THE BACKTRACKERã

 

VOLUME I                                              January 1972                                         NUMBER I

Contents..................................................................................................................................1

Officers, Committees, and Members.......................................................................................2

Policies, Membership Information, News.................................................................................3

President’s Notes.....................................................................................................................4

Helps on Researching in Northwest Arkansas.....................................................................5-6

This covers names of county seats, records available, and information about

the publications of the different historical  and genealogical societies.

 

“As I Remember It”.............................................................................................................7-8

Family history of Marion W. Barnes, who was 100 years old when interviewed

on his birthday, 22 October, 1971.  Other names:  Stipp, McBryan, Gaston,

Vaughn.

 

Tax Assessor List of Franklin County, 1839............................................................................9

Alphabetical, Surnames A-F; to be continued in next issue, on page 9.

 

Cardin Cemetery, Benton County, Arkansas.........................................................................10

Located in Benton County, AR, it is northeast of the town of Pea Ridge.

Names:  Cardin, Mitchell, Buttram, Williams, Callis, Patterson, Dean.

Further listing of this cemetery will be found in Vol. I, #3, page 9.

 

1858 Washington County Marriages................................................................................11-12

They are listed according to date of marriage.  Begins 8 July, ends 31

December, 1858. At the end are some miscellaneous March 1858

marriages.

 

Nancy Maxwell Will, Dated 1839..........................................................................................13

Title of this article is “In the Name of God, Amen”.  To be found in Will Book I,

Benton County, AR, dated 14 July 1839.

 

Ordination of Martin Gentry...................................................................................................13

Setting apart Martin Gentry for the ministry 27 August 1848, (From Benton

County Deed Book A, page 473).

 

Index to 1840 Census of Carroll & Madison Co.’s...............................................................14

Two separate columns side by side for Carroll County and for Madison

County, listing for each A through B.  To be continued in the next issue on

page 14.

 

Letter from Henry D. Reed...................................................................................................15

Letter is dated 19 December, 1862, to his wife, Nancy E. Reed, Cedar Grove,

Kaufman County, Texas.  He was a private in M.A. Lockhart’s Company, W.

P. Lane’s Regiment, C.S.A.  Fifteen family history items added by Maudine

Rand.

 

Index to Sebastian County Biographies..........................................................................16-18

These are taken from Goodspeed’s History of NW AR, 1883.  They are listed

in alphabetical order.

 

Bits and Pieces about Sebastian County..............................................................................18

These are early facts about the county formation, first court, and first officers.

 

“In Memory of Rube Fowler” by Rita Duren......................................................................19-20

Family History of the Fowlers.  Rube’s dates were 1878-1970.  Other names:

Richard, Stroub, Gasser.

 

Query Section...................................................................................................................21-22

Index................................................................................................................................23-24

This Surname Index is the original index from the Backtracker.

 

 

 

 

                           INDEX

 

NAME

           PAGE

 

 

 

ANDERSON

12

 

ARMSTRONG

12

 

BANKS

11

 

BARNES

7,8

 

BARRON

12

 

BASSORE

12

 

BATES

12,18

 

BAXTER

11

 

BEACH

11

 

BELL

11,12

 

BILLINGSLEY

12

 

BLACKBURN

11,13

 

BLANKENSHIP

12

 

BLEVENS

11

 

BLOYED

12

 

BOMAN

11

 

BOONE

11

 

BORDEN

18

 

BORLAND

18

 

BOTTON

11

 

BOYD

11

 

BRADSHAW

12

 

BROOK

12

 

BROOKS

12

 

BROWN

12

 

BUCHANAN

11,12

 

BURCAT

12

 

BURCHFIELD

11

 

BURGIT

12

 

BUTTRAM

10

 

CALLIS

10

 

CARDIN

10

 

CARLETON

11

 

CARLILE

12

 

CARNAHAN

12

 

CARNELL

18

 

CARTER

11

 

CATE

11

 

CHANDLER

12

 

CLARK

18

 

CLARY

11

 

COLCLAZURE

12

 

COLE

12

 

COMBS

11,12

 

CONNER

12

 

COOPER

11,12

 

COSBY

12

 

COTT

12

 

COULTER

11

 

COX

11

 

CRAIG

11,12

 

CRAWFORD

12

 

CULLENDER

11

 

CULVER

12

 

CURTIS

12

 

DAVIS

12

 

DEAN

10

 

DENTON

12

 

DESTINGS

11

 

DODD

11

 

DOWNUM

12

 

DUTTON

11,12

 

EDMISTON

11

 

EDMUSSON

12

 

ELMS

11

 

ENYART

11,12

 

EWING

11,12

 

FANNIN

11

 

FERRETE

12

 

FIELDS

12

 

FINE

11

 

FLETCHER

12

 

FORD

12

 

FOSTER

12

 

FOWLER

19,20

 

FRAZOR

11,12

 

FREEMAN

12

 

FRESHOUR

12

 

GAGE

12

 

GARDNER

11

 

GARNER

11

 

GASSER

19

 

GASTON

7

 

GEORGE

12

 

GENTRY

13

 

GIBSON

11

 

GILBREATH

12

 

GOAD

12

 

GODARD

11

 

GOODARD

11

 

GRAHAM

12

 

GRAYHAM

12

 

GREEN

11

 

GREER

11,12

 

HALL

11

 

HAMPTON

11

 

HAND?

11

 

HANKS

12

 

HARMON

11

 

HARRETSON

12

 

HARRIS

11,12

 

HARSTON

11

 

HART

12

 

HARVELL

11

 

HENDRIX

12

 

HENRY

11

 

HERRALD

12

 

HEW

11

 

HINSON

12

 

HOGG

11

 

HOLCOMBE

11,12

 

HOLLAND

12

 

HORN

15

 

HOWARD

11

 

HOWELL

11

 

HUCKABY

12

 

HUFFMAN

12

 

HUGHES

11,12

 

HUGHS

11

 

HULSE

11,12

 

HUNTON

11,12

 

HUTCHINS

12

 

JACKSON

12

 

JACOWAY

12

 

JAMES

12

 

JEANES?

11

 

JOB

12

 

JOHNSON

11,12

 

JONES

11,12

 

KARNES

11

 

KELLER

11

 

KELLEY

12

 

KELLUM

12

 

KELLY

11

 

KENNAN

12

 

LAFAY

12

 

LAIRD

11

 

LAMKIN

12

 

LANE

15

 

LANGLEY

12

 

LAWRENCE

11

 

LAWSON

11

 

LEACH

11

 

LEAN

11

 

LEWIS

11,12

 

LIVELY

12

 

LOCKHART

15

 

LONDON

11

 

LOYD

11

 

LUCAS

12

 

LUPER

11

 

LUTTRELL

12

 

McALLISTER

18

 

McBRYAN

7

 

McCALL

11

 

McCOY

11,12

 

McNIGHT

12

 

MAGUIRE

12

 

MALEAR

11

 

MALOY

12

 

MANKINS

12

 

MARRS

11

 

MARSHALL

11

 

MATTHEWS

11

 

MAXWELL

13

 

MEEK

12

 

MEGS

12

 

MILLER

11

 

MILLS

12

 

MITCHELL

10,12

 

MOODY

15

 

MOORE

11,12,18

 

MORROW

12

 

NAILOR

12

 

NEAL

11,12

 

NEEL

12

 

NICHOLSON

11

 

NOLEN

12

 

NORMAN

12

 

NORTHRUM

12

 

NORTON

18

 

ODLE

11

 

OWEN

11

 

OXFORD

11

 

PARKS

12

 

PATTERSON

10

 

PERKINS

12

 

PHELAN

11

 

PHILLIPS

11,12

 

PHIPPS

11

 

PEIRSON

11,12

 

PITTMAN

11

 

PREASTLEY

11

 

PRIVET

12

 

PYLANT

11

 

RAINS

12

 

RAND

15

 

REED

11,12,15

 

RENE

12

 

RICHARD

19,20

 

RIEFF

12

 

ROSE

11

 

RUCKER

12

 

RYAN

11

 

SEAY

11

 

SHANNON

11

 

SHARP

11

 

SHERROD

11

 

SHIELDS

12

 

SHULTS

11

 

SINCLAIR

12

 

SKELTON

12

 

SKINNER

12

 

SLATER

11

 

SMARTT

8

 

SMITH

7,11,12

 

SON

11

 

SPURLOCK

12

 

STANDFORD

12

 

STANFORD

12

 

STELL

11

 

STEPHENS

18

 

STIPP

7

 

STRAUB

19

 

STROUB

19

 

STROBE

19

 

STROUD

11

 

TANKERSLY

11,12

 

TATUM

18

 

TAYLOR

11,12

 

TELLOWS?

12

 

THORNBERRY

11

 

THORNSBERRY

12

 

THURMAN

11

 

TODD

11

 

TOLLETT

11

 

TROUT

12

 

VANCE

11

 

VAN HORNE

11

 

VAN WRIGHT

12

 

VAUGHAN

12

 

VAUGHN

8

 

WALKER

11,12,18

 

WALTHER

12

 

WARNOCK

12

 

WASSON

11,12

 

WATKINS

11

 

WEBB

12

 

WEEVER

15

 

WELLS

12

 

WEST

11,12

 

WHITE

11

 

WHITEHEAD

13

 

WHITELY

13

 

WILKERSON

11

 

WILLETT

11

 

WILLHITE

11

 

WILLIAMS

10,11,12,18

 

WILSON

12

 

WISENOR

11

 

WISNOR

11

 

WITT

12

 

WOOD

11

 

WOODS

13

 

YOES

12

 

YOUNG

12

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

“AS I REMEMBER IT”

 

MARION W. BARNES

 

By Donna Cooper

 

Mr. Marion W. Barnes, who is now in the Neil Nursing Home, Rogers, Arkansas, was 100 years old on October 22, 1971.  Miss Thelma Teeter and I visited him recently and were most surprised to find such a remarkable person.  He said that he had trouble remembering dates, but that he could remember many things quite well.  He told us that he enjoys reading and having visitors.  After he told us about himself and his family, he sang a song for us.  Sitting there in his bed, more like a man of 70 or 80 years old, he sang “Root Hog or Die”.  He said that this was an old fiddle tune he had enjoyed playing and singing in years gone by.  We enjoyed every minute we spent with him, and we found that he can tell stories which have been memories to him for many years.

 

            Marion W. Barnes was born in Newton County, Missouri, on the land his father had homesteaded before he was born.  This is near Rocky Comfort, Missouri, about eight miles east of Neosho, Missouri.  They homesteaded 160 acres near the big spring on Indian Creek.  His father was Richard Anderson Barnes, and his mother was Sarah Sylvina Stipp.  Sarah was born in Topeka, Kansas, and the Stipp family had come to Missouri from Illinois.  Richard Anderson Barnes was the son of Tom or probably Thomas Barnes and Nancy McBryan.  The Barnes family had come to Henry County, Missouri, and homesteaded land there also.  They came to Newton County, Missouri, before Marion W. Barnes was born.  Mr. Barnes referred to his grandparents as Ma and Pa Barnes.

 

            The following information is given as Mr. Barnes related it to us:  “Pa Barnes come from East Tennessee and come down the Tennessee River from near the Blue Ridge Mountains, and then he went on west.  Nancy McBryan Barnes, or Ma Barnes, lived to be around 112 years old.  I guess she lived to be older than any of us Barnes.  We lived in the same house with Ma and Pa in Newton County, Missouri.  If Pa was out working somewhere, and one of us kids needed a spanking, Ma gave it to us.  She used to smoke a cob pipe with a long cane stem, and I remember getting her pipe.  She was as good as gold, and we had a lot of fun.  Ma and Pa Barnes are buried at Hart Cemetery, and my parents are buried at Mt. Heber.  I was superintendent there at the Union Church for 14 years.  It was called Union then; I guess it is called Methodist now.  Hart cemetery is 5 miles east of here and that is where my wife is buried too.

 

            “My wife was Sarah Jane Gaston, the daughter of Old Doc Gaston.  We married after I come to Benton County, Arkansas.  I homesteaded land in Benton County, there on Osage Creek.  My wife and me had two daughters, and they are Ida Mae and Pearl.  We all had a good time, the four of us.  Old Doc Gaston ran a boat down the Tennessee River, and it was a big boat, a sailboat.  He used to ship goods down the river.  I think Sarah was born in Tennessee, too.  There was a brigade of them back then that come from Tennessee and went west.  Ida Mae and Pearl used to sing and Ida played the fiddle and Pearl accompanied on the piano.  Ida Mae married Morris Smith, and he died suddenly.  Pearl lives in Kansas City.  My wife and me had an agreement--it was hard to choke down at times, but we always did.  We agreed not to go into debt for nothing, unless it was absolutely necessary.  We had a home of our and had the two girls.  When I moved, I had bought 20 acres and Daddy had three forty-acre tracts down by the road.  I own 40 acres.  Then, when Daddy died, they all wanted us to take Mother, and take the land.  I said we would take Mother but we didn’t want the land; but, they all wanted us to take it, so we did.

 

            “I used to lead the singing at Oakley Chapel for ten years.  That’s on the highway between Bentonville and Rogers.  It used to be a Union Church, but I think it is Methodist now.  My neighbor played the fiddle, and we played and serenaded around over the county.  All of us kids were good singers, and we enjoyed music.

 

            “Uncle Anderson Barnes lived in east Texas.  He worked in the pinery and made coffins and fine furniture.  I believe he lived to be 108 years old.  He was Grandfather Barnes’ brother.

 

            “There were five brothers and six sisters in my family.  The boys were me, Albert, Henry, Edgar, and Oscar.  Becky was the third sister, and I have a sister in California named Minnie.  Minnie married Bill Vaughn, and they married here in Benton County.  All my brothers and sisters have made a trip to California but me.  It is a hot and windy country, and I’d just as soon stay here in the hills.  Oscar lived in Beaumont, Texas.  I’ve made three trips to Texas.  Oscar was the youngest of the brothers.  He was a fine musician; he used to play the piano and the fiddle.  He worked for Gay Singer Music Company there, and he made them a lot of money.  He was working there in Texas stringing a piano, and it was real hot.  He had just said how hot it was, and then just died.  All us kids were good musicians; Oscar loved music, too.  All of us played a string instrument of some kind and sang.  Mother and Father loved music and enjoyed it, too.

 

            “Mother had a cousin that lived in Oklahoma over near Tulsie, and he came one time and said he wanted to take Becky home with him.  That was when Oklahoma was young and there weren’t many schools there then.  Mother’s cousin taught school, and he taught Becky music.  Becky was a natural-born musician; she could play the fiddle or anything.  Becky learned to talk the Indian language while she was over there.  Becky later taught music.

 

            “We come to Benton County, Arkansas, in 1881; we had started to Texas and got as far as Bentonville, and my youngest brother had taken sick.  So, we pulled into the campgrounds there, and called old Dr. Smartt.  He was our doctor then until he died.  We never made it to Texas and just stayed in Benton County, Arkansas.


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