Location: Benton County AR

The Cherokee Revolt – Indian Wars

From the removal of the Cherokee Indians from Georgia and Tennessee to Arkansas and their establishment upon the reservation allotted to them by treaty with the Government in Arkansas, they have, until the period of this outbreak to the narrative of which this chapter is devoted, been considered as among the least dangerous and most peaceable of the tribes in that region. But through various causes, chief among which has been notably the introduction among them of a horde of those pests of the West the border ruffians; these half wild, half-breed Nomads were encouraged by these Indians, as it appeared, for the sake of the liquor traffic. According to the official accounts of this attempt to reopen hostilities, it appears that on the 11th of April, 1872, it originated with a man named J. J. Kesterson, living in the Cherokee nation, near the Arkansas line, about fifty miles from Little Rock. On that day he went to Little Rock, and filed information against one Proctor, also a white man, married to a Cherokee woman, for assaulting with intent to kill him while in his saw mill, on the 13th of February. Proctor fired a revolver at Kesterson, the ball striking him just above the left eye, but before he could fire again Kesterson escaped. Proctor, at the time, was under indictment in the Snake District for the murder of his...

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Biography of Thomas Jones

THOMAS JONES. – It is a noted principle, that in the degree in which one is called to endure hardship and successfully surmounts all obstacles and triumphs over every opposition, in that degree is his character strengthened and his forces of real manhood brought out. May it not be that because of the application of this principle, we have in so many of the early pioneers of this wealthy county, such fine specimens of genuine manhood and especially developed in the virtues mentioned. Well known among this worthy number is the esteemed gentleman, whose name initiates this paragraph, and who has surely done a noble part in enduring the woes of humanity and is developing the resources of the county, while he has ever manifested in the long years of his residence here a commendable exemplication of the Christian character and the sagacity and ability with which he is endowed. In Cocke county, Tennessee, on September 12, 1827, Thomas Jones was born to Russell and Sarah (Hayes) Jones. The father died when Thomas was yet very small and so he never knew the wise guiding of a father’s counsel. He passed the years of his minority on the farm and in attending school as he had opportunity, until he was twenty-three years of age. At that time he hired out for four years to operate a farm. In 1854,...

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Biographical Sketch of Mrs. Samuel Frazier

(See Ward)-Sarah Ann, daughter of Cal Dean and Nancy (Ward) Gunter was born at Siloam Springs, Arkansas January 31, 1867 and was educated in the Cherokee national schools. Married April 10, 1888 Samuel, son of William Thomas and Nancy Frazier, born October 29, 1864 in Texas. They are the parents of: Cal Dean, born February 26, 1889; Lela Jessie born July 13, 1892; Grace, born November 6, 1897; Lillian born March 6, 1904 and William Thomas Frazier, born June 12, 1909. Mr. Frazier is a farmer and stock raiser near Adair. James, Son of John and Catherine (McDaniel) Ward was born October 22, 1785 married Lucy Haynie born October 30, 1787. He died May 20, 1859 and. she died September 26, 1869. They were the parents of Nancy Ward, born January 29, 1830, married September 21, 1845 Cal Dean Gunter, born March 30, 1818 in Warren County, Tennessee. He died March 27,...

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Biographical Sketch of Mrs. William H. Pace

(See Downing and Adair)-Annie Lydia, daughter of John and Rosella (Adair) Downing was born in Saliva District September 10, 1871. Educated in Female Seminary and Harrell Institute, Muskogee. Married at Locust Grove December 22, 1898, William Hayden, son of William and Loretta Pace, born in 1868 in Benton County, Ark. They are the parents of: Elbert Edward, born November 21, 1899 was in the S. A. T. C. at Oklahoma University and is at present attending the A. and M. College at Stillwater; Hayden Adair, born February 19, 1901; Clyde Lewis, born November 30, 1902; Joe Sheldon, born June 14, 1904; Loretta Lucite, born January 15, 1906; Howard, born October 5, 1907 and Alfred Collins Pace born August 7, 1909. Mr. and Mrs. Pace are members of the Methodist Church. He is a farmer and stock raiser, near Welch; specializing in pure bred Short Horn cattle and Poland China...

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Biographical Sketch of Thomas Fox Thompson

(See Grant and Ghigau)-Thomas Fox Thompson, born in Tahlequah District, May 3, 1848 and educated at Pea Ridge, Ark. Married Dec. 18, 1870 Susan C. Parks and after her death married on May 19, 1914 Lillie McBride, nee Schaer; his Cherokee name is Chisgua-kyah and he belongs to the Deer Clan. He is a Methodist and had retired after having been in the dry goods and grocery business in Vinita for twenty years. Mr. Thompson was elected member of the Council from Delaware District in...

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Biographical Sketch of Mrs. George W. Poplin

(See Ward)-—Catherine O. Chandler, born at Siloam, Ar­kansas, January 26, 1873 amid educated at Vinita. Married at Vinita, January 18, 1801 George Washington, son of William H. and Sarah Jane Poplin, born December 10, 1872 in Stodard County, Missouri. They are the parents of Anna Jane, born November 23, 1891; Ora Adelia, born March 18, 1893; Gaithor Oliver, born July 23, 1895; Marguerite, born October 9, 1897; Rosebud, born September 24, 1899; Nellie, born March 29, 1902; Van and Nan, twins, born April 16, 1906; Loren Ross, born June 11. 1908 and Ray Poplin, born December 20, 1910. Gaithor Oliver Poplin enlisted in the World War at Pryor, September 22, 1917. Was made Corporal Company A, 344th M.G. B. N. Promoted to Sergeant October 1. 1918. Was in the offensive at Villa en Haye August 24 to September 11, 1918 and St. Mihiel, Preverenville, Meuse, Argonne and Breussey from Sept 12 to November 11, 191 8. He was gassed on September 1 7, 1918 at St. Mihiel. Was in the Army of Occupation at Gillenifeld, Germany from December 19, 1918 to May 19, 1919. Sailed for America May 28,1918 and was discharged at Camp Pike, Arkansas, June 23, 1919. George W. Poplin is a bridge carpenter for the M. K. & T. F. F. with headquarters at Adam. Mrs. Poplin is a sister of Congressman Chandler of the First...

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Biographical Sketch of Mrs. J. W. Harris

(See England)—Ida Josephine, daughter of Elias H. and Arminda (England) Jenkins was born in Cooweescoowee District, July 4, 1870 and educated at the Cherokee National schools. Married at Siloam Spring, Arkansas, July 10, 1886, John Wesley Harris, born June 23, 1867, in Winebago County, Illinois. They are the parents of Flora May, born July 25, 1887; Gertrude N., born January 13, 1889; Ulalah S., born September 5, 1890; Roy C., born April 20, 1892, and John Wesley Harris, born June 3, 1897. Mr. Harris is a farmer and stock raiser near Vinita. He was elected County Commissioner of Craig County, September 17, 1907. Joseph Roswell Harris was born in Durant, Illinois, Nov. 17, 1837. Served in the Civil war in Company H, 74th Illinois Infantry; married Aug. 27, 1866, Rachel Putney. She died November 23, 1911, and he died May 23, 1921. They were the parents of: John Wesley and Ulalah Harris. Arminda England was born November 25, 1831; married William England, Isaac Schrimsher and Elias H. Jenkins. She died December 27,...

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Biographical Sketch of Mrs. Lee Houston

(See Ward) Stella Lenora, daughter of Lovell Peabody and Johnanna (Powell) Ballard, born in Delaware District, August 23, 1900. Educated at Ketchum. Married at Siloam Springs, Arkansas, September 2, 1916, Lee, son of A. P. and Mary Houston, born July 26, 1892 in Berry County, Missouri. They are the parents of: Lillie May, born July 15, 1917 and Mary Ann Houston, born March 31, 1920. Mr. Houston is a farmer near Ketchum. Nancy, daughter of James and Sidney (Redding) Ward was born Jan. 29, 1830. Married Sept. 21, t845, Cal Dean Gun­ter, born March 30, 1818. He died March 27, 1898. They were the parents of Anna Eliza Gunter, born May 4, 1848 and married John Powell. Their daughter, Johnanna Powell was born February 15, 1869 and married February 28, 1899, Lovell Peabody Ballard, born January 27, 1879 in Benton County, Arkansas. She died August 20,...

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Harts Cemetery Records, Bentonville, Benton County Arkansas

(located 4 miles south of Bentonville) BALDWIN Joel, b. Jan. 1815, d. 1900. Lucinda, b. Jan. 1815, d. 1900, ae. 85 yrs. Lucinda, b. 14 Sept. 1823, d. 19 Sept. 1905, ae. 82 yrs. BALEY John, b. 25 Jan. 1825, d. 17 May 1903, ae. 78 yrs. Husband of Sarah Baley. Sarah, b. 25 Oct. 1824, d. 8 Nov. 1904, ae. 80 yrs. Wife of John Baley. BARNS Marion W., b. 1871, d. 1943, ae. 72 yrs. Husband of Sarah J. Barns. BARNES Lab, b. 1886, d. 1950, ae. 64 yrs. Born in Arkansas. Richard Edgar, b. 19 Dec. 1891. Son of Vena Sawrey Barnes. Vena Sawrey, b. 9 Dec. 1893, d. 11 May 1953, ae. 60 yrs. BEARD Arabelle, b. 1883, d. 1941, ae. 58 yrs. Wife of Joseph M. Beard. Joseph M., b. 1879, d. 1954, ae. 75 yrs. Husband of Arabelle Beard. BERGES Mary Jane Frances, b. abt. 1824, believed in Tenn., d. abt 1865. BLAIR Hue H., b. abt 1860, believed in Benton Co., Ark., d. abt. 1917. Believed to be son of David Francis Blair. Husband of Mary Jane Colville Blair. Sadie Elizabeth, b. abt. 1890, South of Bentonville, Ark. Dau. of Hue H. Blair and Mary Jane Colville Blair. Wife of Furnando Riddle. BOYD David M., b. 27 Jan. 1885. Son of S. D. Boyd and A. R. Boyd. Jonny S., b. 18...

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Biographical Sketch of Mrs. James W. Caudill

Caudill, Mrs. James W. (See Grant, Ghigau and Adair)—Lou, daughter of Alfred Estis and Margaret Elizabeth (Adair) Holland was born at Stillwell, May 8, 1887 and edu­cated at Grove. Married at Bentonville, Ar­kansas, May 19, 1905, James Watson, son of James A. and Eliza Caudill, born April 16, 1879 in Rowen County, Kentucky. They are the parents of J. Holland, born October 11, 1906; Alton Estis, born July 7, 1908; Ruby Mozelle, born February 2, 1911; Ruth Lorene born December 2, 1913 and James Paul, born July 9, 1918. Mr. Caudill is a farmer near Adair. James Warren, son of Walter Scott and Nancy (Harris) Adair married Deborah Bean and they were the parents of Margaret Elizabeth (Adair)...

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Biographical Sketch of William P. A. Rogers

(See Downing, Corand, Oolootsa)-William Penn Adair, of Clement Vann and Mary America (Scrimsher) Rogers was born at the Rogers homestead near Oolagah November 4, 1879. Educated at Kemper Military School, Booneville, Missouri. Married at Rogers, Arkansas November 25, 1908 Betty, daughter of and Mrs. J. W. Blake. They are the parents of: William Vann, born October 20, 1911; Mary Amelia, born May 18, 1913 and James Blake Rogers, born July 25, 1915. Mr. Rogers is a member of the Shrine and Elk fraternities. He is a member of two clubs the Lambs and Friars. Commencing in the theatrical profession as an expert roper, while traveling in South Africa, he has had a remarkably successful career as a comedian, monologist and scenario...

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Biography of Major Harry Sturgeon Crossen, M.D.

Major Harry Sturgeon Crossen, whose military title was won by active service in the World war and who is recognized as an eminent gynecologist of St. Louis, while his contributions to medical literature are rated as of high worth, was born in Appanoose county, Iowa, February 2, 1869. His father, the late James Crossen, was of Irish descent, the family, however, being founded in America at an early day. James Crossen devoted his life to merchandising and passed away in 1874. He married Affinity Sturgeon, who was of English lineage, although the family has long been represented on this side of the Atlantic. Mrs. Crossen passed away in 1873 and the only daughter of the family died in infancy, so that Dr. Crossen remains the sole survivor of his father’s household. Following the death of his parents Dr. Crossen was reared by his uncle, R. S. Morris, near Centerville, Iowa, and there pursued his preliminary education, his early life to the age of fourteen years being spent on the farm. He continued his studies at Siloam Springs, Arkansas, and was there graduated in 1889. He afterward took up the study of medicine in the old St. Louis Medical College, now the medical department of Washington University, and was graduated with the first class to complete the course after the former school was merged into the university. This was in...

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Biography of Hon. J. C. Floyd

The profession of law is a branch of human endeavor which brings into play the most brilliant talents, the most extensive knowledge, the strongest sentiments, moral, spiritual and material, and its power for good or evil is vast and invincible. In the hands of mean men its practices often become as shameful and despised as its adaptions and usefulness are made, by those inspired with noble principles and generous emotions, sublime and admired. As a legal practitioner whose honor is above criticism, whose ability places him in the front rank of the Arkansas bar, and whose name is widely...

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Biography of Jesse P. Briscoe

JESSE P. BRISCOE. The time has never been that the prescription drug gist was not of as great importance to a community as the physician. Indeed it would be difficult to name a branch of business that is more indispensably important than that devoted to the sale and importation of drugs and the preparation of prescriptions. Neither is there any line of business demanding more ability and scientific knowledge. One of the eminent prescription druggists of Harrison, Arkansas, is Jesse P. Briscoe, who is a gentleman of bright talent and enterprise. He was born in Benton County, Arkansas, May 15, 1856, the fifth of twelve children born to James and Martha (King) Briscoe, the former of whom was born in Tennessee, and with his father, John Briscoe, became a resident of Springfield, Greene County, Missouri, the latter’s death occurring in that county. James Briscoe attained manhood in Greene County, and when still young removed to Berry County, Missouri, and later to Benton County, Arkansas, being a resident of the latter place when the war came up. In 1864 he returned to Berry County, Missouri, and was there living at the time of his death, which occurred in 1886, when sixty years of age. His wife, who was a native of Tennessee, died in 1879, a daughter of Jesse King. She bore her husband the following children: Jane who is...

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Biography of Patrick Cleburn Woodruff, M. D.

In the passing of Dr. Patrick Cleburn Woodruff the medical profession lost a representative member. For twelve years he resided in Stilwell and during that time endeared himself to every one in the community. A man of great charity, he served rich and poor alike and his sudden demise, on the 29th of December, 1914, came as a severe shock to his many friends. A native of Mississippi, Dr. Woodruff was born on the 31st of January, 1865, a son of T. P. and Elizabeth (Leatherwood) Woodruff, both natives of that state. In 1871 they removed to Paris, Texas, and resided there until 1898, when they located in Rogers, Arkansas. There the father engaged in the fruit growing business on a large scale and achieved gratifying success in that connection. They were among the representative and progressive citizens of Rogers, -where they lived until death. To the union of Mr. and Mrs. Woodruff eight children were born, of whom three girls and three boys are living. Patrick Cleburn Woodruff, whose name initiates this review, was the third in order of birth. In the acquirement of an education Patrick Cleburn Woodruff attended the public schools of Paris, Texas, and upon determining to enter the medical profession, he enrolled as a student in the Louisville Medical College, from which institution he was graduated with the M. D. degree in 1888. He...

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