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Biography of William F. Eatman

WILLIAM F. EATMAN. The county of Baxter, Arkansas, is very fortunate in her officials and is especially so as regards William F. Eatman, who is the efficient sheriff of Baxter County. He was born in Alabama, September 28, 1868, a son of Hon. Clem A. and Jane L. (Jordan) Eatman, both of whom were born in Greene County, Ala., the birth of the former occurring October 28, 1835, and their marriage in 1867. The paternal grandparents were Reddin and Sarah (Schamblee) Eatman, who were born, reared and married in the Old North State, and soon after the latter event (1835) removed to Greene County, Ala., where they engaged in farming, the grandfather’s death occurring in 1852 and his wife’s shortly after the war. He was an active Democrat politically, a member of the Masonic fraternity, and while he was in sympathy with the Baptist Church, his wife was a member of the Cumberland Presbyterian. Their son, Clem A. Eatman, was the eldest of their seven sons and one daughter, and although he attended school up to the time of his father’s death, the management of the farm then fell upon his shoulders, and the duties of caring for the family occupied his time and attention until the opening of the Civil War. In 1864 he joined the Seventh Alabama Cavalry, with which he served until the war closed, being in Forrest’s command. He continued to make his home in Alabama until 1868, when he came to what was then Marion County, Arkansas, but is now Baxter County. He gave valuable aid in the organization of this county, and although...

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