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