Location: Baxter County AR

Biography of John Q. Adams

JOHN Q. ADAMS. This gentleman owns and resides on the farm in Baxter County, Arkansas, on which he was born in 1854, his parents being Alexander and Syrena (Kellough) Adams. The father was born on this farm also and died in 1866 at the age of forty-two years. His father, John Adams, came to this neighborhood many years ago and located among the Indians, three miles above the mouth of North Fork, in what was then Izard County. At that time the Talburt and Wolf families were the only ones living here, and for many years, until the tide of emigration set in, Mr. Adams and his family had to put up with many inconveniences and hardships, but he was possessed of the sturdy perseverance of the successful pioneer, and here he continued to live and labor, and witnessed quite a transformation in the country prior to his death. He successfully tilled the soil, and in this respect his son Alexander followed his footsteps, also becoming extensively engaged in the raising of stock. During the Civil War he served in the Fourteenth Arkansas Infantry, and was a participant in a great many battles. Just before the war he was sheriff of Izard County and held other positions of trust and honor. He was a Mason, a member of Adams Lodge, and located on White River below the mouth of...

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Biography of Maj. John P. Clendenin

MAJ. JOHN P. CLENDENIN. This gentleman, the register of public lands at Harrison, Arkansas, is capable, efficient and trustworthy, and in the discharge of his official duties has shown that he is the ” right man in the right place.” The Major was born in Louisville, Kentucky, September 4, 1839, a son of James M. and Eliza (Peay) Clendenin, the former of whom was born in Harford County Md., in 1796, and was a son of John Clendenin who was also born in that State and who was a soldier of the Revolutionary War. The name is of Scotch origin, and the family has for many generations resided in this country. James M. Clendenin was a soldier of the War of 1812 and with Jackson in the famous battle of New Orleans. He became a resident of Kentucky when a young man, was married in Louisville, and in 1846 removed to St. Louis, Missouri, where he became a very prominent man and president of the first Board of Underwriters in that city. He was president of the United States Insurance Company from its inception up to the time of his death, which occurred in 1859. He and his wife reared a family of six children: Mrs. Courtenay, of Allegheny City, Pa.; William A., who is connected with the Boatmen’s Bank of St. Louis, and John P. Mr. Clendenin held...

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Biography of W. Q. Seawel

This gentleman has for years devoted his attention to mercantile pursuits, is a practical, experienced man, thoroughly conversant with the business in all its branches, and his establishment is a most reliable one at which to deal. He was born in Cannon County, Tennessee, January 3, 1844, and since 1869 has been a resident of Yellville, whither he came from Buffalo City, Arkansas, where he had located in 1867. His parents were Francis M. and Anna E. (Bates ) Seawel, who were born, reared and married in Tennessee. They removed to Arkansas in 1856, and here the father engaged in tilling the soil and also in church work, becoming a minister of the Methodist Episcopal Church, and later of the M. P. Church. He lost his life in Prairie County, Arkansas, during the war, but the exact cause of his death was never known. He was at that time about forty-two years old. At the commencement of the war he was in sympathy with the Union and opposed to secession, but he became chaplain of a Confederate regiment. The paternal grandfather, Jesse Q. Seawel, was a Virginian and an early pioneer of Georgia and Tennessee, but died near Webb City, Missouri, about 1885, having been a manufacturer of tobacco. The founder of the family in this country was a Scotchman, who came thither during Colonial days. The maternal grandfather,...

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Biography of Dr. George W. Thompson

DR. GEORGE W. THOMPSON. Dr. George W. Thompson is a successful follower of Aesculapius at Cave Creek, Arkansas, and through ability and well merited success has built up a practice that is eminently satisfactory. He is a product of Caldwell County, Kentucky, born in 1836, and the son of William R. Thompson who was born in Claiborne County, Tennessee, in 1807. The father was liberally educated in his native State and was there married to Miss Elizabeth Wells, also of Tennessee, and a lady of more than ordinary intelligence. She was born in Knox County in 1809. About 1834 the parents removed to Caldwell County, Kentucky, and in 1854 came by wagon to Monroe County, Arkansas, but after remaining there a short time removed to Lawrence County, where Mr. Thompson died in 1855. Four years later the mother received her final summons and both are interred in that county. She was a worthy member of the Baptist Church. Mr. Thompson followed the occupation of a blacksmith and wagonmaker and was an industrious, hardworking citizen. Our subject’s grandfather, Ephraim Thompson, was probably born in the highlands of Scotland, and when but a boy came to America, locating in east Tennessee. He was a soldier in the War of 1812, and an officer. His death occurred in Mobile, Ala., and his wife passed away in Knox County, Tennessee James Wells, the...

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Biography of Robert M. Hancock

ROBERT M. HANCOCK. It is a pleasure and a privilege to record the character and enterprise of men of business who have made their own way in life, and no more efficient man could have been found for the office of circuit and county clerk than Robert M. Hancock. He is keenly alive to his responsibilities, fulfills them in the most prompt and thorough manner, and even his political enemies have come to understand that he is the “right man in the right place.” He owes his nativity to Coffee County, Tennessee, where he was born February 11, 1847, a son of William A. and Elizabeth (McCrary) Hancock, both of whom were natives of Middle Tennessee. After their marriage they moved to Gibson County, West Tennessee, and from there to Arkansas in 1861, locating on a farm a little over a mile from Mountain Home. There the father died in 1876, at the age of fifty-two years, and his widow at Potterville, Missouri, in 1879 while trying the waters of the medical spring of that place for her health. William A. Hancock was a stanch Democrat in politics, was active in political matters and successfully filled the offices of deputy sheriff and justice of the peace. In 1861 he joined Shaver’s regiment as first lieutenant of his company and was with that command until taken prisoner below Little Rock....

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Biography of Dr. John M. Casey

DR. JOHN M. CASEY. This gentleman is one of the best known physicians of Baxter County, Arkansas, for he has been unusually successful in the practice of his profession, and that he deserves the good fortune that has attended his efforts is indisputable. He is not only honest and reliable, but he has ever been sympathetic, yet cheerful, in the sick room, and possesses the happy faculty of winning the confidence and liking of his patients, which has much to do with their restoration to health. The Doctor first saw the light of day in Hardeman County, West Tennessee, September 22, 1839. He was reared by his grandmother, the wife of Hiram Casey, the pioneer Baptist minister of West Tennessee, who was probably as well known as any divine in the State at that time. His school days were spent in his native State, but on the 11th of December, 1855, he made a settlement in the vicinity of Mt. Home, Arkansas, and the first season that he arrived here he made a crop. Later he taught a three months subscription school at Pearson’s Landing on White River, where he had for his pupils many of the best citizens of this county. In 1857 he began teaching in the Tolburt School House at Tolburt Springs, and later in the same year entered Head’s Collegiate Institute at Batesville, where he...

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Biography of William L. Aylor

WILLIAM L. AYLOR. Among those who have fought the battle of life bravely and are now enjoying the comforts and pleasures that wealth brings, is William L. Aylor of Grover Township, Baxter County, Arkansas, who can point back over a well-spent life. He was born in Rutherford County, Tennessee, in 1833. The son of George W. Aylor, who it is supposed was born in Georgia. He was a farmer by occupation and made his home in Rutherford County until his death, which occurred about 1842. He was a soldier of the War of 1812, and also helped to remove the Indians from Georgia and Tennessee to the reservation west of the Mississippi River. Willia L.. Aylor remained in Tennessee until sixteen or seventeen years of age, then came to Izard County, Arkansas, with an elder brother, Charles Aylor, and there made his home until the opening of the Civil War, when he became a member of the Ninth Arkansas Infantry, but after the battle of Chickamauga his command became a part of the Eighth Arkansas Infantry, and with this he continued to serve the Southern cause until the close of the war, surrendering at Greensboro, N. C. He took part in the battles of Chickamauga, Perryville, Kentucky, Murfreesboro, all the engagements of the retreat from Dalton to Atlanta, Franklin, Nashville, Shiloh and at Smithfield, N. C. When the war...

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Biography of Capt. James Berrien Harper

CAPT. JAMES BERRIEN HARPER. He whose name heads this sketch is one of the substantial citizens and successful agriculturists of Barren Creek Township, Baxter County, Arkansas, but was born in Franklin County, Ga., November 17, 1833, a son of Andrew Knox and Anna (Little) Harper, natives of Virginia and Georgia, respectively. When a young man the father went to Georgia and was married in Franklin County, and in 1839 moved to Pontotoc County, Miss., where he made his home until his death in 1851, at the age of fifty-six years, his wife having died in Pontotoc County when forty-one years old. The father was a successful business man, was original and independent in his views, and was an active and earnest member of the Methodist Church. Six children were born to himself and wife, only two of whom are now living: James Berrien and Hattie T. (Bacon). the latter residing on Florida coast. The Harpers are of Irish origin. Capt. James Berrien Harper was educated in the common schools of Pontotoc County, and since his sixteenth year he has had the cares of a family on his shoulders, for after the death of his father, he took his place as well as he could and cared for the younger members of the family. In January, 1862, he enlisted in Company E, of the Third Mississippi Infantry, but after the...

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Biography of James P. M. Norman

JAMES P. M. NORMAN. One of the most popular and widely known of Douglas County’s county officers is James P. M. Norman,who has been identified with the growth and the interests of the county for many years. Mr. Norman was born in Carroll County, Ga., April 27, 1847, and is a son of Abner S. and Charlotte (Orr) Norman, natives respectively of Alabama and South Carolina. George Norman, grandfather of our subject, came from Scotland to this country, and brought with him the sturdy habits so characteristic of those of that nationality. Settling in Alabama, he there reared his family, and after a long and useful life passed to that bourne from whence no traveler returns. Abner S. Norman came to Douglas County, Missouri, in 1863, and the following year was killed by bushwhackers near Yellville, Arkansas He was with the army, but was not a soldier. Mrs. Norman died in 1881. Both were worthy members of the Methodist Episcopal Church South. The father and mother had emigrated from Georgia to Arkansas, and settled in what is now Baxter county in 1853. In 1863 they came to this county, as above stated, being obliged to leave Arkansas on account of sympathizing with the Union. There was a family of eleven children born to this worthy couple: Nancy C.; Sarah A., deceased, was the wife of W. J. Cooley, of...

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Biographical Sketch of Z. M. Horton

Z. M. HORTON was born in territory now embraced in Stone County, Arkansas, September 27, 1858. Moved with his parents to North Carolina in 1861, and returned to Arkansas in 1869, and has ever since resided in Baxter County, Arkansas Was educated at Mountain Home Male and Female Academy, of Mountain Home, Arkansas Quit school at the age of eighteen, and began to teach in the public schools of the country, and read law at night and on Saturdays. Continued this course most of his time until he was twenty-one years of age, when he was licensed to practice law in 1879. Began the practice of the law at his present location, Mountain Home, Arkansas, in January, 1880, and has been very successful, both from professional and financial standpoints. Has accumulated considerable property. In politics a Democrat; never held any office, except that of Democratic presidential elector for Fifth Congressional District of Arkansas in the campaign of 1888. Has never been an office-seeker. Has devoted his time to the study and the practice of the law. Married Miss Kate Paul Hicks October 9, 1887. Has two children: a girl, Lucille, five years old, and Paul, a boy of two. A man of medium size, light complexion, and has always enjoyed splendid health. Second son of Dr. M. W. Horton, an old pioneer of Arkansas, who was one of the...

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Biography of Hon. John W. Cypert

HON. JOHN W. CYPERT. Ability, when backed by enterprising measures and progressive ideas, will accomplish more than any other professional requirement, an illustration of which may be seen in the career of Hon. John W. Cypert, who is the efficient county and probate judge of Baxter County, Arkansas He was born in Wayne County, Tennessee, April 22, 1826. A son of John and Nancy (Anderson) Cypert, the latter of whom was born in Virginia and the former in Tennessee. They were married in their father’s native State and partly reared their family there, but in 1850 took up their residence in Searcy County, Arkansas, where the mother breathed her last in 1862, at the age of seventy-two years. The father died three years later in his seventy-fifth year, having held the office of justice of the peace while in Wayne County, Tennessee He was quite an active politician, and was a deacon in the Baptist Church for many years. Hon. John W. Cypert was one of the youngest of twelve children born to his parents, and in the schools of Wayne County, Tennessee, he received his education. March 13, 1845, he was married to Sarah Lloyd, a daughter of F. W. Lloyd, and by her became the father of eleven children, seven of whom are living: Thomas F., a farmer and stone cutter of Baxter County, Arkansas; Minerva, wife...

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Biography of Joseph M. Henley

JOSEPH M. HENLEY is one of the most prominent, enterprising and progressive tillers of the soil in Buckhorn Township, and his residence on Gobler Flat. He was born in Franklin County, Ga., in 1847, but his father, John S. Henley, was born in Washington County, Tennessee He was a minister of the Methodist Church and preached the gospel in his native State, Virginia, West Virginia, Georgia, North Carolina and South Carolina until his death in 1865, at about the age of seventy years. He supported the principles of the Democrat party throughout life, and at two different times represented Rabun County, Ga., in the State Legislature During the Civil War he was a Union man. He was well educated, mainly by his own efforts, and by trade was a cabinet maker. He sold goods in North Carolina and Georgia, and was shrewd and successful in the conduct of his affairs, but was always generous in the use of his means, and being sympathetic, kind-hearted and charitable, no one ever left his house hungry nor in sore want. He was married three times: first to Mary Syller, then to Mary E. Patton, and afterward to Minerva Mclntire, the last mentioned being the mother of the subject of this sketch. Mr. Henly now says he received his education in the Confederate Army, for he entered the service when he was but...

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Biography of Jeremiah B. Simpson, M. D.

JEREMIAH B. SIMPSON, M. D. There is no man more highly esteemed in a community than the medical practitioner, and there is not among all the physicians of Baxter County, Arkansas, one who is held higher in public favor than Dr. Jeremiah B. Simpson. This gentleman was born in Wayne County, Illinois, in 1851 , to John W. and Sallie (Murphy) Simpson, the former of whom was also born there. The paternal grandfather, William Simpson, was a Tennessean, and a pioneer of Wayne County, Illinois, where he lived and died. John W. Simpson was a worthy tiller of the soil, and while pursuing this honorable calling was cut down by the hand of death in 1880, when about forty-five years of age. His widow still survives him. Dr. Jeremiah B. Simpson was the second of eight children born to his parents, and his youthful days were spent in attending the public schools of Wayne County, and assisting his father in the duties of the farm. At the age of eighteen or nineteen he began tilling the soil on his own responsibility, but after a time commenced reading medicine under Dr. S. W. Vertreese at Fairfield, and later graduated from the Medical Department of the University of Louisville, having himself earned the money to take him through this institution. In 1873 he commenced the practice of his profession in Ozark...

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Biography of John W. Franks

JOHN W. FRANKS, deceased. In every community some men are known for their upright lives, strong common sense and moral worth rather than for their wealth or political standing. Their neighbors respect them, the young generations heed their example, and when they go to the grave posterity listens with reverence to the story of their quiet and useful lives. Such a man was John W. Franks, who was born in Hardin County, Tennessee, July 13, 1837, and died on his farm near Timbo, in Stone County, Arkansas, November 20, 1886. His father, Jack Franks, died in Tennessee. John W. Franks received no educational advantages in his youth, and at the time of his marriage could hardly write his name, but at odd times thereafter he applied himself to his books and became reasonably well posted in the three R’s. From Tennessee he went to Mississippi; in 1859 came to Baxter County, Arkansas, and located near Big Flat, which was one of the roughest places in that part of the country, but the soil was rich and fertile, and there he determined to pitch his tent.” He was industrious, made good crops, and was ably assisted by his young wife who was as ambitious as he. They had a young yoke of oxen, a few household articles, and in this way commenced their married life. During the Civil War Mr....

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Biography of Young N. Patterson

YOUNG N. PATTERSON. This prominent and highly-honored citizen of Baxter County, Arkansas, was born on King’s Creek, three miles from King’s Mountain in Lincoln County, N. C. in 1840, a son of Alfred and Eliza (Ferguson) Patterson, who were born, reared and married in the Old North State, and from there moved to Itawamba County, Miss., where the father died at the age of fifty-two years, and the mother is still living on the old homestead. The father met with success in his farming operations, was practical and shrewd in the conduct of his affairs, and succeeded in accumulating a comfortable competency before the close of his earthly career. He was in the Black Hawk War of 1832, and helped to capture the noted chieftain of that name. In the common schools of Mississippi Young H. Patterson received a practical education, after which he finished his scholastic education in an academy of that State. In August, 1861, he enlisted in Company H, First Mississippi Infantry, and served in that regiment for nearly a year. At the fall of Ft. Donelson he was taken prisoner and for seven months was a captive at Camp Morton, Indianapolis. He was then exchanged and rejoined his old regiment, with which he served until Vicksburg fell when he became a member of Roddy’s cavalry. Three months later, at the battle of Selma, he was...

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