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2014-07-03 10:27 am

Patriots in the family tree

Although the family tree is full of veterans and heroes of service - past and present - in the armed forces of the United States, I focus today on my ancestors who served in battles before and during the American Revolution.

James Samuel Ashmore - born 4 Nov 1732 in Harford Co., Maryland Colony. He was the son of Richard Ashmore and Margery Lindley.

James was one of the rabble-rousers who was determined to annoy, harass and set back the cause of our fledgling country's British oppressors.

So in an act of covert defiance, on 2 May 1771, James - along with his half-brother, Joshua Hadley, and several other men - burned a gunpowder train that was on its way to Tory General Waddell, which was intended to be used against the group of colonists protesting the unreasonable taxes being imposed upon them by the Brits. This group of men became known as The Black Boys of Cabarrus County, North Carolina, due to them blackening their faces before setting out on their destructive mission.

In his deposition about the incident taken on 22 Jun 1771, James said:
...they found and stopped the waggons and enquired for the powder that was carrying to General Waddell. When in the waggon belonging to Col. Alexander they found the powder and took it out of the waggons, broke open the hogsheads and kegs that contained the powder, and set the same on fire and destroyed some blankets, leggins, kettles, and other things, and then dispersed soon after, having at this deponent first joining of them sworn him to secrecy as they informed who they all before, and further his deponent sayeth not. (Sourced to this website.)

Public sentiment among the colonists grew overwhelmingly in favor of "The Black Boys." As stated here, When the drama of the Revolution opened, these same "Black Boys" stood up manfully for the cause of American freedom, and nobly assisted in achieving, on many a hard-fought battlefield, the independence of our country.

Line of descent to me:
James Samuel Ashmore/Elizabeth Balch
Joshua Bloomer Ashmore/Mary Henderson
Andrew Sawyer Ashmore/Elizabeth McCarley
Elizabeth Adeline Ashmore/James Littleton Burris
George Washington Burris, Sr./Mary Mathilda Wharton
George Washington Burris, Jr./Addie Louise Herrington
my dad
me
Jesse Williams - born 19 Jun 1750 in Newcastle County, Delaware Colony, died 29 Sep 1834 in Rockcastle Co., KY after being kicked by a horse he was shoeing.

He was the son of David Shion and Mary Williams, immigrants to Delaware Colony from Wales.

Jesse enlisted in the Revolutionary War at Baltimore, MD in the summer of 1776, and as was the practice for the voluntary army made up overwhelmingly of farmers, served his multiple week tours of duty until the summer of 1781. (Sourced to his descendant's application for membership in the Sons of the American Revolution, at this link.) Note - paywall for the link.

Line of descent to me:
Jesse Williams/Elizabeth Rachel Gott
David Williams/Elizabeth Rowe
Jacob Williams/Catherine C Mueller
Jo Desha Williams/Maxie Leah Meek
Jo(e) Duffie Williams/Doris Geneva Balding
my mother
me
Joel Chapin - born 22 Apr 1732 in Springfield, Hampden Co., Massachsetts Colony, died 17 Mar 1805 in Bernardston, Franklin Co., MA.

He was the son of Caleb Chapin and Catherine Dickinson.

History of the Town of Bernardston, Franklin County, Massachusetts. 1736 - 1900 by Lucy Jane Cutler Kellogg (publ. E A Hall and Company, 1902) describes Joel Chapin as one of the members of the "committee of inspection" established on 30 Jan 1775, "when war was an almost assured event" in colonial Massachusetts. Although I have been unable to turn up his service record, Joel must have served because his gravestone in Old Cemetery, Bernardston, Franklin Co., MA says he was Lieut. Joel Chapin.

Line of descent to me:
Joel Chapin/Sarah Burke
Solomon Chapin/Rebecca Porter
Joel Chapin/Adeline Foster
Nathaniel Foster Chapin/Elizabeth Pancoast-Harris
Frederick Chapin/Eada Belle Parrish
Hattie Belle Chapin/Victor Claude Balding
Doris Geneva Balding/Jo(e) Duffie Williams
my mother
me


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Betsey Ross flag at Valley Forge
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2013-08-25 11:11 am

Sometimes the answers are on the other side

Have spent a lot of time the past two weeks on several family trees.

For the ones unrelated to my own family, there are friends looking for answers.

They didn't even know there were questions, because - well, every family has some secrets. If not created in recent generations, then the secrets of the ancestors can be startling and unwelcome surprises to their descendants.
I have no farther to look for evidence of family secrets than my own great great grandfather, who had an entire second family a half mile away from his farm.

For at least 14 years, James Littleton Burris had a relationship with a woman young enough to be his daughter. They had at least 5 children together, possibly more.

You can't really call that a fling. So I wonder...did my great great grandparents have some sort of understanding? Our family lore says Elizabeth Adeline Ashmore walked beside James Littleton Burris on almost the entire journey from Lawrence Co., TN to Arkansas in 1838, and fell deeply in love with him. So, did she just look the other way when he left to go see his other family three decades later? Was my great great grandpa polyamorous, and his wife accepted that?
Then, there are the other families...

The yearning and pain I see in the eyes of two half-brothers, who desperately want to find the body of their half-sister who just disappeared one day, and whom they fear was murdered by her own parents...

A dear friend who didn't find out until he was in his 30s that his grandmother stabbed his grandfather to death with a kitchen knife. Had she finally decided, after leaving him and moving to Memphis with their daughters, that she just wasn't going to take one more beating after he arrived drunk at her house that Saturday?
Sometimes the answers died with them.

But it doesn't make me stop wondering. And if nothing else, I'll ask them on the other side...
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2013-01-23 04:54 pm

Family History Through the Alphabet: A is for Ashmore

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In my line of direct ancestors is Andrew Sawyer Ashmore. He was my 3rd great grandfather.

I don't know where the middle name came from, although some records and other family trees indicate he favored the name enough that he called himself Sawyer. Sawyer Ashmore's mother was Mary Henderson, so it wasn't a case of carrying on the maternal surname.

Here's what I do know about Sawyer Ashmore.

He was born in 1798 (probably in Lawrence Co., TN) to Joshua Ashmore and Mary Henderson.

About 1815, he married Elizabeth McCarley (whose parents are unknown to me) in Lawrence County.

He and his father were listed on the Lawrence County tax list in 1826.

Apparently, he was not old enough to vote in 1818, because only his father was listed in the Lawrence County list of registered voters that year.

In 1838, Sawyer and Elizabeth, along with his younger brother, Robert, and two younger sisters - Cynthia Ann (Burris), and Lucinda (Carrell), moved to Pope County, AR. Members of Elizabeth McCarley's family also made the same trip, as did Sawyer's 78 year old father, Joshua. I have a visual image of the elder Ashmore being helped up into an ox drawn wagon.

Sawyer and Elizabeth Ashmore had four, and possibly five, children, one of whom was my great great grandmother, Elizabeth Adeline Ashmore.

He farmed 170 acres of land in what was Conway County, AR (but is now Pope County) for 15 years prior to his death on 9 Oct 1853.

He was buried in the McCarley Family Cemetery, not far from where my dad lives now.

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This is not the original gravestone, and Elizabeth's date of death -
3 Nov 1875, must not have been known by the descendants who placed it.


I am taking the Family History Through the Alphabet challenge, albeit starting a few months late.
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2013-01-11 07:15 am

An Ashmore cousin came to call...

He found me through my Find a Grave entries.

We've been corresponding for the past few days, and made an interesting discovery.

One of my Burris cousins was his first grade teacher in a little one room schoolhouse at Gumlog in Pope Co., AR.

I love it when this happens.
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2012-07-29 04:04 pm

Just neater than snuff...

Amazing how easily thinking about one thing can immediately cause me to think about my family history.

Like, I killed my subscription last month to our only daily, statewide newspaper. (If you are curious, here's the link to my open letter to the paper in my "everything else" blog.)

Until 1991, it had competition by the newspaper I read, the Arkansas Gazette.

Which led me to looking up the history of my paper.

Which led me to the name of the editor of the Gazette during the 1957 desegregation crisis in Little Rock.

Harry Scott Ashmore.

Who, as it turns out, is my 4th cousin, twice removed.

I didn't know him personally.

But still.

That's neat.
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2012-06-17 11:17 am
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Taking care of business...

I am documenting my family history, not just my pedigree.

So my collateral relatives are documented as well.

Some of those families have what appear to be very tragic stories.

One example is the family of James Joshua Ashmore (my second great granduncle), and his wife, Ardena Mahala (Matthews) Ashmore Stewart.
James Joshua Ashmore was the son of Andrew Sawyer Ashmore and Elizabeth McCarley, born in Lawrence Co., TN on 16 May 1821.

He was 17 when his family made the ambitious move from Lawrence County to Pope County, AR.

Ardena's parents were Steven John Matthews (born in Lawrence County) and Sarah Perkins. If the Matthews family was not part of what I have now come to understand was a sizeable migration to Pope County, then they came shortly afterward, because James and Ardena were married in Pope County on 7 Jan 1842, when Ardena was 18.

Working their land, they began having stair-step children - eight in all, over the next 11 years.

Stephen Robert Ashmore was born in 1842;
William James Ashmore was born on 22 Nov 1843;
Sarah Elizabeth Ashmore was born on 14 May 1845;
Mary Louisa A Ashmore was born on 7 Sep 1847;
Martha Jane Ashmore was born on 12 May 1848;
Joanna M Ashmore was born in Dec 1850;
Georgia Ann Ashmore was born on 21 May 1852; and
Margaret Alice Ashmore was born on 21 Jan 1853.
And then, James Joshua Ashmore died, on 18 Mar 1856. He was buried in the McCarley family cemetery, on his parents' homeplace, where his father had been laid to rest a couple of years earlier, and where his mother would be buried in 1875.
Ardena's youngest child was 3 years old, and her oldest - son Robert - was just 14.

She had a farm to work and children to raise. She needed some help.

On 25 Nov 1856, Ardena married Robert H Stewart. Two years later, Ardena died.

What would happen to the children, the oldest of whom was only 16?
The extended Matthews family - and some of their in-laws - stepped up to the plate.

In the 1860 census, four of the Ashmore children were living with their maternal grandparents. Robert, Martha, Georgia Ann and Margaret had a home with Steven and Sarah Matthews in Gum Log, not far from their family farm.

Sarah Ashmore had married (at the age of 14), on 14 Aug 1859, to William H Hall. She was not found in the 1860 census living with him. She and her brother, William and sister, Joanna were living in the home of William and Lucinda Gideon.

Lucinda (Matthews) Gideon was their great grand aunt. It is possible that Sarah was either widowed and pregnant (she would have a son, James H Hall in 1861), or William Hall was away fighting in the Civil War and was not present for this census. Joanna Ashmore later married George Henry Gideon, one of the sons of William and Lucinda Gideon.

Mary Louisa was living with Claiborne Harrelson in 1860. Leroy Matthews, her maternal uncle, had married Claiborne's daughter, Lavena, in 1854, and the couple made their home with Lavena's father.

Three families re-arranged their households and took in the Ashmore kids.

Because that's what families did.
All eight of the children of James Joshua Ashmore and Ardena Mahala Matthews lived to adulthood, and raised large families of their own.

Two of the sisters - Mary Louisa and Margaret - married Bowden brothers, James and Charles.

All of the Ashmore children lived in or around Pope County their entire lives, close to the place familiar to their parents - the place two families in a wagon train chose in 1838 to make a new home.

And tragedy turned into triumph.
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2011-10-29 09:47 am

Connecting more dots...

I met my second cousin yesterday.

He and his wife traveled from Texas for a reunion of his leg of the Burris family that will be held in Fort Smith this weekend.

He wanted to see St. Joe Cemetery, where his grandfather, Walter Monroe Burris, is buried with a whole bunch of our Burris clan. He also wanted to see the old homeplace where our ancestor, James Littleton Burris, built the cabin that housed so many Burris descendants.

We decided to rendezvous at a gas station at the Atkins exit off Interstate 40.
I called Dad as we left the gas station so he could meet us at the cemetery.

I had to call when we left, because within 10 minutes, we all lost all cell phone signals as we headed up into the modest mountains of rural Pope County.

As we gathered outside the cemetery gates, we had a discussion about how we were related.

My second cousin (sorry, guys but the family tree software says Carl is my second cousin, and Dad's first cousin, once removed) descends from James Littleton Burris and Elizabeth Adeline Ashmore like this:

James and Adeline Burris
George Washington (Sr) and Mary M (Wharton) Burris
Walter Monroe and Grace (Bowden) Burris
Cecil Blain and Arlie Ann (Fridell) Burris
Carl

For my dad, it goes like this:
James and Adeline Burris
George Washington (Sr) and Mary M (Wharton) Burris
George Washington (Jr) and Addie Louise (Herrington) Burris
Dad

G W (Jr) and Walter were brothers.
The old cabin that was the original homeplace was demolished in the mid 1960s and there is not even a footprint left. The old well, dug by hand, is still there, but covered.

We went on to Dad's house - just across the road - and this time, I was all ears as Dad and Carl started swapping the details of the stories they heard.

We used to grow our own wheat. Dad's dad told him about how they used to get the wheat ready to take into Atkins to the mill, and would load the wagon the night before and put it in the barn. Then, they'd get up before sunup the next morning and make the trip into Atkins to the mill. They got back home after dark.

Apparently, that trip got *really* old and my ancestors decided to have their own mill - in the barn. Carl's dad told him about how that mill was built - with leather bearings, no less (James Burris was a tanner) - and used a mule or a horse to go round and round to grind the wheat.

And wouldn't I love to have a photo or a piece of a millstone?
Carl hadn't realized that after the 1838 migration of our Burris and Ashmore ancestors from Lawrence Co., TN, where young James Burris and Adeline Ashmore walked most of the trip and fell in love, they had not immediately married.

They were married on 12 Nov 1840. I always figured it was because Adeline was only 15 during the trip, but something Carl told us made me wonder if it wasn't for a more practical consideration.

Carl said not long after the large ox-drawn wagon party - of not only our Burrises and Ashmores, but a whole bunch of their neighbors - got to Center Valley, 20 year old James Burris took off with a gun and an ax, to go find him some land and build a home.

By the time he had been gone for about three months with no word to the folks back in Center Valley, they began to fear he was dead.

Then, the sigh of relief - James came back. And the homeplace was built, and another move undertaken, this time to the fertile land next to Isabell Creek, where most of James and Adeline's 10 children were born. (The first died - most likely stillborn - and was buried in the first grave in Old Baptist Cemetery in Center Valley.)
We swapped photos during our visit, and Carl had a real gem.

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Walter Monroe Burris and first wife, Grace Bowden, undated family photo


We have scant few photos of Walter, and none as a young man. To see Grace's image was very precious.
This journey through my family's history is a real delight.

To meet a cousin who shares much of my history - he at age 82, my dad at 75, and me at age 53...

Well, that's just beyond words.
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2011-04-09 09:35 pm

Civil War Sesquicentennial Challenge

In observance of the 150th anniversary of the beginning of the Civil War on 12 Apr 1861, this blogging challenge was issued by Bill West, of West in New England.


As regular readers of this blog know, I am a southerner. I still live in the South.

It has been a common occurrence for me to find slave-owners in my family history. I refuse to glorify that word with whatever politically correct substitute phrasing is in vogue these days.

Some of my Southern ancestors - most notably my Callaway and Meek ancestors - bought and sold other human beings and treated them as their property. They willed some of those same human beings to their heirs, and fought for the right to keep on doing it.

Some others of my Southern ancestors didn't.

And the two sets of ancestors intermarried before, during and after the Civil War.

Must have made for some interesting dinner table discussions.

I have a many-times-removed Bowden cousin who is getting on in years, but who regularly sends me information about the Bowden line, even though there were relatively few Bowdens who married into my direct ancestral line. Where he feels it relevant, he tells me which ones fought in the War of Northern Aggression. I've told him I thought I recalled from my history books that the Confederates fired on Fort Sumter, not the other way around.

I definitely would have been one of those damned Yankees. The sight of the Confederate flag flying today sickens me, and makes me want to personally tear it down.

Because the good ole boys flying it have to know - don't they? - that the South ain't gonna rise again.

Not the way they want it to.
No matter which side they were on, there is ample evidence that the Civil War changed the lives of my ancestors.

In many cases, it ended it.

In two cases I know of, the war had to have divided families - with brother fighting against brother.

It could have been Samuel Ashmore's suggestion, but for some reason I think not...he and his youngest brother, Robert D. Ashmore, enlisted at the same time at Dover, AR on 20 Jun 1862, in the 35th Arkansas Infantry, Co I, fighting for the Confederate States of America. Robert was 19 years old. Samuel was 30.

By 8 Jan 1863, Robert apparently had enough. He went AWOL. Twenty days later, his big brother Samuel died in the service of the CSA. Robert "deserted to the enemy" on 10 Sep 1863, enlisting in the 4th Regiment, Arkansas Cavalry, Co. H, United States of America.

Robert came home, Samuel did not. I don't know where Samuel is buried.

Cynthia Ann Ashmore, the widow of John Burris, was probably lucky that she did not know the grief the war would vist on her household.

All three of her sons went off to war. Franklin Buchanan and John Crockett enlisted at Dover in the CSA, 35th Arkansas Infantry on 20 Jun 1862, with Franklin serving in Company H and John in Company I.

Her oldest son, William James Burris, fought for the USA in the 3rd Arkansas Cavalry, Co. A.

Franklin died first, on the White River on 28 Oct 1862. His brother, John, deserted on 24 Aug 1863.

William died of typhoid on 1 Aug 1864. He was buried in the National Cemetery in Little Rock.

I can't imagine that the family was able during wartime to visit his grave. I don't know where Franklin is buried.

And I wonder if Cynthia did.

The Brannon brothers, Benjamin and James, were Tennesseans by birth, but Yankees in their hearts, as was their father, John.

All three enlisted together on 15 Aug 1862 in the Arkansas 1st Cavalry Regiment, Company L at Springtown, AR in Washington County.

All three lived to tell about it, although James was discharged on 23 Nov 1863, with the surgeon saying his deafness had worsened during the war, and he had a lung disease. Benjamin was discharged on disability in August 1864.

All three lived out their lives in Benton County, AR, where James was a respected physician and merchant.


There was no question about the Rev. Jefferson John Meek's loyalty to the Confederacy. He had much to lose if the South did not win the war. In the decade between the 1850 and 1860 census, he had doubled the number of slaves he owned.

He created his own infantry unit at Panola Co., MS on 27 Mar 1862. It was the 42nd Regiment, Mississippi Infantry, and Rev. Meek became Captain of it. He was 52 years old.

Capt. J J Meek had two sons old enough to serve, James Alexander, and Robert. James served in his father's regiment. Robert and Capt. Meek's son-in-law, William Waldron, served in the 2nd Mississippi Rangers, Company K.

Capt. Meek considered the war our holy cause. However, according to his letter of resignation dated 5 Aug 1863, he had found out just how much that cause was costing him.

Excerpted from the letter:
My son in law and my two sons have perished in our holy cause and my now aged and infirm wife has been left with no male members of the family to provide and care for her...

He was right about his son-in-law, William Waldron, who died on 3 Jul 1863. Capt. Meek's son, Robert, died of smallpox a month earlier in a POW camp in Alton, IL.

And when he heard of James' wounding and capture during the Battle of Gettysburg on 8 Jul 1863, he probably had every reason to believe that he was dead, too.

But James survived and spent the remainder of the war in the POW camp for Confederate soldiers at Fort Delaware, on Pea Patch Island, until he signed his oath of allegiance to the United States and was released on 11 Jun 1865.

Then he came back home to Mississippi to his wife and son, buried an infant daughter in 1867, had another daughter, and his marriage fell apart.

The Civil War nearly bankrupted his father.

Virtually all of the Callaway men old enough to tote a gun served the Confederacy. Only recently, I discovered that my Callaway and Clark County Williams lines probably had their first interactions during the war, when Allen Mason Lowery Callaway and David Andrew Williams served together in the 10th Arkansas Cavalry Regiment, at least two years before either of them married the Dunn sisters, Martha and Mary.

There is very little available information about this regiment on the internet. From a cached website, you can find the following:
Newton turned command of the 5th Cavalry over to Colonel Thomas Morgan on December 24, 1863 (whereupon the regiment was renamed as Morgan's 2nd Arkansas Cavalry), and assumed command of a small cavalry brigade [Note: This "small calvary brigade" was the 10th Arkansas Cavalry] which he led for the remainder of the war. On January 14, 1865, Newton's brigade in company with the brigades of Colonels William H. Brooks and Ras Stirman conducted an attack on Union forces on the Arkansas River near Dardanelle, which was repulsed. They next chased a fleet of steamboats down the Arkansas River, ambushing and sinking several of them near Ivey's Ford. Following this campaign, the Confederate force returned to the stronghold of southwestern Arkansas where they stood mostly in defense or garrison duty until the surrender of the Confederate forces in the Trans-Mississippi on May 26, 1865. (Source: Archive Wayback)

And having now learned that, I wonder if Mace and David's Civil War service had anything to do with their very early deaths - Mace in 1877, and David in 1888.

Mace's father, Nathaniel C. Callaway, died in the service of the Confederacy of typhoid on 7 May 1862 in Shelby County, TN, when Mace was 15. Mace's mother, Julia Wingfield, was left with three children under the age of 10 to raise. Until I discovered last summer that Nathaniel was buried at Elmwood Cemetery in Memphis, I don't think anyone in the family knew. Nathaniel just went off to war, and never came home.

Mace's first cousin, Jonathan Wilson Callaway, survived the war, and as reported by Goodspeed,...His final surrender was made with the Confederate forces, at Shreveport, at the close of the war, in May, 1865, following which he walked the whole distance back to Arkadelphia. (Source: Goodspeed's Biographical and Historical Memoirs of Central Arkansas, (publ. 1889) at page 427)

Jonathan Wilson Callaway went on to be a fairly prominent political figure in Pulaski County, AR after the war, and died there in 1894. He is buried in Oakland Cemetery in Little Rock.

There is no question that the Civil War changed the lives of everyone who lived and died during that era in history, not the least of whom were the black Americans - slaves and free -who even after Lincoln's Emancipation Proclamation, still did not receive the full measure of their American citizenship until nearly a century later.

As I study and make continuous discoveries about my ancestors who lived during that time, I always wonder what made them choose the side they did, and how those choices affected the lives of their families and others around them.

I guess I'll ask them on the other side...
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2011-04-06 07:22 pm

Bits and Pieces

When I went to Pope County to see my folks this past weekend, they loaned me a couple of local history books.

One was History of Pope County, Arkansas. (Pope County Historical Association of Arkansas and Hunter Publishing, 1979.)

I found several entries of interest in the section of family biographies for people in our family tree.


An entry about Joshua Alfred Ashmore at page 136:

Joshua married Sept. 1, 1853 in Gum Log, Nancy Melinda Guest, who had recently come on a wagon train with her parents, Moses Holland Guest...and Sarah Minerva Turner from Milledgeville, Georgia. In spite of his southern wife, Joshua was a northern sympathizer when the Civil War broke out. A target of the "night riders," he hid out in swampy places until he got to the Union Army where he enlisted. He became sick with malaria, and Nancy went to his camp to nurse him, leaving their children, William Anderson (b 1854), Samuel Henry (b 1857), Sarah Elizabeth (b 1860), Nancy Ann (Nannie) (b 1862), and infant Eliza Adelaide (b Jan 1865) at home. She got pregnant while at camp and Mary Jane was born 11 months after Eliza in 1865. Robert Holland was born in 1870.

Joshua died May 11, 1871, never fully recovering from the exposure he endured during the Civil War....
Originally written by Helen Peters Mauk.


More information on page 16 about little Grace Electra Shinn, daughter of Josiah Hazen Shinn and Mildred Carleton Williams:

...About where the pool hall is on Main Street, the Judds lived in a two story frame house. They may have kept boarders, but at least Mrs. Judd fed folks. Every day at noon she would come out of her front door and ring an old fashioned dinner bell, loud and long.

It was at Mrs. Judd's house where I first came in contact with death. Professor Josiah H Shinn, who later wrote a history of Arkansas, was superintendent of our public schools, and his family lived at the Judd home. His daughter, Gracie, was a classmate of mine, and she died at Mrs. Judd's house. Her classmates marched from there to the cemetery, the girls dressed in white, and all of us with a black band on our arm.
Originally written by Miss May Russell.


I learned on page 27 that Mary Ann Shinn was a heckuva housekeeper, but often late with supper.

Mary Ann Shinn Booher kept a neat house. Her table was always set at all times with the plates turned down and the whole table covered with a misquito (sic) net. Her dining room floors, as were all the floors in her house, was scrubbed with a shuck mop end (sic) lye soap as thick as molasses, then rinsed and dried. She had mirrows (sic) hanging on all walls above the washstands. As she passed through a room, she would glance into the mirrow and smooth her hair or dust the puff cotton across her nose that took the shine off. Her one failing was her slowness to get things done. Many times she would be 9:00 o'clock at night getting the supper on the table. Originally written by Geneva Taylor Booher.


And was surprised to read on page 35 of the decidedly unpastoral conduct of the Rev. Warren Washington Strickland when provoked to righteous anger...

It is said the Rev. W. W. Strickland, first moderator of the Sulpher Springs [Cumberland Presbyterian] Church, believed in strict order while he was preaching. During those days there were a lot of ruffians and it was nothing unusual for Rev. Strickland to ask the boys to behave and if they didn't, he would walk back and slap or hit them with his fist and keep on preaching. Originally written by J. B. Lemley.
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2011-03-26 09:32 am

Surname Saturday: Matthews

The 1838 wagon party from Lawrence County, TN to Pope County, AR was quite large.

Large enough that when all the families began to intermarry in the years after their arrival, their descendants wound up with a LOT of cousins.

That's illustrated quite well in the descendants of Steven John Matthews, whose children and grandchildren married Burrises and Ashmores, among others.


First Generation

1. Steven John Matthews was born in 1805 in Lawrence Co., TN. He died in 1880 in Pope Co., AR.

Steven married Sarah "Sally" Perkins on 6 Jul 1825 in Lawrence Co., TN. Sarah was born on 11 Feb 1809 in Kentucky. She died on 9 Jun 1882 in Pope Co., AR.

They had the following children:

+ 2 F i. Ardena Mahala Matthews was born on 14 Jun 1824. She died in 1858.

+ 3 F ii. Josinor Matthews was born on 10 Dec 1826. She died on 31 Dec 1896.

4 F iii. Elizabeth Matthews was born in Feb 1828. She died in 1904.

+ 5 M iv. Daniel Matthews was born in 1829. He died in 1880.

+ 6 M v. Leroy Matthews was born on 4 Sep 1832. He died on 3 Apr 1873.

+ 7 M vi. Andrew Mason Matthews was born on 14 Sep 1834. He died on 16 Jun 1916.

+ 8 F vii. Mary Jane Matthews was born on 20 Jan 1836. She died on 30 Sep 1875.

9 F viii. Margaret Matthews was born in 1837.

+ 10 F ix. Sarah Ann Matthews was born on 11 Aug 1839. She died on 13 Feb 1905.

11 M x. William T Matthews was born in 1840 in Pope Co., AR. He died on 14 Jun 1903 in Pope Co., AR.

+ 12 M xi. John Wesley Matthews was born in Jun 1842. He died in 1908.

Second Generation

2. Ardena Mahala Matthews (Steven John) was born on 14 Jun 1824 in Tennessee. She died in 1858 in Pope Co., AR.

Ardena married James Joshua Ashmore son of Andrew Sawyer Ashmore and Elizabeth McCarley on 7 Jan 1842 in Pope Co., AR. James was born on 16 May 1821 in Lawrence Co, Tennessee. He died on 18 Mar 1856 in Russellville, Pope Co., AR. He was buried in McCarley Cemetery, Pope Co., AR.

They had the following children:

13 M i. Stephen Robert Ashmore was born in 1842 in Pope Co., AR. He died in 1900 in Pope Co., AR. He was buried in Old Baptist Cemetery, Center Valley, Pope Co., AR.
Stephen married Martha Ann Keeton daughter of Zachariah Keeton and Catherine Anthony on 30 Sep 1866 in Pope Co., AR. Martha was born in 1848 in Tennessee. She died on 7 Oct 1947 in Newton Co., AR.

14 M ii. William James Ashmore was born on 22 Nov 1843 in Pope Co., AR. He died on 15 Jan 1913 in Pope Co., AR. He was buried in Ford Cemetery, Appleton, Pope Co., AR.
William married Mary Angeline Wilson daughter of Robert S Wilson and Elvira Gordon on 24 Jul 1867 in Pope Co., AR. Mary was born on 22 May 1848. She died on 24 Dec 1923 in Pope Co., AR. She was buried in Ford Cemetery, Appleton, Pope Co., AR.

15 F iii. Sarah Elizabeth Ashmore was born on 14 May 1845 in Pope Co., AR. She died on 11 Jul 1933 in Pope Co., AR. She was buried in Oakland Cemetery, Atkins, Pope Co., AR.
Sarah married (1) William H Hall on 14 Aug 1859 in Pope Co., AR. William was born in 1843 in Pope Co., AR.
Sarah married (2) George Washington Russell son of James Calvin Russell and Nancy Attaway on 25 May 1870 in Pope Co., AR. George was born on 1 Jun 1851 in Coosa Co., AL. He died on 22 Jan 1932 in Russellville, Pope Co., AR. He was buried in Oakland Cemetery, Atkins, Pope Co., AR.

16 F iv. Mary Louisa A Ashmore was born on 7 Sep 1847 in Pope Co., AR. She died on 21 Jan 1938 in Pope Co., AR. She was buried in Old Baptist Cemetery, Center Valley, Pope Co., AR.
Mary married James H Bowden son of John Sanders Bowden and Elizabeth Reynolds on 6 Jan 1870 in Pope Co., AR. James was born on 31 Jan 1842 in Marion Co., AR. He died on 27 Jun 1904 in Pope Co., AR. He was buried in Old Baptist Cemetery, Center Valley, Pope Co., AR.

17 F v. Martha Jane Ashmore was born on 12 May 1848 in Pope Co., AR.
Martha married John Wesley Stout son of William Stout and Anne Parker in 1867 in Pope Co., AR. John was born in 1833 in Blount Co., AL. He died on 23 Feb 1895 in Belleville, Yell Co., AR.

18 F vi. Joanna M Ashmore was born in Dec 1850 in Pope Co., AR. She died in 1932.
Joanna married George Henry Gideon son of William Gideon and Lucinda Matthews on 12 Oct 1868 in Pope Co., AR. George was born in Feb 1849 in Pope Co., AR.

19 F vii. Georgia Ann Ashmore was born on 21 May 1852 in Pope Co., AR. She died on 20 Feb 1941 in Russellville, Pope Co., AR. She was buried in Old Baptist Cemetery, Center Valley, Pope Co., AR.
Georgia married John Calvin Parker on 22 Feb 1871 in Pope Co., AR. John was born on 8 Apr 1846 in Arkansas. He died on 14 Jan 1926 in Pope Co., AR. He was buried in Old Baptist Cemetery, Center Valley, Pope Co., AR.

20 F viii. Margaret Alice Ashmore was born on 21 Jan 1853 in Pope Co., AR. She died on 23 Oct 1935 in Pope Co., AR. She was buried in Old Baptist Cemetery, Center Valley, Pope Co., AR.
Margaret married Charles S Lay Bowden son of John Sanders Bowden and Elizabeth Reynolds on 24 Dec 1868 in Pope Co., AR. Charles was born on 29 Jan 1850 in Arkansas. He died on 4 Jun 1933 in Pope Co., AR. He was buried in Old Baptist Cemetery, Center Valley, Pope Co., AR.

3. Josinor Matthews (Steven John) was born on 10 Dec 1826 in Lawrence Co., TN. She died on 31 Dec 1896 in Pope Co., AR. She was buried in Atkins City Cemetery, Atkins, Pope Co., AR.

Josinor married William Reynolds about 1844 in Pope Co., AR. William was born on 26 Oct 1823 in Tennessee. He died on 14 Mar 1897 in Pope Co., AR. He was buried in Atkins City Cemetery, Atkins, Pope Co., AR.

They had the following children:

21 M i. Thomas J Reynolds was born in 1845 in Pope Co., AR.

22 M ii. William J Reynolds was born on 9 Oct 1846 in Pope Co., AR. He died on 6 Feb 1908 in Pope Co., AR. He was buried in Oakland Cemetery, Russellville, Pope Co., AR.
William married Sallie R Lewis on 18 Apr 1871 in Pope Co., AR. Sallie was born on 17 Oct 1848. She died in Pope Co., AR. She was buried in Oakland Cemetery, Russellville, Pope Co., AR.

23 F iii. Mary Jane "Mollie" Reynolds was born in 1849 in Pope Co., AR. She died in Aug 1879 in Pope Co., AR. The cause of death was heart disease, per 1880 mortality schedule. She was buried in Atkins City Cemetery, Atkins, Pope Co., AR.

Mary married Fletcher W Thompson on 24 Feb 1870 in Pope Co., AR. Fletcher was born in 1845 in North Carolina. He died in 1891 in Atkins, Pope Co., AR. He was buried in Atkins City Cemetery, Atkins, Pope Co., AR.

24 F iv. Sallie Reynolds was born in 1853 in Pope Co., AR.
Sallie married Halledger . Halledger died before 1880.

25 M v. Albert D Reynolds was born in 1858 in Pope Co., AR.

26 F vi. Julia Reynolds was born in 1862 in Pope Co., AR.

27 F vii. Virginia Reynolds was born in 1865 in Pope Co., AR.

5. Daniel Matthews (Steven John) was born in 1829 in Tennessee. He died in 1880.

Daniel married (1) Eliza Jane Strickland daughter of Zachariah Matthew Strickland and Savel G (Sable) Vick on 8 Sep 1853 in Pope Co., AR. Eliza was born in 1831 in Tennessee. She died before 1860 in Pope Co., AR.

They had the following children:

28 M i. William S Matthews was born in 1855 in Pope Co., AR.

29 F ii. Margaret Jane Matthews was born on 5 Apr 1857 in Pope Co., AR. She died on 15 Apr 1901 in Pope Co., AR. She was buried in Old Baptist Cemetery, Center Valley, Pope Co., AR.
Margaret married William Greenberry "George" Fridell on 25 Jul 1880 in Pope Co., AR. William was born on 5 Feb 1856 in Tennessee. He died on 5 Feb 1948 in Pope Co., AR. He was buried in Oakland Cemetery, Atkins, Pope Co., AR.


Daniel married (2) Sarah Winfred. Sarah was born in 1831. She died in 1912 in Pope Co., AR. She was buried in Atkins City Cemetery, Atkins, Pope Co., AR.

They had the following children:

30 M iii. Peter Warren Matthews was born on 8 Apr 1867 in Pope Co., AR. He died on 15 May 1934 in Pope Co., AR. He was buried in Atkins City Cemetery, Atkins, Pope Co., AR.
Peter married Sammie Jane Stallings in Nov 1888 in Pope Co., AR. Sammie was born on 25 Mar 1866 in Lewisburg, Conway Co., AR. She died on 17 Jan 1899 in San Antonio, Bexar Co., TX.

6. Leroy Matthews (Steven John) was born on 4 Sep 1832 in Tennessee. He died on 3 Apr 1873 in Pope Co., AR. He was buried in Old Baptist Cemetery, Center Valley, Pope Co., AR.

Leroy married (1) Lavena Jane Harrelson daughter of Claiborne C Harrelson and Phebe Unknown on 16 Mar 1854 in Pope Co., AR. Lavena was born on 21 Jan 1834 in Tennessee. She died on 15 Aug 1863 in Pope Co., AR. She was buried in Old Baptist Cemetery, Center Valley, Pope Co., AR.

They had the following children:

31 M i. John Henry Matthews was born on 25 Dec 1854 in Arkansas. He died on 15 Nov 1941 in Pope Co., AR. He was buried in Oakland Cemetery, Atkins, Pope Co., AR.
John married Catherine Tocoa Murdoch daughter of James William Murdoch and Gracie Ophelia Plunkett on 5 Jan 1881 in Pope Co., AR. Catherine was born on 10 Jan 1855 in Rome, Floyd Co., GA. She died on 8 Apr 1928 in Atkins, Pope Co., AR. She was buried in Oakland Cemetery, Atkins, Pope Co., AR.

32 M ii. William James Matthews was born on 10 Feb 1856 in Arkansas. He died on 21 Jun 1936 in Pope Co., AR. He was buried in Atkins City Cemetery, Atkins, Pope Co., AR.
William married Mary Frances Cochran on 7 Mar 1878 in Pope Co., AR. Mary was born on 10 Feb 1863. She died on 25 Feb 1942 in Pope Co., AR. She was buried in Atkins City Cemetery, Atkins, Pope Co., AR.

33 F iii. Arabella Matthews was born in 1859 in Arkansas.


Leroy married (2) Mahala Elizabeth Turner.

7. Andrew Mason Matthews (Steven John) was born on 14 Sep 1834 in Tennessee. He died on 16 Jun 1916 in Pope Co., AR. He was buried in Atkins City Cemetery, Atkins, Pope Co., AR.

Andrew married Mary E Strickland in 1853. Mary was born in 1837 in Tennessee.

They had the following children:

34 F i. Sarah E Matthews was born in 1855 in Pope Co., AR. She died in 1941 in Pope Co., AR. She was buried in Owens Cemetery, Waldo, Pope Co., AR.
Sarah married John Marion Waldo . John was born in 1852. He died in 1912 in Pope Co., AR. He was buried in Owens Cemetery, Waldo, Pope Co., AR.

35 M ii. James M Matthews was born in 1857 in Pope Co., AR. He died before 1870 in Pope Co., AR.

36 M iii. Daniel Webster Matthews was born in 1862 in Pope Co., AR.
Daniel married Eliza C MNU . Eliza was born in 1870 in Arkansas.

37 M iv. John J Matthews was born on 9 Jan 1865 in Pope Co., AR. He died on 8 Apr 1917 in Pope Co., AR. He was buried in Atkins City Cemetery, Atkins, Pope Co., AR.

John married (1) Mattie Beckham on 6 Jan 1889 in Pope Co., AR. Mattie was born on 24 Aug 1871. She died on 30 Jan 1898 in Pope Co., AR. She was buried in Atkins City Cemetery, Atkins, Pope Co., AR.
John married (2) Neomia Gipson in 1906 in Pope Co., AR.

38 F v. Margaret F Matthews was born in 1868 in Pope Co., AR.

39 M vi. Stephen Matthews was born in Feb 1870 in Pope Co., AR.

40 F vii. Seena Elizabeth "Bee" Matthews was born on 16 Aug 1874 in Pope Co., AR. She died on 5 Feb 1921 in Pope Co., AR. She was buried in Bells Chapel Cemetery, Pottsville, Pope Co., AR.
Seena married (1) R T Nelson . R T Nelson died before 1900 in Pope Co., AR.
Seena married (2) Pleasant "Plez" W Torrence in 1902 in Pope Co., AR. Pleasant was born on 16 Feb 1858 in Tennessee. He died on 23 Apr 1943 in Pope Co., AR. He was buried in Bells Chapel Cemetery, Pottsville, Pope Co., AR.

8. Mary Jane Matthews (Steven John) was born on 20 Jan 1836 in Tennessee. She died on 30 Sep 1875 in Pope Co., AR. She was buried in Old Baptist Cemetery, Center Valley, Pope Co., AR.

Mary married (1) William James Burris son of John Burris and Cynthia Ann Ashmore on 30 Mar 1854 in Pope County, AR. William was born in 1832 in Tennessee. He died on 1 Aug 1864 in Lewisburg, Conway Co., AR. He was buried in Little Rock National Cemetery, Little Rock, Pulaski Co., AR.

They had the following children:

41 M i. John James Burris was born on 20 Jan 1855 in Pope County, AR. He died on 1 Mar 1938 in Pope Co., AR. He was buried in Crossroads Cemetery, Appleton, Pope Co., AR.
John married (1) Mary Ann Cole daughter of James Cole and Rebecca Jane Vinson on 17 Dec 1876 in Pope County, AR. Mary was born on 5 Mar 1862 in Pope County, AR. She died on 9 Dec 1878 in Pope County, AR. She was buried in Crossroads Cemetery, Appleton, Pope Co., AR.
John married (2) Sarah L Ann Burks daughter of James Edward Burks and Nancy Mildred Patterson on 8 Jun 1879 in Griffen Flats Twnship, Pope County, AR. Sarah was born in Aug 1861 in Saline Co., IL. She died on 8 Sep 1942 in Pope County, AR. She was buried in Crossroads Cemetery, Pope Co., AR.

42 M ii. Stephen Horatio Burris was born on 12 Mar 1857 in Harmony, Pope Co., AR. He died on 29 Jul 1868 in Pope Co., AR.

43 M iii. William Hugh Davis Burris was born on 11 Dec 1860 in Pope County, AR. He died on 13 Jun 1950 in Pope Co., AR. He was buried in Crossroads Cemetery, Appleton, Pope Co., AR.
William married (1) Nancy Mildred Burks daughter of James Edward Burks and Nancy Mildred Patterson on 27 Jul 1879 in Pope Co., AR. Nancy was born in 1864 in Saline Co., IL. She died on 16 Aug 1886 in Pope Co., AR. She was buried in Crossroads Cemetery, Appleton, Pope Co., AR.
William married (2) Lucy Jane Burks daughter of James Edward Burks and Nancy Mildred Patterson on 26 Jun 1887 in Pope Co., AR. Lucy was born in 1871 in Pope Co., AR. She died on 16 Apr 1898 in Pope Co., AR. She was buried in Crossroads Cemetery, Appleton, Pope Co., AR.
William married (3) Frances L Burks daughter of James Edward Burks and Nancy Mildred Patterson on 11 Sep 1898 in Pope Co., AR. Frances was born in Feb 1877 in Arkansas. She died in 1970 in Pope Co., AR. She was buried in Crossroads Cemetery, Appleton, Pope Co., AR.

44 F iv. Sarah "Sallie" Ann Burris was born on 29 Mar 1862 in Harmony, Pope Co., AR. She died on 9 Aug 1921 in Dover, Pope Co., AR. She was buried in Old Lake Cemetery, Dover, Pope Co., AR.
Sarah married Yancey Bailey Shepard Poynter on 27 Apr 1879 in Pope Co., AR. Yancey was born in 1859 in Dover, Pope Co., AR. He died on 10 May 1937 in Dover, Pope Co., AR. He was buried in Old Lake Cemetery, Dover, Pope Co., AR.


Mary married (2) Zachariah Keeton son of Keeton and Unknown on 22 Apr 1866 in Pope Co., AR. Zachariah was born in Feb 1816 in Tennessee. He died on 21 Jun 1908 in Pope Co., AR. He was buried in Old Baptist Cemetery, Center Valley, Pope Co., AR.

They had the following children:

45 M v. General Grant Keeton was born in 1867 in Arkansas.

46 F vi. Lucinda Alice Keeton was born in 1869 in Pope Co., AR. She died in 1894 in Pope Co., AR.
Lucinda married Sidney Jackson Eggleston on 5 Sep 1889 in Pope Co., AR. Sidney was born on 14 Nov 1867 in Alabama. He died on 5 Jan 1960 in Ft Worth, Tarrant Co., TX.

47 F vii. Ada M Keeton was born in 1871 in Arkansas.

48 M viii. Charles D Keeton was born in 1873 in Arkansas.

10. Sarah Ann Matthews (Steven John) was born on 11 Aug 1839 in Lawrence Co., TN. She died on 13 Feb 1905 in Adona, Perry Co., AR.

Sarah married William Henderson Stout son of James Stout and Elizabeth Rackley on 20 Jun 1858 in Pope Co., AR. William was born on 13 May 1838 in Blount Co., AL. He died on 19 Mar 1912 in Adona, Perry Co., AR.

William and Sarah had the following children:

49 M i. William Marcellus Stout was born in 1860 in Pope Co., AR. He died on 3 Apr 1909 in Adona, Perry Co., AR.

50 F ii. Sarah E Stout was born in 1864 in Pope Co., AR.

51 F iii. Mary E Stout was born in 1867 in Pope Co., AR. She died on 25 Feb 1915 in Centrahoma, Coal Co., OK.
Mary married John R Linker in 1891. John was born in 1870.

52 F iv. Margaret I Stout was born in 1869 in Pope Co., AR.

53 M v. Houston Q Stout was born in 1871.

54 M vi. Stephen J Stout was born in 1872.

55 M vii. Osie Q Stout was born in 1873. He died on 22 Feb 1911 in Ada Valley, Conway Co., AR.

56 F viii. Ona I Stout was born in 1874.

57 F ix. Orrie Belle Stout was born in 1876.

58 F x. Jennie B Stout was born in 1878.

59 F xi. McKie Stout was born in 1880.

12. John Wesley Matthews (Steven John) was born in Jun 1842 in Arkansas. He died in 1908 in Pope Co., AR. He was buried in Atkins City Cemetery, Atkins, Pope Co., AR.

John married Margaret Katherine Gray in 1866 in Pope Co., AR. Margaret was born in May 1848 in Arkansas. She died in 1937 in Pope Co., AR. She was buried in Atkins City Cemetery, Atkins, Pope Co., AR.

They had the following children:

60 F i. Mary R Matthews was born in 1867 in Pope Co., AR.

61 M ii. John T Matthews was born in 1868 in Pope Co., AR.

62 F iii. Sallie F Matthews was born in 1870 in Pope Co., AR.

63 M iv. Stephen M Matthews was born on 13 Jul 1872 in Pope Co., AR. He died on 5 Aug 1880 in Pope Co., AR. He was buried in Atkins City Cemetery, Atkins, Pope Co., AR.

64 F v. Georgiana Matthews was born in 1875 in Pope Co., AR.

65 F vi. Maggie Matthews was born in 1877 in Pope Co., AR.

66 F vii. Gertrude E Matthews was born in Aug 1882 in Arkansas.

67 M viii. Cecil A Matthews was born in Nov 1884 in Arkansas.
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2011-03-20 09:25 am

Sunday's Obituary: James Sylvester "Vessie" Voss, 1872-1942

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J S Voss Dies Friday At Home At Mt. Sterling

J S Voss, 70, died Friday at his home in the Mt. Sterling community. He had been in failing health for several years.

He was born February 6, 1872, in the Dike community, the son of the late John Voss. He was married to Miss Callie Bartley.

Survivors include his wife, Mrs. Callie Voss, two sons, Henry Voss, Sulphur Springs, route 1, and Don Voss, in the U S Army at Camp Stewart, Georgia, and one sister, Mrs. Effie Jennings, Saltillo.

Funeral arrangements are incomplete pending word from his son in the Army. Interment will be in the Mt. Sterling Cemetery.


I don't know in which newspaper this obit appeared. (It was one of those neatly clipped ones.)

It's always interesting to me to note the information missing from an obituary. Like Vessie's mother's name. It was Mary J Hodges, and she died when he was 8 months old.

Callie Bartley was Vessie's second wife. He was married first to Maggie Ola Wells, who died in 1907, four months after the birth of their second child, who followed her in death four months later.

Vessie's oldest son with Maggie, Fennis Divan Voss, died 30 Mar 1933, and is buried in the same cemetery as his father.

I found this clipping in a box of documents my dad gave me to bring home and scan. Without it, I'd never have known the connection between our Ashmores from Tennessee and the Voss family of Texas.

James Sylvester "Vessie" Voss was the grandson of Jasinda Ashmore, my third great grand-aunt.
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2011-01-31 11:01 am
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An Ashmore cousin came to call...

Via email.

I love it when that happens.

She and I are related through Joshua Bloomer Ashmore.

So I'm putting the information about Joshua Senior, and all the begats for the next generation following here...


First Generation

1. Joshua Bloomer Ashmore Sr was born in 1760 in Maryland. He died on 8 Jul 1846 in Pope Co., AR.

Joshua married Mary Henderson in 1797 in Lawrence Co, Tennessee. Mary was born about 1780 in North Carolina. She died about 1850.

They had the following children:

+ 2 M i. Andrew Sawyer Ashmore was born in 1798. He died on 13 Oct 1853.

+ 3 M ii. Joshua Bloomer Ashmore Jr was born on 25 Jul 1799. He died on 10 Oct 1862.

+ 4 M iii. Robert (Ellet) Doke Ashmore was born on 5 Jul 1800. He died on 27 Oct 1862.

+ 5 F iv. Cynthia Ann Ashmore was born on 16 Jun 1806. She died in 1881.

+ 6 F v. Athalinda Ashmore was born about 1808.

7 M vi. John Calvin Ashmore was born in 1810 in Lawrence Co., TN.
John married (1) Polly Rea (Ray) on 13 Mar 1824 in Lawrence Co., TN. Polly died before Mar 1827 in Lawrence Co., TN.
John married (2) Letty Rea (Ray) on 26 Mar 1827 in Lawrence Co., TN.

+ 8 F vii. Jasinda Ashmore was born in 1811. She died in 1870.

+ 9 F viii. Lucinda Ashmore was born in 1814.

The second generation gets really heavy with Burrises...
Click here to read more... )
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2011-01-15 02:25 pm

I found a new cousin this week...

One of the shining lights in an otherwise fairly miserable week...one of my cats suddenly and unexpectedly left us. The animals with whom I live are my family, too.


She emailed me because she found her great grandmother in my family tree - Hattie Irene Keeton.

I don't think she and I are related by blood. My Burrises and Ashmores married Keetons - the older half-siblings of her great grandmother.

But still...definitely a genealogy cousin.

Another partner in crime, as it were...


So ya know what I'm doing, don't you?

I'm looking for all the Keetons...

I'll tell you what I turn up.
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2011-01-03 05:56 pm

Tombstone Tuesday: Infant Burris

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This was the first grave in Old Baptist Cemetery in Center Valley, Pope Co., AR.

It's the grave of the first infant of James Littleton Burris and Elizabeth Adeline Ashmore.

The baby was stillborn in 1841, about a year after they married, and about two and a half years after they arrived in Pope County from Lawrence Co., TN.
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2010-12-27 06:24 pm

Another brick in the wall...

We talk about brick walls. All of us.

But the more I think about it, my family tree is more like a lacy willow with the occasional errant limb that just kind of sticks out.

I can see behind many of the spaces. But not all of them.

The ones I can't see behind are bricks in the wall - solid and seemingly immovable.

I haven't really counted, but I think we are running about even on the genders of the bricks.


One of those bricks is Elizabeth McCarley. She was my 3X grandmother.

Maybe I'm grasping at straws, but what follows is my theory about the possibility of Elizabeth's parentage and siblings.

I've always known there must have been a familial connection between Elizabeth and Moses McCarley. They both died in Pope Co., AR, and both are buried in the small (and now abandoned) McCarley Family Cemetery, not far from where my father lives in Pope Co., AR. I've often thought they must be siblings.

According to census records, Moses was born in 1792 in South Carolina. Elizabeth was born in 1799 in Tennessee. She came with her husband, Andrew Sawyer Ashmore, to Pope Co. from Lawrence Co., TN in 1838. A large, ox drawn wagon party of quite a few families made the trip. Elizabeth and Andrew's daughter, Elizabeth Adeline Ashmore was my g-g-grandmother, and married her husband, James Littleton Burris in November 1840 in Pope Co., after all families had settled. She was 17 years old.

Moses and his wife, Elizabeth P Griffin, also made that journey. They added three daughters to their family in Pope County - Mary, Martha and Minerva - before Elizabeth Griffin McCarley died in 1847. She is also buried in the McCarley Family Cemetery.

There are family trees that document Moses as the son of Samuel and Ally McCarley. They give the date of Samuel's birth as 1775 in Georgia and say that his date of death was 6 Jun 1838 in Harris County, TX. Some of those trees also show a younger brother for Moses, John, born 1797 in South Carolina, and died 1850 in Tennessee.

However, there are other family trees for Samuel McCarley b 1775 in Georgia, (and plenty of message board posts) that say he had one wife, with whom he had 11 children. Further, there is documentation that Samuel McCarley and his wife, Celia Franks (date of marriage ranges from 1818 to 1823) were pioneer settlers of Austin TX.

However, it seems to me that given the period of time, it was unusual to see a man marry for the first time at the age of 43, the youngest age that Samuel McCarley could have been if his marriage to Celia Franks was his first.

So it seems at least possible to me that Samuel McCarley, b 1775 in GA and died 1838 in TX, had a first wife. She may have been the "Ally" I keep finding in other family trees. Given the apparent familial connection between Moses and Elizabeth, I'm putting forth the hypothesis that Samuel and Ally McCarley were the parents of (at least) Moses b 1792, John b 1797 and Elizabeth born 1799. After Ally's death, Samuel remarried to Celia Franks and had 11 children with her.

Moses and Elizabeth "went west" to Pope Co., AR with their families in a large wagon party in 1838, and brother John stayed behind in Tennessee.

If anyone has constructive thoughts, I welcome them.

I am happy to look at any documentation - Tennessee census and land records were deliberately burned in the War of 1812, so the earliest you can get at all on Tennessee of that sort of record begins in 1818 (registered voters)...I've been hunting for documentation of the Moses/Elizabeth connection since 2003.
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2010-12-10 06:24 pm

Happy birthday, sis!

Monday, 11 Dec 1961...

That's the day my younger sister was born.

I was told that - at first - I was quite excited to be a "big sister."

But the new wore off, and when she was a few weeks old, I asked if we could take her back to the hospital.

Sis shares the same birthday with the following people in our family tree:
Frances Adelaide "Fanny" Ashmore - 1879
Charlie W Baker - 1882
Elizabeth Buck - 1868
Seth Chapin - 1733
Gilbert J Duelmer - 1932
Homer M Francis - 1896
Hans Devauld Funderburk - 1724
Charleen Herrington - 1946
Lena Belle Hobbs - 1880
Harriet Pauline Lee - 1848
Abner Meek - 1795
Leona V Potillo - 1910

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My sis and me, Arkansas Democrat, 22 Dec 1963


I'm glad they didn't take you back, sissy.

Have a great birthday!
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2010-12-09 06:13 pm

Bits and Pieces: Russellville [AR] Courier Democrat, 11 Nov 1897

John S Bowden has moved near Mountain View, at which place he will teach the winter term of school.

The Center Valley school opened Monday with Prof W S Grimstead as teacher. This is the Prof's third term there, and a successful term is assured for he always gives satisfaction.

Ashmore & Loyd, our enterprising merchants, have by courteous and honest dealings built up a good trade here.

Card of Thanks
To the undersigned persons and others whose names we have not we extend our thanks for assistance given us after the loss by fire of our home near Caglesville:
Russellville: R L Lawrence, R B Hogins, S A Henry, R B Wilson, D B Richardson, Lawrence Russell, M H Baird, Twiggs Brown, Chas Henry, Tate & Peeler, W M Hillis, John Quinn and Rans Shinn.
Dover: Jas A Webb, Ruff & Truett, W H Poynter, J R Neal, J I Simpson, John Hatley, Chas Talkington and Willis Berry.
Moreland: F M Hudson and Son.
Hector: Jas Baily and Ellis & Simpson.
Appleton: J B Turnbow, J B Cawhorn, J J Richardson, George Rankin and J W Stokes.
Cagelsville: Rufus Yow, W H Hampton, R F Rainey, J B Kyle, G W Garrigus, B F Garrigus, J E Garrigus and J R Pullen.
Atkins: R C Horton, Reynolds & Bro., Will Lemley, H Bledsoe, F P Henry and Wilson & Brooks.
The above please accept our heartfelt thanks.
J K Biffle and Family
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2010-11-28 09:16 am

McCarley Family Cemetery, Pope Co., AR

Last spring, my dad called me and said there was going to be a tour of the old McCarley family cemetery on Saturday, March 27. The cemetery is abandoned now - I think the last grave dug in there was before 1900. The first one I know of was in 1847, when Moses McCarley's wife, Elizabeth P Griffin, died. As the crow flies, the cemetery is less than 3 miles from Dad's house.

There are at least 50 (mostly unmarked) graves. Some of our ancestors who came to Arkansas from Lawrence County, TN in 1838 are buried there, including my g-g-g-grandfather. I've been bugging Dad for years to tell me how to get down there, but it would have meant getting mixed up in a family feud.

The land where the cemetery is located now belongs to a third cousin-in-law of mine, and he has most of it fenced. We have a healthy respect for the symbolism of fences in the south, and honorable people ask if they can cross to the other side.

In my cousin-in-law's case, that means asking to open (and close behind you) a lot of gates.

And then, there was that matter of the feud...they are serious stuff down here.  )

Because they have stories. And we are the story-tellers.
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2010-11-11 06:24 am

Honoring veterans in the family tree...

And there are many more, I am sure, than the ones I have listed here.






World War II

Burris, George Washington
Son of William Homer and Willie Barbara (Dozier) Burris
22 Feb 1919-4 Feb 1993, buried Woodson Cemetery, Woodson, Pulaski Co., AR

Burris, Homer Earl
Son of William Homer and Willie Barbara (Dozier) Burris
Born 1926

Burris, Neal
Son of Thomas Frank and Winifred (Brashear) Burris
Born 1928

Burris, Richard L
Son of Carroll Monroe and Nancy Alice (Richards) Burris
Born 1907, date of death and burial unknown

Burris, William Remmel
Son of William Carrol Grant and Fannie F (Duvall) Burris
1901-1979, buried St Joe Cemetery, Pope Co., AR

Callaway, Otha M
Son of Herbert R and Bessie Jane (Knight) Callaway
16 Oct 1926- 23 Sep 1978, burial unknown

Callaway, Wallis Mouzon
Son of Robert Wallis and Cora R Callaway
2 Dec 1921-27 Jun 1986, buried Jones Cemetery, Clark Co., AR

Lensing, Edward Eugene
Son of Henry and Ida (Engel) Lensing
1 Sep 1921-1 Dec 2006, buried at Saint Peter and Saint Paul Cemetery, Morrison Bluff, Logan Co., AR

Lensing, Leo A
Son of Caspar and Anna C (Heim) Lensing
20 Nov 1921-6 Nov 1989, burial unknown

Lensing, Thomas Andrew, Sr.
US Navy
Son of Caspar and Anna C (Heim) Lensing
6 Mar 1928-19 Aug 2010, burial deferred

Pettit, Paul
son of George Washington and Berma Frances (Coffman) Pettit
US Army, Bronze Star, Purple Heart
23 Jun 1914-23 Dec 1964, buried St Joe Cemetery, Pope Co., AR

Pettit, Garnett
son of George Washington and Berma Frances (Coffman) Pettit
20 Jan 1920-Mar 1987, burial unknown

Rutherford, Horace H, Jr.
son of Horace H (Sr) and Maybelle (Gillham) Rutherford
Born 1928

Civil War

At the beginning of 1861, the population of Arkansas, like several states of the Upper South, was not keen to secede on average, but it was also opposed to Federal coercion of seceding states. This was shown by the results of state convention referendum in February 1861. The referendum passed, but the majority of the delegates elected were conditional unionist in sympathy, rather than outright secessionist. This changed after the Confederacy attacked Fort Sumter in South Carolina, and Abraham Lincoln called for troops to put down the rebellion. The move toward open war shifted public opinion into the secessionist camp, and Arkansas declared its secession from the Union on May 6, 1861. Despite its relative lack of strategic importance, the state was the scene of numerous small-scale battles during the Civil War. (Source: Wikipedia)

The push-pull of divided loyalties was illustrated within our own family. The families of Robert Ellet Doke and Elizabeth Hamilton (Strickland) Ashmore, and John and Cynthia Ann (Ashmore) Burris both had sons fighting on opposite sides during the Civil War.

Ashmore, Henry W
CSA - Thrall's Battery, Arkansas Light Artillery
son of Andrew Sawyer and Elizabeth (McCarley) Ashmore
Born 1838, date of death and burial unknown

Ashmore, Joshua Bloomer, Jr.
CSA - 27 Mississippi Infantry
Son of Joshua Bloomer (Sr) and Mary (Henderson) Ashmore
25 Jul 1799-10 Oct 1862, burial unknown

Ashmore, Joshua C
CSA - 23rd Tennessee Infantry (Martin's), Cos. A and B
Son of Joshua Bloomer (Jr) and Martha Sarah (Henderson) Ashmore
1836-1877, burial unknown

Ashmore, Robert Doke
CSA - 35th Arkansas Infantry, Co I
Enl 20 Jun 1862 at Dover, AR. AWOL 8 Jan 1863.
Deserted to the enemy 10 Sep 1863. Ht 5' 7", eyes blue, hair lt, complx lt, farmer, age 20, born in AR.
USA - 4th Regiment, Arkansas Cavalry, Co. H
Son of Robert Ellet Doke and Elizabeth Hamilton (Strickland) Ashmore
27 Apr 1843-13 Oct 1921, buried at Old Baptist Cemetery, Center Valley, Pope Co., AR

Ashmore, Samuel Robert
CSA - 35th Regiment, Arkansas Infantry, Co. I
Enl 20 Jun 1862 at Dover, AR. Died 28 Jan 1863. Ht 5' 10", eyes blue, hair lt, complx lt, farmer, age 31, born in TN.
Son of Robert Ellet Doke and Elizabeth Hamilton (Strickland) Ashmore
27 Nov 1831-28 Jan 1863, burial unknown

Ashmore, Stephen Robert
USA - 4th Arkansas Cavalry, Co. H
Son of James Joshua and Ardena Mahala (Matthews) Ashmore
1842-1900, buried Old Baptist Cemetery, Center Valley, Pope Co., AR

Ashmore, William James
CSA - 17th Regiment, Arkansas Infantry (Lemoyne's), Co. E
Son of Joshua Bloomer (Jr) and Martha Sarah (Henderson) Ashmore
Born 1838, date of death and burial unknown

Balding, James Henry
CSA - musician, 15 (Josey's) Arkansas Infantry
Son of Henry and Hanna (Morrell) Balding
11 Jul 1841-21 May 1917, buried at Little Rock National Cemetery, Little Rock, Pulaski Co., AR

Brannon, James L
USA - 1st Arkansas Cavalry Regiment, Co L
Son of John and Nancy (Webb) Brannon
26 Jun 1835-23 Sep 1902, buried at Coffelt Cemetery, Mason Valley, Benton Co., AR

Burris, Franklin Buchanan
CSA - 35th Arkansas Inf, Co. H
Enl 20 Jun 1862 at Dover, AR. Died in hospital on White River, AR 28 Oct 1862.
Ht 5' 5", eyes blue, hair lt, complx fair, farmer, age 21, born in Pope Co, AR.
Son of John and Cynthia Ann (Ashmore) Burris
1840-28 Oct 1862, burial unknown

Burris, John Crockett
CSA - 35th Arkansas Infantry, Co I
Enl 20 Jun 1862 at Dover, AR. Deserted 24 Aug 1863.
Ht 5' 7", eyes gray, hair drk, complx lt, farmer, age 25, born in TN.
Son of John and Cynthia Ann (Ashmore) Burris
4 Apr 1837-10 Jun 1880, buried Ford Cemetery, Appleton, Pope Co., AR

Burris, William James
USA - 3rd Arkansas Cavalry, Co. A
Died of typhoid 1 Aug 1864 at Lewisburg, AR.
Son of John and Cynthia Ann (Ashmore) Burris
1832-1 Aug 1864, buried at Little Rock National Cemetery, Little Rock, Pulaski Co., AR

Callaway, Francis Marian
CSA - 9th Arkansas Infantry, Co. E
Enlisted at Pine Bluff, Arkansas, 27 Jul 1861; wounded in action at Shiloh, Tennessee, 6 Apr 1862; discharged on surgeon’s certificate of disability, 7 Feb 1863; age 28.
Son of Lawrence and Sarah L (Eaves) Callaway
28 Feb 1834-7 Dec 1906, buried at Springer Cemetery, Springer, Carter Co., OK

Callaway, James Mattison
CSA - 9th Arkansas Infantry, Co. G
Enlisted at Pine Bluff, Arkansas, 27 Jul 1861; wounded in action at Jonesboro, Georgia, 31 Aug 1864, and sent to hospital at Burnsville, Georgia; admitted to hospital at Macon, Georgia, 9 Nov 1864.
Son of John S T and Amy (Stamps) Callaway
1829- Apr 1880, burial unknown

Callaway, James Wiley
CSA - Wiggins' Battery, Arkansas Light Artillery
Son of Abraham Aaron and Tabitha (Wooten) Callaway
5 Jun 1834-5 Jul 1909, buried at Grandview Cemetery, Montrose, Montrose Co., CO

Callaway, John S T, Jr.
CSA - 1st Arkansas Infantry, Co B
Enlisted at Little Rock, Arkansas, 8 May 1861; discharged for disability at Lynchburg, Virginia, 29 May 1861
Son of John S T and Amy (Stamps) Callaway
1802-Aug 1862, burial unknown

Callaway, Jonathan Wilson
CSA - McIntosh's Regiment, Co E
A note from Goodspeed says, "His final surrender was made with the Confederate forces, at Shreveport, at the close of the war, in May, 1865, following which he walked the whole distance back to Arkadelphia."
Son of Jonathan Owsley and Emily (Hemphill) Callaway
27 Jan 1834-1894, buried Oakland Cemetery, Little Rock, Pulaski Co., AR

Callaway, Levi A
CSA - 9th Arkansas Infantry, Co. E
Enlisted at Pine Bluff, Arkansas, 27 Jul 1861; died in Southern Mothers Hospital at Memphis, Tennessee, 26 Oct 1861 of enteritis
Son of Lawrence and Sarah L (Eaves) Callaway
1839-26 Oct 1861, buried at Elmwood Cemetery, Memphis, Shelby Co., TN

Callaway, Nathaniel C
CSA - 23 Arkansas Infantry, Co. H
Enl 6 Mar 1862 at Arkadelphia, AR by A.A.Pennington.
Died of typhoid fever at Memphis, TN 7 May 1862.
Son of John S T and Amy (Stamps) Callaway
10 Aug 1819-7 May 1862, buried at Elmwood Cemetery, Memphis, Shelby Co., TN

Callaway, Peter T
CSA - Clark Co Artillery, (Wiggins Battery) Second Arkansas Light Artillery
Born 1840, date of death and burial unknown
Son of John S T (Jr) and Elizabeth (James) Callaway
As a side note, he was the only heir listed in his father's estate, and note was made in the probate record of 5 Feb 1863 that he was "now in the service of the Confederate States."

Callaway, Samuel Davis
8th Arkansas Infantry Battalion, Co. A
Was a prisoner of War on Johnson's Island OH, documented in a newspaper ad placed by Ben S Duncan, dated 18 Sep 1864.
Son of Jonathan Owsley and Emily (Hemphill) Callaway
10 Dec 1830-1 Jan 1907, buried South Fork Cemetery, Clark Co., AR

Callaway, William H "Big Bill"
CSA - 2nd Regiment, Arkansas Mounted Rifles, Co. F
Son of Jonathan Owsley and Emily (Hemphill) Callaway
Born 1826, death date and burial unknown

Kolb, John Ervin
CSA - 24th, 41st, and 43rd Mississippi Infantry
Son of John Milton and Isabella (Ellis) Kolb
29 Oct 1841-19 Jun 1898, buried at Nimrod Cemetery, Perry Co., AR

Little Rock National Cemetery
Field of "Unknown US Soldiers" at Little Rock National Cemetery


*Details of injuries and deaths of Arkansas Civil War veterans was obtained from this exceptional website.
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Bits and Pieces: Marriage records

I will update this entry from time to time as I run across all the marriage indices I've collected over the years from various Arkansas counties. The letter and number combination at the end of each record is the marriage book volume and page number.

Click for long list of counties and names... )