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Biography of J. W. Black

Notwithstanding the fact that Marion County, Arkansas, is well known for its efficient, faithful and energetic county officials, none deserves more honorable recognition than J. W. Black, who is the present incumbent of the county recorder and circuit court clerk’s office. He has made his home in Marion County since 1861, but owes his nativity to the Old North State where he first opened his eyes on the light March 16, 1857. His parents being James and Nancy (Burleson) Black, both of whom were born in North Carolina and came to Arkansas in 1861, locating in Marion County. The father was a soldier in the Union Army during the war, was stationed at Batesville and was there called from life in 1863. He was a Democrat politically and a farmer by occupation. His widow survived him until 1893, when she, too, passed away. They were the parents of six children: Andrew H., who died at the age of two years; Mary L., who is the wife of John B. Milum, of Powell; Jesse, who is a farmer of this county; Joseph W.; John C. is also a farmer of the county, and Martha J. is the wife of John H. Smith, of this county. The grandfather, Jesse Black, was of Scotch descent, a North Carolinian by birth, and about 1856 became a resident of Marion County, Arkansas, but died during the war in Newton County. He was the first of the family to come to this section and was followed thither by other members of the family later. J. W.Black was educated in Marion and Boone Counties and completed...

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