Location: Washington County AR

Biography of Thomas H. Crawford

THOMAS H. CRAWFORD. – While Union county enjoys especial favor in possesing a large, well informed, and enterprising class of citizens who fill the walks of the industrial and professional callings she is to be congratulated in having such substantial, broad minded and capable devotees of the legal profession. Prominent in this number, and deserving of a large share of honor for his faithful and successful labors in the courts and in the manipulation of the affairs of the county, and also in a measure of the state politics wherein he has bestowed much care and thought for the welfare of all, is the esteemed gentleman, whose name stands at the head of this article. a man of fine capabilities, fortified with a thorough and extended classical education and then a training in the legal profession that has fitted him in an ample and satisfactory way to handle the deep points of court practice and official counsel, there is also in Mr. Crawford a happy blending of the acumen, determination, and executive ability required in the successful lawyer, which he constantly supplements by a careful and discriminating course of research that has placed him in a commanding position in his profession throughout the county and in adjacent districts. Our subject is the scion of a strong southern family, being born in Washington county, Arkansas, on March 18, 1848, and...

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Biography of James L. McCoy

James L. McCoy has for many years been identified with the lumber industry both in Kansas and Arkansas, and manages his extensive interests from his home and headquarters at Coffeyville. Nearly all his active career has been spent in the West and in the early days of Oklahoma he went there as a pioneer and opened a farm. James L. McCoy was born in Atchison County, Missouri, May 21, 1862. Four generations of the McCoys have lived in this country, having come originally from Scotland, and the family were early settlers in the State of Ohio. Mr. McCoy’s grandfather, Andrew Cartwright, who was born in Maryland and followed farming in Ohio, was a consin of Peter Cartwright, the famous Methodist evangelist of the early days in Southern Ohio and other states. William McCoy, father of James L., was born in Pike County, Ohio, in 1836, and died at Coffeyville in 1905. He came out to Kansas and located at Coffeyville in 1886, and for many years was in the general merchandise business with store at the corner of Eighth and Walnut streets. He built the fine business block known as the McCoy or Junction Building at the corner of Eighth and Walnut streets. That building is still included in his estate, as are also two dwelling houses, one at 601 Willow Street and another at Third and Union streets....

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Biography of J. R. Graves, M. D.

Coming to Boynton in 1919, Dr. J. R. Graves has already proven his skill and ability as a physician and surgeon and his practice is assuming large proportions. A native of Arkansas, he was born in Logan county on the 29th of November, 1883, his parents being G. W. and Mary (Suter) Graves, who were also born in that state. The paternal grandfather, Jacob Graves, was a veteran of both the Civil and Mexican wars, having charge of Fort Gibson, Indian Territory, during the latter conflict. He was a charter member of Masonic Lodge, No. 9, at Clarksville, Arkansas, with which he was affiliated for seventy-eight years, and passed away August 8, 1918, at the advanced age of ninety-four years. His son, G. W. Graves, devoted his entire life to farming pursuits and was a resident of Logan county, Arkansas. His death occurred on the 20th of December, 1899, when he had reached the age of forty years, but the mother survives and is still living on the old homestead farm in Logan county. In the acquirement of an education Dr. Graves attended the grammar and high schools of Paris, Arkansas, and after completing his course followed the profession of teaching for eleven years, proving very successful as an educator. During this period he had devoted his leisure hours to the study of medicine and on the 14th of...

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Biography of Albert N. Earnest, M. D.

Dr. Albert N. Earnest, a surgeon of Muskogee, is numbered among the native sons of Oklahoma and his record as a successful member of the medical profession stands in contradistinction to the old adage that a prophet is never without honor save in his own country. Dr. Earnest was born near Webbers Falls, in Muskogee county, September 13, 1890, and is a son of J. T. and Ellen (Carlisle) Earnest. The mother is one-fourth Cherokee and was born in Texas, of which state the father is also a native. He came to the Indian Territory when a boy with his people, the family settling near Webbers Falls, where J. T. Earnest eventually became a farmer and stockman, following the business until 1918, when he retired from active life. For twenty-five years he lived upon a farm near Fort Gibson and when he put aside the work of the fields he removed to Muskogee and now makes his home at No. 1149 Cherry street. Dr. Earnest was reared and educated at Fort Gibson and also attended the public schools at Wagoner. Later he entered the University of Arkansas, in which he won the degree of Mechanical Engineer upon graduation with the class of 1907. Changing his plans, however, as to his future, he afterward became a medical student in the University of Tennessee at Memphis and was graduated there on...

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Biography of Malcolm E. Rosser

During a period of eight years Malcolm E. Rosser has been successfully engaged in the private practice of law in Muskogee and prior to that time was prominent as a public official of Oklahoma. He served for two terms as judge of the fifth judicial district of the state and at one time was Supreme Court commissioner. He is a western man by birth, training and preference. Arkansas is his native state, his birth having occurred on the old homestead farm near Fayetteville, in Washington county, January 16, 1870, his parents being William E. and Virginia Frances (Hudson) Rosser, the former a native of Campbell county, Virginia, while the latter was born in the state of Mississippi and yet makes her home in Washington county, Arkansas. William E. Rosser was a representative of one of the old families of Virginia, being a son of Colonel Rosser, who owned and cultivated a large plantation in Virginia, serving also at one time as an officer in the state militia and as high sheriff of his county. About the year 1850 he removed with his family to Texas and following the Civil war became a resident of Washington county, Arkansas, there spending his remaining days. William E. Rosser was largely reared and educated in Texas, being quite young when he accompanied his parents to that state. He joined the Confederate army at...

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Biography of Edward D. Hicks

Edward D. Hicks is numbered among Tahlequah’s representative business men and is one whose life record should be a stimulus to the effort and ambition of others. He was born at Fort Gibson, Indian Territory, on the 1st of January, 1866, a son of Daniel R. and Nancy J. (Rider) Hicks. His grandfather on the paternal side Elijah Hicks, was chief of the Cherokee Nation in Georgia and Indian Territory and died in 1856. Mr. and Mrs. Hicks came with the immigration of Cherokees in 1837 and 1838 to Indian Territory and the father became a successful farmer and stock raiser. He was influential in political and tribal affairs and for some time acted as United States interpreter. His death occurred in 1883. His wife died in 1866. Edward D. Hicks, whose name initiates this review, was the only child born to their union. In the acquirement of an education Edward D. Hicks attended the public schools of the Cherokee Nation and in due time enrolled as a student in the University of Arkansas at Fayetteville. Upon the completion of his education he made his initial step into the business world as clerk in a mercantile establishment and after several years in that connection determined to start into business on his own account. He was active in the conduct of a mercantile business until 1895, but in that year...

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Biography of Thomas Jefferson Harrison

Thomas Jefferson Harrison is justly accorded a place among the prominent and representative citizens of Pryor, for he belongs to that class of men whose enterprising spirit seeks to benefit others as well as himself. He also advances the general good and promotes public prosperity by his ably managed individual interests. He has excellent ability as an organizer, forms his plans readily and is determined in their execution. This enables him to conquer obstacles which deter many a man and has been one of the salient features of his success. Thomas Jefferson Harrison is a native son of Arkansas, his birth having occurred in Fayetteville, on the 7th of March, 1885. His father is W. W. Harrison, a native of Virginia, and his mother Emma Smith, who was born in North Carolina. His parents went to Arkansas at an early date. They removed to Kansas in 1890, and resided in that state for a short time. In 1891 they went to the Indian Territory. In the acquirement of an education Thomas Jefferson Harrison attended the subscription schools of Indian Territory and upon putting his textbooks aside made his initial step into the business world. He opened a news stand in a portion of the post office building, conducting it successfully from 1903 to 1908, when he sold out to go into the jewelry business. Six months later he disposed...

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Biography of R. M. Godfrey

The present judge of Nowata county is R. M. Godfrey, who has been a resident of Nowata since 1914. He was born at Stockport, Ohio, on the 3d of June, 1887, a son of George N. and Effie L. (Scheetz) Godfrey, the former a native of Ohio. The progenitor of the Godfrey family in this country was Daniel Godfrey, who came to America from England at an early day and upon the out-break of the Revolutionary war enlisted for service under George Washington’s command. The paternal great-grandfather, Prince Godfrey, was born in Maine and removed from that state to Ohio in 1821, locating near Stockport, in which community the family resided for many years. His son was Samual B., likewise a native of Maine, who married Catherine Ellison of Ireland. The mother of R. M. Godfrey died in 1894, while his father is still living on the old family farm at Stockport. He is fifty-eight years of age. R. M. Godfrey also has one brother, J. A., who is engaged in the mercantile business in Newark, Ohio. In the acquirement of an education R. M. Godfrey attended the Ohio public schools and after graduating from the high school at Bloomdale, spent three years at Marietta College, taking a general course. Subsequently he took up the study of law in the office of H. L. Pearson at Fayetteville, Arkansas, and...

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Biographical Sketch of Zeb Pettigrew Jackson

Zeb Pettigrew Jackson, whose activity in the field of real estate in Muskogee is bringing substantial results in the attainment of success, was born in Fayetteville, Arkansas, August 10. 1886, and is a son of U. L. Jackson, mentioned on another page of this work. Spending his boyhood days under the parental roof, he supplemented his early educational opportunities by study in the University of Arkansas, devoting a year to civil engineering. In April, 1908, he became associated with his father in the insurance, real estate and loan business which the father had established in 1901. The partnership was maintained between them until the father’s death on the 3d of January, 1918, since which time Mr. Jackson has conducted the business alone. He has handled a large amount of real estate, negotiated many important realty transfers and has gained a notable clientage. On the 4th of November, 1914, Mr. Jackson was married to Miss Terry Eberle of Muskogee, and they have two children, Z. P., Jr., and Lucille Wisdom. Mr. Jackson turns to golf and hunting for recreation and pleasure when leisure permits. He belongs to the Wauhillau Club, also to the Town and Country Club and fraternally is connected with the Benevolent Protective Order of Elks and the Masons. He has taken the degrees of lodge, chapter and commandery and also of the Mystic Shrine. He has long...

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James, Barbara Jean – Obituary

La Grande, Oregon Barbara Jean “Bobbie” James, 77, of Union, died Sept. 4 at her home. A graveside burial service will be held at 1 p.m. Monday at the Union Cemetery. A celebration of life service will follow at 1:30 p.m. in the tent at Buffalo Peak Golf Course. Bobbie was born on May 13, 1930, to Horace W. and Lettie Ima (Woolf) Owen in Del Rio, Texas. On Aug. 2, 1946, she married the love of her life, J.B. “Red” James in Springdale, Ark. They moved to Eastern Oregon in 1954. They raised three children together, Roger, Cindie and Chuck. Friends and family say Bobbie was a very active person who loved her family, her work and her town. She enjoyed playing cards, fishing and helping those around her. She served on the city council for several terms and served on many committees for the City of Union. Friends and family say she brought a focused mind to make the city she loved a better place for all. Survivors include her daughter, Cindie and her husband, Bob Stacy, of Boise; son, Chuck James of Union and Boise; daughter-in-law, Carol James Mulvany and her husband, Bruce Mulvany, of Union; seven grandchildren; Bob Stacy’s five children and their families; three great-grandchildren; sister, Mary Shriver of Union; brother, H.V. Owen of Lowell, Ark.; and other relatives. She was preceded in death...

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Washington County, Arkansas Census

Washington County, Arkansas was formed from Crawford and Lovely counties in 1828. 1830 Washington County, Arkansas Census Free 1830 Census Form for your Research Hosted at Ancestry.com – Ancestry Free Trial 1830 Washington 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 Washington County, Arkansas Census Free 1840 Census Form for your Research Hosted at Ancestry.com – Ancestry Free Trial 1840 Washington County, Census (images and index) $ 1810-1890 Accelerated Indexing Systems Free 1840 Census Index Free 1840 Census Transcription Hosted at Census Guide 1840 U.S. Census Guide 1850 Washington County, Arkansas Census Free 1850 Census Form for your Research Free 1850 Census Images (partially indexed) Hosted at Ancestry.com – Ancestry Free Trial 1850 Washington County, Census (images and index) $ 1810-1890 Accelerated Indexing Systems Free 1850 Census Index Surnames: A-B Surnames: C Surnames: D-G Surnames: H-J Surnames: K-L Surnames: M Surnames: N-P Surnames: Q-R Surnames: S Surnames: T-V Surnames: W-Z Free 1850 Census Transcription Mars Hill Township Richland Township Brush Creek Township White River Township Cove Creek Township Mountain Township West Fork Township Prairie Township Part 1 Part 2 Clear Creek Township Cane Hill Township Vinyard Township Illinois Township Fayetteville Hosted at Census Guide 1850 U.S. Census Guide 1860 Washington County, Arkansas Census Free 1860 Census Form for your Research...

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Washington 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 Washington County, USGenWeb Archives Project Washington County, Arkansas Cremations Academy Cemetery (Partial) Antioch Cemetery Baker Cemetery, West Fork Baptist Ford Cemetery Baptist Ford Cemetery Bean Cemetery Beaty Cemetery, Lincoln Bethesda Cemetery, Lincoln Black Oak Cemetery Bluff Cemetery Brentwood Cemetery, Brentwood Buckner Cemetery Campbell Cemetery, West Fork/Greenland Carrell Cemetery Cheatham Cemetery,Lincoln Cheshire Cemetery Combs Chapel Cemetery Cox Cemetery Dutch Mills Cemetery, Lincoln Echo Dell And Burk Cemeteries Edmiston Cemetery Elm Springs Cemetery Fairview Memorial Gardens, Fayetteville Fairview Memorial Gardens, Fayetteville, Index Fairview Memorial Gardens, Fayetteville Fairview Memorial Gardens, Fayetteville Washington County, Ar-Fairview Cemetery Fall Creek Cemetery, Strickler Farmington Cemetery Farmington Cemetery Forest Park Cemetery Friendship Cemetery Friendship Cemetery, Springdale Friendship Cemetery, #2 Friendship Cemetery, #3 Friendship Cemetery, #9 Friendship Cemetery #4 Friendship Cemetery#5 Friendship Cemetery, Index Sugar Hill Cemetery/Funkhouser Gibson Cemetery Washington County, Ar-Gollahar-Peerson Cemetery Goshen Cemetery Head Family Cemetery Hester Cemetery Howe Cemetery Illinois Chapel Cemetery, Prairie Grove King’s Cemetery Kinnibrugh Cemetery, Farmington Leeper Cemetery Lewis Cemetery Lewis Cemetery, Evansville Liberty Hill Cemetery Lincoln Cemetery Malloy Cemetery Mccord Cemetery Mineral Springs Cemetery Mineral Springs Cemetery, West Fork Mountain Top Cemetery Mountain View Cemetery Mt. Comfort Cemetery National Cemetery A-H National Cemetery I-P National Cemetery Q-Z Neale Cemetery Oak Grove...

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Shipman, Emma Alexander Mrs. – Obituary

Baker City, Oregon Emma Shipman, 87, wife, mother, grandmother, homemaker, partner and friend, died July 25, 2003, after an extended stay at St. Elizabeth Care Center, attended lovingly by wonderful caregivers. Her memorial service will be at 2 p.m. Saturday at the Baker City Christian Church, 2998 Eighth St. Mr. Jack Pittman and Pastor Roger Scovil will officiate. Mrs. Shipman was born at Sunset, Washington County, Ark., the eighth child of David Franklin Alexander and Rosa Elizabeth Simpson Alexander on Feb. 6, 1916 (according to her birth certificate). Her mother died when she was 4 years old and she was adopted by Fritz and Ethyl Woods Klein. They celebrated her birth date as February 13, 1916. She lived at Henryetta, Okla., and on a reservation in New Mexico before settling at Oak Creek, Colo., where her foster father worked in a mine. They took in a boarder, Frank Lester King, also a miner. He and Emma were married and had one daughter, Alice Adeline, born in 1937. These were depression years and her husband had to leave Colorado to find work. He eventually joined the Army and was killed in Anzio and is buried at Nettuno, Italy. She later met La Verne Gilbert Shipman. They were married at Sedalia, Colo., on June 2, 1940. Emma’s husband and another man had a job in the mines in the Philippines. They...

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Julian, Marland R. “Marv” – Obituary

Baker City, Oregon Marland R. “Marv” Julian, 65, of Baker City June 28, 2002, at his home. His memorial service will be at 10 a.m. Tuesday at St. Stephen’s Episcopal Church, 2177 First St. He was born Aug. 7, 1936, in Springdale, Ark. He was a son of Clyde Julian and Rhetta Grace “Mulkey” Julian. He attended high school at Shreveport, La. He entered the U.S. Air Force and was a weather officer from 1954 to 1958. He was based at Goose Bay, Labrador. After his discharge from the service, he worked in restaurants at Buffalo, N.Y., and Madison, Wis., learning Danish and German cooking. He then took a position opening up restaurants in the new Holiday Inn chain, which took him to Hollywood and eventually into Portland where he became chef of The Mayfair House and Jenos for many years. “Marv” was chef at the Baker Hotel in its heyday in the ’60s. He managed the Longview, Wash., Elks Club in the 1970s before returning to Baker City in the early 1980s where he opened a restaurant equipment and janitorial supply business. He traveled to Eastern Oregon and Southern Idaho communities from Pocatello, Idaho, to Hood River. He loved selling almost as much as he loved cooking for people. He was a member of Baker Elks Lodge, No. 338, and St. Stephen’s Episcopal Church. He will be greatly...

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Biography of W. J. Peak

W. J. Peak, physician, surgeon and druggist, Oakland; born in Warsaw, Gallatin Co., Ky., April 3, 1836, where he devoted his whole attention to his studies until he attained his majority, the last four years exclusively to the study of medicine, graduating from the St. Louis Medical College in the winter of 1860; he immediately commenced the practice of medicine at Warsaw, Ky., for a short time, when, in the spring of 1861, he located in Johnson Co., Mo.; during the summer, and in the fall of the same year, he went to Texas, where he was placed, from force of circumstances, in charge of the rebel hospitals at Ozark and St. Francisville, Ark., where he remained until the spring of 1862, when he was appointed Assistant Surgeon in the Union hospitals at Fayetteville, Ark., where he remained one year, when he received the appointment of Surgeon of the 14th Regiment, Kansas Cavalry, which position he held until the close of the war, being mustered out of the service at Lawrence, Kan., in the summer of 1865; he then returned to Johnson Co., Mo., where he remained a short time, when he removed to Coles Co., Ill., and located in Morgan Tp. in the winter of 1866, where he followed his profession until 1876, when he removed to Oakland, and engaged in the drug trade, still giving his whole...

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