Location: Searcy County AR

Biographical Sketch of William Thomas Fisher

William Thomas Fisher was probably born in Lawrence Co., TN in 1827. I assume that he was part of the Fisher family of William B. Fisher, B. 1768 in VA, who was listed in the Lawrence Co., TN census for 1850. William and Martha married in 1848 in Wayne Co. TN. They probably immigrated to Arkansas about 1854. William’s family is listed in the Searcy County, Arkansas census, living in Bear Creek Township in 1860. Their children born between 1848 and 1860 are: Mary, Sarah, Frances, James, George, and William. Children born after 1860 are: Christopher Columbus, Malinda, Charles and Thomas Wayne. Martha’s application for a pension states that she had 10 children. William Thomas Fisher was listed as a member of the “Arkansas Peace Society.” He was a member of a Chain Gang and was made to join the Confederate Army in Little Rock Arkansas on December 18, 1861. He served in Co 1, 18th Ark Inf. He was later in the 3rd Conf. Inf. (18th Ark. Inf.{Marmaduke}). It was later re-designated the 3rd Conf. Infantry on Jan 31, 1862. On Feb 28th, 1863 he was made a teamster. On August 4th, 1863, he deserted at Fynch Station. He was captured the same day at Bridgeport, Alabama. On August 11th, he was sent to Louisville, KY. He was released after taking an oath to remain north of the...

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Biographical Sketch of Charles M. Jones

It is gratifying to be privileged to put in print an epitome of one of the brave men who fought, as did the subject of this sketch for the honor of the stars and stripes and the safety of our free institutions when the foul hand of treason sought to deface all and destroy the homes of freedom. In addition Mr. Jones has always shown himself in the walks of life to be upright and capable and has done a noble part in the advancement and development of the resources of the country. Speaking more particularly of his personal history, we note that his birth occurred in Hickman County, Tennessee on August 13, 1836, being the son of Stephen and Jane Jones. He was reared amid the environments of a farm and gained his education from the schools held in the log cabins of the clay. Our subject remained at home until he had reached manhood’s estate, and in October, 1857, he was married to Miss Emily M. Downey in Searcy County, Arkansas, and soon thereafter went to Marion County, in Arkansas. And there, when the war broke out, he offered his services for freedom’s cause. The date of his actual enlistment was August 6, 1862, at which time he was mustered into Company C, First Arkansas Cavalry, in the volunteer army. He was under Colonel Harrison and was...

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Biography of N. J. McBride

N. J. McBRIDE. With the advance of time, civilization, wealth and population, it becomes necessary that a large number of men should turn their attention to the general mercantile business and make the wants of their patrons their constant thought and study. A gentleman who is engaged in this line and whose reputation for intelligence and integrity materially adds to his success, is N. J. McBride, whose principal place of business is in the town of Marshall, although he is also the owner of well-conducted establishments at Springtown and Snow Ball. He was born in Yell County, Arkansas, September 2, 1847, a son of A. J. and Nancy D. (Hensley) McBride, the former of whom was born in Alabama. He settled in Yell County, Arkansas, and was there killed by guerillas in 1864. He was a farmer by occupation, and a man who possessed many worthy traits of character. His wife was born in Wayne County, Tennessee, and is now living at Snow Ball. She bore him the following children: Abner W., who was a soldier in the Union Army, and died after the close of the war; Martha J., who is also dead; N. J., the subject of this sketch; Marietta, who is living in Searcy County, and Juniatta, also of this county. The mother’s second marriage was to Jesse M. Hodges. To this union were born three...

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Biography of William Arnold

WILLIAM ARNOLD. This gentleman is one of the thrifty and energetic farmers for which Searcy County, Arkansas. has become well known, and in the conduct of his affairs has shown good judgment and business foresight. He was born in Wabash County, Illinois, September 18, 1822, a son of Jacob and Rebecca (Thompson) Arnold, natives of Kentucky, from which State they removed with their parents to Illinois, when that was a new country. There they married and made their home until 1838, when they started for Texas, but upon reaching Ft. Smith, Arkansas, became discouraged by reports from the Lone Star State, and the next spring started back to Illinois, with the intention of locating on Crowley’s Ridge, but on reaching what is now Searcy County, Arkansas, was so well pleased with the outlook here that he decided to locate, and he at once “pitched his tent” at the mouth of Bear Creek. Here he made his home until his death eight years later, but during this time he managed to greatly improve his place in many ways. He was a man of great energy and push, was a great lover of hunting and all athletic sports and was a soldier of the Black Hawk War. The maternal grandfather of the subject of this sketch was a soldier of the Revolution, and like the Arnolds, was a very early settler...

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Biography of James Claiborn McNair

JAMES CLAIBORN McNAIR. The subject of this sketch is an intelligent and enterprising gentleman, who from boyhood has been interested in agricultural pursuits. He is a thorough master of his business, has spent many years of his life in developing the country, and is now in comfortable circumstances. He was born in Knox County, Tennessee, August 24, 1822, a son of Col. Jack and Mary Ann (Sherertz) McNair, who were born in Sullivan County, Tennessee, in July, 1784 and February 5, 1803, respectively, and were married in Knox County, July 12, 1821. They removed to the Cherokee Nation, now Bradley County, Tennessee, and in 1851 to Union County, Illinois, where the father died in October, 1852. His widow and children then removed to Pleasant Hill, Missouri. and in this State the mother still resides at the advanced age of ninety-one years, her home being with her son James. The father was a well-to-do farmer, liberal and generous in the use of his means, and was proverbially kind-hearted and liberal in his views. He was captain of a company during the War of 1812 and some of the Indian wars, afterward he was colonel of militia, and during the war with the Creek Indians acted in the perilous capacity of a spy. His father, James McNair, was one of the pioneers of east Tennessee, in which State he died; he...

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Biography of William A. Wyatt

WILLIAM A. WYATT. This gentleman is one of the prominent residents of Richland Township, and one whose constancy to the business in hand, and whose thrift has added so greatly to the agricultural regions of Searcy County. He is a native of Warren County, Missouri, born October 2, 1828, and is a son of Lewis L. and Caroline (Tutt) Wyatt, natives of Kentucky and Tennessee, respectively, their marriage in all probability occurring in the latter State. At a very early day they removed to Missouri and first located in Warren County, but in 1843 took up their residence in Searcy County, Arkansas, locating on the farm on which the subject of this sketch is now residing, one and one-half miles from the mouth of Richland Creek, which place was at that time but little improved. On this farm the father spent the rest of his days, dying about 1846. He was a soldier of the War of 1812, was a lifelong farmer, and was honest, industrious and well-to-do. He had one brother and one sister, John and Polly, both of whom died in Warren County, Missouri, the latter the wife of James Bland. Their father died when they were young and their mother afterward married Hedgeman Anderson, both of whom died in Warren County, Missouri, where they were early settlers. The grandfather, Richard Tutt, probably removed from Tennessee to...

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Biography of Hon. M. T. Brisco

In reviewing the various professional interests of Newton County, Arkansas, the name of M. T. Brisco cannot be ignored, for he is one of her most successful legal lights. Although it is a known fact that, given the ordinary average education and good judgment, any man may make a success in the avenues of trade, yet in the profession of law he must be endowed with superior intelligence and have gone through years of careful study and training to be able to cope with the brilliant minds which do honor to the bench and bar. Mr. Brisco is a gentleman of well-known ability, and one who is an ornament to the profession. He owes his nativity to Searcy County, Arkansas, where he was born January 1, 1846, a son of Isham and Rebecca (Parker) Brisco, who were born in North Carolina in 1816 and Tennessee in 1823, respectively. The father was a lad of about twelve years when he became a resident of Washington County, Arkansas, coming thither with some of his elder brothers, and, as wild game was very plentiful in the region at that time, he and his brothers became quite noted hunters. He was a thoroughly self-educated man, was a successful school teacher, and was an exceptionally skillful penman, but the most of his life was devoted to tilling the soil, in which occupation he met...

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Biography of Matthew Sooter

MATTHEW SOOTER. He whose name heads this sketch is one of the prominent farmers of Searcy County, Arkansas, for he has inherited the love of the calling which has ever characterized his ancestors and has had practical experience in this line from his youth up. His father, Eli Sooter was a Tennesseean, became a resident in Searcy County, Arkansas, in 1825, and until his death was engaged in successfully tilling the soil on Bear Creek. He was called to “that bourne whence no traveler returns ” when the subject of this sketch was about seven years old, and his widow, who was a native Kentuckian, married again in Searcy County and died in 1882. Her maiden name was Stacie Adams, and she was a daughter of Robert Adams, who came to this section in 1822 from Kentucky, and died here on his farm on Bear Creek. The children born to Eli and Stacie Sooter numbered seven and were named as follows: Berry, Robert, Matthew, Edward, Cynthia, Jane and Mary. The mother’s second husband was Robert Waterson, by whom she had four children: Sarah, James, Benjamin F. and Arrella, the two eldest being dead. Matthew Sooter first saw the light of day in Wiley’s Cove, in this county December 9, 1839, and the early common schools of this section afforded him a practical education. When the war came up he...

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Biography of De Roos Bailey

Of the younger element of our prominent, energetic and influential citizens, none are better known than De Roos Bailey, one of the distinguished attorneys of the northwestern part of Arkansas, whose home is at Harrison. During the years that he has practiced his profession here he has shown that he is endowed with superior ability, and his comprehensive knowledge of the law, together with the soundness of his judgment, secured his almost immediate recognition at the bar. Since that time to the present he has so identified himself with the affairs of his section that its history can-not be recorded without according him a conspicuous and honorable part. He was born in Carroll County, Arkansas, May 27, 1857, and traces his ancestry back to his great-great-grandfather, William Bailey, who came to this country from England many years prior to the Revolution and is supposed to have settled in one of the Carolinas. His son, William, however, was born in Virginia, from which State he enlisted in the Colonial Army during the Revolutionary War, at the age of sixteen years; he died at the advanced age of eighty-six years. John Bailey, the grandfather of De Roos Bailey, was born in the Old North State, and was the first to establish the Bailey family in Tennessee. At a very early day he came with his wife, Beersheba (Cunningham) Bailey, to Arkansas...

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Biography of R. G. Simpson Hatchett

R. G. SIMPSON HATCHETT. In order to perpetuate for coming generations the record of one who was very prominently connected with the growth and development of Searcy County, Arkansas, but who has now passed to his final reward, a brief account of the life of R. G. Simpson Hatchett it placed on the pages of this volume. He was born in Wayne County, Tennessee, in 1837, to King and Nancy (Harris) Hatchett, whom it is supposed were born in Haywood County, Tennessee After their marriage they lived for some years in Wayne County, whence they came to Searcy County, Arkansas, where the father died in 1861, and the mother still lives at the age of eighty-one. The father became wealthy as an agriculturist, and became exceptionally well known throughout Searcy and adjoining counties. His father, Hubbard Hatchett, died in Tennessee, having been a soldier of the Revolution and of English parentage. In his early manhood the subject of this sketch followed various occupations, for he was a man of varied talents, and for some time followed the occupation of a pedagogue, and also taught music for some time. The most of his attention in later years was given to the occupation of farming, however, and being industrious, enterprising and pushing, and a man of sound and practical ideas, he made a success of all his undertakings and became possessed...

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Biography of John J. Morrow, M. D.

JOHN J. MORROW, M. D. Health is the most precious gift of nature, and how to retain it and how to regain it when lost are matters of vital moment. For this the physician’s services are often required, and it is therefore most necessary that he should be a man of intelligence, well-posted in his profession and conscientious and painstaking in his practice. These requirements are possessed by Dr. John J. Morrow, who is an exceptionally successful physician of Gassville, Baxter County, Arkansas He was born at McMinnville, Warren County, Tennessee, October 27, 1861, a son of D. G. and Mary J. (Kimberling) Morrow, the former of whom was also born in Warren County. His father, John Morrow, was a soldier in the War of 1812, and was in the battle of Horse Shoe Bend. He was married three times and some of the members of his family still reside in Warren County, Tennessee, one of whom held a responsible official position recently. When a young man D. G. Morrow crossed the plains (1848) with cattle to California and he returned home via the Isthmus of Panama. In 1852 he made another trip to California, and after his return East he stopped at Ozark, Missouri, where he sold goods for some time. Just prior to the opening of the Civil War he made a trip to his native State,...

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Biography of Dr. John S. Stephenson

DR. JOHN S. STEPHENSON. The value to any community of a professional man is not marked merely by his learning and skill, his proficiency in medical and surgical practice, but also by his character, both private and professional, his honorable adherence to medical ethics, and his personal integrity and benevolence of purpose. When a physician combines these characteristics it is with pleasure that we record his life-work, and such a man do we find in Dr. John S. Stephenson. He owes his nativity to Polk County, Tennessee, where he was born in 1839. His parents were Dr. Andrew R. and Anna (Watson) Stephenson, born in North Carolina in 1797, and South Carolina in 1799 respectively. They were early settlers of East Tennessee, and in January, 1852, landed in Searcy County, Arkansas, the journey thither being made with ox teams and horse teams, occupying nearly four months. They were among the pioneers of Wiley’s Cove, and there improved a good farm, and spent the rest of their lives, the father’s death occurring in January, 1864, and the mother’s in 1868. They were members of the Missionary Baptist Church for many years, and the father was long a very successful practicing physician of his section of the county. He was a stanch Union man during the great Civil War, but took no active part in the struggle. His father, Joseph Stephenson,...

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Biography of Dr. John W. S. Leslie

DR. JOHN W. S. LESLIE. This worthy gentleman, in ministering to the physical wants of his fellow mortals, has not neglected to minister to their spiritual wants also, and in addition is also a successful tiller of the soil. He was born at Wiley’s Cove, Arkansas, November 4, 1841. His father being Capt. Samuel Leslie, a sketch of whom appears in this work. In his youthful days the Doctor was an attendant of the old time log school houses, where he obtained a fair common-school education, and at the age of eighteen years he began the study of law only to abandon it at the end of one year to become a disciple of Aasculapius. In July, 1862, he joined his father’s company as a private, with which he served until after the fall of Little Rock, when he was made major of a battalion in McRea’s brigade, in which capacity he served until the war closed, operating principally north of the Arkansas River and participating in many skirmishes. He was in the Prairie Grove fight while with his father’s command, and in 1864 was captured by the enemy, but was soon released. He surrendered with Gen. Kirby Smith at the close of the war, returned home and once more took upon himself the duties of civil life. He soon began the practice of medicine in the neighborhood in...

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Biography of V. C. Bratton

V. C. BRATTON. This gentleman is the owner of a well-conducted mercantile establishment at Marshall, and is an enterprising and wide-awake man of affairs. He was born at Wiley’s Cove, Searcy County, July 19, 1860, being the eldest of a family of eight children born to James and Dicy A. (Hatchett) Bratton, who arc still residents of Wiley’s Cove, where they are well respected and have a wide circle of friends and acquaintances. The youthful days of V. C. Bratton were passed in learning the details of farming and in attending the common schools of the vicinity, where he secured a practical education, in every way sufficient to fit him for the ordinary duties of life. When still quite young in years he took up bookkeeping, and in 1886 was elected to the clerkship of Searcy County, a position he filled with marked ability for four years, and to the entire satisfaction of all concerned as well as to that of his Democratic constituents. He has been quite active in the political affairs of his section, and has been a delegate to a number of State conventions. He is a member of Marshall Lodges of the A. F & .A. M. and the I. O.O . F., in the former order of which he has held the office of secretary, and in the latter that of noble grand. In...

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Biography of Zach T. Wasson

ZACH T. WASSON, Point Peter, Arkansas Of that sturdy and independent class, the farmers and stockmen of Arkansas, none are possessed of more genuine merit and a stronger character than he whose name stands at the head of this sketch. He has risen to a more than ordinary degree of success in his calling, and wherever known is conceded to be an energetic and progressive tiller of the soil, imbued with all those qualities of go aheadativeness which have characterized his ancestors. He was born at the old homestead, a son of Eli Jackson and Angeline (Vorhies) Wasson, natives of Indiana and Tennessee, respectively, their marriage having been celebrated in the last mentioned State. They afterward drifted westward for the love and excitement of adventure, and Mr. Wasson chose this wild canebrake for their abode. Like the most of the early settlers of Searcy County, he was particularly fond of gunning and the enchanting melodies of the deer hound, and almost numberless were the deer and bears that fell at the command of his flint-lock rifle. Occasionally this beautiful dream was disturbed by a prowling redskin, but as the iron heel of civilization advanced and the hunting grounds of the savages were changed to waving fields of grain, the dusky sons of the forest ceased to be an annoyance. The Wassons settled in Searcy County, Arkansas, fifty years ago,...

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