands. He has been a resident of the town since 1868, but owes his nativity to the Old Dominion, where he first opened his eyes upon the light April 12, 1832, his parents being Thomas and Rebecca (Lytle) McDowell, the former of whom was born on the Isle of Erin, and came with a brother to the United States about 1800. He-settled in Virginia and his brother in one…

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Biography of Henry Fullbright

Photo is of Daniel N. Fulbright, Boone Co., Arkansas.
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This is one of the most remarkable and worthy families of Boone County, Arkansas, and about the year 1700 the family tree first took root on American soil. The original founder of the family came to America from Holland, made a settlement in Pennsylvania, and was the great-grandfather of the present generation. John Fullbright, his son, is thought to have been born in the Keystone State and in all probability was a soldier of the Revolution. In 1815 he came west to Missouri from the Old North…

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Biography of W. C. McBee

W. C. McBee
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There are lines of business in which good management is everything, and to this essential merit, coupled with large experience and accurate judgment, is due the success which has attended the mercantile business of W. C. McBee, of McBee’s Landing, Marion County, Arkansas This wide-awake man of affairs is a native of Mississippi County, Missouri, where he was born August 25, 1848, to S. E. and Lucy (Blackburn) McBee, both of whom were born on Kentucky soil, the former being of Irish lineage, and descended from one who fought for the Colonial cause…

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Biography of Maj. Harrison H. Hilton

MAJOR HARRISON H. HILTON. The gentleman whose name heads this sketch is one of the prosperous old-time merchants of Arkansas, and is one of the pioneers of the section in which he resides. He has fought the hard battle of life bravely and well, has bent the force of circumstances to his will, and although he began at the bottom round of the ladder, he has attained an enviable place at the top through sheer force of character. He was born in Ashe County, N. C., in 1826, a son of Christopher and Josephine (Wolf) Hilton, who were born in…

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Biography of George W. Stone

GEORGE W. STONE. This gentleman who resides in James Creek Township, is the owner of a fine farm, which attests by its value and productiveness the excellent qualities of thoroughness and system which mark the owner. He is a native of Ozark County, Missouri, where he was born in 1848, a son of John and Maria (Bayless) Stone, natives of Tennessee, where they were reared and married. From that State they removed to Greene County, Missouri, and later to Ozark County, of the same State, where Mr. Stone died when the subject of this sketch was very small. In 1862…

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Biography of Richard A. Rouse

RICHARD A. ROUSE. Many of the farmers of Baxter County, Arkansas, have led such quiet, unobtrusive lives as to be seldom heard of outside of their own township. They are doing fine work in their own community, but do not care to come more prominently before the public, and devote all their time and energies to the cultivation of their farms and the development of the resources of their community. Such men deserve more credit than they ordinarily receive, and we are glad here to present one of them in the person of Richard A. Rouse, who is one of…

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Biography of William A. Wyatt

WILLIAM A. WYATT. This gentleman is one of the prominent residents of Richland Township, and one whose constancy to the business in hand, and whose thrift has added so greatly to the agricultural regions of Searcy County. He is a native of Warren County, Missouri, born October 2, 1828, and is a son of Lewis L. and Caroline (Tutt) Wyatt, natives of Kentucky and Tennessee, respectively, their marriage in all probability occurring in the latter State. At a very early day they removed to Missouri and first located in Warren County, but in 1843 took up their residence in Searcy…

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Biography of Christopher Columbus Hughes

CHRISTOPHER COLUMBUS HUGHES. This prominent and successful tiller of the soil owes his nativity to Jefferson County, Arkansas, where he was born, in 1840, to Matthew and Clara (Hill) Hughes, who were born in Crittenden County, Kentucky, and Maryland, respectively. Their marriage occurred on Blue Grass soil, and in Crittenden County, where Mr. Hughes has spent his entire life, with the exception of a few years when he resided in Jefferson County, Arkansas He is now over eighty years of age, has been a lifelong and successful farmer, and prior to the war had accumulated a comfortable fortune, but lost…

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Biography of Milton G. Pattillo

MILTON G. PATTILLO. He whose name heads this sketch is a fair representative of the better class of men who began life’s battle at the lower rounds of the ladder, and through his own efforts he has gained a substantial place near the top. Practically speaking, he is today in comfortable financial circumstances, and the position he now occupies is direct evidence that he possesses the confidence and esteem of his fellow-mortals. He was born in Gallatin County, Illinois, February 11, 1826, a son of John S. and Mary (Trawsdale) Pattillo, the former of whom was born on Blue Grass…

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Biography of Lewis R. Pumphrey

LEWIS R. PUMPHREY, of the well-known firm of Pumphrey & Cantrell, general merchants and cotton dealers, of Lead Hill, Arkansas, was born in Cannon County, Tennessee, in 1839, to the marriage of Thomas and Margaret (Holt) Pumphrey, also natives of Tennessee. The parents were reared and married in their native State, and about 1839 moved by wagon to Ozark County, Missouri, where they were among the first settlers. There they resided for six or seven years and then moved to Fulton County, Arkansas, where Mr. Pumphrey died soon after. Mrs. Pumphrey then moved to what is now Boone County, Arkansas,…

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Biography of Judge William Keener

JUDGE WILLIAM KEENER. Success in professional life is cautiously bestowed upon people by the goddess, who, in a measure, guides and invariably decorates man’s efforts. And this success is more apt to come because of the pursuer’s genius or adaptability for his calling than from any other cause. This is particularly the case in law, a profession which Judge William Keener’s talents caused him to adopt when starting out for himself. He is now a prominent attorney at Lead Hill, Arkansas, and United States commissioner for the Western District of the State. Judge Keener came originally from the Keystone State;…

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Biography of J. H. Walters

J. H. WALTERS. To attain happiness we strive for the acquisition of wealth or position, and, if one is possessed of the first and has native ability and ambition, the second falls to him as his natural heritage. In the acquirement of wealth fortune smiles on those alone who are watching for the opportunity she offers, and J. H. Walters is one of those who has shown himself to be a wide-awake, systematic business man, and has made the most of every opportunity that has presented itself. He was born in Virginia, October 26, 1823, a son of William and…

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Biography of Thomas R. Cantrell

THOMAS R. CANTRELL. One of the famous lines of the great play, “The Old Homestead,” is “Young blood tells.” This expression applies not alone to a man’s social advancement, but in business life particularly, where the old men are dropping out and the younger generation stepping into their shoes. In Lead Hill, Arkansas, the younger generation is in the lead in every calling, especially in the mercantile business, a noted firm being Pumphrey & Cantrell, of which Mr. Cantrell is the junior member. Thomas R. Cantrell was born in Warren County, Tennessee, in 1858, son of Paris and Rosanna (Frier)…

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Biography of John Bittle

JOHN BITTLE. No branch of commercial enterprise in Cleburne County, Arkansas, is more important or more representative in character than that of the merchant, and John Bittle is one of the leaders in this line in Heber. He was born in what is now Cleburne County in 1863, a son of Levi and Nancy (Huie) Bittle, who came to this State from Tennessee some time in the forties and located near Shiloh in the Little Red River bottom, the agricultural possibilities of which they were the first to discover. On this farm the father was called from life in 1872,…

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Biography of James S. Hudson

JAMES S. HUDSON. This gentleman is one of the substantial residents of Newton County, Arkansas, and is also one of the pioneers of the same, for he has resided here since his birth, which occurred on February 4, 1857. His uncle, Samuel Hudson, was the first white settler of the county, having come to this region in 1830, and his brother, Andrew Hudson, the father of James S., came here in 1835 from his native county of Jackson,Tennessee, where he was born in 1818. He settled on a farm about three miles west of where Jasper now is on Little…

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Biography of Hon. Melvin Nathaniel Dyer

HON. MELVIN NATHANIEL DYER. Prominent in the ranks of the fore-most of the brilliant circle of lawyers of Baxter County, Arkansas, stands the name of Melvin Nathaniel Dyer, who has a most thorough and practical knowledge of the complications of law. He was born near Lawrenceville, Gwinnett County Ga., in 1833, and reared in Walker County, Ga., a son of Edwin Dyer, who was a native of Virginia, and was reared on Blue Grass soil. His father, Wiley Dyer, made fifty-three moves during his lifetime and died in Texas. He was a farmer by occupation, was quite a Nimrod in…

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Biography of W. W. Scott

W. W. SCOTT. W. W. Scott who is one of the oldest pioneers of Christian County, Missouri, has attained the advanced age of four-score years and five, for his birth occurred in Tennessee, December 21, 1809. Honorable and upright in every walk of life, his career has been without blot or blemish, and he is one of the best-preserved, physically and mentally, of the men who have reached his age. His father, Thomas Scott, was a native of that grand old State, Virginia, but at an early day migrated to Kentucky, where he married Elizabeth Jones, a native of North…

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Biography of Dr. David Perry Martin

DR. DAVID PERRY MARTIN. The most important science bearing upon man’s happiness, comfort and welfare is that of medicine, and as Dr. Martin has ever been a close student, he has attained a wide reputation as a successful practitioner of the “healing art.” He owes his nativity to Maries County, Missouri, where he first saw the light in 1846, his parents being Madison and Anastasia (Perry) Martin, the former of whom was born in St. Louis County, Missouri, in 1812. He is still living and is a citizen of Maries County. His wife was also born in St. Louis County,…

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Biography of James Littlefield

JAMES LITTLEFIELD. The subject of this sketch was for a number of years one among the many successful farmers of Baxter County, Arkansas, and is as conspicuous for his outspoken views in sanctioning that which is just and right as in his denunciation of that which he considers unjust and wrong. He is an intelligent citizen, and he wields considerable influence in the affairs of his section. He was born in Spartanburg District, South Carolina, April 4, 1829, a son of Joseph Littlefield, who was also a native of the Palmetto State. He moved to Caldwell County, Kentucky, when his…

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Biography of James O. Nicholson

JAMES O. NICHOLSON. The gentleman whose name opens this sketch is the oldest merchant in Boone County, Arkansas, and has given his attention to the business in which he is now engaged in Harrison since 1868. He came to this place with Capt. H. W. Fick, with whom he was in business for about two years, when he became the sole proprietor of the establishment, and has continued as such up to the present time. He carries a large stock of general merchandise, and the building he occupies at the southeast corner of the public square is a two-story structure,…

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