Location: Pope County AR

Slave Narrative of Milton Starr

Person Interviewed: Milton Starr Date of Birth: February 24, 1858 I was born a slave, but was not treated like other slaves and my folks never told me anything about slavery. So there is very little I can tell of those days. My birthplace was in the old Flint District of the Cherokee Nation; the nearest town was Russellville, Arkansas, and the farm was owned by Jerry Starr, half-breed Cherokee, who was my master and father. They told me I was born February 24, 1858, right in my master’s house, and when I was a baby had the care of the average white child. My mother was Jane Coursey of Tennessee, a slave girl picked up by the Starrs when they left that country with the rest of the Cherokee Indians. My mother wasn’t bought, just stole by them Indians, and when she was freed she went back to Tennessee; I stayed with Starr family, being raised by Millie and Jerry Starr. Jerry Starr said when the Cherokees come to this country they crossed Barron Fork Creek east of Proctor (Okla); they were riding in a government wagon and they crossed Barron Fork on ice so thick the mules and wagons didn’t break through. My master had a brother named Tom Starr, and he come to this country with some earlier Cherokees than did Jerry. Tom settled at Walking-stick...

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Slave Narrative of John White

Person Interviewed: John White Location: Sand Springs, Oklahoma Date of Birth: April 10, 1816 Age: 121 Occupation: Yard Worker Of all my Mammy’s children I am the first born and the longest living. The others all gone to join Mammy. She was named Mary White, the same name as her Mistress, the wife of my first master, James White. About my paopy. I never hear his name and I never see him, not even when I was the least child around the old Master’s place ‘way back there in Georgia more’n one-hundred twenty years ago! Mammy try to make it clear to me about my daddy. She married like the most of the slaves in then days. He was a slave on another plantation. One day he come for to borrow something from Master White. He sees a likely looking gal, and the way it work out that gal was to be my Mammy. After that he got a paper saying it was all right for his to be off his own plantation. He come a’courting over to Master Whites. After a while he talks with the Master. Says he wants to marry the gal, Mary. The Master says it’s all right if it’s all right with Mary and the other white folks. He finds out it is and they makes ready for the wedding. Mary says a preacher...

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Biography of James O. Nicholson

JAMES O. NICHOLSON. The gentleman whose name opens this sketch is the oldest merchant in Boone County, Arkansas, and has given his attention to the business in which he is now engaged in Harrison since 1868. He came to this place with Capt. H. W. Fick, with whom he was in business for about two years, when he became the sole proprietor of the establishment, and has continued as such up to the present time. He carries a large stock of general merchandise, and the building he occupies at the southeast corner of the public square is a two-story structure, having a frontage of thirty-five feet and a depth of one hundred feet. He at all times keeps an excellent and extensive line of goods, and has met with well-merited success, being a leader in his line in the northern part of the State. Mr. Nicholson was born in Madison County, Tennessee, March 15, 1844, being the eldest son and second child in a family of ten children born to James W. and E. J. (Newby) Nicholson, the former of whom was born in South Carolina, but was an early resident of the State of Tennessee, where he made his home until 1851, when he came to Prairie County, Arkansas, and became one of the first settlers of Hickory Plains. In 1858 he moved to Pope County, and in...

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Biography of Judge W. N. Evans

Judge W. N. Evans, of the Twentieth Judicial District of Missouri, makes his home in the northwestern part of West Plains, where he has a handsome residence on Garfield Avenue. He is a native of Owsley County, Kentucky, born September 1, 1849, and the son of W. N. and Elizabeth (Hurst) Evans. The grandfather, John Evans, was a native of Wales, who came to this country at an early day and settled in old Virginia. Later he moved to east Tennessee and there passed the remainder of his days. He had but three children, two sons and a daughter. The father of our subject was born in east Tennessee in 1824, and his early life was spent on a farm. There he married and resided until 1849, when he moved to Kentucky, where he was among the pioneers. He followed farming there and was one of the prominent men in the county. He held a number of offices in Owsley County. When the Civil War broke out he enlisted in the Tenth Kentucky, Confederate army, and served in the Virginia army. Mr. Evans participated in a number of prominent engagements and was taken a prisoner of war in the latter part of 1863, being confined in the Rock Island Prison, Illinois, where he soon after died. He was always a strong Democrat and a prominent and influential man in...

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Biography of Judge James P. Wood

Integrity, intelligence and system are qualities which will advance the interests of any man or any profession, and will tend to the prosperity to which all aspire. The life of Judge James P. Wood in the professional arena has been characterized by intelligence, integrity, sound judgment and persevering industry. He is one of Cleburne County’s most popular and capable attorneys, who has acquired prominence because he is worthy of it. He was born on a farm in Barbour County, Ala., in 1843, a son of James and Nancy (Byrd) Wood, who were born, reared and married in the Old North State, and in 1830 moved to Barbour County, Ala., where they both died when fifty-two years of age. The father was prominent in the Democratic circles of Alabama, and also stood high in Masonry and mercantile and agricultural circles. Judge James P. Wood was the eighth of nine children born to his parents, and received his education in the Military Academy of Clayton, Ala. Early in 1861, before Alabama had succeeded from the Union, he had joined the Clayton Guards of the First Alabama Infantry, and was stationed at Pensacola for one year. At the reorganization of the Confederate Army, in 1862, he became a member of Company B, of the Thirty-ninth Alabama Infanty, and held the rank of second lieutenant. On July 28, 1864, when he was wounded...

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Biography of William C. Hale

WILLIAM C. HALE. Among the native Tennesseeans who have done good, stalwart work in the cultivation and development of Newton County, Arkansas, we may well mention the name just given, for he has resided here ever since the war and has labored early and late to provide a home for himself and family. He is well known to the citizens of his section and his correct mode of living has gained him a popularity which is merited in every respect. By his energetic and well-directed efforts he is now possessed of a competence which is all that can be desired. Mr. Hale owes his nativity to Shelby County, Tennessee, his birth occurring in 1829, and he is a son of Edward M. and Priscilla (Hale) Hale, the parents probably natives of Virginia and distant relatives. After marriage Mr. and Mrs. Hale resided in Giles County, Tennessee, but subsequently moved from there to Shelby County, where Mrs. Hale died in 1839. Soon after Mr. Hale came to Arkansas, located in Searcy County, on Richland Creek, and here he was married to Miss Susan Robinson, who bore him three sons and three daughters: Le Roy, deceased; Monroe, deceased; Lawrence; Rebecca, deceased, was the wife of Peter Snyder; Jane, wife of Zeb Headrick, and Melissa, wife of Thomas Sanders. For some time Mr. Hale resided in Pope County, where he followed farming...

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Biography of John R. Patterson

JOHN R. PATTERSON. The office of sheriff is one that has been filled by the illustrious head of this Government, and is a position that demands great circumspection, great personal courage and a general and apt intelligence. The county of Cleburne, Arkansas, is fortunate in its choice of its present incumbent, John R. Patterson, who is also county collector and adds to strict integrity the other qualities essential to the thorough discharge of the responsibilities connected with the station. Mr. Patterson was born in Dover, Arkansas, January 16, 1848, his parents being James H. and Civility R. (Bettis) Patterson, the former of whom was born on the eastern coast of Maryland, and the latter in Wayne County, Missouri When a lad of twelve or fourteen years of age James H. Patterson was sent to Natchez, Miss., where he made his home with an uncle, studied law, and graduated at Oxford, Miss. His tastes, however, were rather in the direction of mercantile pursuits than to the practice of law, and in 1843, with Ransol S. Bettis,he opened a store at Dover. In 1852 they went to Patterson’s Bluff (named in honor of Mr. Patterson) and opened a general mercantile establishment there, where they continued to do business until 1856, from which time until 1861 they were in business in Clinton, Van Buren County, Arkansas Mr. Patterson then entered the Confederate...

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Biography of John Daniel Bewley, M. D.

Coming to Miami in 1916, Dr. John Daniel Bewley has thoroughly demonstrated his ability as a physician and surgeon and his professional labors have been attended with a gratifying measure of success. He was born in Dover, Pope County, Arkansas, March 25, 1874, of the marriage of Benjamin V. and Triphenia (West) Bewley, the former a native of Tennessee and the latter of Arkansas. Her father was a major in the Mexican war and was stationed at old Fort Gibson, Indian Territory. Prior to the Civil war he retired from the United States army and made his home in Arkansas until his death. Benjamin V. Bewley became a resident of Arkansas, where he enlisted for service in the Civil war, and was commissioned a Colonel. He was one of the most successful farmers and prominent men of Pope County, where his demise occurred in 1907. He was an active and helpful member of the Methodist Church and fraternally he was identified with the Masonic order. The mother is still living. Their family numbered nine children. John Daniel Bewley, the sixth in order of birth, attended the public schools and a select school at Russellville, Arkansas, after which he devoted three years to educational work. He then entered the Memphis Hospital Medical School, which he attended for a time and later went to Witts Springs, Arkansas, where he practiced for...

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Biography of Vernon B. Ellington

Since January, 1919, Vernon B. Ellington has served as postmaster of Wagoner and in that capacity has made an excellent record. He has a thorough understanding of the duties that devolve upon him and is prompt and efficient in their execution. Mr. Ellington was born in Russellville, Arkansas, in March, 1892, a son of Rev. L. G. and Mary A. (Dunlap) Ellington, natives of Tennessee. The father entered the Methodist ministry at the age of eighteen years and preached throughout Tennessee and Arkansas until 1893, when he removed to Indian Territory, where he worked among the Indians in districts where there were no churches. He was active in the ministry until his death in August, 1909. The mother is still living. Vernon B. Ellington was but one year of age when his parents came to Indian Territory and he was reared and received his education in Wagoner. After leaving school he clerked in various stores throughout the community and at the age of eighteen years was employed in the post office. On the 15th of June, 1918, he became acting postmaster and was appointed postmaster in January, 1919, his term expiring in January, 1923. Mr. Ellington is methodical in the discharge of his duties and has carefully systematized the work of the office. On the 15th of August, 1921, was celebrated the marriage of Mr. Ellington and Miss Cherry...

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Biography of R. S. Bradley

R. S. Bradley is well known in business circles of Bartlesville as a successful real estate operator and in the management of his business interests he displays enterprise, determination and marked executive ability. He was born in Pope County, Arkansas; November 23, 1868, and his parents were S. A. and Martha (Torrance) Bradley, the former a native of North Carolina, while the latter was born in South Carolina. The father became a pioneer of Arkansas and died in 1911. The mother is also deceased. In Pope County, Arkansas, R. S. Bradley acquired his education, and in 1896, when twenty-eight years of age, he came to Oklahoma, locating first at Claremore, where his energies were devoted to the conduct of a store owned by the Williams Hardware Company. From there he went to Wagoner, this state and operated a dry goods store for the firm of Dunpal & Taylor, being thus occupied for a year, at the end of which period he came to Bartlesville, where he has since resided. He became associated in business with H. L. Bryant, building the Bradley & Bryant block, which is one of the most substantial in the city, and they also engaged in general merchandising for ten years. After disposing of that enterprise Mr. Bradley entered the oil field as a producer, and he is now handling real estate, maintaining his offices in...

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Pope County, Arkansas Census

Pope County, Arkansas was formed from Crawford County in 1829. 1830 Pope County, Arkansas Census Free 1830 Census Form for your Research Hosted at Ancestry.com – Ancestry Free Trial 1830 Pope County, Census (images and index) $ 1810-1890 Accelerated Indexing Systems Free 1830 Census Index Free 1830 Census Transcription Hosted at Census Guide 1830 U.S. Census Guide 1840 Pope County, Arkansas Census Free 1840 Census Form for your Research Hosted at Ancestry.com – Ancestry Free Trial 1840 Pope County, Census (images and index) $ 1810-1890 Accelerated Indexing Systems Free 1840 Census Index Hosted at Census Guide 1840 U.S. Census Guide 1850 Pope County, Arkansas Census Free 1850 Census Form for your Research Free 1850 Census Images (partially indexed) Hosted at Ancestry.com – Ancestry Free Trial 1850 Pope County, Census (images and index) $ 1810-1890 Accelerated Indexing Systems Free 1850 Census Index Surnames: A-E Surnames: F-L Surnames: M-R Surnames: S-Z Free 1850 Census Transcription pg 240a-251a pg 251b-262a pg 262b-273a pg 273b-284a pg 284b-290a Hosted at Census Guide 1850 U.S. Census Guide 1860 Pope County, Arkansas Census Free 1860 Census Form for your Research Free 1860 Census Images and Index Hosted at Ancestry.com – Ancestry Free Trial 1860 Pope County, Census (images and index) $ 1810-1890 Accelerated Indexing Systems Hosted at Census Guide 1860 U.S. Census Guide 1870 Pope County, Arkansas Census Free 1870 Census Form for your Research Free...

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Pope 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 AccessGenealogy Crain Cemetery Hosted at Pope County, USGenWeb Archives Project Anthony Cemetery Ball Hill Cemetery-Maggard Family Bewley Cemetery Cook Cemetery Crain Cemetery Hillis Cemetery Hudson Cemetery Hughes Cemetery Shady Grove Cemetery Shiloh Cemetery St. Paul Cemetery At Gravel Hill Hosted at Newton County, Arkansas Page(cemeteries are in Pope County though) Barker/GoochChapel Boyd Cemetery Brock Cemetery Bryan Cemetery Burch Cemetery Cowan Cemetery, aka Sherman or Tag Epperson Cemetery Jones/Prince Cemetery Lane Cemetery New Freeman Cemetery Oak Grove Cemetery Old Freeman Cemetery Old Smyrna Cemetery Sanders Cemetery Smyrna Cemetery Solo Cemetery Hosted at Arkansas Cemeteries Barker Cemetery Bowden Cemetery Brock Cemetery Bryan Cemetery Burch Cemetery Epperson Cemetery Jones-Prince Cemetery Lane Cemetery Sanders Cemetery Sherman Cemetery Standridge Cemetery Hosted at Arkansas Families Allen’s Chapel Cemetery Barker Cemetery Bell Family Cemetery Boyd Cemetery Brock Cemetery Bryan Cemetery Burch Cemetery Cowan Cemetery Dare Cemetery Epperson Cemetery Freeman Springs Cemetery God’s Little Half Acre Gooch’s Chapel Cemetery Jones Cemetery Lane Cemetery New Freeman Cemetery Oak Grove Cemetery Old Freeman Cemetery Old Smyrna Cemetery Payne Cemetery Prince Cemetery Sanders Cemetery Sherman Cemetery Smyrna Cemetery Solo Cemetery Tag Cemetery  ...

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