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BERRY, James Henderson

HAYS, Samuel Ewing

JONES, Col. Iverson A.

BERRY, James Henderson, (cousin of Campbell Polson Berry), a Senator from Arkansas; born in Jackson County, Ala., May 15, 1841; moved to Arkansas with his parents, who settled in Carroll County in 1848; attended a private school in Berryville, Ark.; entered the Confederate Army in 1861 as a second lieutenant, Sixteenth Regiment, Arkansas Infantry; lost a leg in the Battle of Corinth, Miss., in 1862; studied law; admitted to the bar in 1866 and commenced practice in Berryville, Carroll County, Ark.; elected to the State house of representatives in 1866; reelected in 1872, and served as speaker in 1874; moved to Bentonville, Ark., in 1869 and continued the practice of law; chairman of the Democratic State convention in 1876; judge of the circuit court 1878-1882; elected Governor of Arkansas in 1882; elected as a Democrat to the United States Senate in 1885 to fill the vacancy caused by the resignation of Augustus H. Garland; reelected in 1889, 1895, and 1901, and served from March 20, 1885, to March 3, 1907; unsuccessful candidate for reelection in 1906; chairman, Committee on Public Lands (Fifty-third Congress), Committee on Engrossed Bills (Fifty-ninth Congress); died in Bentonville, Benton County, Ark., January 30, 1913; interment in the Knights of Pythias Cemetery.
––Biographical Directory of the United States Congress, 1774-Present.


 SAMUEL E. HAYS was born in Saline County, Mo., April 27, 1845; and died at Eureka Springs, Ark., October 25, 1913. He joined the Confederate army in 1863 in Gordon's Regiment, Shelby's Brigade, Marmaduke's Division, and later was transferred to Capt. Richard Stallard's company, serving as escort to Gen. John S. Marmaduke, and surrendered at Shreveport, La., in June, 1865. He then returned to his home in Missouri and engaged in farming. His first wife, Miss Ella Woodson, was a niece of Gov. Silas Woodson, and a son born to this marriage was drowned in Alaska, leaving several small children who reside in California with their mother.
    About thirty years ago Mr. Hays removed to Eureka Springs, Ark., where, with the exception of brief periods in Texas and California, he resided continuously until his death. About fifteen years ago he married Miss Mary Robinson, of Van Buren, Ark., who survives him. His comrades in arms bear uniform testimony to his unflinching courage as a soldier and his unfailing good humor. He was a Presbyterian elder and active in all good works.
–Source: THE CONFEDERATE VETERAN MAGAZINE, Vol. 22, Issue 1, 1914.

Col. Iverson A. Jones--One of the most interesting of lives was closed with the death of Col. Iverson A. Jones, former newspaper man, onetime candidate for Congress, and. a Confederate veteran, member of John G. Fletcher Camp U. C. V., of Carroll County, Ark. He died at Grass Leaf Farm, near Enon, Ark., which had been his home since 1888.
    He was born in Covington, Ga., January 24, 1846, and, in the spring of 1862, at the age of 16, volunteered in the Confederate army, becoming a member of Company B, 53rd Georgia Regiment, of the Paul J. Semms Brigade, McLaws' Division, Longstreet's Corps, A. N. V.     He was in all the great battles in which McLaws' Division engaged, until November 29, 1863, on the crest of Fort Sanders, where he was seriously wounded in both arms, was captured and carried to Fort Delaware, where he remained until exchanged at Richmond, Va., 1864.         He was placed on the retired list as permanently disabled and returned to his home in Covington Ga., October 31, 1864. With one arm utterly disabled and the other partly useless, he took up his life anew, determined to secure an education. He worked his way through Emory College, and in 1871 received a degree from Oxford University.
    He moved to Little Rock, Ark., and in 1876 was married to Miss Josephine Hyer, a talented young lady of Cartersville, Ga., and a graduate of the Southern Masonic Female College at Covington, Ga. To this union two daughters were born, but both wife and daughters died.
    In 1893 Mr. Jones was married to Mrs. Elizabeth Cooper Ferrell, of Tullahoma, Tenn, who died in 1904; and in 1915, Mr. Jones was united in marriage to Mrs. Minnie A. Foster, who survives him. He had but one other living relative, a grandniece, Mrs. H. A. Thompson.
    His funeral at the Methodist Church was a service of song and prayer, and his war record was, read by his request. He was laid to rest in the gray uniform he loved so well.

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