James Jolly, liveryman, Warren, Ark. Mr. Jolly is proprietor of the well-known livery firm of Meek & Jolly, and is one of the prominent business men of Warren. His stable, from the large business it does, not only exemplifies the importance of the town, but reflects credit on its management. Mr. Jolly was born in Lancastershire, England, on October 22, 1842, and is the son of Edward and Ann (Johnson) Jolly, natives of England where the mother received her final summons. The father still resides there, and is a mechanic by trade. James Jolly attained his growth and secured his education in England and at an early age was apprenticed to learn the baker's trade. After finishing his apprenticeship, he followed the trade until coming to the United States, in 1865. On December 1, of that year he took passage at Liverpool on the steamship "Kangaroo" and landed in New York. From there he went to New Orleans and in February, 1866, he arrived in Bradley County, Ark., where he hired out on a farm and was engaged in tilling the soil until 1887, when he embarked in his present business, at which he has been quite successful. He is a dealer in stock of all kinds, and has buggies, wagons and feed. He and Mr. Meek have a good livery stock, and are enterprising business men. Mr. Jolly was married in October, 1870, to Mrs. Susan (Moseley) Ray, by whom he has two living children: James E. and Sarah E. Mr. Jolly is a member of the K. of P. and was marshal of the city for one year. His parents had eleven children, ten of whom are now living: Alice (wife of Robert Moreland of Liverpool, England), Sarah (Liverpool, England), James, John (England), William (of Liverpool, England), Agnes (wife of Henry Walpool, of Liverpool, England), Ellen (of the same place), Ann (wife of Mr. Moreland, of Liverpool, England), Edward (Pine Bluff, Ark.), and Phoebe (of England). The one deceased was named William. Mr. and Mrs. Jolly are members of the Missionary Baptist Church.
Maj. A. C. Jones, attorney at law, Warren, Ark. Maj. Jones is one of those men, too few in number, who fully recognize the truth so often urged by the sages of the law, that, of all men, the reading and thought of a lawyer should be the most extended. Systematic reading gives a more comprehensive grasp to the mind, variety and richness to thought, and a clearer perception of the motives of men and the principles of things, and indeed of the spirit of the laws. This he has found most essential in the prosecution of his professional practice. He was originally from Charlotte County, Va., born January 26, 1826, and is a son of James B. and Elizabeth G. Jones, natives of Halifax County, Va., and of English extraction. The paternal grandfather, Thomas Jones, served through the Revolutionary War. He was a farmer by pursuit, and died in Virginia at a ripe old age. The grandmother was ninety-six years of age at the time of her death, which was caused by a horse throwing her. She had a remarkable set of teeth, every one being sound at the time of her death. James B. Jones was the eldest of three sons, and was reared in his native State, where he also married and reared a family. In the fall of 1836 he emigrated to West Tennessee, settled in Carroll County and died of typhoid fever when in his fifty-fourth year. He was a very successful agriculturist and a first-class manager. He was a large slave-owner, and although starting life a poor man, he became very independent. He was a soldier under Gen. Jackson in the War of 1812. The mother also died in Tennessee. They were the parents of eleven children -- nine sons and two daughters -- six now living: Legrand M. (an eminent lawyer of Trenton, Tenn., a man of great talent and one of that State's great students; he was a major in the Mexican War under Haskell), Moses A. (resides in Carroll County, Tenn.), Maj. A. C., Dr. Isaac W. (an eminent physician of Madison County, Tenn.), James D. (at Union City, Tenn.), Elizabeth A. (wife of Thomas K. Brower), Abner W. C. (was killed at the battle of Murfreesboro), Phillip D. (killed at the battle of Shiloh), Mary T. (deceased), Rev. Silas P. (was a distinguished Baptist minister, a noted evangelist and a man of remarkable piety), and Dr. Paul S. (an eminent M.D.). Maj. A. C. Jones remained on his father's plantation until grown, then began reading law, and was admitted to the bar in Tennessee in 1852. On December 27, 1853, he came to Warren, Bradley County, Ark., was admitted to the bar in 1854, and located at this place, where he has resided for over thirty-six years, engaged actively in the practice of his profession. This he still continues with signal success, and is justly acknowledged to stand at the head of the bar in Warren, as well as occupying a prominent place among his legal brethren of the State. He has held a number of offices, was provost marshal and was in the commissary department during the war. He has also been a member of the Legislature. He was married, June 10, 1856, to Mrs. D. C. Wells, formerly Miss D. C. Gannaway, and to them were born seven children, two of whom, Mary E. B. and James C., died in infancy, and five are living: Kate (wife of J. D. Dunn, of Fordyce), Grace (wife of Dr. J. A. Bond, of Warren), Eula (wife of Thomas S. Meek, of Nashville, Tenn.), Leah (at home), and Abraham C., Jr. (lawyer at Little Rock). The Major is one of the prominent men of Bradley County, and always extends a helping hand to all laudable public enterprises, and has been a leading politician of his county many years.
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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