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Biography of William C. Gillihan

William C. Gillihan was born near McComb, McDonough county, Illinois, April 1, 1841. When he had reached the age of four years his parents removed to Arkansas, and settled near Crawfordsville, Crawford county, and there his father died after a two years residence. In 1847 his mother removed to Iowa, and after several changes, finally settled in Warren county, near Indianola, where they lived until 1855, when (his mother having become Mrs. M. R. Richardson) they removed to Daviess county, seven miles south of Gallatin, and here he lived until 1858. He then left home and began the struggle of life for himself, and obtained most of his education after that date, attending the common schools of Daviess county in 1858 and 1859, and the high school at Gallatin in 1860 and 1661. In February, 1862, he joined the Federal army, enlisting in Company A, First Regiment, Volunteer Cavalry, Missouri State Militia, and served three years, participating in the battles and skirmishes in which his command en: gaged, the most severe being the battles of Independence, Boonville, Mine Creek, Jefferson City and Big Blue, during Price’s last raid through Missouri in 1864. Receiving his honorable discharge from the service he re-turned to Gallatin, arriving February 11, 1865. He entered the office of Judge Samuel A. Richardson and began the study of law, and was admitted to the bar in 1867. He began practice in Gallatin, and in 1868, entered into. partnership with D. L. Kost, under the firm name of Gillihan & Kost, and they continued to practice until 1870, when Mr. Kost retired, and the pres=ent firm of...

Slave Narrative of George Kye

Person Interviewed: George Kye Location: Fort Gibson, Oklahoma Age: 110 I was born in Arkansas under Mr. Abraham Stover, on a big farm about twenty miles north of Van Buren. I was plumb grown when the Civil War come along, but I can remember back when the Cherokee Indians was in all that part of the country Joe Kye was my pappy’s name what he was born under back is Garrison County, Virginia, and I took that name when I was freed, but I don’t know whether he took it or not because he was sold off by old Master Stover when I was a child. I never have seen him since. I think he wouldn’t mind good, leastways that what my mammy say. My mammy was named Jennie and I don’t think I had any brothers or sisters, but they was a whole lot of children at the quarters that I played and lived with. I didn’t live with mammy because she worked all the time, and us children all stayed in one house. It was a little one room log cabin, chinked and daubed, and you couldn’t stir us with a stick. When we went to eat we had a big pan and all ate out of it. One what ate the fastest got the most. Us children wore homespun shirts and britches and little slips, and nobody but the big boys wore any britches. I wore just a shirt until I was about 12 years old, but it had a long tail down to my calves. Four or five of us boys slept in one bed,...

Biography of William F. Webster

The social, political and business history of this section is filled with the deeds and doings of self-made men, and no man in Stone County, Missouri, is more deserving the appellation than Mr. W. F. Webster, for he marked out his own career in youth and has steadily followed it up to the present, his prosperity being attributable to his earnest and persistent endeavor, and to the fact that he has already consistently tried to follow the teachings of the “Golden Rule.” He is a native Missourian, born in Ralls County, June 18, 1828, The eldest but one of four children born to the marriage of Elizure D. and Jane (Fourman) Webster. The grandfather, Daniel Webster, who was related to the famous Daniel Webster, was a native of the Old Bay State, and he was with Jackson at the battle of New Orleans. He and wife died in Massachusetts, within twelve miles of Boston, where the family was a noted one. The father of our subject was born in Massachusetts in 1799, and when eighteen years of age, or in 1817, he turned his face west-ward and settled in Ralls County, Missouri, where he soon became the owner of a farm. He learned the blacksmith’s trade, was handy with tools, and could work at the millwright’s trade as well as at all kinds of wood work. Mr. Webster was married in Ralls County to Miss Jane Fourman, and later settled in Monroe County, Missouri,where, in connection with farming, he followed black smithing, and ran a water mill on Salt River. There he resided until 1845, when he moved to...

Biography of James M. Wood

A representative citizen of McIntosh County is James M. Wood, who since 1921 has been Mayor of Checotah. He was born in Crawford County, Arkansas, on the 13th of December, 1861, a son of James M. and Sophronia (Clyman) Wood. The father was born near Knoxville, Tennessee, in 1825, while Mrs. Wood was born in Danville, Illinois, on the 3d of January, 1834. Mr. Wood emigrated from his native state to Van Buren, Arkansas, at an early age and for some time followed farming. Subsequently he engaged in the general mercantile business and he was active along that line until his demise on the 15th of December, 1881, at the age of fifty-seven years. Mrs. Wood died on the 31st of October, 1921, in her eighty-eighth year. James M. Wood was reared and received his education in Van Buren, Arkansas. He remained with his parents on the home place until he became of age, when he accepted a position as clerk in a store in Van Buren. He was thus employed for several years but finally resigned to become traveling salesman for a large local concern. In June, 1901, he came to Checotah to take charge of the shoe department for the firm of Spaulding & Hutchinson and he remained in that capacity for two or three years, at the termination of which time he again went on the road for several years. He was subsequently elected Treasurer of McIntosh County and after two years in that office he engaged in the shoe, notions and grocery business in Checotah on his own account. He conducted that store with a...

Crawford County, Arkansas Census

Crawford County, Arkansas was formed from Pulaski County in 1820. 1830 Crawford County, Arkansas Census Free 1830 Census Form for your Research Hosted at Ancestry.com – Ancestry Free TrialĀ Free 1830 Census Index 1830 Crawford County, Census (images and index) $ 1810-1890 Accelerated Indexing Systems Hosted at Census Guide 1830 U.S. Census Guide 1840 Crawford County, Arkansas Census Free 1840 Census Form for your Research Hosted at Ancestry.com – Ancestry Free TrialĀ Free 1840 Census Index 1840 Crawford County, Census (images and index) $ 1810-1890 Accelerated Indexing Systems Hosted at Census Guide 1840 U.S. Census Guide 1850 Crawford County, Arkansas Census Free 1850 Census Form for your Research Free 1850 Census Images (partially indexed) Hosted at Ancestry.com – Ancestry Free Trial 1850 Crawford County, Census (images and index) $ 1810-1890 Accelerated Indexing Systems Free 1850 Census IndexFree 1850 Census Surnames: A-C Surnames: D-H Surnames: I-M Surnames: N-R Surnames: S-Z pg 270a-281a pg 281b-293b pg 294a-306b pg 307a-319b pg 320a-333a pg 333b-345b pg 346a-358a pg 358b Hosted at Census Guide 1850 U.S. Census Guide 1860 Crawford County, Arkansas Census Free 1860 Census Form for your Research Free 1860 Census Images and Index Hosted at Ancestry.com – Ancestry Free Trial 1860 Crawford County, Census (images and index) $ 1810-1890 Accelerated Indexing Systems Hosted at Census Guide 1860 U.S. Census Guide 1870 Crawford County, Arkansas Census Free 1870 Census Form for your Research Free 1870 Census Images and Index Hosted at Ancestry.com – Ancestry Free Trial 1870 Crawford County, Census (images and index) $ 1810-1890 Accelerated Indexing Systems Hosted at Census Guide 1870 U.S. Census Guide 1880 Crawford County, Arkansas Census Free 1880 Census...

Crawford County, Arkansas Cemetery Records

Most of these cemetery listings are complete indices at the time of transcription, however, in some cases we list the listing when it is only a partial listing. Following Cemeteries are hosted at Access Genealogy. Fairview Cemetery Following Cemeteries hosted at Crawford County Arkansas Tombstone Transcription Project Chester Cemetery Dugan Cemetery Gregory Cemetery Kenney Cemetery Mt. Gayler Cemetery Oak Bower Cemetery Peters Cemetery White/Shelby Cemetery (Partial) Following Cemeteries hosted at Interment.net Alexander Cemetery Bolton Cemetery Gregory Cemetery Hall Cemetery Hillcrest Cemetery Liberty Hill Cemetery New Cemetery Peters Cemetery Sarah Grove Steward Cemetery  ...

Biography of Dr. Martin Payne

DR. MARTIN PAYNE. – This Oregon-made man of worth and note was born September 14, 1838, in Crawford county, Arkansas, and is the son of Clayburne and Miriam Somner Payne. On April 17, 1843, the family set out for Oregon, joining the emigration of that year under Applegate and Burnett, and with the guidance of Doctor Whitman. On the Rocky Mountains the father died; and the mother was compelled to care for her little family by herself the rest of the journey. She secured kind assistance from her companions; and particularly was Doctor Whitman careful to see that she was provided with food. At Fort Vancouver she was also liberally supplied by Doctor McLoughlin. Arriving in Oregon City October 11th, that place became the abiding place of the family until a journey to California was performed by land in 1845. Returning to Oregon the next year, they bid good-bye upon the commencement of their journey to the grandfather, G. F. Somner, who returned East. As young Payne grew up in the valley, he received his education there, and in 1855-56 served as volunteer in the Indian war, belonging to Company E., Captain A. Hembree. A part of the time he was with Colonel Cornelius, being at the camp at Palouse Falls when the command was fed for thirty days on horse meat from a band captured by Cornelius from the Indians. He was also in the Yakima country when Hembree was killed. After the war he returned to the Willamette valley, and made his residence in Yamhill county, near the home of his uncle, Thomas Shadden. Of late years...

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