Location: Marion County AR

Biography of Elias Keesee

ELIAS KEESEE. This gentleman is one of the leading agriculturists of Franklin Township, Marion County, Arkansas, and has followed this calling from his earliest boyhood, being initiated into its mysteries by his worthy sire. He was born about fifteen miles from his present place of abode in 1824. Discover your family's story. Enter a grandparent's name to get started. choose a state: Any AL AK AZ AR CA CO CT DE DC FL GA HI ID IL IN IA KS KY LA ME MD MA MI MN MS MO MT NE NV NH NJ NM NY NC ND OH OK OR PA RI SC SD TN TX UT VT VA WA WV WI WY INTL Start Now His parents, Payton and Nancy (Graham) Keesee, were born in Virginia in 1800, and in Kentucky in 1797, respectively. While in their youth they became residents of the Territory of Arkansas, and in 1818 were married in what is now Marion County, but very shortly afterward removed to what is now Ozark County, Missouri, and here spent the rest of their lives, the father’s death occurring in 1856 and the mother’s in 1863. They were members of the Missionary Baptist Church for many years, and became highly honored citizens of Ozark County, of which they were among the very first white settlers. In those early times they suffered many privations and inconveniences,...

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Biography of Lafayette Davenport

LAFAYETTE DAVENPORT. This gentleman is retired from the active duties of life, and is in the enjoyment of a competency which his early industry brought him. He was born in Alabama December 15, 1833, a son of George and Mary (Wimbs) Davenport, both natives of the Palmetto State. The paternal grandfather was a Virginian, and he attained the rank of colonel in the Revolutionary War. He removed from his native State to South Carolina, and there reared his family. George Davenport was nineteen years old when he located in Jefferson County, Ala., and there he continued to make his home until his death in 1863, at the age of sixty-one years, having been a successful planter and a prominent man of the section in which he resided. His wife was born in 1802, and was a daughter of William Wimbs, an early settler of the Palmetto State, but who afterward became a resident of Jefferson County, Ala. She died in Texas in 1873, having become the mother of the following children: William, a Confederate soldier; Elizabeth, deceased wife of Will-iam Reese; Julia, who died young; Pleasant B., who was killed at the battle of Mission Ridge; Jane is the deceased wife of John Dell, of Alabama; Frances is the wife of H. J. Hancock, of Arkansas; Lafayette; John was a soldier of the Confederacy and is dead; Hugh is...

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Biography of J. J. Keeter

J. J. KEETER. He whose name heads this sketch is one of the practical and successful farmers of Marion County, Arkansas, and has made his way to the front ranks among the energetic farmers of the county, owing to the attention he has always paid to each minor detail, and his desire to keep out of old ruts. He is a native of the Old North State, his birth occurring January 5, 1834, a son of James and Elizabeth (Justice) Keeter, who were born and spent their lives in North Carolina, of which State the paternal grandfather, John Keeter, was also a native as was the maternal grandfather, James Justice. To James and Elizabeth Keeter twelve children were given: John M., who has been a resident of Marion County since 1872, is a farmer and a man of family; Sarah L., wife of J. W. Adams; Susan (deceased), was the wife of John Smith; J. J.; Emeline became the wife of Henry Many, and is deceased; Anna E. is the widow of John Many; George F. died during the war; Henry C. is residing in this county; Nancy is the deceased wife of N. Many, and Alvin C., who died during the war. Several children died in infancy. The parents of these children were members of the Missionary Baptist Church, and the father was a Whig in politics. The...

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Biography of William T. Davenport

WILLIAM T. DAVENPORT. Among the worthy residents of Searcy County, Arkansas, it is just to say that Mr. Davenport occupies a conspicuous and honorable place, for he has always been honest, industrious and enterprising, and as a result has met with more than ordinary success. He is a man well known in agricultural circles, and is recognized as a careful, energetic farmer, who by his advanced ideas and progressive methods has done much to improve the farming interests of his section. He was born in Alabama, October 13, 1822, a son of George W. and Mary (Weemes) Davenport, the former of whom was born in Lawrence District, S. C., and the latter in Greenville District, S. C. At an early day they moved from the Palmetto State to Alabama, and settled in the vicinity of Birmingham, where Mr. Davenport was called from life in 1864, but his widow passed from life in 1872. The paternal grandfather was born in England, and after coming to this country settled in Virginia, and took part in the Revolutionary War. He died in South Carolina. The maternal grand-father, William Weemes, was a South Carolinian, settled in Alabama in 1815, and made his home in Birmingham until his death, which occurred in 1822. To George W. and Mary Davenport six sons and six daughters were given, William T. being the eldest of the family....

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Biography of Judge W. B. Flippin

JUDGE W. B. FLIPPIN. It is a pleasure to describe a man of unusual personal merit-the possessor of a combination of gifts so rare, so varied and so comprehensive that happiness and success in business were bound to follow the application of his qualities to the solution of almost any problem of life. It has been said, and truly said, that “some men are born great, some have greatness thrust upon them and some achieve greatness,” and to this last most important class belongs the subject of this sketch, Judge W. B. Flippin, who was born in Monroe County, Kentucky, September 4, 1817, the elder of two sons born to Thomas H. and Elizabeth (Baugh) Flippin, the former of whom was a Kentuckian and a son of Thomas Flippin who was a soldier of the Revolution, serving the Colonial cause as a scout, in which capacity he made a name for himself. He removed to Kentucky about 1800 and became a well-to-do farmer of Monroe County, his home being near Pikeville. Four of his sons were soldiers in the War of 1812. Thomas H. Flippin grew to manhood on Kentucky soil and about 1825 moved to Tennessee, and in 1837 to Arkansas, his death occurring in Marion County of this State in 1856, his widow surviving him until 1889. They took up their abode on the farm on which...

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Biography of H. A. Young

H. A. YOUNG. Since 1868 this worthy business man has made his home in Marion County, Arkansas, and for the past twenty years he has been very successfully engaged in mercantile pursuits, the liberal patronage which he receives being a hearty indorsement of his upright methods of conducting his affairs. He was born in northern Georgia June 17, 1848, a son of John and Evaline (Hicks) Young, both of whom died many years ago, the father while on his way home from the gold fields of California in 1848. His family consisted of four children: H. A. and Mary J., who is living in Georgia, the wife of a Mr. Blackurle, being the only surviving members. H. A. Young never saw his father, as he left for the West the year before he was born, and died before he reached home. When a lad H. A. Young attended the district schools of his native State, and when he took up his residence in Yellville he was eighteen years of age. He attended school here for some time, then began clerk-in in the mercantile establishment of L. Ellenburg, now of Springfield, and in 1873 or 1874 began business for himself, being first associated with W. Q. Seawel, and two years later with L. L. Seawel. Since 1880 he has been in business by himself, and for a short time was...

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Biography of Thomas Benton Musick

THOMAS BENTON MUSICK. This gentleman, who resides in James Creek Township, Marion County, Arkansas, has been remarkably successful as a husband-man, and a biographical compendium of the Ozark Region would be incomplete were not mention made of him, for he is a man of much public spirit; he donates liberally to all public enterprises and gives his influence to every just measure for the promotion of the common good. He was born on White River, just below the mouth of James Creek, in 1856, His parents, Andrew Benton and Louisa (Locia) Musick, having been born in Cole County, Missouri, in 1823, and in what is now Marion County, Arkansas, in 1825. Both removed to Douglas County, Missouri, with their parents, were probably married there and located on White River, in Marion County, on a place on which very little improvement had been made, but which he in time converted into a fine farm, and on which he spent the remainder of his days, dying in 1874, and his wife in 1867. He was twice married, his second wife being Jane Stout, by whom he had four children. He served the last two years of the war in Gen. Joseph Shelby’s command and was with Gen. Price on his raid. He lost heavily during the war, but these losses he retrieved in a great measure afterward, and fortunately was neither...

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Biography of J. W. Coker

J. W. COKER, county sheriff. Connected with the history of the elections of Marion County, Arkansas, no name is more prominent or has borne with it more eclat than that of Coker. This gentleman is admirably adapted to the position he fills, for he is courageous, energetic and wide-awake, yet he has at the same time a pleasant and affable manner, is full of business, and attends to his duties very promptly. As he was born in the county January 29, 1852, and has lived here all his life, the people have had every opportunity to judge of his character and qualifications, and naught has ever been said derogatory to his good name. He is the eldest child born to his parents (see sketch of Dr. J. M. Coker), and his early education was acquired in the district schools, where he gained an excellent knowledge of the “world of books ” through that energy and push that has been so characteristic of him. After reaching manhood he began farming some ten miles southwest of Yellville on Hampton Creek, and there still owns a good farm of 640 acres, some of which is exceptionally fertile, and as it is located in the great mineral belt it is probably rich in minerals also. In 1893 he was elected by the Democrat party, of which he has always been a member, to...

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Biography of James Estes

JAMES ESTES. This intelligent man of affairs keeps abreast of the times and is a successful tiller of the soil of Marion County, Arkansas He was born in Cannon County, Tennessee, July 10, 1839, a son of John and Charlotte (Elkins) Estes, and grandson of Gilbert Estes, who came to this country from England and participated in the Revolutionary War, being killed in the battle of Horse Shoe Bend. One of his sons was in the War of 1812 under Gen. Jackson. Mrs. Malinda Thomas is the only one of that family now living, and she has attained the age of eighty-five years and makes her home with the subject of this sketch. In 1850 John Estes came with his family to Marion County, Arkansas, his brother Edward having preceded him several years, and James Estes, the subject of this sketch, accompanied his father, being then ten years of age. He grew to manhood in Yellville, and when the great Civil War came up he, in July, 1861, enlisted in an Arkansas regiment, in which he served until the war closed, taking part in the battles of Ash Hill, Pea Ridge, Little Rock, Pleasant Hill and others. He was a useful and faithful soldier, and gave all his energies to the success of the cause he espoused. He returned home June 20, 1865. Three of his brothers were in...

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Biography of Capt. Lewis A. McPherson

CAPT. LEWIS A. McPHERSON. He whose name heads this sketch is a prominent and well-known citizen of Mountain Home Township, and resides in comfort near the town of Mountain Home. He was born in De Kalb County, Ala., October 2, 1840, his parents being William Wilson and Hannah (Palmer) McPherson, who were born in Tennessee and Kentucky, respectively, and in 1844 came to Arkansas from the State of Mississippi, having for some time been a resident of Marion County. At the time of their location in Arkansas, there was but one cabin on the spot where the flourishing town of Yellville now stands, and they located about two and a half miles south of this point. After residing in this State until 1849 the family returned to Mississippi, and located in Pontotoc County, where the father made his home the balance of his life, although his death occurred in Arkansas in 1888, at the age of eighty years, while on a short visit to his son. His entire life was devoted to tilling the soil, and although he acquired a goodly property much of it was swept away during the Civil War. He was for some time a soldier in the Confederate service, and was lieutenant of his company in the Forty-first Mississippi Infantry, and the year that he was in the service he was on duty along the...

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Biography of Leonard S. Weast

LEONARD S. WEAST. For over forty years this gentleman has been an honored resident of Marion County, Arkansas He was born in Guilford County, N. C., October 26, 1845, a son of Adam and Sophia (Fortune) Weast, who were born and reared in North Carolina and Virginia, respectively. The latter went with her parents to North Carolina, and there she met married Mr. Weast, with whom she moved to Arkansas in 1850, entering land where Yellville is now situated, purchasing also an eighty-acre tract in the valley of Crooked Creek, on which he built a log house which is still standing, being on the west end of Main Street, Yellville. He brought with him to this State nine slaves, and being a man of good business judgment he succeeded in accumulating a valuable property, a considerable portion of which was lost during the war. He was a Democrat, a public-spirited citizen and a member of the Baptist Church. He died during the latter part of the war, in which great struggle five of his sons participated, being in the Confederate service. His wife was a member of the Methodist Episcopal Church South, and died in May, 1890, at the age of eighty-nine years, having borne him eleven children: Nelson, who died in North Carolina some years ago; Brice, who died in Yellville about nine years ago, was a farmer...

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Biography of James P. Brady

JAMES P. BRADY. Agricultural pursuits have formed the chief occupation of this gentleman, and the wide-awake manner in which he has taken advantage of every method and idea tending to the enhanced value of his property has had considerable to do with his success in life. He was born in Georgia February 9, 1847, a son of Hiram J. and Charity (Cook) Brady, of that State, and grandson of Enoch Brady, who was a son of Irish parents and a participant in some of the early wars of the United States. Hiram J. Brady, with his family, emigrated to Arkansas in 1873, coming thither by rail and water, purchased land and made a location on Sugar Orchard Creek, where they lived until their deaths in 1885 and 1883, father and mother, respectively. The father was a lifelong farmer, but at one time also followed merchandising Georgia and acquired a goodly property. He was a Democrat politically, held the office of county judge of Fannin County, Ga., and was a leading politician of that section. He and his wife were members of the Primitive Baptist Church and the father was a deacon of that church in Georgia for many years. Their children were as follows: Eloch wasa man of family and died while serving in the Second Georgia Infantry during the war; Thomas was a man of family and died...

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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...

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Biography of N. W. Wood

N. W. WOOD. This successful agriculturist is a native of the county in which he now lives and was born November 4, 1844, a son of William and Margaret (Roy) Wood, the former of whom was born in Kentucky, a son of Abraham Wood, also of that State. The latter removed first to Tennessee and from there to Marion County, Arkansas, and here William Wood settled on the farm on Crooked Creek on which the subject of this sketch is now residing, which place he greatly improved and tilled in such an intelligent manner that he became noted as an agriculturist and accumulated a competency. He was something of a hunter in an early day but gave the most of his time to farming and stock raising, and after a useful and well-spent life was called to that “bourne whence no traveler returns” in 1879. His father, Abraham Wood, also died in this section not long after coming here. Margaret (Roy) Wood was born in Tennessee, a daughter of Joseph Roy, who became a resident of Searcy County, Arkansas, at an early day, and in this State she was married to Mr. Wood and by him became the mother of fourteen children: Marian, who died after her marriage with Buck Treet; Polly A., who died young; Nancy, widow of James Phillips, of this county; A. L., who is a...

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Biography of James T. Penn

JAMES T. PENN. Among the prominent men of Harrison, Arkansas, and among its most worthy and esteemed citizens, may be mentioned James T. Penn. He is a man interested in the public welfare and, while he pays strict attention to his private affairs, he shirks no duties as a loyal citizen. He was born in Newton County, Arkansas, August 27, 1854, a son of John Penn, who was one of the pioneers of this State from Tennessee, first residing in Johnston County, then Newton County, and is now a resident of Boone County. He was born in Virginia September 22, 1822, and his wife was also born there March 13, 1825. Of the ten children given to the m, seven are living: Elizabeth, wife of John Murphy; Martha, widow of John T. Wilson, of Texas; John H., who is a resident of Dale, Okla. Tr.; Mary, wife of John Miller, of Oklahoma Territory; Absalom, who died in infancy; George W., who is in the post office at Harrison; James T.; Louisa A., deceased, Jasper N., deceased, and Alexander L., a resident of Oklahoma. John Penn has always followed the occupation of agriculture, and prior to the war succeeded in accumulating considerable amount of worldly goods, but the most of it was swept away during the great struggle between the North and South. Long ago he was a Whig in...

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