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Biography of Moses P. Coventon

MOSES P. COVENTON. Among the most esteemed and respected citizens of Baxter County, Arkansas, there is not one who has a larger circle of friends, or is a more pleasant or agreeable member of society, or a more thoroughgoing, wide-awake agriculturist than the gentleman whose name is mentioned above, He is a native of De Kalb County, Ga., born in 1833, a son of James and Elizabeth (Hill) Coventon, who were born in South Carolina and Georgia. respectively. In 1876 the father died in Cherokee County, Ga., when about seventy years of age, and his wife was called from life when seventy-five years old. James Coventon was a farmer, acquired a competency as a tiller of the soil, and was a man whom to know was to esteem. Moses P. Coventon was one of seven children, and was educated in the public schools of Georgia and Alabama. He remained with and assisted his father until he attained his twenty-second year, then was married to Miss Mary Jane Dilbeck, a native of De Kalb County, Ala. To their union the following children were born: James N., a farmer of this county; Sarah, wife of J. H. Angelin, a farmer near Cassville; Emily, wife of L. N. McGee, a resident of the Choctaw Nation; Adaline, wife of Bud McGee, also of the Choctaw Nation, and Martha, wife of J. W. Reed, a farmer of Marion County. After his marriage Mr. Coventon resided for some time in De Kalb County, Ala., then moved to Cherokee County of the same State, but during the Civil War resided with his father in Georgia. In...

Biography of Prof. Thomas A. Kay

PROF. THOMAS A. KAY. This gentleman is one of the oldest and most successful educators of Douglas County, and is well known over a large territory. He is a Georgian by birth, his natal county being De Kalb, where he first saw the light December 12, 1853. The son of William T. and Lucretia (Cardar) Kay, the former of whom was a native of South Carolina and a son of Alexander Kay, who was a Virginian by birth and a farmer by occupation. William T. Kay was married in South Carolina and in 1850 took up his residence in Georgia, and from there enlisted in the Confederate Army, in which he served eighteen months. In November, 1870, he came to Missouri and is still living on the farm on which he first settled in the southern part of Douglas County. He has always been a Democrat, is a substantial citizen, is a successful farmer and a worthy member of the Baptist Church, as is also his wife, who was born in the Palmetto State, a daughter of Thomas Cardar, who was of French descent. Some of the early members of this family served in the Revolutionary War. To William T. Kay and his wife the following children were given: Sarah J., wife of J. J. Dickerson of this county; Tempy is the widow of J. D. Haden; Mary E. died at the age of two years; Julia E. is the widow of S. H. Sellers of this county; Thomas A., the subject of this sketch; Frances I., wife of R. M. Haden; William P., who died at the age...

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