Bradley County, Arkansas Biographies

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H. M. Ederington, planter, Warren, Ark. Of that sturdy and independent class, the farmers of Arkansas none are possessed of more genuine merit and a stronger character than he whose name stands at the head of this sketch, and who is conceded to be an energetic and progressive tiller of the soil. He has risen to more than an ordinary degree of success in his calling, and is imbued with all those qualities of go-aheadativeness which have characterized his ancestors. His birth occurred in Green County, Ky., September 2, 1821, and he is a son of George and Mary (Ederington) Ederington, the father a native of the Old Dominion, and the mother of Kentucky. The paternal grandfather, James Ederington, was a soldier in the Revolution, and died in Kentucky, where he was an early settler. He followed agricultural pursuits as a livelihood, was ninety-two years of age when he received his final summons, and was a very stout, robust man. George Ederington emigrated with his family to Mississippi in 1822, located in Monroe County, and was among the pioneer settlers. Here his death occurred in 1826. The mother died in Bradley County, Ark, about 1879. She was twice married, four children being born to her first union, and only one, H. M., now living. By her second marriage six children were born, three living--two daughters and a son. H. M. Ederington was principally reared in Mississippi, and received a limited education in that State. When eighteen years of age he left home, and began the battle of life for himself. In 1846 he went to the Lone Star State, located at San Antonio, and was engaged in surveying through the wilderness. In October, 1847, he joined in the Mexican War, and served until October, 1848. He then went to California, starting with a party from Fort Smith, and going overland. He was nearly twelve months making the trip, and after arriving at Los Angeles he was engaged in mining until 1853, when he returned to the east by the way of the Isthmus. He landed in Bradley County, Ark., in October, 1853, located on a farm, and has since been engaged in tilling the soil. In 1863 he joined the Confederate army, and served until the surrender. He was captured in Kansas, kept a prisoner at St. Louis, Alton and Rock Island, was confined for five months, and was then sent to Richmond, Va., where he was paroled. He has experienced many hardships, seen a great deal of the world, but all to his credit. He owns 450 acres of land, and has 150 acres under cultivation. He raises considerable stock, and is the owner of some fine horses. He was married in 1885 to Miss Sarah A. Franklin, a native of Arkansas, and the fruits of this union have been four children, three living: Selwyn, Estella (deceased), Ollie and Emma. Mr. Ederington has been justice of the peace, transacting the business incumbent on that office to the satisfaction of all, and is an enterprising citizen. He is a Mexican War pensioner.

John T. Ederington, merchant, Warren, Ark. For a number of years past the city of Warren has been noted far and wide for its excellent mercantile establishments, and particularly that of Mr. Ederington, who is one of the first-class business men of the place. He owes his nativity to Monroe County, Miss., where his birth occurred on October 12, 1837, and is the son of John Ederington, a native of Kentucky. The latter was married in Monroe County, Miss., to Miss Amelia Hudspeth, also a native of Florence, Ala., and in 1850 they moved to Bradley County, Ark., and located at Lanark. There the father entered and bought land, and there received his final summons on November 19, 1876. He was justice of the peace for a number of years. The mother died on January 7, 1885. Their family consisted of nine children: William J., Mrs. E. J. Wall, Mrs. C. E. Childs, John T., Robert C., Mrs. A. C. Wheeler, Mrs. Martha A. Hall, James L. and Samuel C. John T. Ederington was only about twelve years of age when he came to Bradley County, and here he grew to maturity, receiving his education in the common schools. In 1862 he enlisted in Capt. Wheeler's company, and after serving a short time, was taken sick and discharged. Later he joined the Ninth Arkansas Infantry, and served until the surrender. He received a gunshot wound in the left leg at Atlanta on July 28, 1864, and was in the hospital for ninety days. Returning home after the surrender, he resumed agricultural pursuits, and this continued until in January, 1869, when he embarked in the mercantile business. This he has carried on ever since, and was in partnership with Capt. W. H. Wheeler for about fifteen years, disolving in 1884. He also owns considerable real estate, and carries on farming. In his business he has a good stock of goods, and enjoys the esteem and regard of all who have business relations with him. He was married on November 15, 1874, to Miss Sarah H. Belin, and this happy union has been blessed by the birth of seven children, five of whom are now living: Maude, Carrie, Lewis, Anna M., and Mary E. The two deceased were named Paul and Bertha. Mr. Ederington is a member of the Masonic fraternity, and he and wife are members of the Methodist Episcopal Church, South.

James Lafayette Ederington has been familiar with farm life from his earliest youth, having learned the occupation from his father, John Ederington, and since taking up the occupation as a means of livelihood, in Bradley County, has had the reputation of being substantial and progressive. He was born in Monroe County, Miss., March 21, 1847, but in 1850 moved with his father and mother, whose maiden name was Amelia Hudspeth, to Bradley County, Ark., and here was reared to manhood, receiving his education in the common country schools. After remaining with and faithfully assisting his parents until he reached his twenty-first year, he started out to fight the battle of life for himself, and has since been engaged in the occupation of farming, with the exception of the time from 1876 to 1883, when he was engaged in the mercantile business, which enterprise proved rather disastrous. His enterprises in the line of agriculture have met with better results, and his farm now comprises a tract of 300 acres, of which 150 acres are in an excellent state of cultivation and finely improved. Owing to his youth, he did not enlist in the army until 1864, then he became a member of Cabble's brigade, and was on duty until the close of the war. He has always voted the Democratic ticket, is a member of the Baptist Church, and has contributed to public enterprises as far as his means would allow. His marriage with Miss Jerusha K. Reaves was solemnized in 1872, and to them a family of nine children has been born, of whom seven are now living: Lovetta R., John M., William L., Hattie A., Carrie A., Mattie, Mary W., Flora E. and Ruth I.

Robert Charles Ederington resides on his excellent farm of 360 acres near Jersey, Bradley County, Ark., but was born in Monroe County, Miss., on January 26, 1840, being the fifth child born to John and Millie Ederington, who located in Bradley County October 22, 1850, where they continued to make their home until their respective deaths. Robert C. Ederington has been a resident of this county since he was ten years of age, and in his youth acquired a fair knowledge of the "world of books" in the common schools near his home. He was taught the details of farming by his father, and expects to make this his occupation through life, and being a young man of brains, energy and enterprise he promises to become one of the wealthy agriculturists of this region. He has 175 acres of land under the plow, and his crops are always large and of excellent quality. He has been married twice, first to Miss Cordia C. Joyce, who was the eighth child of Henry and Sarah Joyce, and by her became the father of three children, John being the only one of the three now living, and his second union was to Miss Lillis Ann Cox, who is the seventh child of Allen and Lillis Cox, who moved to Bradley County, Ark., from Yalobusha County, Miss., in January, 1848. In time a family of six children gathered around Mr. Ederington's hearthstone: Ellen, Cordia A., Charles, Jennie, Carrie and William W. In November, 1861, Mr. Ederington enlisted in Company D. Ninth Arkansas Infantry, but afterward became a member of the First Cavalry, under Gen. J. F. Fagan in May, 1862, and from that was transferred to the Tiger Battery in July, 1863, being with Gen. Price on his famous Missouri raid. He served with this battery until the close of the war, and although he was in a number of engagements he was never wounded. Some of the principal engagements in which he took part are Cane Hill, Prairie Grove, Fayetteville, Lone Jack, Back Bone Mountain, Wolf Creek, Poison Springs and Mark's Mill. Mr. Ederington is a Democrat, and after being elected to the position of school director in his district, served in that capacity for fourteen years. He and wife are members of the Cumberland Presbyterian Church, and are highly esteemed by all who know them.

James Henry Evans is one of the honest and thrifty tillers of the soil of Bradley County, Ark., and the estate which he is now engaged in cultivating embraces 200 acres, land well adapted to the purposes of general farming, and in his operations he displays those sterling principles which have ever characterized the native Louisianian. Fifty-five acres are under the plow, and are well adapted to raising all the cereals, cotton, grasses, etc. Mr. Evans was born in Claiborne Parish, La., January 5, 1856, and is the second child born to John Evans and wife, who moved to Bradley County, Ark., about the year 1860, and from there to Nevada County, Ark., in November, 1873, where he still resides. James H. Evans was reared principally in Bradley County, and in his youth was given a common school education. He commenced life for himself as a poor boy, and a farmer's boy at that, but owing to his advanced and progressive ideas, coupled with industry and perseverance, he is now in possession of a comfortable competence. In his political views he has always been a Democrat, and supports the men and measures of that party. November 27, 1887, he was united in marriage to Miss Ruth I. Childs, who was born in Bradley County, and by her he has a bright little son, named Jimmie I.

Jonathan M. Ferrell is a substantial farmer of Palestine Township, and resides near Johnsville. Born in Chester County, S.C., December 11, 1849, he is a son of Thomas L. Ferrell, who was also born in that county, his birth occurring in 1823. He died in his native State in 1865, having been a mechanic by trade, which occupation he followed the early portion of his life, his latter years being given to agricultural pursuits. His father, Matthew Ferrell, was also born in the Palmetto State, was a mechanic by trade, and was a soldier in the War of 1812. His death occurred in South Carolina. Thomas L. Ferrell was married there to Miss Nancy Jane Thomas, whose birth occurred about 1830, a daughter of Jonathan and Jane Thomas. In 1870 she, with her family of five sons and four daughters, emigrated to Bradley County, Ark., where she, and four sons and three daughters are now living. Jonathan M. Ferrell, the eldest child, received a very limited education in his native State, being obliged to remain at home and assist his father on the farm. The first year of his residence in Arkansas he worked on a farm for wages, and the next year worked a farm on shares, receiving for his services one-half the profits. His next effort in the way of doing for himself was to purchase 200 acres of land, which he immediately began to cultivate, and by judicious management has now a fine farm comprising 560 acres, with about seventy acres under cultivation. In 1887 he and his brother, William T., erected a steam cotton-gin at a cost of $1,200, and in addition to tilling his farm, he is engaged in ginning cotton for the surrounding planters. Mr. Ferrell is a wide awake citizen, and is interested in the advancement of Christianity and education as well as all other worthy movements, and he and wife are members of the Presbyterian Church, he being now an elder in the same. Politically he is a Democrat. January 25, 1877, he was married to Miss Elizabeth Rowell, who was born March 25, 1856, in Mississippi, but was reared in Drew County, Ark., being a daughter of John and Lucinda (Sweet) Rowell. Their union has been blessed by the birth of three children: Harvey, Luther, and John (who died at the age of seven years).

William Boneparte Fike, farmer and cotton-ginner. It will be seen, from a perusal of this sketch, that Mr. Fike is one of the well respected and honored residents of Bradley County, and although his educational advantages in youth were confined to the common schools, he possesses a vigorous mind and is one of the well-read men of the county. Born in Perry County, Ala., February 29, 1836, he is one of ten children born to the union of Terryll Fike and Elizabeth Gordon, whose marriage was consummated about the year 1833. They removed to Union County, Ark., in 1844, and here the father's death occurred in 1872, at the age of sixty-four years. William B. Fike was the second of their family and in early youth learned the occupation of farming from his father, learning also lessons of industry and habits of economy, which have since been of great benefit to him. In 1881 he settled on a farm in Clay Township, Bradley County, and here has an excellent farm of 300 acres, 160 being in a desirable state of cultivation, and on which is erected good buildings of all kinds and a fine steam cotton gin, the latter brings him in a handsome annual income. In 1862 he enlisted in Company A. Nineteenth Arkansas Infantry, as second lieutenant, and filled this position with credit until the close of the war, participating in the following engagements: first battle of Farmington, second battle of Iuka, Corinth, Hatchie Bridge, Champion Hill, being wounded in the knee in the last named engagement, which laid him up for two months. After recovering he took part in the siege of Vicksburg, but was here captured and afterward exchanged. His command was reorganized in Arkansas, and he was in the engagements at Jenkins' Ferry and Saline River, which were the last important engagements in which he took part. Mr. Fike is a stanch Democrat in politics, and for four years has held the office of magistrate, and has been school director four terms. In 1865 he married Miss Martha A. Stephens, a native of Union County, Ark., and by her has had a family of three sons: William T. (who graduated from a college at Bowling Green, Ky., and is at present a bookkeeper for a leading business house in Little Rock, Ark.), Theodore E. (who is the principal salesman in an extensive general store in Little Rock), and Robert P.

Dr. C. C. Gannaway, physician and surgeon, Warren, Ark. There are few men of the present day, whom the world acknowledges as successful, more worthy of honorable mention, or whose history affords a better illustration of what may be accomplished by a determined will and perserverance than Dr. Gannaway. He was born in Monore County, Miss., January 17, 1835, and was but eleven years of age when he came with his parents to Arkansas. He passed his boyhood days on the farm, received his education in the common schools, and, in 1861, at the breaking out of the war, he enlisted in Company C, Fifth Arkansas Regiment, and served until cessation of hostilities. He began the study of medicine at an early age, and graduated at the New Orleans School of Medicine in the spring of 1861. After this he practiced until his enlistment into the army. In the fall of 1862 he was made assistant surgeon, and served in Cobb's battalion of artillery until close of the war. He then returned to Warren, located there, and has since been in active practice. He was elected sheriff in 1872, and held the office for ten years. He also served as coroner for a few years. On March 3, 1865, he was united in marriage to Miss Nancy Ramsey, who was born in Louisiana, but who came to Arkansas in her youth. To the Doctor and his wife have been born eight children, seven living: C. E., J. R., S. L., J. A., Mary N., Ruth N., Henry A. (deceased), and Emily E. The Doctor is a member of the Masonic fraternity, the K. & L. of H., and he and wife are members of the Baptist Church. He owns considerable land, and carries on farming on a small scale. He engaged in the drug business in 1882, and has since carried it on, the style of the firm being Gannaway & Davis. His parents, James and Mary (Ederington) Gannaway, were natives, respectively, of Virginia and Kentucky. They were married in Mississippi, and remained in that State until 1846, when he moved to Bradley County, Ark., and located two miles southwest of Warren. He entered a tract of unimproved land, erected a little log-cabin, and began work. He died in 1852, and the mother in 1878. Of their five children--one son and four daughters--three are now living: Mrs. A. C. Jones, Mrs. Emily Childs and Dr. C. C. The maternal grandfather of our subject was a soldier in the Revolutionary War, and was over one hundred years of age at the time of his death.

Hon. Solomon Gardner, retired, Warren, Ark. In tracing the ancestry of Mr. Gardner, we find that he comes of an old and very distinguished family of South Carolina, the members of which were noted for their courage and honesty. Mr. Gardner was born in Copiah County, Miss., October 5, 1824, and is the son of Jesse and Sarah (Roberts) Gardner, natives, respectively, of Georgia and Tennessee. The paternal grandfather, Asal Gardner, was a native of South Carolina. He was in the Revolutionary War with his father, who held the rank of major, and received a wound in the hand. Asal moved with his family to Mississippi in 1802, and died in Jefferson County. He had several brothers, and the Constitutionalist, of Georgia, was edited by the Gardner family for a number of years. One brother was a physician. The father of our subject was a farmer by vocation and was an excellent manager. He was quite small when first going to Mississippi, and his schooling was limited, not exceeding six weeks altogether. He died in Yazoo City in 1855 of yellow fever. The mother died in 1840. Of the six children born to their marriage, three are now living: Solomon, Mrs. Winifred Grissom (in Salt Lake City, Utah), and Mrs. M. A. White (Yazoo City, Miss., near the old homestead). Jesse Gardner was married the second time, and four living children are the result of this union: Mrs. E. C. Minkert (of Bryan, Tex.), Dr. A. B. (of Dennison, Tex.), William S. and Mrs. Judge Montrose (of Greenville, Tex.). Hon. Solomon Gardner attained his growth in Mississippi, received a common school education, which he has greatly improved by self study, and remained with his father on the far until 1844, when he came to Arkansas. Being an advocate for the annexation of Texas, he returned to Mississipppi in the following year, joined Jeff Davis' Company A, First Regiment of Mississippi, and resolved to do his share of the fighting in the Mexican War. He served a short time and then went back to Mississippi, coming through in wagons, there being 150 wagons in the train going over the mountains. Although he has been in many perilous situations, this trip across the mountains was the most dangerous Mr. Gardner ever experienced, the Greasers shooting all the time through their wagons. In June, 1848, he land in Bradley County, Ark., coming up on the steamer "Saline," and on this voyage he had one more terrible experience. Having retired to rest one night, he was aroused from his dreams by a sensation of falling, and found that the vessel had capsized, turned over on her side. He managed to make his escape, but lost all his effects, among which was his wedding suit that he expected to stand at the altar in. After reaching this county he settled within eight miles of Warren, where he resided for about twenty-five years, carrying on farming. In 1861 he enlisted in Company E, Ninth Arkansas Infantry Regiment, and was mustered in as first lieutenant, but afterward served as commissary of the regiment. In the winter of 1862 he left his regiment and never re-enlisted. After coming home in 1864 he was captured and kept a prisoner at Little Rock for a few weeks. Mr. Gardner has passed through many hardships, and can relate many interesting and exciting incidents. In 1874 he was elected to the House of Representatives and elected to the Senate in 1884. He has also held several minor offices. He is the owner of 400 acres of land, and still continues farming on a small scale. He was ordained a Baptist minister in May, 1859, and has been preaching the gospel ever since. He now has charge of three churches. he was first married in 1848 to Miss Susan E. Martin, by whom he has one child living, Mrs. Mary J. Adams. Mrs. Gardner died in 1852, and in 1853 Mr. Gardner took for his second wife Mrs. Sarah B. (Bronner) Moseley. To her first union was born one child, William S. Moseley, who is now in Texas. Mr. Gardner has been connected with nearly every secret order, but does not now affiliate with any on account of his deafness.

M. B. Garison, a prominent planter of Bradley County, came to Arkansas in 1870 and settled in Bradley County. Here he purchased 240 acres of wild land, and at once commenced a system of clearing and improving; to this land he has since added until he now owns 1,100 acres, 200 under cultivation, most of which he devotes to the raising of cotton. He raises an excellent quality of this article, and has taken premiums at various fairs, amounting to $4,600. He took the premium on cotton at Monticello in 1879; at St. Louis in 1880-81, and at Little Rock in 1881; also in 1882 at St. Louis. The Little Rock and Murphy premiums amounted to $995; in 1883, at Little Rock, St. Louis and Louisville, the premiums were $1,350; in 1884 Monticello, St. Louis and New Orleans, $1,450. He has made twenty-six entries, and has never failed to take a premium on cotton raised in Bradley County. Mr. Garison was born in York County, S.C., in 1844, a son of P. Garison, a prominent resident of that County. He represented York County in the Legislature two terms. He was born in South Carolina, and still resides on his father's old estate; his wife, nee, Hall, the mother of the subject of this sketch, died during the Civil War. Her father was concealed in the garret during the Revolutionary War. The paternal great-grandfather was killed in the battle of King's Mountain, and his grandfather was a soldier in the War of 1812. His father enlisted in the Confederate army in 1863, and was in the battles of and about Petersburg, was captured March 25, 1865, and was retained as a prisoner at Port Lookout until the close of the war. The subject of this sketch was reared on his father's farm, and attended the Ebenezer Academy in York County. In June, 1861, he left school to enter the army, enlisting in a Company of Jenkins' regiment of South Carolina. He was in Longstreet's corps.. On account of illness, he did not participate in the early engagements. In 1863 he joined Hampton's cavalry, and was in North Carolina, and in the spring of 1864 he went to Virginia, and was in the battles of Cold Harbor, Louisa Court House, Burges Mill, and many other lighter engagements. He was with Johnson in North Carolina at the time of the surrender of his regiment. He then returned home and engaged in farming. In 1866 he was married to Miss Mary Simmill, a native of South Carolina, by whom he had three children, Howard, Edward and Eula. She died in 1874 and in 1875, Mr. Garison married Mrs. Burnett, and by this later marriage has six children,viz.: Liza, Lucy, Ralph, John, Pearl and Willie. In October 1888, Mr. Garison moved to Warren and erected one of the best dwellings in the place. In connection with his farming interests, he is engaged by a Pine Bluff firm in selling fertilizing material throughout this section. Mr. Garison takes a great interest in educational matters, and has given his children the advantages of a good schooling. Two of his children are now attending school at Batesville.

Peter P. Garison, a progressive and successful agriculturist of Bradley County, Ark., is a York County, South Carolinian, born April 2, 1839, but since December, 1869, has been a resident of Arkansas, purchased in 1870, 160 acres of land, which he has since increased to 360, having about 125 acres under cultivation. After making his home here eight years he moved to Washington County, Ark., to educate his children, but returned to his farm three years later, and here has since been engaged in farming, with the exception of the time spent in the army, during the Rebellion. He enlisted in the Confederate service in September, 1861, becoming a member of Company E, Seventeenth South Carolina Regiment of Infantry, and in October, 1864, was discharged as a private. He was a participant in many heard skirmishes, but the most important battle in which he took part was at Kingston, N.C. He was the sixth in a family of eight sons and two daughters, only two sons now living, and in his native State of South Carolina, received his education and rearing. He was there married April 26, 1859, to Miss Mary Ann Sturgis, who was born in South Carolina, July 10, 1838, and by her became the father of four sons and three daughters: William A. Arthur W., Maria T. (deceased), Frank S., Susan E., Mary P. and Isaac W. Mr. Garison is a Democrat, has served as justice of the peace of his township, and he and wife are members of the Baptist Church. As well known as he is, it is unnecessary for us to add what the outcome of his many years of residence in Bradley County has been, suffice it to say that he is prosperous, honest and honored. His father, Arthur Garison, was born in York County, S.C., January 3, 1807, and is now making his home with the subject of this sketch, being eighty-two years of age, but yet fairly hale and hearty. He was married in his native State, to Miss Maria Bentley, a native of Lancaster County, S.C., born in 1806, who died in Bradley County, in 1874. The paternal grandfather, Josina Garison, was born in South Carolina, a farmer by occupation, and a soldier in the War of 1812.

James Harvey Gill, farmer, was born in Union County, Ark., August 9, 1851, being the fourth child born to James N. and Elizabeth Gill, who removed to Arkansas from Alabama, at an early day, becoming in time the parents of five children, three of whom are living: Mary J., Ellen, Arabella E., James H. and a child that died in infancy, before being named. The early days of James Harvey Gill were spent in the county of his birth, and there he attended the common schools, but owing to their inferiority, he obtained a somewhat limited education. From his very earliest youth he has applied himself to agricultural pursuits, but since he attained his twenty-second year he has been doing for himself, his time prior to that being given to his father. He is now the proprietor of a finely improved tract of land, comprising 120 acres, and some of the finest crops in the State are raised on the sixty acres he has under cultivation. In the year 1873, he was united in marriage to Miss Lila Norsworthy, the fourth child born to Hingus and Julia Norsworthy, who were residents of Union County, Ark, and there reared a large family of children, all of whom are deceased, with the exception of Mrs. Gill. She is the mother of an interesting family of six children: Julia A., Lillie A., John B., James H., Edwin W., and an infant (unnamed). Mr. Gill always votes the Democratic ticket and he and wife are earnest and consistent members of the Missionary Baptist Church, and he is a leading member of one of Bradley County's subordinate Wheels. He is a liberal contributor to the building of churches and school houses, and is ever found ready to promote the interests of the community in which he resides.

Samuel W. Godfrey is another example of what energy industry and perserverance can accomplish, for, possessing and applying these attributes in the right direction, he has become a wealthy man, and is thoroughly conversant with all the details of farm work. He was born in Leake County, Miss., on November 25, 1844, and is a son of George W. and Nancy (Wallace) Godfrey, who were born in South Carolina and Ireland, September 25, 1814, and October 10, 1814, and died in Bradley County, Ark., April 30, 1859, and July 17, 1866, respectively. They were married in South Carolina, and on January 1, 1858, landed in Bradley County, Ark., where Mr. Godfrey continued to follow agricultural pursuits. Samuel W. is the sixth of their nine children, four now living, and until thirteen years of age resided in the State of Mississippi, and such educational advantages as he received, which lasted about only six months, were obtained in this county. He made his home with his parents until their respective deaths, but in 1862 enlisted in the Confederate service, joining Company H, Twentieth Arkansas Regiment Infantry, and served until the close of the war, participating in the battles of Corinth, Iuka, Baker's Creek, Big Black, Vicksburg, besides many skirmishes, and receiving three fleshwounds during his service. After the war he returned to Bradley County, and here has since given his attention to farming, and is now the owner of an estate of 800 acres, about 200 of which are under cultivation. Nearly all the land is located on the Saline River, thirty-two miles south of the county seat, and is one of the finest bodies of land in the county, if not in the State. Mr. Godfrey erected him a handsome and commodious residence in 1884, and in his house the post office of Blanchton was established in 1882, he being apppointed postmaster, in which capacity, he has since served. He is a Democrat, casting his first presidential vote for Seymour, and has held the office of justice of the peace of Eagle Township for twelve years. He was made a Mason in 1866, and is now a member of Palestine Lodge No. 109, and he and his present wife are members of the Baptist Church. In 1872 he wedded Margaret C. Gillis, who was born about 1854, and died on January 9, 1882, having borne a family of five children, only one of whom survives, Mollie E. Mr. Godfrey married his present wife December 29, 1886, she being a Miss Eugenie York, who was born September 1, 1864, a daughter of Nelson B. and Louisa J. (Watson) York, a sketch of whom is given in this work.


Biographial and Historical Memoirs of Southern Arkansas:   A Condensed History of the State, a number of Biographies of its Distinguished Citizens, a brief Descriptive History of each of the Counties mentioned, and numerous Biographical Sketches of the Citizens of each County. Chicago, Nashville and St. Louis:  The Goodspeed Publishing Co., 1890

(Reprinted From an Original Edition in the private Library of Mrs. Mary Woodward Lewis, Magnolia, Arkansas)

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