BIOGRAPHIES

RANDOLPH COUNTY ARKANSAS GENEALOGY TRAILS

ADAMSON, L.

ARMSTRONG, W. B.

AUSTIN, MRS. A. J.

AUSTIN, J. H.

BALTZ, Doctor Matthias Anthony

BEAVER, M. A.

BIGGER, William R.

BIGGER, B. F.

BISHOP, J. E.

BISPHAM, W. T.

BLACKBURN, William Jasper

BROWN, William C.

COLLINS, P. A.

COOPER, R. E.

DANIEL, Reece

DAVIS, D. E.

DAVIS, MRS. MARY

DAVIS, RUFE

DAVIS, WILLIAM

DOLAHAN, George

DREW, Governor Thomas Stevenson

FARLEY, P. L.

FIELDEN, Sarah Elizabeth Hufstedler

GRACE, TOM

HARVY, EARL

HIBBARD, MRS. MARTHA

HIBBARD, THOMAS

HOLMES, R. C.

JOHNSON, BEN

JOHNSON, Thomas

JONES, B. H.

JONES, F. J.

JONES, J. N.

JONES, S. A.

KEEL, ABE

KEEL, OTTO

MCKINLEY, J. C.

MCKINLEY, J. W.

MCKIOU, JOHN

MCNABB, SOULA

MCWILLIAMS, P.

MELLON, J. E.

MELTON, MRS. RACHEL

MORRIS, R.

MURDOCK, Sarah Patterson

NELSON, JOHN

NOBLES, Richard Taylor

RADCLIFF, W. H.

RIDDLE, A.

RISENHOOVER, Jasper Newton

ROBERTS, Thomas

SEAWEL, Quimby

SEGRAVES, T. V.

SMELSER, J.

SMELSER, J. M.

STACY, J. W.

STACY, L. L.



L. ADAMSON

Source:  Directory of Randolph County, Arkansas 1910

Bristow Township, Manna, Arkansas, Postoffice.  L. Adamson, age 23, farmer, came from Missouri in 1906, married Bertha Hall in 1908; church:  Baptist.


W. B. ARMSTRONG

Source:  Directory of Randolph County, Arkansas 1910

Bristow Township, Manna, Ark, Postoffice.  W. B. Armstrong, age 25, farmer, came from Missouri in 1907, married Miss Grace in 1906, 1 child, Marvin, church-Christian.



MRS. A. J. AUSTIN

Source:  Directory of Randolph County, Arkansas, 1910

Bristow Township, Richwoods, Ark, Postoffice.  Mrs. A. J. Austin, age 43, widow, native of Arkansas, married in 1896, maiden name Brannum, 8 children, John, William, Walter, Charles, Essie, F, Carrie and Flora.  Has 40 acres river bottom land with 20 in use.  Church-Freewill Baptist.



J. H. AUSTIN

Source:  Directory of Randolph County, Arkansas, 1910

Bristow Township, Richwoods, Ark, Postoffice.  J. H. Austin, age 22, farmer, native of Arkansas, married Mary Hibbard in 1907, 1 child, Nervie.  No church affiliation mentioned.


M. A. BEAVER

Source:  Directory of Randolph County, Arkansas, 1910

Bristow Township, Manna, Ark, Postoffice.  M. A. Beaver, age 65, farmer and miller, came from Tennessee in 1891, married N. Wheeler in 1892.  He has 80 acres river bottom  with 60 in use.  His church affiliation is Latter Day Saints.


WILLIAM R. BIGGER

Source: Biographical and Historical Memoirs of Northeast Arkansas, c1891 Goodspeed Publishing Co., p. 373.

William R. Bigger is a native resident of Randolph County, Ark., and was born on the farm where he now lives January 1, 1850, and was the eleventh of thirteen children, three now living, born to the marriage of James N. Bigger and Lucretia Parrish, who were born in the State of Missouri in 1810 and 1812, and died in Randolph County, Ark., in 1872 and 1874, respectively.
Their marriage was consummated in Missouri, and they afterward came to this State and settled on the farm on which their son, William R., is now living, which they made their home until their death. They were members of the Methodist Episcopal Church, South, and were well-to-do residents of the county. Their children who are living are Chesterfield, who is a farmer of the county; Caroline, wife of Arthur Barm, also a farmer of the county, and William R. The latter remained with his parents until their demise, and at that time he and his brother took charge of the home farm, which then consisted of 400 acres of land, and by industry and good management have added considerable more land to the original amount.
Laura McKee, who was born in North Carolina in 1855, a daughter of John McKee, became his wife in 1879. She is an earnest member of the Methodist Episcopal Church, South, and he is a stanch Democrat in politics. He is an energetic and successful agriculturist, and has vastly improved the property left him by his parents. --Transcribed by Anna Newell.


B. F. BIGGER

Source: Biographical and Historical Memoirs of Northeast Arkansas, c1891 Goodspeed Publishing Co., p. 373-374.

B. F. BIGGER has been the proprietor of the Bigger's House, one of the first-class hotels of the county, ever since 1881, but previous to that time, his attention had been given to directing the plow and in attending to the duties of farm life.  He is a native-born resident of Randolph County, Ark., his birth occurring in 1851, and he is principally self-educated, his knowledge of business affairs being acquired mainly by contact with the world.  At the age of twenty-two years, he was married to Miss Ida Simington, who was also born in Randolph County, and of the seven children born to their union, four are living:  Thomas, Lute, Kate and George.  The other children died in infancy.  From the date of his marriage up to 1881, he was engaged in farming for himself, but since that time he has been keeping a hotel in Pocahontas, and by good management, hospitality and fair dealing, he has succeeded in gaining an excellent patronage, and his earnest endeavors to see that the wants and needs of his patrons are satisfied, have tended to make his establishment a favorite resort for the traveling public.  He also manages a livery stable, the only one in the place, and has some excellent vehicles and animals ready for use.  He owns two excellent farms, one comprising 600 acres and the other 400 acres, and although one place is rented to tenants, it is under his supervision, and he manages the other farm himself, devoting it to the raising of stock, grain and hay.  He owns his hotel and stable, and is one of the wealthy citizens of the county.  His parents, J. G. and Catherine (Lewis) Bigger, were born and reared in Randolph County, the father being engaged in farming.  J. G. was a soldier in the Confederate army, and died in 1863.  His father was a Kentuckian, who emigrated to Randolph County, Ark., with his parents when a child, the country at that time being a Territory.  Mr. Bigger is a Democrat and a member of the A. F. & A. M. 
 --Transcribed by Anna Newell.


J. E. BISHOP

Source:  Directory of Randolph County, Arkansas, 1910

Bristow Township, Manna, Ark. Postoffice.  J. E, Bishop, age 68, farmer, came from Kentucky in 1888, married Sarah Young in 1877.  Is a Missionary Baptist.


W. T. BISPHAM

Source: Biographical and Historical Memoirs of Northeast Arkansas, c1891 Goodspeed Publishing Co., p. 374.

W. T. BISPHAM, circuit clerk, Pocahontas, Ark.  The subject of this sketch needs no introduction to the people of Randolph County, for a long residence, and above all, a career of usefulness and prominence, have given him an acquaintance which shall last for many years.  He is a native of Westmoreland County, Va., born in 1841, and is the son of John F. and Martha C. (Templeman) Bispham, both of whom were born in the same county in Virginia.  The paternal grandather, William Bispham, was a native of Lancaster, England, and came to America with an older brother, when a child.  He was a successful agriculturist, and died in Richmond County, Va., about 1852.  The maternal grandfather, Samuel Templeman, was a native of Virginia, a minister in the Baptist Church, and was in the Home Guards during the War of 1812.  He was one of the early settlers of Virginia.  John F. Bispham was a successful agriculturist and followed this occupation until his death in 1872 at the age of fifty-two years.  The mother died in 1870 at about fifty-four years of age.  Both were members of the Baptist Church, and the father was for many years a deacon in the same.  Both took a great interest in church work.  They reared to maturity a family of five children, W. T. Bispham being the eldest.  John H. was a soldier in the Ninth Virginia, Confederate army, and was killed at the Battle of Hatch's Run; Robert A. is a carpenter in Washington, D. C.; Samuel T. is a coach maker by trade, and resides in the District of Columbia; Emma died in 1875, and Lou H. married James May, and resides in Washington, D. C.  W. T. Bispham remained on the farm until sixteen years of age, and received his education in the private schools.  At that age his father engaged in merchandising and W. T. acted in the capacity of clerk, continuing as such until the breaking out of the war.  In April 1861 he enlisted in Company C, Montrose Guards, attached to the Forty-seventh Virginia Regiment, Confederate Army, and served until the close of the war.  He participated in the battle of Seven Oaks, and was in the entire Richmond Campaign, at Cedar Run, Fredericksburg, Chancellorsville, and was appointed commissary of his regiment after the last mentioned battle.  After the war he returned to merchandising in Virginia.  His father was at that time sheriff of Westmoreland County, which office he held a number of terms, and W. T. was made deputy sheriff, filling this position for about a year.  In March 1867 he moved to Brownsville, Tenn., and entered the employ of Yancey, Wilder & Co., merchants, as salesman.  In January 1868 he accepted the agency of the Carolina Life Insurance Company, and finally located in Randolph County, Ark., and engaged in teaching school, after which be became salesman in a store for Levi Hecht, of Pocahontas and continued in this capacity for a few months, when he engaged as bookkeeper for E. B. Burr & Co.  This position he held until July 1869 when he again resumed the position as local agent for the insurance business, and continued that about a year.  He then engaged as bookkeeper for J. P. Black & Co.  In 1872 he went to Walnut Ridge, Ark, and kept books until the fall of 1873, when he returned to his native State and remained there and taught in the public schools until the fall of 1877; then returning to Pocahontas, he kept books for R. N. Hamil, merchant, until 1885, when he engaged with L. E. Imboden in the same capacity, and remained in that position until 1886.  He was then elected clerk and recorder of Randolph County and has held that office ever since, being re-elected without opposition by the people of his county in 1888.  He is a member of the Masonic fraternity, a Royal Arch Mason and member of the Knights of Honor.  He is unmarried.  --Transcribed by A. Newell.


WILLIAM JASPER BLACKBURN

BLACKBURN, William Jasper, a Representative from Louisiana; born on the Fourche de Mau, Randolph County, Ark., on July 24, 1820; received his early education from his mother; moved to Batesville in 1839 and learned the printer’s trade; moved to Little Rock in 1845, to Fort Smith in 1846, and to Minden, La., in 1849, where he established the Minden Herald; moved to Homer, La., and established the Homer Iliad in 1859; member of the State constitutional convention in 1867; county judge of Claiborne Parish, La., for four years; upon the readmission of the State of Louisiana to representation was elected as a Republican to the Fortieth Congress and served from July 18, 1868, to March 3, 1869; was not a candidate for renomination in 1868; member of the State senate 1874-1878; returned to Little Rock, Ark., in 1880; published the Arkansas Republican from 1881 to 1884 and the Free South from 1885 to 1892; died in Little Rock, Ark., November 10, 1899; interment in Mount Holly Cemetery.
--Source: Biographical Directory of U. S. Congress, 1774-Present; contributed by A. Newell.


WILLIAM C. BROWN

William C. Brown was born 11 Jan 1845 in Missouri, the son of Charles Wesley and Malinda Jane Stokes Brown.  He was married three times and had children by all three wives.  First marriage was to Margaret (not sure of last name, perhaps Martin.)  They had two children.  Second marriage was to Nancy Diane Johnson on 06 Feb 1873.  She was born 25 Jan 1849, the daughter of John A. and Elizabeth Jane Spikes Johnson and died 08 Sept 1898.  William and Nancy had nine children.  William's third marriage was to Anna Barbara Knoch.  They married 04 Jul 1899.  Anna was first married to Benjamin F. Goodman.  Anna was born 03 Mar 1874, the daughter of Casper and Catherine H. Knoch and died 18 Feb 1927.  William and Anna had four children.  William died 19 August 1926 in Randolph County, Arkansas.  He is buried in the Nelson Cemetery as are wives, Nancy and Anna.

Children of William and Margaret:

1.  Susanna, b. 14 Jun 1864, d. 17 June 1960; md. William J. Gibson.
2.  Martha E., b. 22 Aug 1870, d. 13 Jul 1959; md. John R. Stubblefield.

Children of William and Nancy:
1.  William C. Junior, b. 30 Oct 1874, d. 08 Oct 1876.
2.  Jesse Abner, b. 23 Nov 1875, d. ?1947; md. Sarah N. Stout.
3.  John Wesley, b. 02 Oct 1879, d. 18 Jun 1960; md. Maud Davis
4.  Parmelia C., b. 03 Nov 1880, d. 30 Sep 1905; md. William Spikes.
5.  Joseph Robertson, b. Feb 1883, d. Mar 1952; md. Mary S. Wiley.
6.  Mary Jane, b. 19 Feb 1885, d. 10 Oct 1963; md. Rufe Waldron.
7.  William Mit, b. 18 Nov 1888; d. 11 Jan 1971; md. Myrtle Rose.
8.  Robert N., b. 15 Sep 1890, d. 08 Mar 1951; md. Annie Winebaugh.
9.  Andrew B., b. 28 Jul 1893, d. 09 June 1897.

Children of William and Anna:
1.  William Hiram, b. 02 Dec 1901, d. 09 Mar 1953; md. Frances
2.  Ella Elizabeth Lucille, b. 1902, d. 1951; md. Lester Childs.
3.  Dorthy Inez, b. 1905; d. ??; md. Herman N. Jackson.
4.  Opal Marie, b. 29 Aug 1913, d. 30 Aug 2006; md. Carl Haynes.
--Submitted by Freda Roberts.

P. A. COLLINS

Source:  Directory of Randolph County, Arkansas, 1910

Bristow Township, Manna, Ark., Postoffice.  P. A. Collins, age 25, farmer, native of Arkansas, Baptist.


R. E. COOPER

Source:  Directory of Randolph County, Arkansas, 1910

Bristow Township, Manna, Ark, Postoffice.  R. E. Cooper, age 22, farmer, native of Arkansas, married Miss Hibbard in 1907.  One child, Lavel.  No church affiliation given.


REECE DANIEL

Reece DANIEL was born in TN in 1826. He married Priscilla MATHEWS 23 Feb 1846 in White Co ILL. She was born in 1831 in ILL.They were the parents of.
1.Rebecca E. Daniel, b.1849 in  ILL.  She m. Charles Melon  9 Dec 1866 in White Co ILL. They had twins, Reece & Priscella b. in 1870.
2. Isaac Daniel,   b. 1850 ILL gone in 1860
3. Peter M Daniel, b. 1852  ILL.  He m. Nancy Ann Jane Kerley  19 Feb 1874 in Randolph Co AR & Mrs Annie Hare on 5 Aug 1913 in Randolph Co AR  They had 9 children
4. Matthew Daniel,  b. 1855 in ILL; m. Mahala James in White Co ILL 17 Jan 1875.
5. Sarah J. Daniel,  b. 1857 in ILL m. Andrew Howard 15 Jul 1903 in Randolph Co AR
6. Edmond M. Daniel,  b. 7 Oct 1858 in ILL m. Sarah J Knotts 26 Jul 1883 in Randolph Co AR
7. William Fletcher Daniel, b. 22 Jun 1861  in ILL m. Clara E. Robinson 10 Jun 1888 Randolph Co AR; he d. 17 Aug 1940; They had 8 children.
8. James Henry Daniel,  b. 1863 ILL m. Elizabeth Autry 27 Nov. 1887 in Randolph Co AR & Hattie B Johnston 8 Sep 1901  in Randolph Co AR; both wives had 8 children.
9. Susanna Daniel,  b. 1868 in ILL  gone in 1880
10. Brice A. Daniel, b. 1871 in AR m. Alice Harris  16 Jun 1901 in Randolph Co AR;  had  3 children.
--Submitted by Freda Roberts.




D. E. DAVIS

Source:  Directory of Randolph County, Arkansas, 1910

Bristow Township, Manna, Ark., Postoffice.  D. E. Davis, age 23, farmer, native of Arkansas, single.  Has 40 acres river bottom land with 20 in use.  No church affiliation given.



MRS. MARY DAVIS

Source:  Directory of Randolph County, Arkansas, 1910

Bristow Township, Manna, Ark., Postoffice.  Mrs. Mary Davis, age 60, widow, is a native of Arkansas.  She married Mr. Davis in 1867 and had six children, Charles, William, Ellen, Rufus, Don and Matthew.  They attend the Methodist church.



RUFE DAVIS

Source:  Directory of Randolph County, Arkansas, 1910

Bristow Township, Manna, Ark., Postoffice.  Rufe Davis, age 23, farmer, native of Arkansas, single.  No church affiliation given.



WILLIAM DAVIS

Source:  Directory of Randolph County, Arkansas, 1910

Bristow Township, Manna, Ark., Postoffice.  William Davis, age 37, farmer, native of Arkansas, married Mary Owens in 1905.  They have six children, Viola, Wiston, John, Ophie, Cecil and Lavina.  He farms 40 acres  of bottom land.  They are affiliated with the Baptist Church.


GEORGE DOLAHAN

Source:  Directory of Randolph County, Arkansas, 1910

Bristow Township, Manna, Ark., Postoffice.  George Dolahan, age 45, timberman.  Came from Kentucky in 1897, married A. Wheeler in 1899.  They have four children, Mary, Bessie, Hershell and Leslie.  They are of the Baptist belief.



THOMAS STEVENSON DREW

Thomas Stevenson Drew (25 August 1802--January 1879) was a Democratic Governor of the State of Arkansas. He was born in Wilson County, Tennessee. Drew moved with his family to Louisana and then in 1818 to Arkansas. He worked as a traveling salesman and school teacher. Drew settled in the area around Batesville, Arkansas.
In 1824 Drew was appointed county clerk. In 1836 he was chosen as a delegate to the Arkansas constitutional convention. He was elected Governor in 1844, where his administration concentrated on the state's financial solvency and attempted to repair the state's credit. Drew was reelected in 1848 but only served a year of his term before resigning due to the low salary provided for the governor. He retired from politics and worked to try and recover from financial losses. He moved to Weatherford, Texas and later moved to Hood County, Texas. Drew died in January 1879 at Lapin, Texas.
Drew was originally buried in the Old Baptist Cemetery in Lapin, Texas but his body was removed in 1923 by Arkansas officials and moved to the Masonic Cemetery in Pocahontas, Arkansas. Drew County, Arkansas was named after Thomas S. Drew.
Drew was Governor of Arkansas 1844-1849. He was preceded by Samuel Adams and was succeeded by Richard C. Byrd.
Governor Thomas S. Drew was the only governor ever to be elected from Randolph County. While in office, Governor Drew proclaimed December 19, 1841 as the first Thanksgiving Day ever celebrated in Arkansas.

(Sources: Wikipedia and Randolph County Tourism Association.)



P. L. FARLEY

Source:  Directory of Randolph County, Arkansas, 1910

Bristow Township, Manna, Ark., Postoffice.  P. L. Farley, age 57, public work, came from Kentucky in 1900.  Married S. Kenedy in 1874.  Latter Day Saints.


SARAH ELIZABETH HUFSTEDLER FIELDEN

Sarah Elizabeth "Lizzie" Fielden was born in Randolph County, November 15, 1881, daughter of Samuel Moore Hufstedler and his second wife, Mrs. Mary Elizabeth Pyland Hufstedler.  She died June 7, 1985 at the age of 103.  She was one of Randolph County's oldest residents.  Mrs. Fielden was the last member of the remarkable family of Hufstedlers, who had twelve children.  The family was to become known for its longevity, with seven of the children living to the age of 90 or past.  Mrs. Fielden's siblings were as follows:
(1)  James Elihu Hufstedler, b. Jan 1865; d. 1919, age 54.
(2)  George Hufstedler, died young.
(3)  Cullen Pyland Hufstedler, b. 1868; d. 1958, age 90.
(4)  Martha Susan Hustedler, b. Dec.1869; d. 1972, age 103.
(5)  Margaret N. Hufstedler, b. 1872; d. 1930, age 58.
(6)  Nancy Jane Hufstedler, b. 1875; d. 1973, age 98.
(7)  William Walter Hufstedler, b. 1877; d. 1974, age 97.
(8)  Richard Jefferson Hufstedler, b. 1879; d. 1973, age 94.
(9)  Sarah Elizabeth Hufstedler, b. Nov 1881; d. June 1985, age 103.
(10) Mary Ellen Hufstedler, b. 1883; d. 1977, age 94.
(11) Lovell Hufstedler, d. at five years of age.
(12) Henry Hubert Hufstedler, last of the family, b. 1886; d. 1975, age 89.
Sarah Elizabeth married William A. Fielden.  He preceded her in death.  She was survived by a son, Jeff Fielden of Pocahontas; two daughters, Mrs. Mary Hufstedler of Pocahontas and Mrs. Zeta Allison of Oakley, Kans; 11 grandchildren; 27 great-grandchildren; and two great-great grandchildren.  Funeral services were held at 2:00 p.m. Sunday, June 7, in the Chapel of McNabb Funeral Home with Ralph Wallis officiating.  Burial followed in Old Union Cemetery with McNabb's in charge.  Pallbearers were Elton and Bill Fielden, Bill DeVault, Terry Nelson, Willis Searight and Willard Tilley.
Mrs. Fielden was also preceded in death by six half-brothers, born to her father and his first wife, Martha A. Pickett Hufstedler:
(1)  Joseph Franklin Hufstedler, born June 1843, d. 1913, age 70.
(2)  John Wesley Hufstedler, b. Sep 1845; d. Nov 1883, age 38.
(3)  David Oliver Hufstedler, b. Mar 1847; d. Aug 1934, age 87.
(4)  Peter Hufstedler (no information)
(5)  Jacob Sloan Hufstedler, b. Mar 1857; d. Dec 1950, age 93.
(6)  Samuel Moore Hufstedler, Jr., b. Dec 1859; d. 1938, age 79.



TOM GRACE

Source:  Directory of Randolph County, Arkansas, 1910

Bristow Township, Manna, Ark., Postoffice.  Tom Grace, age 32, farmer, came from Illinois i 1901, married E. J. Smeiser in 1896, four children, George, Clarence, Troy, and Leroy.  They are Baptist.



EARL HARVY

Source:  Directory of Randolph County, Arkansas, 1910

Bristow Township, Manna, Ark., Postoffice.  Earl Harvy, age 26, farmer, native of Arkansas, married Cora Lung in 1901, has four children, Van, Josie, Blanche and Birdie.  They are Baptist.


MRS. MARTHA HIBBARD

Source:  Directory of Randolph County, Arkansas, 1910

Bristow Township, Manna, Ark., Postoffice.  Mrs. Martha Hibbard, age 56, widow, from South Carolina in 1859, married 1873.  Has seven children, Ida, Martha, Thomas, Lottie, Mary, Josiah and Herman.  She has 136 acres of river bottom land with 40 in use.  She attends the Freewill Baptist.


THOMAS HIBBARD

Source:  Directory of Randolph County, Arkansas, 1910

Bristow Township, Manna, Ark., Postoffice.  Thomas Hibbard, age 23, farmer, native of Arkansas, married Miss West in 1906, one child, Clearman.  No church was listed.



R. C. HOLMES
Source:  Directory of Randolph County, Arkansas, 1910

Bristow Township, Manna, Ark., Postoffice.  R. C. Holmes, age 24, farmer, came from Indiana in 1898, married Verna Anderson in 1909.  They are Baptist.


BEN JOHNSON

Source:  Directory of Randolph County, Arkansas, 1910

Bristow Township, Manna, Ark., Postoffice.  Ben Johnson, age 28, farmer, native of Arkansas, married Martha Hibbard in 1903, three children, Ezra, Cecil and Gladys.  No church was listed.


THOMAS JOHNSON
Thomas Johnson was born in 1785 in North Carolina.  He was married c1803 to Hannah (last name unknown).  She was also born in North Carolina in 1787.  They migrated to Arkansas about 1845 and in 1850 were living with their son, John A. Johnson in Independence County.  Both Thomas and Hannah died in Lawrence County, Ark, he on October 26, 1853 and Hannah in 1856.  Their children as listed in Hannah's will in Lawrence County, were:
(1)  Katherine, b. 1805 TN, md. Mordicai Halliburton;
(2)  William H., b. 1807 TN; md. 14 Feb 1822 Elizabeth J. Halliburton;
(3)  Ruth, b. 1810 TN, md. Henry Cockrum;
(4)  Theophelus Morgan, b. 1814 TN, d. c1852; 1md. Rebecca (Unknown);
(5)  Henry H., b. 1816 TN; 1md. Frances Lewis; 2md. Rebecca (Unknown) 30 June 1863.
(6)  John A., b. Jan 1818 TN, d. 1907 in Randolph County, AR.; md. Elizabeth Jane Spikes Aug 7, 1845 in Randolph Co.
(7)  Diana, b. 1825 TN; md. James L. Hutchinson Aug 26, 1846 in Randolph County, AR;
(8)  Thomas C., b. 1826 TN.

John A. Johnson was born January 1818 in TN, the son of Thomas and Hannah Johnson.  He is believed to have migrated to Arkansas about 1845 and on August 7 of that year was married to Elizabeth Jane Spikes, daughter of Joseph W. and Permelia Waddle Spikes.  Elizabeth Jane was born June 1, 1827 in TN and died November 17, 1892.  John A. died in 1907.  Both deaths occurred in Randolph County, AR, where they are interred in the Spikes cemetery.  Their children were:
(1)  Thomas C., b. January 1847 AR; 1md. Martha Jane Nelson; 2md. Susan Elizabeth Hoover 30 Dec 1883 in Randolph County.
(2)  Nancy Diana, b. Jan 25, 1849; md. William C. Brown 06 Feb 1873;
(3)  William Mordecia, b. Oct 29, 1853; md. Martha E. Sparkman 09 Mar 1876;
(4)  John Henry, b. 1855; md. 30 Jul 1881 Mahala Nelson:
(5)  Hannah Ann, b. 1857; md. 11 Aug 1887 Joseph A. Hogan;
(6)  Mary Catherine, b. Apr 20, 1861; md. Peter W. Hurn 12 Feb 1882;
(7)  Jesse Morgan, b. May 18, 1863; md. 18 Mar 1886 Catherine L. McCandless;
(8)  Joseph Warren, b. Jan 1867; md. 28 Jan 1891 Martha A. Prince;
(9)  Martha Elizabeth (twin), b. Jan 23, 1869; md. Thomas Hogan 12 Sep 1894;
(10) James Columbus (twin), b. Jan 23 1869; md. 03 Mar 1892 Sarah Elizabeth Nelson.
All were born and married in Randolph County, Arkansas.

Thomas C. Johnson, son of John A. and Elizabeth Jane Spikes Johnson, was born January 1847 in Randolph County, AR.  He 1md. Martha Jane Nelson, daughter of H. M. and Mahala Nelson 12 Mar 1874 in Randolph County.  They were the parents to three children:
(1)  William Rufus, b. Feb 1, 1874;
(2)  John Henry, b. Nov 1878;
(3)  Joseph Thomas, b. Nov 1879.
Following the death of Martha Jane Nelson Johnson, Thomas C. was married to Susan Elizabeth Hoover Nelson, widow of John Nelson, a brother to his first wife, Martha Jane.  Susan was born in MO in 1847 and was the daughter of James Bryant & Penelope Tibbs Hoover.  (Mr. Hoover died in Dallas Co., MO Oct 28, 1901.  He was the father of twenty-one children by two wives.)  
Susan Elizabeth Hoover was mother of eight children; two of these daughters married two of Thomas C. Johnson's brothers.
Thomas C. and Susan Elizabeth Hoover Johnson were married in Randolph County 30 Dec 1883 and had a son:
(1)  Robert Nelson Johnson, b.  05 May 1885 Ingram, Randolph County; md. Amanda Fancher 06 Oct 1910 in Randolph County.  Amanda was born in 1891 and it is believed she was the daughter of N. W. Fancher and Laura Belle Bryant, who were married Sept 30, 1886 in Randolph County (the marriage record states both were of Ripley County, MO).  Amanda Fancher Johnson died in 1918 in Randolph County; Robert Nelson Johnson's death occurred January 5, 1947 at Jonesboro, Craighead County, AR.  Both are interred in the Thomas Cemetery, Randolph County.
Robert and Amanda Johnson had two children born to them:  
(1)  William Ralph Johnson, b. Sept 7, 1911 Randolph County, AR; d. Jan 3, 1985 Jonesboro, Craighead Co. AR.; md. 29 Feb 1935 Isabelle Barnett.
(2) Lora Nell Johnson, b. Aug 27, 1915 Pocahontas, AR.  At age three, following the death of her mother, Amanda, Lora Nell lived with the family of Sarah Elizabeth Nelson (Half-sister to Robert Nelson Johnson), who had married James Columbus Johnson, a brother to Thomas C. Johnson and uncle to Robert Nelson Johnson.
Lora Nell md. Glenburn Fredrick Roberts Dec 30, 1933 in Randolph County and three children were born to them:
(1)  Elizabeth Jane Roberts, b. Sept 6, 1935; d. Dec 22, 2004;
(2)  Marion Wade Roberts, b. Apr 13, 1938; d. Dec 30,1943;
(3)  Freda Nell Roberts, (living).

Source:  Freda N. Roberts.


B. H. JONES

Source:  Directory of Randolph County, Arkansas, 1910

Bristow Township, Manna, Ark., Postoffice.  B. H. Jones, age 20, farmer, came from Missouri in 1909, single.  Church:  Baptist.


F. J. JONES

Source:  Directory of Randolph County, Arkansas, 1910

Bristow Township, Manna, Ark., Postoffice.  F. J. Jones, age 24, farmer, came from Missouri in 1909.  No church listed.

J. N. JONES

Jones, J. N., Vice-President (Farmers Union), Brockett, Ark.—Was born at Patton, Missouri, July, 1853. He is descended from Virginia and Kentucky pioneers. His boyhood was spent on a farm, and at Cape Girardeau, where he went to school; and as a young man, he was engaged in railroading and herding stock in Texas. In 1874, he engaged in lumber business in Arkansas, with farming as a side line. In 1882 he began the study of law, and was admitted to the bar in 1885. He practiced law for a few years, but the call of the woods and the farm appealed too strongly, and he relinquished his practice and entered exclusively into farming in 1895. He became identified with the Farmers' Union in 1906, and has devoted no small part of his time and energy to its cause.  (Source:  History and Times of the Farmers' Union, 1909; transcribed by Tina Easley.)


S. A. JONES

Source:  Directory of Randolph County, Arkansas, 1910

Bristow Township, Manna, Ark., Postoffice.  S. A. Jones, age 26, farmer, came from Missouri in 1905, married Miss Cook in 1907.  They have one child, Verda.  They list no church.



ABE KEEL

Source:  Directory of Randolph County, Arkansas, 1910

Bristow Township, Manna, Ark., Postoffice.  Abe Keel, age 52, farmer and miller, came from Missouri in 1876, married Miss Moore in 1884.  Has three children, Ernest, Otto and Lottie.  He has 120 acres of river bottom land with 40 in use.  He goes to the Freewill Baptist.



OTTO KEEL

Source:  Directory of Randolph County, Arkansas, 1910

Bristow Township, Manna, Ark., Postoffice.  Otto Keel, age 22, farmer, native of Arkansas, single.  Has 40 acres of river bottom land with 25 in use.  Church listed is Missionary Baptist.


J. C. MCKINLEY

Source:  Directory of Randolph County, Arkansas, 1910

Bristow Township, Manna, Ark., Postoffice.  J. C. McKinley, age 55, farmer, came from Georgia in 1906, single, no church listed.


J. W. MCKINLEY

Source:  Directory of Randolph County, Arkansas, 1910

Bristow Township, Manna, Ark., Postoffice.  J. W. McKinley, age 48, merchant, came from Missouri in 1881.  One child named Ed.  Has town property and is a Baptist.


JOHN MCKIOU

Source:  Directory of Randolph County, Arkansas, 1910

Bristow Township, Manna, Ark., Postoffice.  John McKiou, age 74, farmer, came from Ireland in 1862.  Married Belle Ary in 1902.  They had seven children, Land, Mary, Maud, Millsia, Albert, Lou and Edmund Ary.  He has 120 acres of river bottom land with 40 in use.  He is listed as Methodist, Holiness.


SOULA MCNABB

Source:  Directory of Randolph County, Arkansas, 1910

Bristow Township, Manna, Ark., Postoffice.  Soula McNabb, age 31, farmer, native of Arkansas, married Ida Hibbard in 1900.  They have one child, Drew.  Listed as Freewill Baptist.


P. MCWILLIAMS

Source:  Directory of Randolph County, Arkansas, 1910

Bristow Township, Manna, Ark., Postoffice.  P. McWilliams, age 18, farmer, native of Arkansas, single, Baptist.


J. E. MELLON

Source:  Directory of Randolph County, Arkansas, 1910

Bristow Township, Manna, Ark., Postoffice.  J. E. Mellon, age 20, farmer, native of Arkansas, married Mrs. E. Cartee, 1907, one child, Dessie, Baptist.


MRS. RACHEL MELTON

Source:  Directory of Randolph County, Arkansas, 1910

Bristow Township, Manna, Ark., Postoffice.  Mrs. Rachel Melton, age 40, widow, native of Arkansas, maiden name Carroll, married in 1882, six children, John, Ed, Pearl, Mader, Alice, Thomas.  Missionary Baptist.


R. MORRIS

Source:  Directory of Randolph County, Arkansas, 1910

Bristow Township, Manna, Ark., Postoffice.  R. Morris, age 28, farmer, native of Arkansas, married Liza Smelser in 1901, three children, L. A., R. S., and C. M.  No church was listed.


SARAH PATTERSON MURDOCK

Information contributed by Mary Agnes Murdock

    Sarah Patterson was born c. 1838 in Lincoln County, Tennessee, the daughter of Robert and Sarah Evaline Hedgpeth Patterson.  Sarah was married five times.  Her first husband was Samuel R. Murdock, whom she met and married in Lincoln County, Tenn. on Dec 13, 1860.     Samuel and Sarah moved to Randolph County, Arkansas before 1880 as Samuel died of typhoid fever in April of that year.  The 1880 Census in June shows Sarah as a widow with children and living in Warm Springs, Randolph County, Ark.
    Sarah's second marriage took place in Randolph County on Dec 16, 1884 to William B. Richardson.  Mr. Richardson must have died in less than two years as Sarah's third marriage took place on October 19, 1886 in Randolph County to T. S. Gallimore.  Her fourth marriage was to Henry Grinstead on Sept. 11, 1891 in Randolph County.  Mr. Grinstead died between 1891 and 1896 as she again remarried. William B. Haley was the fifth husband of Sarah Patterson.  Their marriage took place in Randolph County on July 9, 1896.  The 1900 Census shows Sarah living with her husband, Wm B. Haley and son, Archer, in Siloam, Randolph County, AR.  The 1910 census shows Sarah Haley living with her daughter and son-in-law in Siloam.
    Family records indicate that Sarah died in 1914 and probably was in Edmonds, OK at the time.


JOHN NELSON

Source:  Directory of Randolph County, Arkansas, 1910

Bristow Township, Manna, Ark., Postoffice.  John Nelson, age 40, farmer, came from Missouri in 1901, married J. McWilliams in 1903, four children, James, George, Lee and Sam.  Has ten acres river bottom land.  Baptist.

RICHARD TAYLOR NOBLES

NOBLES, Richard Taylor, farmer and trustee of Lake Co.(TN); born Randolph Co., Ark., Nov. 25, 1852; Irish descent; son of Reden Marshall and Martha (Gillimm) Nobles; father farmer; educated in the country schools of Obion and Lake Cos., Tenn.; married twice, first, Laura Tolar Dec. 30, 1877, second, Mrs. Joanna (Davidson) Crunk Dec., 1898; member Masons (Royal Arch Mason); Democrat; Justice of the Peace of Lake Co., Tenn. since 1884; country trustee Lake Co. 1888-1890, re-elected 1902 and again in 1908 and 1910, and is now serving ninth term; engaged in farming in Lake Co., Tenn. since 1863; member M.E. Church, South, and steward in same 10 years.
--Source: Who’s Who in Tennessee, Memphis: Paul & Douglass Co., Publishers, 1911; transcribed by Kim Mohler and sent by Chris Walters.



W. H. RADCLIFF

Source:  Directory of Randolph County, Arkansas, 1910

Bristow Township, Manna, Ark., Postoffice.  W. H. Radcliff, age 29, farmer, came from Missouri in 1908, married Julia Hutchison in 1909, Methodist.


A. RIDDLE

Source:  Directory of Randolph County, Arkansas, 1910
Bristow Township, Manna, Ark., Postoffice.  A. Riddle, age 21, farmer, native of Arkansas, married Birdie Moore in 1906, one child, Nema.  Has 40 acres river bottom with 30 in use.  Baptist.


JASPER NEWTON RISENHOOVER

Oldest Native Ozarkian-- "Probably one of the oldest native Ozarkians is Uncle Jap Risenhoover, who makes his home with his son-in-law Ed. Johnson who lives out in the Nebo district about five miles southeast of Alton, but much of his time is put in visiting among his children. He was born in Wayne County, near Patterson on November 22, 1829, where he lived until he was 40 years old. He moved from there to Ozark County and lived a few years, and moved from there to this county 49 years ago and raised his family of ten children, all of whom are still living.
He is still active and wouldn't be taken for a man over sixty years old, and while he does not work much, he said, while in town Tuesday, he believed he could plow all day in smooth land.
He said his father immigrated to this state in 1822 from Tennessee and first settled on Current River, at what was then old Van Buren, which was a few miles up the river from the present site of Van Buren, and on the opposite side of the river. He lived there a short time and then moved to Wayne County. Jasper said when he was a boy, bear, elk, and deer were plentiful and herds of buffalo were to be found in the adjoining county of Butler and that the men of the neighborhood would frequently make up hunting parties. Jasper loved to talk of the good old days."  
--South Missourian Democrat, Thursday, Feb 9, 1922; contributed by Gene Phillips.  
Note
:  Jasper was born Nov 20, 1827 at Patterson, Wayne County, MO and died June 7, 1935 in Walnut Ridge, Lawrence Co., AR.  He was married to Rachel Dunagan (1833-1918).  One son was William Henry Risenhoover (1864-1939).  Jasper is buried in the Duty Cemetery at Lesterville, Randolph County, AR.  His stone reads:  
Jasper Risenhoover
Co. C Price's MO Regt
Confederate States Army
Nov. 22, 1827-June 7, 1935


QUIMBY SEAWEL
Quimby Seawel was born Nov. 27, 1905 at Brakebill in Randolph County to Edgar and Lucinda Harmon Seawel, the eighth of nine children.  After Lu's death in 1915, Edgar married Leona Acree Downey.  Willard Seawel, born 1919, was their only child.  Only Quimby and Clifford, born in 1908, are living of the ten children.  Quimby's name has been handed down through the family for generations.  There are Quimbys from England in the early 1600s through Chester Quimby Seawel, born 1976 to Harmon and Susan Chester Seawel.
Quimby was married in 1936 to Vival Condict Seawel.  She was born in 1915 at Ingram in Randolph County.  In common with many rural Randolph Countians, he worked at many occupations to make a living.  His two children, Harmon and Linda Seawel Davis were born on the family farm at Brakebill.  He also cut timber, drilled water wells, worked at Brown Shoe Company in Pocahontas, and traveled widely in the Arkansas and Missouri Ozarks, teaching singing schools at country churches.  Before retirement to Maynard in 1967, he and Vival worked 14 years at factory jobs in Rockford, Ill.
Family and friends were always his highest priorities.  A Bible scholar, he served as an elder in the Church of Christ at Brakebill, Maynard, and Rockford.  He also preached on occasion.  Other interests were grandchildren, gardening and fishing.
On November 25, 2005 family, friends and residents of Pocahontas Heathcare and Rehabilitation Center joined together to wish Quimby a happy 100th birthday.  
--Written by Harmon Seawel and appearing in the Pocahontas Star on Dec 8, 2005; contributed by Freda Roberts.


T. V. SEGRAVES

Source:  Directory of Randolph County, Arkansas, 1910

Bristow Township, Manna, Ark., Postoffice.  T. V. Segraves, age 41, farmer, came from Missouri in 1869, married Martha Spikes in 1907, three children, Bessie, Almus and Tula.  Has 80 acres river bottom with six in use.  No church was listed.


J. SMELSER

Source:  Directory of Randolph County, Arkansas, 1910

Bristow Township, Manna, Ark., Postoffice.  J. Smelser, age 23, farmer, native of Arkansas, married Miss Melton in 1908, one infant.  Baptist.


J. M. SMELSER

Source:  Directory of Randolph County, Arkansas, 1910

Bristow Township, Manna, Ark., Postoffice.  J. M. Smelser, age 64, farmer, native of Arkansas, married Miss Myers in 1868, four children, Mary, Stephen, Elias and Louis.  No church listed.


J. W. STACY

Source:  Directory of Randolph County, Arkansas, 1910

Bristow Township, Manna, Ark., Postoffice.  J. W. Stacy, age 35, farmer, native of Arkansas, married Carrie Williamson in 1895; five children, Cole, Charley, Mary Thomas, and Alma.  Methodist.


L. L. STACY

Source:  Directory of Randolph County, Arkansas, 1910

Bristow Township, Manna, Ark., Postoffice.  L. L. Stacy, age 30, farmer, native of Arkansas, married Laura Riddle in 1905, two children, Ina and Therese.  Baptist.


DANIEL WALTON

Source:  Directory of Randolph County, Arkansas, 1910

Bristow Township, Manna, Ark., Postoffice.  Daniel Walton, age 30, farmer, came from Illinois in 1908, married Laura Melton in 1898, one child, Fred.  Has 120 acres river bottom with 20 in use.  Baptist.


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