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Location: Stone County AR

Biography of Hon. Benjamin F. Williamson

HON. BENJAMIN F. WILLIAMSON. A man’s life-work is the measure of his success, and he is truly the most successful man who, turning his powers into the channel of an honorable purpose, accomplishes the object of his endeavor. In the study of every man’s life we find some main-spring of action, something that he lives for, and in Benjamin F. Williamson it seems to have been an ambition to make the best use of his native and acquired powers and develop in himself a true manhood. He was born in Moore County, N. C., near Carthage, in 1856, to William W. and Molsie A. (Cravens) Williamson, the former of whom was a tiller of the soil, and during the great Civil War was a member of an Arkansas regiment of the Confederate Army. He died while in the Federal prison at St. Louis in 1863, and his widow in 1871. To their union two sons and two daughters were born, and upon the death of the husband and father they were left in very destitute circumstances. Wyatt, one of the younger members of the family, is a graduate of the College of Physicians and Surgeons of St. Louis and of the Vanderbilt University of Nashville, Tennessee, his way through these institutions being paid with money which he himself had earned by the sweat of his brow and by some...

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Biography of Preston A. C. Wallace

PRESTON A. C. WALLACE. An active and progressive system in any profession or line of business, when based upon principles of honor, is sure to bring success, and an illustration of prominence gained through these means is seen in the record of Preston A. C. Wallace, of Heber, Arkansas He was born in Williamson County, Tennessee, in 1841, and is a son of Alfred F. and Ann (Moore) Wallace, who were born in Alabama, from which State they moved to Tennessee, thence to Arkansas in 1841, locating in Independence County. The father died there in 1848, after which his widow married Archibald Burns, and died in Stone County. Mr. Wallace was a well to-do farmer, and during the Mexican War was captain of a company in Col. Yell’s regiment. Preston A. C. Wallace was one of four children, was the youngest of the family and is the only one now living. He spent his boyhood in the vicinity of Batesville, in Independence County, and owing to the early death of his father saw many ups and downs before the war, and since the early age of thirteen years has fought the hard battle of life on his own responsibility. In April, 1863, he joined an independent company, which formed a part of Maj. Christman’s battalion, and held the rank of orderly sergeant throughout the war. He was in all...

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Biography of James M. Risner

JAMES M. RISNER, Among the most intelligent and highly-respected families of Stone County, Ark , we may well note that of which Mr. Risner is the head, for he is one of the substantial citizens of the county, and has a beautiful and fertile farm of 480 acres in the heart of Richwoods Township. He was born in what is now Stone County, October 5, 1853, a son of George and Margaret (Young ) Risner, who were Tennesseans by birth, but who came to Arkansas when still unmarried, and were united in wedlock in what was then Izard, but is now Stone County. The father died in 1875, at the age of forty-six years, and the mother in 1859, when still quite a young woman. The subject of this sketch was the fifth of six children born to this worthy couple. and after the death of his mother he made his home with his uncle, Christian Young, who was killed during the war, after which he made his home with the widow for a short time. He then ran away and made his home with Robert Cagle until almost grown, when he lived with Walter Cagle for a short time. He was given the advantages of the common schools during his boyhood, and upon starting out in life for himself was totally without means. He, however, was strong and...

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Biography of John R. B. Lancaster

JOHN R. B. LANCASTER. This prominent pioneer of Stone County, Arkansas, owes his nativity to Smith County, Tennessee, his birth occurring ten miles from Carthage, February 20, 1831. His parents, John and Clarissa (Decker) Lancaster, were born in Tennessee, and came to Arkansas in March, 1844, locating in what is now Round Bottom, Stone County, where the father’s death occurred March 21, 1855, at the age of sixty-one years. and the mother’s in 1863, when she was a few years younger than her husband. The latter was a soldier of the War of 1812 under Jackson, and was probably a non-commissioned officer. While in Tennessee he held the office of justice of the peace, but it was under protest, and he was never an aspirant for office. He and his wife were members of the Methodist Church for many years, and in politics he was a Whig. He was quite a skillful general mechanic, built a mill on Smith Fork, in Tennessee, and also carried on farming successfully. On coming to Arkansas he located on a fine farm on White River, at which time fifteen acres were under cultivation and the rest covered by cane break. With the assistance of his sons he cleared this land, a portion of which the immediate subject of this sketch owns. Eight children were born to himself and wife, of whom the subject...

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Biography of Beverly B. Evetts

BEVERLY B. EVETTS. The pages of history fail to disclose an older or more honorable calling than that of the farmer, and among its most honorable votaries is Beverly B. Evetts, who is a product of Smith County, Tennessee, where he was born April 2, 1847, to James H. and Sarah A. (Hubbard) Evetts, who were also natives of Smith County, and where they were reared and married. In 1847 they came to Arkansas and located in Wallace Township, Stone County, of which section they were among the very first settlers. After making several changes they located on the farm on which the subject of this sketch now resides, the most of which was woodland at the time of their purchase. This land Beverly B. Evetts helped to clear and improve, and it is now one of the finest places in the county. The father was born in 1819 and died in 1871, but the mother, who was born in 1823, is still living, and makes her home with the subject of this sketch. She is a member of the Methodist Church, is a worthy woman and has many friends. The father was a Democrat politically, was a soldier in the Confederate Army for some time, and was a participant in the battle of Helena. His family consisted of three children: Andrew J., who was in the Seventh Arkansas...

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Biography of Dutton J. Reynolds

DUTTON J. REYNOLDS. Dutton J. Reynolds, county clerk, is one of the most efficient, faithful and painstaking officers Stone County has ever had, and in discharging the functions of his office, he has shown the utmost courtesy to all with whom he h as come in contact, and has won innumerable friends. He is a product of the Blue Grass State, born in Jackson County September 9, 1861, and the son of Thomas H. and Margaret (Jones) Reynolds. The father was born in Owsley County, Kentucky, about 1830, of English descent, and of a prominent old Kentucky family. His father, Pleasant Reynolds, was born in North Carolina, in which State the founders of the family settled, when coming to this country. The father of our subject made his home in his native State until 1875, when he moved to Madison County, Arkansas, where he remained until 1880. In that year he came to Stone County and located at Carr, where he now lives and where he is postmaster. During the Civil War he served in the Forty-seventh Kentucky Volunteer Regiment and is a pensioner. While residing in Kentucky he held the office of justice of the peace, and since residing in this county he has been postmaster at Carr for nine years. In political matters he affiliates with the Republican party. Mr. Reynolds is a wealthy man and one...

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Biography of William A. Halliburton

WILLIAM A. HALLIBURTON. Few, if any, among those engaged in the occupation of farming in Stone County, Arkansas, maintain a higher reputation for intelligence, thrift and industry than William A. Halliburton. He was born in Jackson, Tennessee, July 11, 1842, to Benjamin and Kansas P. (Holliman) Halliburton, who were natives of North Carolina and Tennessee respectively. The father was a small child when taken by his parents to Tennessee, but he grew up and married in Jackson County. He came with his family to Arkansas in 1852, and located in the neighborhood of Bickhorn, his farm at that time being a heavily wooded tract. He was a good all-around mechanic, and could make almost anything that he undertook to do, and was especially good in building chimneys and making chairs. In 1862 he joined a company of cavalry, but was taken sick at Holly Springs, Miss., and there died, at the age of forty-four years. His widow survived him until 1890, at the age of seventy-two years. They were members of the Methodist Church and were worthy and highly-respected citizens, and reared their children to honorable maturity. William A. was the eldest of the family, and is one of the four surviving members. He received a practical common school education, but dropped his books to enter the Confederate service, and June 6, 1861, joined the Seventh Arkansas Infantry, serving...

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Biography of Jacob Yocum

JACOB YOCUM. Stone County has been fortunate in being developed by men who are not only ambitious but broad-minded and farseeing. Many portions of it are as attractive as though laid out by a landscape gardener and reminds one of the beautiful Champs d’Elysee of which Paris is so proud. In all the county there is no more diversity of scenery than in Washington township, and that portion of it in which our subject lives. Jacob Yocum is a native of this county, or what is now Stone County, born in 1837. Son of Levi and Mary (Patterson) Yocum, who were among the first settlers of what is now Stone County. Both died in this county, the father about 1852 and the mother three years later. They were worthy and earnest members of the Methodist Church. The grandfather, James Yocum (the name was formerly spelled Yoachum), it is thought was a German, and was one of the first white men to make a home in what is now Stone County, this being at the mouth of James River. Yoachum Creek was named for him and the name of Yoachum is a household word to every old settler and their descendents in this region of country. Grandfather Patterson was also a very early settler of this county and passed his last days on James River. The eight children born to...

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Biography of Elihu C. Beckham

ELIHU C. BECKHAM. The requirements necessary for the successful filling of the office of assessor are accuracy, faithfulness and energy, and all these requirements are possessed by Mr. Beckham, who is universally pronounced to be one of the most capable assessors Stone County has ever had. He was born in Hardin County, near the Wayne County, Tennessee, line, July 13, 1840, a son of Joshua M. and Catherine (Hinkle) Beckman, the former of whom was born in Orange County, N. C., May 14, 1816, and died in Stone County, Arkansas, February 3, 1888. The mother was born in Alabama, December 26, 1819, and died here November 11, 1863. Upon the removal of the Beckham family from North Carolina to Tennessee, Joshua M. was a child of five years and grew up in Wayne and Hardin Counties, was married in the latter county, and his union resulted in the birth of six sons and five daughters. After the death of the wife and mother he married the widow Cartwright, who bore him two children and died in 1875. They were members of the Flatwoods Missionary Baptist Church, of which they were among the earliest members, and socially Mr. Beckham was a member of Zion Lodge No. 10, of Batesville, A. F. & F. M. Although always a Democrat in politics, his father and brothers were Whigs. His father, Greene Beckham,...

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Biographical Sketch of Z. M. Horton

Z. M. HORTON was born in territory now embraced in Stone County, Arkansas, September 27, 1858. Moved with his parents to North Carolina in 1861, and returned to Arkansas in 1869, and has ever since resided in Baxter County, Arkansas Was educated at Mountain Home Male and Female Academy, of Mountain Home, Arkansas Quit school at the age of eighteen, and began to teach in the public schools of the country, and read law at night and on Saturdays. Continued this course most of his time until he was twenty-one years of age, when he was licensed to practice law in 1879. Began the practice of the law at his present location, Mountain Home, Arkansas, in January, 1880, and has been very successful, both from professional and financial standpoints. Has accumulated considerable property. In politics a Democrat; never held any office, except that of Democratic presidential elector for Fifth Congressional District of Arkansas in the campaign of 1888. Has never been an office-seeker. Has devoted his time to the study and the practice of the law. Married Miss Kate Paul Hicks October 9, 1887. Has two children: a girl, Lucille, five years old, and Paul, a boy of two. A man of medium size, light complexion, and has always enjoyed splendid health. Second son of Dr. M. W. Horton, an old pioneer of Arkansas, who was one of the...

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Biography of John W. Hess

JOHN W. HESS. Stone County, Arkansas, can well be proud of the amount of brains and energy possessed by her representative citizens, for, taken as a whole, there are none brighter, more intelligent, or with more ability or push in any direction, and among the number is John W. Hess. He was born near Batesville, in Independence County, April 2, 1840, a son of James and Elizabeth (Wells) Hess, natives of Arkansas and Franklin County, Tennessee, respectively. James Hess was born within two and a half miles of Batesville in 1814, and died in Stone County, Arkansas, in 1874. His father, Samuel Hess, was born, it is thought, in Illinois, near Cairo, and finally located in Arkansas with his brothers Solomon and William and were among the first to settle near Batesville. Samuel Hess moved to Boone County when the subject of this sketch was a lad and afterward came to Richwoods, and died in this county after having spent a successful career in farming. The widow of James Hess is now about seventy years of age and is a member of the Missionary Baptist Church, of which she and her husband were among the very earliest members in this section. The father was a member of the Masonic fraternity, and a Democrat. He became the father of seven sons and four daughters, of whom John W. is the...

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Biography of John W. Franks

JOHN W. FRANKS, deceased. In every community some men are known for their upright lives, strong common sense and moral worth rather than for their wealth or political standing. Their neighbors respect them, the young generations heed their example, and when they go to the grave posterity listens with reverence to the story of their quiet and useful lives. Such a man was John W. Franks, who was born in Hardin County, Tennessee, July 13, 1837, and died on his farm near Timbo, in Stone County, Arkansas, November 20, 1886. His father, Jack Franks, died in Tennessee. John W. Franks received no educational advantages in his youth, and at the time of his marriage could hardly write his name, but at odd times thereafter he applied himself to his books and became reasonably well posted in the three R’s. From Tennessee he went to Mississippi; in 1859 came to Baxter County, Arkansas, and located near Big Flat, which was one of the roughest places in that part of the country, but the soil was rich and fertile, and there he determined to pitch his tent.” He was industrious, made good crops, and was ably assisted by his young wife who was as ambitious as he. They had a young yoke of oxen, a few household articles, and in this way commenced their married life. During the Civil War Mr....

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Biography of John Maloy

JOHN MALOY, deceased. Although the gentleman whose name heads this sketch has “passed to that bourne whence no traveler returns,” his walk through life was characterized by so much honor and such an earnest desire to benefit his fellows and the section in which he resided, that his memory will remain green in the hearts of the many citizens of Stone County, Arkansas He was born in Bengal, County Tyrone, Ireland, and when but a lad crossed the stormy ocean to America and landed at Quebec, thence to New York, from which place he went to Memphis, Tennessee, and in 1844 to Sylamore, on the White River in Arkansas, where he built, if not the first, one of the very first stores ever erected in that place. He afterward cleared a farm on White River, near his store, and embarked in the raising of stock, and at that time the only thing that prevented the stock business from being a paying one, was that bears and wolves made too many raids on his flocks. Later he moved near Mountain View, and at a still later period to the headwaters of the Sylamore, where his career was closed by death in 1891, at the age of eighty-five years. His wife, Ann Finley, survives him with seven children, but bore him eight children: James, the eldest son, was killed in a...

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Biography of Isaac H. A. Daniel

ISAAC H. A. DANIEL, a Union soldier during the Civil War, and now a prominent farmer and stockraiser of Washington Township, Stone County, Missouri, Isaac H. A. Daniel is a native of Franklin County, Tennessee, where he was born September 30, 1830. He is a son of Reuben and Susan (Watts) Daniel, natives of North Carolina and Franklin County, Tennessee, respectively. When a boy Reuben Daniel went with his parents from Georgia to Franklin County, Tennessee, and there he grew to manhood and was married. About 1839 he moved to Wayne County, Tennessee, and then to Washington County, Ark, where he died in April, 1863. He was a soldier in the First Arkansas United States Army, but was home on a furlough at the time of his death. His entire life was passed in agricultural pursuits. His father, Job Daniel, was probably born in England, and was a soldier in the Revolutionary War. His death occurred in Franklin County, Tennessee. Our subject was but four years old at the time of his father’s death and there were seven children left fatherless. The mother died in 1891, when about eighty-one years of age, her death occurring in Stone County. She was the daughter of Robert Watts, who was a drum-major and was killed at the battle of Horseshoe Bend. Of the eleven children born to his parents our subject was...

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Biography of Joshua W. C. Hinkle, M. D.

JOSHUA W. C. HINKLE, M. D. The profession of medicine, while a very inviting field for the student and humanitarian, is one that demands much self-denial and the exercise of repression and the sacrifice of the ordinary methods of advancing one’s interests. Among the physicians of repute in Stone County, Arkansas, the subject of this sketch holds a prominent place for his attainment in his profession, his courteous treatment of his brethren, the success he has attained in the practice and his broad and considerate and devoted care of those who require his professional services, all combine to make him distinguished. He was born in Wayne County, Tennessee, July 18, 1848, a son of John D. and Irena (Beckham) Hinkle, who were born in the State of North Carolina. They were married in Wayne County, Tennessee, and about 1850 located near Melbourne, in Izard County, Arkansas, where the father died September 1, 1852,his birth having occurred in 1816. The mother still lives in Izard County, is in her sixty-eighth year, and is now the wife of Stephen Taylor. John D. Hinkle was a farmer and a very successful one. While in Tennessee he held the office of justice of the peace and politically was a Democrat. Four children were born to his union, of whom the subject of this sketch was the second in order of birth. Dr. Hinkle...

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