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June 12th, 2011

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Sunday, June 12th, 2011 07:22 am
The Clark County Historical Association has photos and narratives of what it calls the Trigg place - an old homestead that was moved from its original location closer to the town of Arkadelphia.

For years, my Callaway cousin Joe has been trying to set the record straight.

The old Trigg place was first the old Callaway place. Just like my great grandma Julia Ann Callaway McBrayer Herrington said. (Her father, Mace Callaway, was Nathaniel's oldest son.)

Joe and I wondered when and how Nathaniel Callaway's land passed out of our family into the Trigg family.

Joe found the deed.

...Know all men by these presents that...J W Callaway and S A Callaway his wife and Thomas Callaway and Isabella Callaway his wife and Allen Holder and Caddo Holder his wife of the County of Clark and State of Arkansas for and in consideration of the sum of three hundred dollars to us in hand to be paid by T P Trigg...the following lands lying in the County of Clark and the State of Arkansas, to wit:
...this 4th day of November AD 1881.


A total of just under 200 acres.

They all signed with their marks.

Until I saw the deed, I never knew none of them could write.
One hundred bucks each for Nathaniel's surviving children - John Wingfield, Thomas and Caddo. That's worth $2,176.79 today.

Mace died in 1877, and his daughter, Julia Ann, got nothing. At least as far as we know.

Julia Ann's mother, Mary Dunn, remarried to David Williams in 1878. Did her aunt and uncles decide to disinherit her on the spot?

But Julia Ann knew the house - she knew that the fireplace had the date the home was built carved into it - way up high. According to my cousin Joe, Julia Ann told several of the old-timers about the Callaway homeplace, and that there were family graves out behind it.

Marked with rocks.

When the Triggs moved the home, the graves were forgotten. Over the years, development of the land has covered them up with water.
The Callaway/Holder family reunion is the last Sunday this month.

I've offered to be the traveling electronics roadshow.

I have the scans of the deed given to me by Joe on my computer.

Should make for interesting conversation with our Holder cousin who's an officer in the Clark County Historical Association...
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Sunday, June 12th, 2011 01:12 pm
I never knew he was a tanner before he was a farmer.

From History of Pope County, Arkansas, (publ. 1979 by Pope County Historical Assn. and Hunter Publishing Co.) at page 177:

James Littleton Burris was a tanner by trade, operating two tan yards and farming on the side. His saddle shop and main tan yard, across the road from his home, were located on Isabel Creek in a red oak grove near some springs. During the Civil War, James Littleton had a contract with the Confederate government to supply its troops with boots, shoes, saddles and harnesses. Soldiers were sent to his saddle shop to pick up orders. As many as eighteen men worked in his tannery during this period. Five of his sons and three nephews that he reared worked there as they grew up.

When the first son married, he continued to work for his father until he could leave home and become self-supporting. James Littleton built a tiny log house near by, and the bride and groom moved in. The other sons used it when their turns came and it soon became known as the 'weaning house.'


Would be cool to find the foundation for either the tannery or the weaning house...

Yo, Dad...whatcha got going on later this month?

I'll bring your books back with me.