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2010-11-29 09:19 pm

Tombstone Tuesday

There's a story here - I'm sure of it.

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Jennie and T H Ayars...Taken at Oakland Cemetery, Russellville, Pope Co., AR
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2010-11-22 09:41 pm

Tombstone Tuesday: Robert Bruce McBrayer

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R B McBrayer, 1871-1905


He was the first husband of my g-g-grandmother, Julia Ann Callaway. They had 8 children together in the fourteen years they were married, including a set of twins, Madgie and Maggie. (Madgie and Maggie were the first of three sets of twins born to my g-g-grandmother.)

Robert was the son of Eli Wellington McBrayer and Hattie K Thornton. There are still "oldtimers" near the little community of DeGray, AR in Clark County who talk of Robert's reputation as a kind and gentle man, who died too soon of "kidney trouble."
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2010-11-15 06:36 pm

Tombstone Tuesday: Laura Isibelle (Holder) Callaway

The old Callaway family cemetery in Clark Co., AR is now abandoned. The pine woods of Clark County have reclaimed it.


A few of the stones are still legible, including the one for Laura "Isibelle" (Holder) Callaway.


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Isibelle was the daughter of Andrew Jackson and Elvira (Huckleberry) Holder, born on 6 Nov 1858, probably not far from where she was laid to rest on 6 Oct 1900.

She married Thomas Nathaniel Callaway on 13 Dec 1876 in Clark County. My great great granddad, Allen Mason Lowery Callaway, who was Thomas' older brother, signed the marriage license giving his underage brother permission to marry Isibelle.

Although she preceded Thomas in death by 33 years, they raised eleven children together, most of whom lived to adulthood, and who loved, married, and died in Clark County, too.
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2010-11-09 05:33 am

Tombstone Tuesday: John Crockett Burris

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John Crockett Burris was the son of John and Cynthia Ann (Ashmore) Burris, who at the age of 1 year, made the journey with his parents, extended family and a multitude of neighbors from Lawrence Co., TN to Pope Co., AR in 1838 in an ox drawn wagon party.

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John Crockett Burris, 4 Apr 1837-10 Jun 1880
Ford Cemetery, Pope Co., AR


John married Sarah Ann Harrelson, daughter of Claiborne C and Phebe Harrelson on 7 Apr 1859. John and Sarah had one child, James Mitchell Burris, before John joined Confederate troops at Dover on 20 Jun 1862. By 24 Aug 1863, he must have had enough of war, because the Confederate Army said he deserted, and gave a description of him in its records - Ht 5' 7", eyes gray, hair drk, complx lt, farmer, age 25, born in TN.

John and Sarah went on to have six more children, several of whom died before adulthood. Sarah is also buried at Ford Cemetery, as are children Phoebe Ann Burris (1866-1884), Mollie (1874 - 1879), Carrie Louella (1875-1884), and John Marion (1878-1879), born one week before his mother died on 8 Dec 1878.

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Sarah Ann Harrelson Burris, 1838-1878


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Carrie Louella Burris


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John Marion Burris