'The Goodspeed Biographical and Historical Memoirs of Western Arkansas'

Many species of oak do not produce acorns until they are at least 25 years old.

"Oh! the waves of life danced merrily,
And had a joyous flow.
In the days when we were pioneers,
fifty years ago!"

Goodspeed's Biographies for Polk Co.
Biographical Souvenir of Texas 1889

"The Goodspeed Biographical and Historical Memoirs of Western Arkansas."  Published by Southern Publishing Company 1891. Chicago and Nashville. Comprising: A condensed history of the state, a number of biographies of distinguished citizens of the same, a brief descriptive history of each of the counties mentioned, and numerous biographical sketches of the citizens of the such counties and descriptions of villages. Reprinted by The Rev. S. Emmett Lucas, Jr., Southern Historical Press, PO Box 738, Easley, S.C. 29640 from an 1891 edition in the O.C. Bailey Library, Hendrix College, Conway, Arkansas 1978. ISBN 0-89308-084-5.   This book covers Yell, Pope, Johnson, Logan, Scott, Polk, Montgomery, and Conway counties. Illustrated and indexed.

Montgomery County officials 1844 - 1890

Biographical Sketches of Montgomery County Citizens (3 web pages)
Citizen Occupation Residence Origin Civil War service
Bates, Martin Stephen farmer Caddo Road Cherokee Co., GA Co. G 23rd GA. Inf.
Bowers, William J farmer 4 m. s. Mt. Ida Jackson Co. AL  
Collier, Jefferson farmer Caddo Creek Montgomery Co. AR   
Goodner, Henry S. gen. merchant & farmer Oden Wayne Co. TN  to Tippah Co. Miss Co. I Grimstead's reg.
Goodner, W.B. M.D. Polk Township Wayne Co. TN  to Tippah Co. Miss Officer Trans-Miss,
Dept.
Hargrove, Dr. W.W M.D. & farmer Oden Tippah Co. GA Witherspoon's battalion
Hollifield, Isaac P. farmer Black Springs area Murray Co. GA   
Hopper, William A. farmer Caddo Creek Lincoln Co. TN McNairy's reg. & Oosley's batt.
Housely, Robert J. farmer Cedar Glades Hamilton Co. TN 1st East TN Cav.
Irby, James farmer Caddo Township Madison Co. AL Co. D 2nd KY Cav.
Jeffrey, James F. agriculturist Collier's Creek Tuscaloosa, AL Co. F., Tom Gunter's reg.  Cabel's brigade of cav.
Johnson, Benjamin Jr. farmer Collier's Creek Newton Co. Miss Co. C 4th AR Inf.
Martin, John W. farmer Mountain Twp Wayne Co. TN 4th AR Cav., US Army
Miller, George R. assessor Mount Ida Monroe Co. TN Co. H 4th AR Inf.
& 17th TN
Nelson, John S. county & circuit clerk Mount Ida TN  
Nobles, Goyle farmer South Fork Twp Wetumpka, AL Co. H 31st LA Inf.
Reeves, William farmer Caddo River area Smith Co. TN Co. A  1st AR Inf.
Robbins, William Owens farmer South Fork of the Ouachita Murray Co. GA Co. B Gunistead's & Monroe's reg.
Rowton, B.M. general merchant Black Springs Murfreesboro, TN   
Sandlin, William D. livery & stable owner Mount Ida Blount Co. GA. Alabama reg.
Scott, David Newton farmer Caddo River Kentucky Capt. Erwin's Co. 4th AR. Inf.
Smith, Samuel M. treasurer Mount Ida Bedford Co. TN >Tippah Co. Miss 24th AR Inf. & Col. Newton's reg. Cav.
Thornton, Alex. N. miller Black Springs Forsyth Co. GA. Co. C 39th GA Inf.
Vaught, Judge Silas P. judge & farmer Caddo Gap area Jackson Co. AL Co. E 2nd AR. Inf.
Watkins, Charles. J. merchant Mount Ida Hamilton Co. TN   
Watkins, Hon. John A. attorney Mount Ida Hamilton Co. TN CSA. TX
Welch, John farmer Gap Township Overton Co. TN Co. C 42nd AR Inf.
Whittington, Hiram A. agriculturist & judge Mount Ida New Hampshire 24th AR Inf. Ginstead's reg. & Co. K Newton's reg.
Williamson, Henry Hardin postmaster Buckville Hamilton Co. TN Co. B 1st TN Cav.
Witt, Hon. Gibson. lawyer Mount Ida Hamilton Co. TN   

Central Arkansas Libraries Catalog searchable
Andrew Jackson
J. F. Newman
Lewis Tadlock

"Goodspeeds" are frequently used for "early" references for Arkansas and Tennessee and obtained biographies from families in both states and sorted them into counties in each state.  It cost $10 to submit a biography so the poorer settlers were not mentioned.  The bio's that were submitted were first hand knowledge and many tell their mothers maiden name, named all their brothers and sisters, children and who they married, where they came from and when, etc. Montgomery County begins on page 466 and ends on page 497.

Montgomery County ARGenWeb Project

Brushy Creek, near Brushy Church. Branches broken from the Dec. 2000 ice storm.