T.J. Word, farmer, Warren, Ark. This enterprising and much respected citizen owes his nativity to Coweta County, Ga., where his birth occurred June 25, 1836, and is the son of John and Elizabeth (Summons) Word, natives of South Carolina. The parents emigrated to Georgia at an early day, and there the father died. He was a mechanic and also carried on farming. The mother and children afterward came to Arkansas in 1857, located in what is now Cleveland County, and there she died in 1877. To her marriage were born twelve children, six of whom are now living: Samuel S., Thomas J., Robert M., Mary (wife of William Howard), Lizzie (wife of Burt Cram), and the wife of Linn Waldruff. T.J. Word was reared and educated in Georgia, and was twenty one years of age when he came to Arkansas. He worked on a farm for wages until the breaking out of the war, when he enlisted in Company C, Fifth Arkansas Infantry, and served until the surrender. He was wounded at the battle of Perryville, Ky., by a gunshot in the
right thigh, breaking and shattering the bone. He was captured at
Harrodsburg, taken to Camp Chase and Johnson Island, where he remained
for ten months. He was then exchanged, and again joined his command.
Returning home after the surrender, he remained in Cleveland County,
Ark., until 1872, when he moved to near Warren, and is now the owner
of 500 acres of land, with seventy-five acres under cultivation. He
raises and deals in stock to a considerable extent, and raises some of
the finest horses to be found in Southern Arkansas. In fact his
principle business is raising and selling stock, and taking premiums
on his fine horses. In 1868 he was married to Mrs. Margaret A.
(Bennett) Hagan, by whom he has seven children: Marshall, Lela, Mary,
Eula, Cassie, Ella and Ruth. his wife had three children by her
previous marriage: James, Eddie and Maggie (wife of Robert E.
Stollings. Mr. Word is a Mason, is a Democrat in his political views,
and he and Mrs. Word are members of the church.
Nelson B. York, a prominent old resident of the county, residing near Johnsville, Ark., was born in Lincoln County, Ga., December 12, 1811, being a son of James and Jane (Florence) York, both of whom were born in Georgia, and died in Bradley County, Ark., in 1865 and 1864, respectively, whither they had come in 1849. They were the parents of six daughters and two sons. Nelson B. York was reared and educated in the State and county of his birth, receiving the advantages of the common schools, but in December, 1844, was married in the State of Mississippi, to Miss L.J. Watson, a Kentuckian, born in 1825, and to them a family of nine children were born four of whom are living: Lownds E., Charles C. (who began merchandising in Johnsville in 1886, and carries a stock of goods valued at $1,500; he is a young man, possessing excellent business qualifications, and is married), L.J. (wife of F.L. Jackson), and Eugenia (wife of Samuel W. Godfrey). Mr. York has been one of the "sturdy sons of the soil" throughout
life, and by the sweat of his brow has attained his present valuable
property, and is now the owner of 1,400 acres of timber land, and has
fifty acres cleared and undercultivation. He and wife are honored
residents of Bradley County, and have long been members of the Baptist
Church. Although seventy-nine years of age, he is yet hale and
hearty, his memory especially showing no indications of the ravages of
time. He has always been a Democrat in politics, and his first
presidential vote was cast for Van Buren in 1832.
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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