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Biography of Willis F. Miles

WILLIS F. MILES. Petty difficulties of Young Township, Boone County, Arkansas, wend their way to the office of our subject and find in him an arbiter that as a rule sends the respective parties away in better humor with themselves and with the world in general than on coming to him, for he is a gentleman who, although having an extended knowledge of the prosaic aspects of life, is prone to see the humorous side, and gild the baser metal with the brightness of wit. Willis F. Miles was born in Lincoln County, Tennessee, in 1831, and is a son of Hosea and Nancy (Mayfield) Miles, natives of the Palmetto State, the former born in 1802 and the latter in 1801. Previous to her union with Mr. Miles, the mother married a Mr. Cownover, and after his death she came to Tennessee, where she was subsequently married to Mr. Miles and passed the remainder of her days, dying in Giles County in 1849. Mr. Miles died in Lawrence County, Tennessee, about 1868. Both were members of the Christian Church. Mr. Miles was engaged in agricultural pursuits all his life. The grandfather, Isaac Miles, was born in South Carolina, and there passed his entire life, dying when our subject was a boy. He was but a small boy during the Revolutionary War and his father, Thomas Miles, was a soldier in the same. The latter’s house was used as a hospital for some time, as there was a battle fought near by. He was born in Virginia, but was of English parents, who came to America in Colonial days. William...

Biography of Henry C. Thomas

HENRY C. THOMAS. James Township, Stone County, Missouri, has its full quota of vigorous, enterprising, thoroughgoing agriculturists, whose popularity is based upon both their social qualities and their well-known integrity and unusual industry. None among them is more popular or has worked more perseveringly than he of whom we write. Like at least one-half of the citizens of the county, Mr. Thomas is a native of Tennessee, born in Monroe County, in the month of December, 1848, to the union of George W. and Sarah A. (Smallin) Thomas, both natives of Monroe County, Tennessee, the father born September 15, 1819, and the mother March 11, 1819. They were married in their native county and resided there until 1854, when they came by wagon to Greene County, Missouri, and rented land on Grand Prairie for two years. After that the father purchased a farm on Wittenberg Prairie and there spent the remainder of his days, as a successful agriculturist. He served ten months in the militia during the war, and was in the Springfield fight. In religion he was a Baptist and in politics a Democrat until the war, after which he espoused the principles of the Republican party. His father, Jonathan Thomas, was born in North Carolina, and died in Monroe County, Tennessee, in 1857. He was of Irish descent. Grandfather Smallin and wife died in Monroe County, Tennessee, and left their children considerable property. The mother of our subject died on February 7, 1880, and for many years was an earnest member of the Baptist Church. Her husband, George W. Thomas, died August 29, 1892. Ten children were...

Biography of L. A. Saffer

L. A. SAFFER. The vocation of the pharmacist is unquestionably a highly important one in any and every community, for upon his care and skill, almost as much as upon that displayed by the medical profession, oftentimes depends the physical welfare – nay, the life or death of the sick or suffering. Among the favorably known druggists of Harrison, Arkansas, may be mentioned the name of L. A. Saffer, who has an attractive and well-appointed store. He was born in Canton, Illinois, April 5, 1854, the elder of two children born to John M. and Martha M. (Barnes) Saffer, the former of whom was born in the Hoosier State and became an early settler of Illinois, to which State he removed with his father, William Saffer, and was there reared to a knowledge of farming, an occupation which he pursued of his own accord in later years. When the Civil War came up John M. Saffer at once enlisted in the Eighty-fifth Illinois Volunteer Infantry, and was one of the first to go forth to battle for his country, and was killed in the engagement at Kenesaw Mountain while with Sherman on his March to the Sea. He was a private, and was in a number of important engagements before the one in which he met his death. He was buried on the battlefield. The mother of the subject of this sketch was born in Indiana, a daughter of William Barnes, by whom she was taken at an early day to Fulton County, Illinois She was married in 1864 to John Hihath, who came to northwest Arkansas in the...

Biography of Robert A. Thornton

ROBERT A. THORNTON. Robert A. Thornton, a prominent merchant, stock-man, farmer and cotton dealer of Shaver, Arkansas, came originally from Christian County, Missouri, his birth occurring in 1859 to the union of K. M. and Jane (Boatwright) Thornton, natives of Tennessee, where they lived until 1851. From there they removed to Springfield, Missouri, and resided in Greene and Christian Counties for a good many years. Mr. Thornton, who was born in the year ____, died at Shaver in 1885. Mrs. Thornton died when about seventy-seven years of age. Both were members of the Free-Will Baptist Church for nearly fifty years. All his life the father tilled the soil, and met with fair success in this calling. During the war he was a Union man, but took no part in that struggle. His father, Nedham Thornton, was a farmer and slave owner of Tennessee, where he passed the closing scenes of his life. He was probably a native of the Blue Grass State. Of his six sons and two daughters, the father of our subject was the only one who removed to Missouri. The maternal grandfather, Thomas Boatwright, was a native Tennessean. From there he moved to Texas, where he died, leaving a large landed estate. He was a Confederate soldier. Our subject is the youngest of thirteen children, three sons and ten daughters: Mattie, deceased, was the wife of Douglas Jarrett; Louisa, wife of Edward Vaughan, of Greene County, Missouri; Sarah, wife of James Morgan, of Greene County, Missouri; Margaret, wife of Oscar De Graff, of Cherokee County, Kan.; Dotch, wife of Andrew J. Nichols, of Searcy County, Arkansas;...

Biography of Thomas W. Fancher

THOMAS W. FANCHER, a prominent farmer of Carroll County, Arkansas, was born in Overton County, Tennessee, on January 24, 1833. He is a son of James and Elizabeth (Carlock) Fancher, natives of North Carolina and Tennessee, respectively. When twelve years of age James Fancher removed from his native State to Tennessee. After his marriage in the latter State he located on a farm and resided there until 1838, when he came to Carroll County, Arkansas Locating on a farm, he spent the remainder of his life here, and died on June 8, 1866. His widow is still living (1888). James Fancher served as a private in the War of 1812. In 1842 he represented Carroll County in the Arkansas Legislature. Thomas W. Fancher grew to manhood on his father’s farm, and on July 9, 1857, was married to Elizabeth B. Sneed, a daughter of Charles Sneed. She was born and reared in the neighborhood of her present home. After his marriage Mr. Fancher located on a part of his present farm. The place now contains 500 acres, of which 230 acres are under cultivation and finely improved. Mr. and Mrs. Fancher have a family of ten children, viz.: James, Wilburn H., Martha J. (a widow, who resides with her parents), Mary D. (one of the county teachers), Polk, Charles R., Wilkins H., Bessie May, Joseph J. and Jesse. Both Mr. and Mrs. Fancher are earnest Christians. She is a member of the Methodist Church, and he of the Cumberland Presbyterian. In 1862 Mr. Fancher enlisted in the Confederate Army, and was assigned to the Fourth Arkansas Infantry. Later he...

Biography of Capt. Hampton B. Fanchier

CAPT. HAMPTON B. FANCHIER. The intelligence and ability shown by Capt. Hampton B. Fancher, as a progressive tiller of the soil, and the interest he has taken in the advancement of measures for the good of Boone County, Ark, caused him long since to be classed as one of the leading citizens of his section. The most that he has achieved or gained has come as the result of his own efforts, and he deserves much credit for his industry and enterprise. He is a native Tennesseean, born in Overton County in 1828. The son of James and Elizabeth Carlock Fancher, natives of North Carolina, the former born in 1790 and the latter on March 18, 1800. This worthy couple were married in Tennessee, whither they had moved with their parents when young, their nuptials being celebrated in 1818, and about 1838 they came by ox-team to northwest Arkansas, being about two months on the road. They located at the head of Osage, eight miles west of Carrollton, on a claim for which he paid $700 in gold. This he at once began improving and soon had a good home. He was one of the most prosperous, practical and enterprising farmers and stock traders in the county, and accumulated a fortune. However, he lost nearly $50,000 during the war, besides many slaves. He represented Carroll County in the Legislature in 1842 as a Democrat, and was instrumental in the formation of Newton County. That was the only official position he would ever accept. He sympathized with the South during the Civil War but took no part. For a number...

Newell, Eliza Jane Stubblefield Mrs. – Obituary

Imnaha, Wallowa County, Oregon Imnaha Pioneer Passes In Idaho Mrs. Eliza Jane Stubblefield Newell, next to oldest child of Mr. and Mrs. W.K. Stubblefield, pioneer settlers in Wallowa county, passed away in a hospital at Boise, Idaho, January 3. Funeral services were held at Montour, Idaho, and burial was beside her husband, who died 18 years ago. Eliza Jane Stubblefield was born in Carroll county, Arkansas, January 23, 1870, and was married to Charles Newell and they came west in 1886. they lived with her parents on Horse Creek, lower Imnaha, for a time and their daughter, Laura was born there, being the first white child born on the lower Imnaha. Then they took a homestead on Sheep creek, near the old Rumble place. Mr. Newell followed his profession of school teacher, and they moved to the new town of Enterprise where he taught in the first school house on Bennett Flat site of the present town. This house was moved later to Main street where it still stands and is occupied by the Homan-McRae hardware store. After the death of her mother, November 24, 1888, Mrs. Newell and her husband and family moved to Burns where he taught school, and he served as Harney county superintendent several terms and afterward was appointed receiver of the local land office, according to M. Stubblefield, brother to Mrs. Newell. Later the Newell family moved to Dog Mountain, on Harney lake where they took up land and built up a good stock ranch. Their next move was to Montour, Idaho, where Mr. Newell died. They had nine children, Laura, Manney, Todd, Dollie,...

Biography of Grover P. Watkins

Grover P. Watkins, engaged in the practice of law at Fort Gibson, was born at Carrollton, Arkansas, August 23, 1886, and is a son of Paschal T. and Eliza (Holt) Watkins, who were also natives of Arkansas. The father was a druggist and also a farmer, devoting his attention to the two lines of business at Carrollton. He served as a soldier throughout the Civil war with the Confederate forces and became an officer of the army. He died November 11, 1905, and is still survived by his wife, who makes her home in Green Forest, Arkansas. Grover P. Watkins was reared and educated in Carrollton and at the age of seventeen years began teaching school. He followed that profession for eight or nine years and during that time he devoted the hours which are usually termed leisure to the study of law. It was his desire to become an active practitioner at the bar and to this end he matriculated in the Chicago Law school, from which he was graduated with the class of 1903. He afterward went to Harrison, Arkansas, where he practiced for four years, and in 1917 he went to Muskogee. Here he was admitted to practice before the Supreme Court in 1918 and before the United States federal court in 1919. He formed a partnership with his uncle, John Watkins, who conducts the Muskogee office of the firm, while in June, 1920, Grover P. Watkins removed to Fort Gibson and opened an office, although he is still a member of the firm of Watkins & Watkins. On the 1st of June, 1920, Grover P....

McKennon, J. D. – Obituary

J. D. McKennon, one of La Grande’s best known citizens, passed away at his home here Sunday afternoon at about 1:30, following a short illness. Mr. McKennon’s death came as a shock to his many friends, having been in the best of health and attending to business until seven o’clock Saturday evening, when he was taken with a chill. Although he passed a somewhat restless night, he was apparently feeling better during the morning and not until shortly before noon did his condition become grave, a sudden change in the setting at that time. Death was due to pneumonia complicated by heart trouble. Deceased was born in Berryville, Arkansas, in 1857, being 65 years of age at the time of his death. He was raised on a farm, but although he was the owner of a number of farms in the Grande Ronde Valley, he always made his interests in the city the object of his personal attention. His wife and two children mourn his passing. The children are Mrs. James Dobbin and Raymond McKennon, who reside on adjoining ranches in the valley. L. L. McKennon of this city is a brother. Dr. A. M. McKennon, of Clarkeville, Arkansas, is another brother. Mrs. J.M. Berry, of Portland, and Mrs. B. A. Hamilton are sisters. Mr. McKennon also leaves a number of grandchildren and nieces and nephews to mourn his loss. La Grande Observer, 1922 Contributed by: Larry...

Carroll County, Arkansas Census

Carroll County, Arkansas was formed from Izard County in 1833. 1840 Carroll County, Arkansas Census Free 1840 Census Form for your Research Free 1840 Census Index Free 1840 Census Transcription Pages 44-48 Pages 49-52, 68-69 Pages 71-76 Hosted at Ancestry.com – Ancestry Free Trial  1840 Carroll County, Census (images and index) $ 1810-1890 Accelerated Indexing Systems Hosted at Census Guide 1840 U.S. Census Guide 1850 Carroll County, Arkansas Census Free 1850 Census Form for your Research Free 1850 Census Images (partially indexed) Free 1850 Census Index and Transcription A-J Surname Index M-Z Surname Index Pages 121-132 Pages 133-145A Pages 145B – 157 Pages 158-161 Hosted at Ancestry.com – Ancestry Free Trial 1850 Carroll County, Census (images and index) $ 1810-1890 Accelerated Indexing Systems Hosted at Census Guide 1850 U.S. Census Guide 1860 Carroll County, Arkansas Census Free 1860 Census Form for your Research Free 1860 Census Images and Index Hosted at Ancestry.com – Ancestry Free Trial 1860 Carroll County, Census (images and index) $ 1810-1890 Accelerated Indexing Systems Hosted at Census Guide 1860 U.S. Census Guide 1870 Carroll County, Arkansas Census Free 1870 Census Form for your Research Free 1870 Census Images and Index Hosted at Ancestry.com – Ancestry Free Trial 1870 Carroll County, Census (images and index) $ 1810-1890 Accelerated Indexing Systems Free 1870 Census Index Free 1870 Census Images Hosted at Census Guide 1870 U.S. Census Guide 1880 Carroll County, Arkansas Census Free 1880 Census Form for your Research Free 1880 Census Transcription Free 1880 Census Index Free 1880 Census Images Hosted at Ancestry.com – Ancestry Free Trial 1880 Carroll County, Census (images and index) $ 1810-1890...
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