Location: Johnson County AR

Biographical Sketch of B. H. Markham

(See Ghigau)-Bettie Ann, daughter of James Walker and Lucy Cordelia Skinner, was born April 12, 1888. Married at Clarksville, Arkansas, December 23, 1909 Baird Hackett Markham, born March 28, 1887, in Decatur, Texas. They are the parents of Jewell Marie, born August 17, 1911 and Baird Hackett, son of Winston Baird and Ada Hackett Markham, born April 12, 1916. Mr. Markham was educated in the Denison High School an the Texas Christian University of Waco, graduating from both. He is the owner of the Markham Motor Company of Oklahoma City. Mr. and Mrs. Markham are members of the Presbyterian church. He is affiliated with the Elks, Odd Fellows, Woodmen and Knights of Pythias. Is a member of the Kiwanee, Golf, Automobile, Lakeside Country, Add Centarian, National Guard, National Highway, Oklahoma City Chamber of Commerce, Clubs. He has been President of the Oklahoma Automobile Dealers Association, president of the National Guard Club and Colonel of the Oklahoma National Guards by virtue of which he was acting Adjutant General of Oklahoma. Lucy Cordelia, daughter of Judge George Washington and Louisa (Spriggs) Parks, was born June 12, 1852. Married September 26, 1876 James Walker Skinner, born June 15, 1844 in Kentucky. He was captain of Company A, 2nd Kentucky Cavalry under Colonel Basil Duke. Mrs. Skinner died July 29, 1896 and he died July 11, 1921. They were the parents of: Rosa...

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Slave Narrative of Eva Strayhorn

Person Interviewed: Eva Strayhorn Place of Birth: Johnson County, Clarksville, Arkansas When I was a child in Arkansas we used to go to camp-meetings with the white folks. We went right along by they side till we got to church and we set down on the back seat. We took part in all the services. When they wasn’t any church our old Master would call us in on Sunday morning and read the Bible to us and we would sing some good old songs and then go about our ways. Some of the songs that we sung still ring in my ears and I still remember the words to some of them. “Must Jesus bear the cross alone And all the world go free— No, there’s a cross for everyone And there’s a cross for me.” Another one was: “Oh, Jesus is a rock in a weary land, A weary land, a weary land, Jesus is a rock in a weary land A shelter in the time of storm,” We sang a lot of others such as: “I am Bound For The Promised Land,” “The Old Time Religion,” and “When I Can Read My Title Clear, To Mansions In The Skies.” My favorites was the ones I just give you and they are still my favorite songs. I was born in Johnson County, Clarksville, Arkansas. My father was Henry...

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Biography of Maj. Harrison H. Hilton

MAJOR HARRISON H. HILTON. The gentleman whose name heads this sketch is one of the prosperous old-time merchants of Arkansas, and is one of the pioneers of the section in which he resides. He has fought the hard battle of life bravely and well, has bent the force of circumstances to his will, and although he began at the bottom round of the ladder, he has attained an enviable place at the top through sheer force of character. He was born in Ashe County, N. C., in 1826, a son of Christopher and Josephine (Wolf) Hilton, who were born in Rockingham County, Virginia, their marriage taking place in the Old North State. After residing there for some time they returned to their native county in Virginia, where the father died in 1831, at about the age of sixty-five years, having been a farmer throughout life. The mother died in Monroe County, Tennessee, and Harrison H. Hilton is her only surviving child, a daughter having died many years ago. At the age of fourteen years the subject of this sketch came West and began farming on the Arkansas River, near Clarksville, Johnson County, Arkansas In 1850 he took up his residence at Bellefonte, Boone County, where, in 1861, he organized the First Arkansas Battalion of Confederate Cavalry and was at once given the rank of major. He served until captured...

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Biography of James Wiley Salmon

JAMES WILEY SALMON. The following is a brief sketch of the career of James Wiley Salmon, a man whose present substantial position in life has been reached entirely through his own perseverance, and the facts connected with his agricultural and stockraising operations, and their results, only show what a person with courage and enlightened views can accomplish. He was born February 7, 1826, in Hickman County, Tennessee, and was a son of James and Nancy (Storey) Salmon, natives of Scotland and Edgecombe County, N. C., respectively. It is thought that James Salmon came to the United States when quite young, and was the only one of his family to cross the ocean. He probably married in Tennessee and located in Hickman County, where he followed farming until his death, which occurred when James was six months old (1826). Very little is known of his people. Mrs. Salmon remained on the little farm in Hickman County until about 1846, when her sons brought her to Newton County, Arkansas, where her death occurred in 1859 or 1860. She was a Methodist in her religious views. Her father, Daniel Storey, was a native of the Old North State, but at an early date moved to Henderson County, Tennessee, where he probably passed the remainder of his days engaged in farming. He was a soldier in the Revolutionary War and had his right...

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Biography of Anthony Casey

ANTHONY CASEY. Anthony Casey is one of those men who faithfully served his country during the troublesome times of war and is now a prominent, law-abiding, public-spirited and patriotic citizen. He is a product of Tennessee, born in Morgan County, in 1826, and remained in that State until about eight years of age, when he came with his parents, Jesse and Martha (Coe) Casey, to Franklin County, Missouri About two years later the parents came to Johnson County, Arkansas, where they resided about five years and then moved to Newton County, making their home at the head of the Hudson River. There Mr. Casey purchased a farm and passed the remainder of his days, dying in 1863. He was a Southern sympathizer, but took no part in the war. For many years he was a Primitive Baptist minister, and a physician of more than ordinary ability. Although he never attended school more than three weeks in his life he possessed a naturally active brain and was a student all his days, being an eloquent speaker and an interesting conversationalist. His father, Jesse Casey, was of Irish origin and served through the Revolutionary war. The mother of Anthony Casey died about 1846. She was a daughter of Stephen Coe, who died in Tennessee. The twelve children born to this estimable couple were named as follows: Polly, deceased, was the wife...

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Biography of E. J. Rhodes

E. J. RHODES. Among the reputable men of Harrison, Arkansas, who in their conduct of business matters, and the duties belonging to the various relations of life, have acquired a worthy name, is E. J. Rhodes, who, although but in the prime of life, is old in experience. The record of his life is one of interest, for it shows what can be accomplished when one possesses the determination to forge ahead, and has the wisdom to make the most of the opportunities which present themselves. He was born in Jefferson County, Iowa, March 17, 1845, the second of eight children. Ira G. and Ann E. (Botts) Rhodes, who were born in Trumbull County, Ohio, and Kentucky, respectively. He is of German descent and traces his ancestry back through his grandfather, Joseph Rhodes, to his great-grandfather, John Rhodes, who was a native of Connecticut. In 1815 the Rhodes family took up their residence in Ohio, but later were among the very first settlers of Jefferson County, Iowa, at which time that now flourishing common wealth was a Territory. Ira G. Rhodes settled on what was known as Congressional land, which he still owns. He has been a lifelong Republican, has been treasurer of Jefferson County and is very prominent in the affairs of his section. Although now eighty years of age, he is still interested in the welfare of...

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Biography of James M. Brewer

JAMES M. BREWER. He whose name heads this sketch has been a resident of Searcy County, Arkansas, since 1871, and during that time he has made a comfortable income for himself and family, has shown that he is a man of public spirit, liberal, generous and highminded, and has made numerous warm friends. His birth occurred in Franklin County, Tennessee, September 21, 1833, a son of Zadock and Mary (Brumley) Brewer, who were also born on Tennessee soil, and with them he moved to Arkansas in his boyhood and settled on a farm in Polk County. Later the family moved to Conway County and there the father was called from this life in 1865, his widow surviving him but one year. Of a family of ten children born to them but five are living at the present time: William C., Minerva, wife of John Sowers; Sally (Counts), Sarah (Casper), and James M. Those deceased were: Joseph D., John E., Zadock, Henry C. and Jacob. James M. Brewer resided for a long term of years in Johnson County, Arkansas, and was married there to Emeline Weeks, daughter of J. M. Weeks. She was born in Tennessee and has borne her husband the following children: James M.; Lou, wife of Henry Prechet; Margaret E., Bell, wife of William Bradley; John H., Callie, Ida, William, Lillie and Victoria. Through the exercise of...

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Biography of Andrew J. Snelson, M. D.

Dr. Andrew J. Snelson, who has been actively and successfully engaged in the practice of medicine and surgery in northeastern Oklahoma during the past two decades, has continuously maintained an office in Checotah since 1908 and is numbered among the leading representatives of the profession here. His birth occurred in Johnson County, Arkansas, on the 1st of January, 1862, his parents being John and Cynthia S. (Davis) Snelson, both of whom were natives of Overton county, Tennessee. The father enlisted for service in the Confederate army at the time of the Civil war and was killed in battle at Camden, Arkansas, when but twenty-two years of age, the engagement in which he was fatally, wounded being known as the Saline fight. The mother of the Doctor long survived her husband, passing away on the 5th of August, 1907, when sixty-four years of age. Andrew J. Snelson, who was the only child born to his parents, obtained his education in the public schools of his native-county and when a youth of eighteen began teaching school there, continuing to follow the profession in Johnson county, Arkansas, for a period of nineteen years. He won an enviable reputation as an educator one who had the ability to impart clearly and readily to others the knowledge that he had acquired. Desiring to take up the medical profession, however, he pursued the necessary course...

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Biography of John H. Plunkett, M. D.

Thoroughly equipped by liberal collegiate training for the profession which he makes his life work and in which he has ever displayed the strictest fidelity to high principles, Dr. John H. Plunkett is numbered among the leading physicians and surgeons of Porum, where for the past eight years he has been engaged in practice. A native of Arkansas, he was born in Logan County, April 12, 1874, his parents being Jasper and Mary (Bennett) Plunkett, the former also a native of that state, while the latter was born in Tennessee. The father engaged in the cultivation of a farm in Logan County and devoted his entire life to agricultural pursuits in that locality. He was a veteran of the Civil war, becoming a member of the Arkansas infantry and serving for two years as a member of the Confederate army. He passed away on the 17th of August, 1886, at the age of forty-three, but the mother survives and is now a resident of Porum, Oklahoma. In the acquirement of an education John H. Plunkett attended the public schools of Logan and Johnson counties, Arkansas, after-ward spending a year as a student in Cumberland College at Clarksville, Arkansas, while subsequently he pursued a two years’ course in the Peabody Normal College at Nashville, Tennessee. He then devoted his attention to educational work, teaching for four years in the schools...

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Johnson County, Arkansas Census

Johnson County, Arkansas was formed from Pope County in 1833. 1840 Johnson County, Arkansas Census Free 1840 Census Form for your Research Hosted at Ancestry.com – Ancestry Free TrialĀ  1840 Johnson County, Census (images and index) $ 1810-1890 Accelerated Indexing Systems Hosted at Census Guide 1840 U.S. Census Guide 1850 Johnson County, Arkansas Census Free 1850 Census Form for your Research Free 1850 Census Images (partially indexed) Hosted at Ancestry.com – Ancestry Free Trial 1850 Johnson County, Census (images and index) $ 1810-1890 Accelerated Indexing Systems Free 1850 Census Index Surnames: A-B Surnames: C-D Surnames: E-G Surnames: H-K Surnames: L-M Surnames: N-Q Surnames: R-S Surnames: T-Z Free 1850 Census Transcription City of Clarksville Pittsburgh Township Clark Township Mulberry Township Horsehead Township Part 1 Horsehead Township Part 2 Piney Township Perry Township Spadra Township Part 1 Spadra Township Part 2 Hosted at Census Guide 1850 U.S. Census Guide 1860 Johnson County, Arkansas Census Free 1860 Census Form for your Research Free 1860 Census Images and Index Hosted at Ancestry.com – Ancestry Free Trial 1860 Johnson County, Census (images and index) $ 1810-1890 Accelerated Indexing Systems Free 1860 Census Index Floyd Township Hosted at Census Guide 1860 U.S. Census Guide 1870 Johnson County, Arkansas Census Free 1870 Census Form for your Research Free 1870 Census Images and Index Hosted at Ancestry.com – Ancestry Free Trial 1870 Johnson County, Census (images and...

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Johnson County, Arkansas Cemetery Records

Most of these cemetery listings are complete indices at the time of transcription, however, in some cases we list the listing when it is only a partial listing. Hosted at Johnson County Arkansas Tombstone Transcription Project Oark Cemetery Shady Grove Cemetery Shady Grove Cemetery, Additions Hosted at Arkansas Gravestones Adams Cemetery Annie’s Chapel Cemetery East Mt. Zion Cemetery (partial) Hess Cemetery Hickey Cemetery Holman Cemetery Lewis Johnson Family Cemetery Lone Pine Cemetery (partial) Macedonia Cemetery Minnow Creek Cemetery Mount Vernon Cemetery (partial) Oakland Cemetery Price Cemetery Ragsdale Cemetery Site Shady Grove Cemetery Sacred Heart Cemetery Shropshire Cemetery Saint Pauls Cemetery West Cemetery (partial) Woods Mountain Cemetery Yale Cemetery Hosted at The Newsom-Allen Family Allen Family Cemetery  ...

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Biography of Edgar L. Farris

Edgar L. Farris, though one of the younger business men of Independence has utilized his opportunities to the best advantage and is now a partner in one of the leading insurance firms of that city. He was born in Clarksville, Arkansas, May 16, 1891. His family is of old southern stock, and settled in Alabama about revolutionary times. Grandfather Jasper Farris was born in Alabama in 1824, was a farmer and stockman, and in 1875 moved to Clarksville, Arkansas, where he died in 1900. F. M. Farris, father of Edgar L., was born in Alabama in 1856 and was nineteen years old when he went with his parents to Clarksville, Arkansas, where he still resides. For many years he has been in the commission fruit business in that city. A few years ago he had charge of an extensive advertising campaign conducted by the state government of Arkansas, and took the exhibit “Arkansas on Wheels” to all the neighboring states. He is a democrat and a member of the Baptist Church. He was married at Russellville, Arkansas, to Miss Jennie Eggleston, who was born in Alabama in 1859. Their children are: Eugene, in the bottling business at Pottsville, Arkansas; Edgar L.; Lena, a teacher in the high school at Clarksville, Arkansas; and Marion, a teacher in Spadra, Arkansas. After graduating from high school at Clarksville in 1908, Edgar L....

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