There are probably more connections here than we realize. If you are related to one Fryar, Goodner, Singleton or Willhite in the Oden area you are related to all.
FRYAR || GOODNER || SINGLETON || WILLHITE
Several families, consisting of 42 persons using 13 ox-wagons, embarked for this new-found paradise. They were the Willhites, the Fryars, the Goodners, and the Singletons, many of whose descendants still live about Oden and up and down the Ouachita from Mena to Mt. Ida. The folks that came except Isaac, Jr., William and Elizabeth Fryar and the Willhites became dissatisfied and left Montgomery County, AR only to return in four or five years.
Settlers from Tippah Co. MS to Oden, Ark.
37 settlers in 1849
13 settlers in 1851
18 settlers in 1857
68 wagon train participants as of 18 November, 2010
|Family||Name||Age Jan 1849||DOB & State||Relationships|
|Elizabeth GOODNER||38||25 Dec 1800 NC||half sister to Nancy, brother of J.C. Goodner|
|James S.||18||1830 TN||son|
|Catherine||11||1837 MS||daughter m. Nicholas GENTRY|
|FRYAR||Isaac, Jr.||49||1799 NC||Brother to Garrett|
|Nancy GOODNER||52||1796 NC||half sister to Elizabeth|
|Mary Ann||23||1825 MS||m. John B. Garrett|
|Henry||15||15 May 1834 MS|
|FRYAR||William||29||May 17 1820 TN||s/o Isaac|
|Elisabeth Darcus SINGLETON||25||Nov 16 1823 TN||brother to Bartley|
|Nancy Ann||2||Nov 8 1846? MS|
|Mary Jane "Polly"||1||Apr 29 1848 MS|
|FRYAR||Thomas||21||1827 TN||brother to William|
|Polly SHIRLEY?||15||1834 KY|
|William M.J.(Hute)||-8||23 Aug 1849 MS|
|WILLHITE||John Calvin||25||1822 AL||Brother to Julius|
|Nancy FRYAR||23||1824 TN||d/o Garrett & E. Fryar, sister to (Polly)|
|Mary Elizabeth||5||1844 MS||m. Marion Singleton|
|Sarah Elender Milton||3||1846 MS||daughter|
|WILHITE||Julius A.||31||1818 AL||brother to J.C.Willhite|
|Mary Caroline (Polly) FRYAR||29||Dec 1822 TN||d/o Garrett & E. Fryar|
|George A.||10||9 Nov 1838 MS||m. Louisa Ann Singleton|
|Nancy Jane||4||Aug 1844 MS||m. D.F. Singleton|
|John Henderson||3||10 Jun 1846 MS|
|Julius David||1||Sep 1848 MS||m. Sarah Adeline Singleton|
The pioneering settlers listed below probably arrived in Montgomery Co. in the winter of 1851. D. M. Goodner and E. J. Willhite were married 18 August, 1851 at Tippah Co. MS. This couple is not listed in the Montgomery Co. marriage books. The Tippah Co. MS courthouse was destroyed by fire during the Civil War. In my notes I have Susanna Catherine, daughter of Henry S. and Miriam Goodner, being b. in Montgomery Co. 3 Jul. 1851. When was she born? Oral history says the Goodner family came from Tippah Co. in 1851. We do know that John Calvin Willhite and his family came to Waters, AR from Mississippi by wagon and horseback to join his brother Julius.
"My father, John Cunningham Goodner, moved from Wayne County, Tennessee to Tippah County, Miss, in the early part of the year 1842, and lived in that county until October 1851, when he moved to Montgomery County, Ark. where he lived until his death on September 26, 1871." T. J. Goodner of Potter, 1900
|Family||Name||Age in Jan 1852||DOB & State||Relationships|
|GOODNER||John Cunningham||50||31 Dec 1802 NC||brother to Elizabeth|
|Susannah SMITH||48||26 Aug 1804 GA||wife|
|James Monroe||18||14 May 1833 TN||son|
|John Green Hill||16||27 Jul 1836 TN||m. Ardena J. Singleton|
|Naomi Ann Malvina||14||21 May 1837 TN||m. Samuel Mitchel Smith|
|Guilford Dudley||13||2 Jan 1839 TN||m. Mary E. Derr|
|GOODNER||David Milton m. Aug. 18, 1851, Tippah Co. MS||25||4 Feb 1826 TN||s/o J.C. Goodner|
|Elizabeth Jane WILLHITE||28||1824 AL||wife sister to J.C. Willhite|
|GOODNER||Henry Smith m. Feb. 10,1848, Tippah Co. MS||24||5 Nov 1827 TN||s/o J.C. Goodner|
|Miriam Lorrania WILLHITE||23||22 Jun 1828 AL||wife, sister to John & Julius|
|William David||3||5 Nov 1848 MS||son|
|Amanda Malvina||1||1850 MS||daughter|
|SMITH||Samuel Mitchell||17||Sept 10 1831 TN||m. Melvina Goodner. Samuel was a nephew to Susannah Smith Goodner.|
|1857 Arrivals from Tippah Co. MS||Age in 1857||DOB & State||Relationships|
|SINGLETON||Bartley William||42||1815 TN||sibling to Elisabeth & Vaden|
|Martha K. STEVENS||52||1825 TN|
|Thomas||12||10 Apr 1845 MS||m. Darcus Fryar d/o W & E. Fryar|
|Joel Benjamin||8||Nov 1848 MS|
|John W.||7||10 Feb 1850 MS||m. Ardena E. Fryar d/o W & E. Fryar|
|Mary Ann||2||5 March 1855 MS||m. Isaac "Hock" Fryar d/o W & E. Fryar|
|SINGLETON||Vaden||45||1812 TN||brother to Elizabeth & Vaden|
|Darcus STEPHENS||45||c. 1812 ?TN||Good chance Darcus & Martha were sisters!|
|Doctar Franklin||20||8 Feb 1837 KY||nephew to Bartley. s/o Vaden. m. N.J. Willhite|
|Ardena J.||1 7||13 Mar 1840 MS||sister m. J.G. H. Goodner|
|Francis M.||14||1843 MS||daughter|
|Louisa Ann||11||Aug 1846 MS||m. George A. Willhite|
|Sarah Adeline||6||1851 MS||m. Julius D. Willhite|
|Dorcas Melvina||inf.||1857 MS||daughter|
|Singleton||Marion (male)||13||1843 MS||Who were Marion's parents?|
GRS CD#2, Marriage Records: IL, IN, KY, OH, TN. Vaden Singleton m. Darcus Stephens on June 23, 1835, in Hickman Co., KY. Sec iv, ch 35. KY. Had eight children. Tippah Co. MS 1850 census lists Vaden's son Franklin as being 13 and born in KY. The next child listed was Ardena age 9 and born in MS. The other children listed were also born in MS. They were: Francis M. age 7; Laurissa age 4; and Taylor age 1.
Warranty Deed; Deed Book G, page190: Dorcas Singleton, deeded two acres of land to "the Baptist Church of Brushy Creek" on 24 April 1880. Donated. Dorcas Singleton was named administratrix of Vaden Singleton's estate. The first record in the probate book (page 599) shows her as administratrix. This was on 5 July 1872. Perhaps locating the packet for probate No. 101 would shed more light on this. The property was deeded about four years later. This appears to be the decision of the widow, rather than a follow-up on something her husband had done. Maybe she gave the property so that they would put a building there and maintain the cemetery. It would appear that Vaden Singleton was buried in Brushy cemetery about 1872. B.?M. Singleton's estate went into the minutes on 7 October 1869, page 477 of the probate book. It states that he left a widow and there were no debts. Bartley William SINGLETON died July of typhoid fever. I wonder if he is in the mortality schedule for 1870?
The 1840 Federal Census schedule for Tippah Co., MS page shows head of families
page # and line, head of household:
184 1 Fryar, John
184 3 Fryar, Thomas
186 2 Singleton, John
187 7 Singleton, Vaden
188 9 Willhite, George
188 16 Fryar, Garrett
188 17 Willhite, Julius
188 18 Fryar, Isaac
189 7 Singleton, William
Henry Goodner 22 TN
Myma 22 AL
David 2 MS
John C. Goodner 47
James 17 TN
John 14 TN
Malvina 13 TN
Elinor 78 MD
David M. 24
Thomas Eason 3
3 431 Vaden Singleton 38 M TN Farmer
Dorcas 38 F NC
Franklin 13 M KY
Ardena 9 F MS
Francis M. 7 M MS
Laurissa 4 F MS.
Taylor 1 M MS
The 1850 Federal Census index for Montgomery Co. shows FRYAR & WILHITE pages 406B-407A Polk Twp. No Goodners, Ridlings or Singletons.
dwelling #23 Wilhite, John C. 26, Nancy 24, Elizabeth 6, Sarah A., 4, Susanna 1
dwelling #30 Wilhight, Julius 32, Polly 28, George 11, Daniel 8, Nancy J. 5, John H. 4, Julius 1
CENSUS : 1850 AR MONTGOMERY Co. : Polk Township REEL NO: M432-28 PAGE NO: 406b =========================================================== 14 22 23 Breshears Henry 24 M farmer Ten. 15 22 23 Breshears Polly Jane 24 F Ten. 16 22 23 Breshears Winney 5 F Ark. 17 22 23 Breshears Anna 3 F 18 22 23 Breshears Ellen 1 F 19 23 24 Wilhite John C. 26 M farmer Ala. 20 23 24 Wilhite Nancy 24 F Ten. 21 23 24 Wilhite Elizabeth 6 F Miss. 22 23 24 Wilhite Sarah A. 4 F Miss. 23 23 24 Wilhite Susanna 1 F Miss. 24 24 25 Fryer Isaac 50 M farmer N.C. 25 24 25 Fryer Nancy 54 F N.C. 26 24 25 Fryer Betsy 26 F Ten. 27 24 25 Fryer John 20 M farmer Ten. 28 24 25 Fryer Garrett 19 M farmer Ten. 29 24 25 Fryer Harry 16 M farmer Ten. 38 27 28 Fryar William 30 M farmer Ten. 39 27 28 Fryar Elisabeth 20 F Ten. 40 27 28 Fryar Nancy 3 F Miss. 41 27 28 Fryar Polly Jane 2 F Miss.
1860 (June 21) Federal Census of Polk TWP Page 33 shows David M. Goodner, Julius Wilhite, James Fryar and John Willhite families all neighbors. Living with Guilford Goodner and his wife Mary Derr is Amos, Elinor and Sarah Ridge. Could this be the Ridling family? Who are the parent's of Susan Fryar, line 28?
Marriages in Montgomery Co. AR. Missouri Ann GARRETT 17 m Robert W McCONNELL 19 19 Apr 1858 Bk A pg 141. Susannah FRYAR 22 m Jesse BESHEARS 23 16 Jan 1851 Bk A pg 59 by John B. Garrett, JP Elizabeth Jane LOGAN 16 m James GOODNER 21 4 Aug 1853 Bk A pg 78 Maryrett PIPKINS 23 m James FRYAR 22 11 Sep 1851 Bk A pg 68 by John B. Garrett, JP
In 1991 after the death of Hal Goodner, grandson of Henry and Miriam Goodner, an auction was held at his place, just north of Oden up Brushy Rd on the right. Sold was a wagon including the hoops and yokes that made this journey, that had crossed the Mississippi River by raft. He had the parts stored in the barn, white with red roof, and enjoyed showing the items. Hal and his father and grandfather for 140 years kept the items. They wanted them be placed in a museum and now they are gone out of the district. 2002 Hal's barn was demolished. Never got a photo of it. The 1997 Montgomery County Arkansas Cemeteries book contains listings for 82 Fryars, 63 Goodners, 98 Singletons, 78 Willhites and 49 Garretts. The majority are buried in the Oak Hill, Oden, Brushy and Pine Ridge cemeteries.
The following article appeared in the Mena Weekly Star November 28, 1929. It was contributed by Julius Wilhite, of Mena, Arkansas. Julius was the son of John Henderson "Dock" Wilhite. Remember this is a secondary source and we doubt if the sons of John C. Wilhite are listed correctly. Also looks like the Goodner's came to Oden two years later.
Back in the days when this part of Arkansas was very young, Henry BESHEARS settled where Oden now stands. He had come from Mississippi and kept writing back (on the fast mail of the day) to his old neighbors about the wonderful country he had found, the Ouachita bottom lands and abundant game.
Finally, several families, consisting of 42 persons using 13 ox-wagons, embarked for this new-found paradise. They were the WILHITEs, the FRYARs, the GOODNERs, the SINGLETONs and the RIDLINGs, many of whose descendants still live about Oden and up and down the Ouachita from Mena to Mt. Ida.
This was in January, 1849, and may have been occasioned partly by the goldrush to California. If such was the case, they probably were fortunate in being detained by the tall timber of the Arkansas forests, for had they proceeded to cross the plains, their bonds might have served as markers, as many did, for those who finally reached that destination.
George WILHITE, came to Tippah County, Mississippi. His sons, John C. and Julius were members of the caravan that came to Oden. Among the sons of John C. were Henry, David, now 74, John Greene and James 78; and those of Julius were "Dock" 82, crippled father of Julius, now living in Mena and Julius, 80, now living north of Oden at WILLHITE Town. Uncle Julius and his wife have been married nearly 61 years. Both are still active, but Mrs. Wilhite is fast losing her sight, which greatly hinders her in her efforts to do her house work, but with Mr. Wilhite's aid, she says she gets along fairly well.
It seems in the days of abundant game, hunting was not altogether a one-sided affair. Especially so was this with regard to the bear, for while Mr. Man was out hunting the bear, Mr. Bruin was nosing around the herd of hogs, sleeping out in the woods, in search of a big fat porker. Mr. Wilhite tells of a bear aiming to help himself to a hog within 20 foot of the old home. When he was interrupted, he ran into a small thicket. Mr. Wilhite's brother shot into the thicket and killed the bear, purely by guess. Wolves also, he says were dexterous hunters of the sheep.
Uncle Julius' present excitement with the animal kingdom centers in his little farm mule. He says Mr. Mule's safety is gauged thermometer like the amount of food given him--feeding him well when he will admit of it, and lessening the amount when he gets too gay. When properly gauged he will walk down into a ditch for Mr. Wilhite to mount; but if fed too highly, no ditch for him. Likewise is he when he meets a car, docile and unafraid on light feed, but turns and makes for distant parts when he feels his corn.
Also he relates that the mule's behavior is perfect when he goes into the garden to plow, but turn him into a corral or pasture--and good-bye. Lindberg himself can't make a prettier get-away. His flight, of course, is not as long as Lindy's ocean hop, but it is as nicely executed and as clear of all obstructions.
J. David WILHITE, 74, son of John C. and Mrs. Wilhite, 70, have been married 52 years. They live in Oden where they have very pleasant surroundings for their late years.
Mr. Wilhite was a merchant in Oden for 22 years. Five years ago he retired from business, selling a farm among other property.
James WILHITE, 78, is the oldest member of the John C. Wilhite family living. He lives near the Polk-Montgomery line, west of Waters. He was found to be very jovial, and entertaining talker and especially conversant with the early history of the country. He and Mrs. Wilhite have been married 50 years. From him were the facts gotten about the early history of the family.
Julius Wilhite of Mena, son of "Doc" Wilhite, reports that his father is too feeble to attempt an interview."
"Thirteen ox drawn wagons left Tippah County, Mississippi, in the spring of 1848. Horses or mules would have never made it. They crossed the Big Muddy at Vicksburg on a ferry. They stayed lost in the river bottom lands for three months. No roads, no bridges, very few fordable places. Their goal was to reach the gold fields of California, but the rivers, creeks, and bayous kept turning them north until they finally reached what is now Arkadelphia, where they came to a traveled, almost road. Traveling was easier, and the road did tend to the west, but to the north as well.
In early fall, they came to a fork in the road. It had a sign post that told where each fork went, but none of them could read and they were no better off. They decided to wait until someone came along that could read. They had about as much of being lost as they could stand. While waiting, hunting parties set out and found game very plentiful. They really liked what they saw.
It was nearly a month before another wagon train came along, but no one in it could read either. Winter was getting close, so they put up a few log shacks. The more they saw of the country, the better they liked it, so they decided to stay. In the spring of 1849, a man came by on horseback that told them one sign said Texas, the other said Fort Smith. But by then, they had cleared some ground and had corn planted. A third wagon train came along and also decided to stop. Thus the village of Oden was born." The Wilhite items were submitted by Bettie Dowler.
Other Montgomery Co. settlers from Tippah Co. MS
Dr William Wesley Hargrove a practicing physician and surgeon and farmer of Oden, Ark., was born in Tippah County, Miss., in 1844, to James Washington and Martha Ann (Poole) Hargrove. The family came to Montgomery Co. in 1861. James SR. died in Montgomery Co. in 1863. W.W. enlisted in Witherspoon's Battalion in 1862. Moved to Cooper, TX about 1900. Died Jan. 1921. James
S.M. Smith became a citizen of Montgomery Co. in 1852, but was born in Bedford Co., Tenn., September 10, 1831, to Josiah and Nancy (Roberts) Smith. In 1847 they moved to Tippah Co. Sam married four times. In 1853 he married Melvina Goodner, 16, a daughter of John C. and Susannah Smith Goodner. Malvina died Oct. 1862. It is odd that this marriage is not recorded in the Montgomery Co. marriage books. Then married Martha Derr, sister-in-law to Guilford Goodner, in Feb. 1863. Martha died Oct. 1864. Married for the third time in 2 Oct, 1865 to Miss Mary Ann Fryar, 17, and she died in died Oct. 1883. Who were Mary Ann Fryar's parent's? Born about 1848. Josiah and Susannah SMITH Goodner were brother and sister.
John B. GARRETT
It is believed that John B. Garrett was the first of many to come to the Montgomery Co. AR from Tippah Co., MS. about 1847. He served one term as County Judge of Montgomery County from 1850-1852, and served three terms as County Sheriff of Montgomery Co. from 1854- 1860. John B. Garrett died in 1861.
John B. Garrett b. abt. 1820 in TN. Died June, 1861 in Montgomery Co. AR. He had married Mary Ann "Molly" Fryar in 1841 in Tippah Co. MS. She died about 1861. They had eleven children. The first four being born in Tippah Co. MS. John B's parents were George W. Garrett and Harriet Anderson. George W. Garrett, and his uncle, Caleb Garrett, were pre-1800 settlers in Nashville, TN and both were in the 1st West Tennessee Militia that fought in the Battle of New Orleans in late 1814 and early 1815.
Mary Garrett 1861-1926 (not Mary Ann), buried at Oak Hill Cemetery, is Marian N. (Mary N.) Chapman the daughter of Thomas Newton Chapman and Manilla Poteet; she was the 2nd wife of James Knox Polk Garrett; which makes her a daughter-in-law of Mary Ann "Molly" Fryar Garrett, 1825-1861.
It is coincidence only that Marian N. (Mary N.) Chapman was born in 1861and Mary Ann "Molly" Fryar Garrett died in 1861; their lives did not physically cross during 1861.
1870 United States Federal Census
Name: Thomas Chapman
Birth Year: abt 1841
Age in 1870: 29
Home in 1870: Polk, Montgomery, Arkansas page 3
Post Office: Mount IdaHousehold Members: Name Age Thomas Chapman 29 Manilla Chapman 30 Marian N Chapman 8 Martha Chapman 3
Fact-1: Her name as listed in the 1870 census was Marian N. (Could it be that the census taker heard Mary N.; then wrote Marian?) [Probably]It is very likely that John B. Garrett is buried next to his wife Mary "Fryar" Garrett (she also died abt. 1861) who is buried in the Oak Hill Cemetery. John's gravesite is probably without a readable marker. Mary Ann is buried there next to her parents, Isaac Fryar, Jr. and Nancy "Goodner" Fryar.
Fact-2: Her maternal grandmother's name was Mary N.
Fact-3: Her paternal grandmother's name was Mary.
1.Thomas J. Garrett b. abt. 1842 Tippah Co. d. before 1860 in Montgomery Co. AR.
2. Missouri Ann Garrett b. abt.1843 Tippah Co. MS, m. Robert Wilson McConnell April 19, 1858 Montgomery Co. AR. He died March 25, 1862 between Pea Ridge, AR and Ft. Smith, while serving with Company F, 40th Arkansas Infantry, during the Civil War. She and Robert McConnell had a daughter Sarah A. born ca 1859 in Montgomery Co. AR.. Missouri Ann, aged 20, married 2nd, George C. Hileman, aged 17, on 14 May 1863 in Montgomery Co. AR. George was b. in 1844 in Union Co., IL. He died before 1880. A daughter J. Hileman was born about 1870 in Montgomery Co. AR.
3. John Garrett b. abt.1845 in Tippah Co. MS. Died in March 1860 at age 14 of cong. chill. There was another John A. Garrett, age 12, that died in Sept. 1859 in Montgomery Co. AR.
4. Caleb b. abt.1846 Tippah Co. MS. Died before1860.
5. Eliza Jane Garrett b. Dec, 1849
6. Samuel "Sam" William Garrett b. Aug 27, 1851 d. Dec. 17. 1937 m. Nancy Louisa Goodner b. 28 Dec. 1855, a daughter of Henry Smith Goodner and Miriam L. Willhite. Sam and Nancy are buried at Pine Ridge with two of their children Waymon 1883-1970 and Hattie Fountain 1889-1969
7. James Knox Polk Garrett b. abt 1854. Married 4 times. I believe Mary N. Johnson & Mary N. Wilson are the same person probably were divorced and then remarried.
1st - G.J. BURTON - 21 Aug 1873 - Mt. Ida
2nd - Mrs. Mary N. JOHNSON - 13 Oct 1878 - Mt. Ida
3rd - Mary "Mollie" A. SALYERS - 15 Mar 1892 Polk Co., AR
4th - Mary N. WILSON - 20 Jan 1905 Mt. Ida.
Children that I know belong to James and Mary N.
Richard Caleb GARRETT - born May 1893
J.K.P. GARRETT, Jr. - born Nov 1898
Gibson GARRETT - born Aug 1894
Mary N. Garrett divorced James K.P. Garrett on 6 July 1893. He was appointed Guardian of minor heirs (who are his) in 1893. J.K.P. Garrett data submitted by Theresa 27 March 2001.
8. Mary Ann "Molly" Garrett b. Jan. 23, 1856. Died Feb. 22, 1942 Pine Ridge m. Oct. 11, 1877 in Mt Ida to Josiah Milton Joseph Smith b. Sept. 27, 1855 in Montgomery Co. Died 27 Feb. 1891. His was the third grave at Pine Ridge Cemetery. He was the son of Samuel Mitchell Smith and Naomi Ann M. Goodner.
8. Mary Ann "Molly" Garrett b. Jan. 23, 1856. Died Feb. 22, 1942 Pine Ridge m. Oct. 11, 1877 in Mt Ida to Josiah Joseph Milton Smith b. Sept. 27, 1855 in Montgomery Co. Died 27 Feb. 1891. His was the third grave at Pine Ridge Cemetery. He was the son of Samuel Mitchell Smith and Naomi Ann M. Goodner.
There is an early Garrett-Fryar-Goodner connection in Guilford Co, NC (re: Garrett Fryar b. 1790 in Guilford Co, NC/m. Nancy Goodner), but I do not know the exact nature of the connection. Also, some of the Goodners (re: Henry S. & James M.) were born in Wayne Co, TN at the same time that George W. Garrett and family lived there (1829-1837). George W. Garrett, Isaac Fryar and Garrett Fryar were next door neighbors in Tippah Co., MS according to the 1840 census reports. Can anyone provide clues to the early family connections? Thanks, James C. Garrett Updated 11July, 2010
Nicholas Gentry married Catherine FRYAR b. 1837 Tippah County, MS to Elizabeth and Garrett Fryar. Where the Gentry's from Tippah Co. MS? Children:
1. Mary E. Gentry was born 1859 in Montgomery Co. AR m. John Jr. FRYAR 23 Jun 1878 in Montgomery Co. Mr. John FRYAR, JR 27 to Miss Mary E. GENTRY 18 License 6-21-1878- married 6-23-1878 by H. C. Brewer, J.P~- F/R 8-3-1878 G. D. Goodner, Clerk. Who were the parents of John Jr. FRYAR? They had five children including one son Nicholas Fryar, 1893 - 1930, buried in the Quinton Cemetery, Haskell Co. OK.
2. John Garrett Gentry, was born 1862 in Montgomery Co. AR m. 1878 to Mary, surname unknown.
3. Robert Lee Gentry was born 1864 in Montgomery Co.
4. William Gentry was born 1866 in Montgomery Co.
5. Nancy J.Gentry was born 1870 in Montgomery Co. and m. Pledger 03 Dec 1891.
6. Rebecca Gentry was b. c.1874 AR.
Montgomery Co. Marriages
Nicholas Gentry age 57 m. Mrs Mary Jane Gardner age 45 22 Feb. 1883. Bk B. pg 159.
1860 Mortially schedule:
Hugh Gentry 37 m. b. Ala d. Feb inf. of kidney
Polly Gentry 32 married b. Ala d. Jan intermittent fever
1860 Federal Census for AR show Elizabeth, William, Thomas and Nicholas Gentry all living in Polk Co. AR. How are they related? By 1870 only Elizabeth and Nicholas were found in the county. Thomas Gentry enlisted in the Co. F, 4th AR Infantry, Confederate Southern Army was captured and died as a prisoner of war. Others to enlist include:
James Fryar, 1st Corporal
William Fryar....died illness of injury
Jesse F Garrett....Sgt. Garrett color bearer was shot and killed Murfreesboro, Tenn
D M Goodner
G D Goodner, 3rd Lieutenant...Wounded Murfreesboro, Tenn.
J G Goodner
J M Goodner
F M Singleton...Died illness or injury
Elizabeth Gentry was born about 1831. Elizabeth Gentry died 15 Nov.? When? at near Oden, Ark. Elizabeth 'Betty' Gentry and George A. Willhite were married July 20, 1856. Elizabeth Gentry and George A. Willhite were divorced 4 March, 1861 at Mount Ida, AR.
Where the Breshears from Tippah Co.?
Please feel free to contribute names, ideas, links, answer the questions and let me know any dates and errors. Many thanks.
My husband's grandmother is descended from the Willhites, Fryar, Goodner and Singletons. Cordie is descended from Garrett & Elizabeth Goodner Fryar on her father's side. On her mother's side from William & Elizabeth Singleton Fryar and Isaac & Nancy Goodner Fryar. Elizabeth and Nancy Goodner's were sisters. I consider it an advantage, one less line to research, others say it is confusing.
Cordelia WILLHITE parents: Lorenzo Benton WILLHITE and Francis Anna MULLENIX were m. 6 March, 1895 at Oden.
Francis Anna's parents: Nancy Ann FRYAR and James T. MULLENIX m. 02 Sep. 1869
Nancy Ann FRYAR parents: William FRYAR and Elisabeth Darcus SINGLETON were m. 31 Dec. 1844
William's parents: Isaac FRYAR and Nancy GOODNER were m. 05 July, 1818 at Rutherford Co. TN.
Cordelia's father, Lorenzo Benton WILLHITE, was b. 12 Sept. 1873 at Big Fork. His parents: Lorenzo Dowel WILLHITE and Ara Malindia SIMS. His father's parents: John Calvin WILLHITE and Nancy FRYAR were m. 1842 at Tippah Co., MS. Nancy's parents : Garrett FRYAR and Elizabeth GOODNER were m. at Bedford Co., TN.
An old Irish saying "Son, get your wife and your horses from the same village - that way you know the blood line"!