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2011-12-27 08:34 am

Tombstone Tuesday: Amanda (Bledsoe) Cash 1806-1863

I don't know much about her. She and her husband, James Cash, came from North Carolina to Mississippi, and landed in Clark County just a few short years before they died.

Both of their graves were marked with rocks in the cemetery across the road from DeGray Baptist Church in Clark County.

Someone later added some lettering to this carved marker.


Amanda Cash was the mother of at least 9 children.
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2011-07-10 10:44 am

Random musings...

I got a contact about my post on the very old Freeman place from a descendant of William Aflred Freeman.

She was excited to see the photos, which I invited her to copy for her own use. And she also gave me some more information about Freeman descendants.

Which I have dutifully researched and added to my GEDCOM.

We aren't cousins, but I keep up with the ones who married into my family anyway.

Because you just never can tell when someone might need some information.
I've spent some time this morning working on another family tree I manage for a dear friend.

Right now, I'm messing with Joseph Wesley Roach, born 16 Dec 1884 in Missouri and died 4 Jan 1978 in Randolph Co., AR.

My friend's mother is a Randolph County Roach. I know Joseph Wesley figures into her line of Roaches somehow - there were quite a few who stopped off in Missouri on their way south from Illinois to Randolph County. He named his sons some of the favored male Roach names - Jesse, James, Arthur.

I just can't find his parents.

I'd love to be graving.

But it is just too fricking hot.

Every day, I get my Weather Channel text advising of dangerous heat indices. Not that I need the official notice.

We have reached that time in Arkansas summer where you can step outside your front door and feel that the air has mass from the combination of temperature and humidity. The cottage has not received any measurable rainfall since June 28.

I've been looking back at the family photos I have of ancestral homeplaces. Thinking about how it was that they tried to beat the heat of Arkansas summers before the days of air conditioning.

Like the Williams' home in Russellville.

Or the Herrington homeplace in Clark County.



In the two photos above, you can see 1) the shed behind the house, and 2) part of the covered front porch of the house.

The Williams home also had covered porches.

Did they sleep on them in the summertime?

More things that make me say, hmmmm...
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2011-06-26 04:58 pm

Callaway-Holder annual reunion

In the air conditioned arts and crafts building at the Clark County Fairgrounds.

There was plenty to eat.

I understand the head count was 51.

I met some folks I hadn't seen last year, and one of them brought the neatest display, with several photos I did not have.


Clell descends from my 3rd great-granddaddy, Nathaniel, through his youngest son, Thomas Nathaniel.

Thomas N Callaway, 1858-1934

Clell and his wife, Troy, went to Elmwood to photograph Nathaniel and Levi's newly marked graves in March.

If you look closely at Clell's display above, you'll see him posing by Nathaniel's grave in the red sweatshirt.

He found the staff at Elmwood to be just as lovely as (our cousin) Joe and I did when we had the stones set in February.
I was able to share copies of some Civil War service records, marriage records, and land records of John and Amy Stamps Callaway's considerable holdings in Louisiana Territory (now parts of Francois and Bollinger counties in Missouri) with my Callaway kin.

One of our Holder cousins had unearthed a very lengthy 1915 article about John Callaway's move to Arkansas, and it had a huge section in it about our kinship to Daniel Boone.


Apparently, that fable has been reported in Callaway family history for at least a century.

Maybe we'll finally debunk it for good by the end of the second century.
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2011-05-15 08:41 pm

Getting ready for the reunion...

The Callaway-Holder annual reunion is next month.

A couple of months ago I sent an email to the reunion organizer, proposing that I bring my electronics and a bunch of blank CDs to make sharing information easier.

At the time, I got a rather cool response.

Apparently, someone's warming to the idea.

I got a recent email asking if I was still willing to do that.

Of course I am.

I like sharing.
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2011-05-15 09:24 am

Sunday's Obituary: Sarah A (Williams) Callaway - 1859-1929

An Old Citizen of Hollywood Dies

On Tuesday, April 9 God in His infinite wisdom removed from our midst our friend and neighbor, Mrs. Sarah A. Callaway, who resided on a farm near Hollywood.

Mrs. Callaway merited the esteem and confidence of all who knew her and whereas we desire to give some feeble expression to the feelings that stir within us.

Mrs. Callaway was born in Hot Spring county, December 25th, 1860, and later moved to Clark county where she was married to John Callaway.

To this union was born four daughters and a son. Surviving are three daughters, Mrs. Marion Francis of Mena, Miss Maude Callaway who lived with her mother, Mrs. Homer Francis of Amity, and a son, Johnnie Callaway of the Mt. Olive Community.

In addition to the immediate family, she is survived by two granddaughters, a niece and several cousins.

Mrs. Callaway had been a member of the Missionary Baptist church from early girlhood, having joined the Mt. Olive Baptist church soon after it was organized.

At the age of 32 she was left a widow with four small children, the youngest being only four weeks old.

Those days, with the care and support of her little ones, were perhaps her darkest days. Mrs. Callaway labored early and late. She knew no defeat. There were times when crop failures were evident, either from overflows or from insects, many gloomy days hovering over the Callaway home, but she never gave up. She fought her battle bravely, serenely and came out victorious every year.

Her love of out-door life was evidenced by the work she performed on her farm. All of her work was performed with an inspiring quality of faith, charity and intelligence. She made an effort to view life and its conditions from the brightest angle and she was able to live comfortably in her declining years.

Mrs. Callaway was a kind hearted, clean souled woman, whose sturdy womanhood made her the example of all who in their hearts love the thing that is right.

As a neighbor she was agreeable. As a friend she possessed love to mankind and a desire to promote their prosperity and happiness. As a Christian, she remained true to her plighted faith, duty and love for her Master. As a mother she was patient, kind and devoted.

To the bereaved ones whose hearts are burdened with grief which no tongue can tell we wish to say:
"When with our loved one we're parted,
Never to meet here again,
Anguished of soul broken hearted,
Seems that we can't bear the pain,
Till we remember that Jesus
Promised us life over there,
Death is the door to release us
From earthly sorrow and care."

A friend.

Originally published in the Southern Standard, 11 Apr 1929

Note: I believe the obit is in error on the year of her birth. In the 1860 census for Greenville Twp, Clark Co., AR, she was shown as a six month old child. The census was recorded on 28 Jun 1860.
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2011-04-24 04:16 pm

It's been one of *those* weeks at work...

So I took a little R&R time on Friday evening and Saturday.

Today, I started working on my Wingfields again.

They were a prolific bunch - they must have taken that go forth, be fruitful and multiply thing to heart.

Once they came to Clark County, AR around 1820 from points east such as Warren Co., KY and Surry Co., NC, they began multiplying in earnest.

Poor old Franklin Logan Wingfield.

I know he's related, I just can't figure out who his daddy is.

Frank was born in Clark County in 1859. On 22 Jun 1882, he married Mary Smith there.

A lot of Wingfield researchers favor Jacob Wingfield, born 1787 in Surry Co., NC as Frank's daddy, with wife number 3 being his mom.

Jacob died in 1877 in Dobyville, Clark Co., AR.

So he could have been Frank's daddy.

But I don't think Rhoda Waldron could have been his momma.

Rhoda was born in 1796 in South Carolina, and somehow, it just feels like a real stretch that a 63 year old woman would be having a baby. It must have felt like the same stretch to one researcher, so he just plopped Frank over on the second mother.

Who died before 1839, when Rhoda and Jacob got married in Clark County.

In any event, I can't find Jacob and Rhoda in the 1870 census.

I can't find Frank in the 1870 census, either.

So for now, he stays "unlinked" to my other Wingfields.

But I know he's related.

Somewhere around 1825, the Wingfields started marrying the Hasleys, who were from Tennessee.

And then a whole bunch of the Wingfield/Hasley clan headed to Bell County, TX by way of Natchitoches Parish, LA, with a few of the Hasleys staying in Louisiana. They started traveling between the 1840 and 1850 census.

That kind of travel always makes me wonder - what was there in Texas that there wasn't in Arkansas?

So now, I am haunting the Wingfield/Hasley surname message boards.
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2011-04-19 10:20 am

Tombstone Tuesday: Carrie Elizabeth Golden

A long life...hoping it was a happy one also.

Carrie Elizabeth Golden, 27 Apr 1897-5 May 1988
Alpine Cemetery, Clark Co., AR
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2011-04-17 09:15 am

Sunday's Obituary: Emily Ann (Wright) Bethea, 1855-1929

Mrs. C. P. Bethea

News of the death of Mrs. C. P. Bethea, which occurred in this city Friday night about 11 o'clock, brought sadness to the hearts of her many friends. She had been in bad health for some time, but had only been confined to her bed for the past few weeks.

The deceased was born September 11, 1855, in Saline county, near Benton. She was the daughter of Alfred and Eliza Nelson Wright, who moved to Clark county in 1859, settling in the Palestine community, 11 miles west of Arkadelphia.

At the age of 15 years, she joined the Cumberland Presbyterian Church and lived a consistent Christian.

On January 16, 1875, she was married to Clarence J. Bethea, to which union ten children were born. About 10 years ago the family moved to Arkadelphia.

Mrs. Bethea is survived by one daughter, Mrs. W. E. Robey of Little Rock, and two sons, Jim of Graysonia, and Rob of this city, and 17 grandchildren, three brothers, John Wright of Little Rock, Charlie Wright of Hot Springs and Jeff Wright of Palestine, and one sister, Mrs. Nick McSwain of this city.

The funeral services were conducted Saturday afternoon at 3 o'clcock by Dr. J. I. Cannon, pastor of the First Methodist Church, and the body was laid to rest in Rose Hill cemetery.
(Source: The Southern Standard, 11 Apr 1929.)

I am not related to Emily Bethea. She is part of the extended Bethea family, members of which married into my Callaways and McBrayers.

Emily was the mother-in-law of my grand-aunt, Maude McBrayer.
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2011-04-05 06:25 pm

Wedding Wednesday: Thomas Callaway and Isibelle Holder


Thomas' older brother, A M Callaway, was my g-g-grandfather, Allen Mason "Mace" Callaway, and gave permission for the marriage, as well as serving as bondsman for his little brother. As the nearest living relative of the said Thomas Callaway I hereby consent to the marriage of the above parties.


Perhaps other family members felt Thomas and Isibelle were too young to marry. They were both barely 18 years old.

The marriage took place on 17 Dec 1876, and Thomas and Isibelle were married for 24 years, until her death on 6 Oct 1900. They had 13 children, and many of their descendants still live in Clark County, AR.
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2011-04-01 05:39 pm

Friend of Friends Friday: John Callaway, 1775-1834

I found copies of the letters of administration and a better copy of the order of the Clark County Probate Court at the Arkansas History Commission. (John Callaway was my 4th great-grandfather.)

The documents below are recorded at pages 36, 37, 160, 172 and 173 of Probate Book A of the Territory of Arkansas.

Where something is illegible, I'll use question marks. I've retained the same spelling as in the original documents.

Click on the images to make them appear larger.


Page 36

United States of America.)Clark County
Territory of Arkansas.......) Court in Vacation
County of Clark.............) January 6th AD 1835

To all whom these presents shall come greeting
Whereas John Callaway as It is said hath late died
intestate having whilst living and at the time of
his Death goods and Chattels rights and credits
within said Territory wherefore by the laws of this
Territory the granting administration, and also
the auditing and finally Settling the accounts of
the administration of the estate of the said John
Callaway unto us doth appertain, Wherefore
there is hereby granted unto Amy Callaway
widow and relict of the said John Callaway deceased
and John S T Callaway ample and complete
power to take into their charge and possession by
proper and legal means all and singular the
goods and Chattels rights and credits which did
appertain unto the said John Callaway deceased
at the time of his death and the law directs and
the same to dispose of according to Law and to
make Settlement of the administration at the


Page 37
times and in the manner prescribed by law.
In testimony where of I have hereunto set
my hand as Clerk and affixed the Seal
of Office this 6th day of January AD 1835
and of the Independence of the United
States of America the 59th

Isaac Ward Clerk

Territory of Arkansas..)
.......................) SS
County of Clark........)

I Isaac Ward Clerk of the County court
of the County aforesaid and ex officio recorder
therefor do hereby Certify that the foregoing
letters of administration granted Amy Callaway
and John S T Callaway, on the estate of John
Callaway deceased was this day by me Recorded
in my office before the same was delivered to
the said aministrators - Witness my hand
as Clerk aforesaid this 6th day of January 1835

Isaac Ward Clerk &
Ex officio recorder


Page 160
Territory of Arkansas; County of Clark
Clark County Court in vacation
January 6th AD 1835

This day came Amy Callaway and John S
T Callaway in their own proper persons
to my office and on their motion letters of
Administration is granted them on the estate
of John Callaway deceased upon their
entering into Bond with two or more good and suff-
icient securities conditioned as the Law directs
in the ?? sum of eight thousand dollars
which was done accordingly & thereupon took
the Oath prescribed by law as administrators
of the estate of John Callaway deceased, and on
motion of John S T Callaway, administrator
as aforesaid I do hereby appoint David Mobley
Archibald Huddleston and Adam Stroud
appraisers to appraise the slaves and other
personal estate of the said John Callaway
deceased & such part thereof as may be pro-
duced to them by the said administrators.

Isaac Ward Clk


Page 172
Appraised Bill of Property of the estate of
John Callaway Deceased, CO Adam Stroud
Archibald Huddleston and David Mobley appraisers
of the estate of John Callaway Deceased do appraise
the property as follows to Viz

1 negro woman named Lal............350.00
1 negro Boy Tim....................500.00
1 named Bill.......................400.00
1 Girl named Minnie................300.00
1 Boy named Morel..................300.00
1 Do named Harrison................200.00
1 named Bob........................175.00
1 named Ped........................150.00
1 named Buck........................87.50
1 named Rosie & child..............550.00
1 Clock.............................20.00
1 Buro..............................30.00
1 Dining Table.......................4.00
1 Bed and furniture.................20.00
1 Saddle.............................2.00
1 Bed and Bedstead..................15.00
1 Bed and Bedstead..................30.00
1 Cupboard..........................25.00
1 fall leaf table...................10.00
11 chairs............................5.50
1 Rifle gun.........................15.00
1 Bed and Bedstead..................15.00
1 Yoke of oxen......................30.00
7 ?? of Pot Mettle..................13.50
1 Horse Mill.......................125.00
1 Lot of Hogs.......................20.00
1 Bay Mare Jinny....................20.00
1 Mare Mariah.......................30.00
1 Dunn Mare.........................25.00
A Sorrel Horse......................30.00
1 Bay Horse Henry...................15.00
1 Bay Horse Archy...................25.00
1 Dunn Colt.........................15.00
1 Muly Cow and Calf.................80.00


Page 173

2 Cows and Calfs....................15.00
Amount Brought Over...............3825.50
3 head of young cattle..............10.00
20 head of geese.....................7.50
7 yoke of oxen......................30.00
1 Loom...............................4.00
1 lot of Ploughs.....................7.00
2 Balls..............................1.00
1 ?? of iron.........................5.00
1 ax and hoc.........................2.00
1 hand saw...........................2.00
1 Dima John..........................1.50
2 Horse Collars......................2.00
2 Balls..............................2.00
1 act on ???........................15.00
1 Do on John F??....................21.00
1 note on Green Davis...............13.00
1 Plough.............................4.00

Archibald Huddleston...)
David Mobley...........)Appraisers
A Stroud...............)

Sworn and subscribed to before this 2nd day
of March AD 1835

? H Rutherford

Territory of Arkansas..)
.......................) SS
County of Clark........)

I James I Ward Clerk of the Circuit
Court of said County do hereby certify that the
foregoing Inventory and appraisement of the
Estate of John Callaway deceased are truly and
completely recorded from this original now on file
in my office. Witness my hand as Clerk of aforesaid
This 9th day of May 1835.

Isaac Ward Clerk

A $3,900 personal property valuation in 1835 would be worth $98,000 in 2009. Not exactly chump change.

Of course, it bugs the hell out of me that the bulk of his "personal property" was other human beings.

Trying to keep it in context...
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2011-03-31 06:14 pm

Field trip - Day 1, a mixed bag

Frankly, I was disappointed with the offerings at Ouachita Baptist University's Special Collections Section.

I did, however, make a few interesting discoveries.

A glance through the 1932 Southern Standard on microfilm did not yield an obituary I was looking for, but it did give up some interesting tidbits of local flavor about my Herrington relatives who lived in the tiny Clark County Arkansas community of DeGray.

I had never really considered it before, but what did you do for fun when you were dirt poor and the Great Depression sucked the life out of just about everything?

You went visiting...and it made the newspaper.

Searching through the conference minutes of the DeGray Baptist Church provided no information at all about where or how my g-g-grandfather, Mace Callaway died, or where he might be buried.

I asked for copies of all 17 pages of membership notes in the New Hope Methodist Church file for the years 1860-1869. There appear to be skips due to missing records, but they will be useful to my Williams cousin, Jason, and to a lesser degree, to me.

And while I was waiting for copies to be made, I scanned through the Clark County Historical Association's Journal index, and stumbled across a CSA Cavalry unit that seems to be unreported in the usual places, with alphabetized lists of troops who served.

Even more interesting is that it appears possible that Mace Callaway and David Andrew Williams may have served in that cavalry unit together, as shown on a muster roll covering the time from 31 Oct 1864 through 28 Feb 1865. (I'll transcribe that as a separate entry later.)

Another of the CCHA's journals provides more information about years in which Bob Dunn was mentioned in the minutes of the Red River Baptist Association.

So the CCHA made $45 off me today. I bought the 1991, 1993, and 1998 Journals.

Cousin Joe and I made an appalling discovery at the Clark County Courthouse.

We were looking for the letters of administration in the estate of one of our many greats grandpappies, John Callaway, who died intestate in 1834 in Clark County. Joe knew that John Callaway's estate was enumerated in an attachment to the letters of administration.

The probate clerk was able to provide us with a copy of the 6 Jan 1835 probate court order appointing John's widow, Amy, and his son, John S T, as co-administrators of the estate (they were, by the way, fined by the court in 1842 for failure to file an annual accounting of the estate - oops), but the clerk said we'd have to go to the books to look for the letters of administration.

So all three of us tromped over to the closet where the books are kept. 1840 was as far back as we could find.

So the clerk asked us if we wanted to take a look through the other books in storage.

In the attic.


Books with documents over 175 years old are IN THE ATTIC. With no climate control.

And not just in the attic...they were just dumped in the attic in hodge-podge, helter skelter fashion...many looking as if they were thrown in there by whomever was assigned the chore of moving them because before they had been IN THE BASEMENT - where they kept getting damp.

Joe and I kept grimacing at each other over the clerk's head as we looked, each of us righting a book here and there.

We did not find the letters of administration of the estate.

I'm hoping that book was rescued by the Arkansas History Commission and filmed.

So I'll be squinting at microfilm there tomorrow.

The journey is good.

And it continues...
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2011-03-08 06:52 pm

Circumstantially speaking...

I think my third cousin, Jason, found Mary Dunn's younger brother.

He worked off the only clues I had about this photo:


I've been told the man with Mary in the undated (and truly weird looking) photo was Bob Dunn, who came to visit her from Texas.

As another blogger commented in the original entry, they look as if they posed in front of a bedsheet.

And then, there's that nail sticking out.

And the look on Mary's face.

She doesn't look terribly pleased to be there.

So Jason started looking for a Bob, or Robert, Dunn.

And he found one in the 1880 census, living three farms away from Mary and her second husband, David Andrew Williams.


So he tracked Robert J Dunn.

And found him living next in Hunt County, TX.
Robert James Dunn was born 3 Dec 1853 in Georgia. Like Mary.

He died 15 Dec 1926 in Hunt County, TX.

Jason and I cannot find his death certificate, although we have found death certificates for the same period of reported time, 1890-1976, for several of his at least 25 children by two different wives. (More about that later.)

We also cannot find his parents, or find him as a little kid in census records.

Like Mary.

Unless you count the church record, which Jason found at the Arkansas History Commission.

And which we believe shows Mary (Dunn) Callaway, her brother James Dunn, and sister, Martha Dunn, joining Bethel Union Baptist Church by experience in August 1867. (That would have been right after Mary's marriage to Mace Callaway, whose mother was already a member of Bethel Union, back in 1863, and before Martha Dunn married David Andrew Williams on 27 Jun 1869 in Clark County.)

Robert James Dunn married Sarah A "Sally" Hickman on 10 Jul 1873 in Clark County, AR.

According to census records, draft registrations and death certificates, their first 10 children were born in Clark County, including Ella in December 1892. Mollie and Charlie Benford Dunn were born in Hunt County, TX.

However, the 1900 census in Hunt County said that Sally was the mother of 15 children, 14 of whom were living at the time of the census, so I've not yet found three little kiddos.

When Robert James Dunn turned up in the 1910 census without Sally, I thought I found another daughter, Bettie, and that Sally had died.

Then I remembered Jason's email. Robert had remarried on 18 May 1901 to Bettie Dorella Wofford. There was a congratulatory article in the Commerce Journal:

 photo BobDunnmarriagerecord.jpg

"Parental inteference (sic)?" I looked more closely at the census.

47 year-old Robert Dunn married the 15 1/2 year-old daughter of one of his neighbors. "Prosperous farmer" or not, that couldn't have made them happy.

Especially since the 1910 census reported that Bettie was the mother of 5 children, 4 of whom were living at the time of the census.

And then I found Sally Dunn. Living with her son, William Oliver Dunn, and his wife Annie Anderson, in Mitchell County, TX.

Bob Dunn's third son was older than his new wife.

If Robert James Dunn is the Bob Dunn in the photo above, I have to wonder...

Did his marital hijinks have anything to do with the look on his sister's face?

Circumstantially speaking, I think we got our man.

And as Jason said, maybe together, we'll figure it out one day.

I'm going down to Clark County to nose around - real soon.
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2011-03-05 01:57 pm

One of the nuggets from the Arkansas History Commission...

From the Gurdon Times, dated 24 Feb 1906:

Valentine Party
Mrs. Tom Callaway, in her charming manner, on last Saturday afternoon, from 3 to 5 o'clock, entertained the Kadohadacho Club with a Valentine party.

The weather was propitious and a large number of ladies were present.

The Valentine idea was carried out in the decorations, the house being artistically decorated in red and white hearts in the spirited contest in which all were so interested; also in the score cards, and last but not least in the delicious and dainty refreshments, after which we were served with most refreshing punch.

In the contest Mrs. Fitzgerald won first prize and Mrs. Kress won the booby prize.

The guests lingered and departed reluctantly, enthusiastic over the afternoon's pleasure and hoping Mrs. Callaway would entertain again at an early date.

Comment: The Kadohadacho Club was apparently the fledgling effort in Gurdon by women of the community to establish a library in their town. The Club was named for a local Indian tribe.

I do not know the identity of Mrs. Tom Callaway for sure - I suspect she may have been the former Mattie Estelle Moore, wife of Thomas F Callaway, who was the son of William "Little Bill" Callaway and Emily L Bevil.

But there are a bunch of Tom Callaways in the Clark County family tree around the same age. I eliminated the widowers...