Location: St. Francis County AR

Slave Narrative of Diana Alexander

Interviewer: Miss Irene Robertson Person Interviewed: Diane Alexander Location: Brinkley, Arkansas Age: 74 Occupation: Worked in field, Washed, Ironed “I was born in Mississippi close to Bihalia. Our owner was Myers(?) Bogan. He had a wife and children. Mama was a field woman. Her name was Sarah Bogan and papa’s name was Hubberd Bogan. “I heard them talk about setting the pot at the doors and having singing and prayer services. They all sung and prayed around the room. I forgot all the things they talked about. My parents lived on the same place after freedom a long time. They said he was good to them. “Dr. Bogan in Forrest City, Arkansas always said I was his brother’s child. He was dead years ago, so I didn’t have no other way of knowing. “The only thing I can recollect about the War was once my mistress took me and her own little girl upstairs in a kind of ceiling room (attic). They had their ham meat and jewelry locked up in there and other fine stuff. She told us to sit down and not move, not even grunt. Me and Fannie had to be locked up so long. It was dark. We both went to sleep but we was afraid to stir. The Yankees come then but I didn’t get to see them. I didn’t want to be took...

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Slave Narrative of Emma Barr

Interviewer: Miss Irene Robertson Person Interviewed: Emma Barr Location: Madison, Arkansas Age: 65 Occupation: Nursed, Farmed “My parents belong to two people. Mama was born in Mississippi I think and papa come from North Carolina. Papa’s master was Lark Hickerson. Mama was sold from Dr. Ware to Dr. Pope. She was grown when she was sold. She was the mother of twenty-seven children. She had twins three times. “During the Civil War she was run from the Yankees and had twins on the road. They died or was born dead and she nearly died. They was buried between twin trees close to Hernando, Mississippi. Her last owner was Dr. Pope, ten miles south of Augusta, Arkansas. I was born there and raised up three miles south of Augusta, Arkansas. “When mama was sold she left her people in Mississippi but after freedom her sisters, Aunt Mariah and Aunt Mary, come here to mama. Aunt Mariah had no children. Aunt Mary had four boys, two girls. She brought her children. Mama said her husband when Dr. Ware owned her was Maxwell but she married my papa after Dr. Pope bought her. “Dr. Ware had a fine man he bred his colored house women to. They didn’t plough and do heavy work. He was hostler, looked after the stock and got in wood. The women hated him, and the men on...

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Slave Narrative of Sophie D. Belle

Interviewer: Miss Irene Robertson Location: Forrest City, Arkansas Age: 77 “I was born near Knoxville, Georgia. My mother was a professional pastry cook. She was a house woman during slavery. She was owned by Lewis Hicks and Ann Hicks. They had Saluda, Mary, Lewis, and Oscar. “Mother was never sold. Mr. Hicks reared her. She was three-fourths Indian. Her father was George Hicks. Gordon carried him to Texas. Mr. Bob Gordon was mean. He asked Mr. Hicks to keep mother and auntie while he went to Texas, Mr. Gordon was so mean. My mother had two little girls but my sister died while small. “I never saw any one sold. I never saw a soldier. But I noticed the grown people whispering many times. Mother explained it to me, they had some news from the War. Aunt Jane said she saw them pass in gangs. I heard her say, ‘Did you see the soldiers pass early this morning?’ I was asleep. Sometimes I was out at play when they passed. “Master Hicks called us all up at dinner one day to the big house. He told us, ‘You are free as I am.’ I never had worked any then. No, they cried and went on to their homes. Aunt Jane was bad to speak out, she was so much Indian. She had three children. She went to another place...

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Slave Narrative of Frank Cannon

Interviewer: Miss Irene Robertson Person Interviewed: Frank Cannon R.F.D. Location: Palestine, Arkansas Age: 77 “I was born three miles west of Starkville, Mississippi on a pretty tolerable large farm. My folks was bought from a speculator drove come by. They come from Sanders in South Ca’lina. Master Charlie Cannon bought a whole drove of us, both my grandparents on both sides. He had five farms, big size farms. Saturday was ration day. “Our master built us a church in our quarters and sont his preacher to preach to us. He was a white preacher. Said he wanted his slaves to be Christians. “I never went to school in my life. I was taught by the fireside to be obedient and not steal. “We et outer trays hewed out of logs. Three of us would eat together. We had wooden spoons the boys made whittling about in cold rainy weather. We all had gourds to drink outer. When we had milk we’d get on our knees and turn up the tray, same way wid pot-liquor. They give the grown up the meat and us pot-liquor. “Pa was a blacksmith. He got a little work from other plantations. The third year of the surrender he bought us a cow. The master was dead. He never went to war. He went in the black jack thickets. His sons wasn’t old enough to...

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St. Francis County, Arkansas Census

St. Francis County was formed from Phillips County in 1827. 1830 St. Francis County, Arkansas Census Free 1830 Census Form for your Research Hosted at Ancestry.com – Ancestry Free TrialĀ Free 1830 Census Index 1830 St. Francis County, Census (images and index) $ 1810-1890 Accelerated Indexing Systems Free 1830 Census Transcription Hosted at Census Guide 1830 U.S. Census Guide 1840 St. Francis County, Arkansas Census Free 1840 Census Form for your Research Hosted at Ancestry.com – Ancestry Free TrialĀ Free 1840 Census Index 1840 St. Francis County, Census (images and index) $ 1810-1890 Accelerated Indexing Systems Free 1840 Census Transcription Hosted at Census Guide 1840 U.S. Census Guide 1850 St. Francis County, Arkansas Census Free 1850 Census Form for your Research Free 1850 Census Images (partially indexed) Hosted at Ancestry.com – Ancestry Free Trial 1850 St. Francis County, Census (images and index) $ 1810-1890 Accelerated Indexing Systems Free 1850 Census Index Surnames: A-F Surnames: G-L Surnames: M-V Surnames: W-Z Free 1850 Census Transcription pg 0038a pg 0046b pg 0055a pg 0064a pg 0073a pg 0081b Hosted at Census Guide 1850 U.S. Census Guide 1860 St. Francis County, Arkansas Census Free 1860 Census Form for your Research Free 1860 Census Images and Index Hosted at Ancestry.com – Ancestry Free Trial 1860 St. Francis County, Census (images and index) $ 1810-1890 Accelerated Indexing Systems Free 1860 Census Index Surnames: A-B Surnames: C-F Surnames:...

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St. Francis 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 St. Francis County, Arkansas USGenWeb Archives Project Wylds Family Cemetery Hosted at Digging Up Roots in St. Francis County, Arkansas Barnishaw Cemetery Brown Cemetery Hughes Cemetery Loughridge Cemetery Roy Cemetery Waldrop Cemetery West Cemetery Wichhmann Cemetery Widener Cemetery Wylds Cemetery Hosted at Arkansas Cemeteries Bell Cemetery (partial) Bible Union Cemetery Hughes Cemetery Loughridge Cemetery Widener Cemetery  ...

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