Matthew Marion McCabe was born in aplin Township, Perry County Ark August 8, 1835 and by reason of his long residence here enjoys unbounded acquaintence. His father and mother, James McCabe and Minnie Massingill came to this county with their parents who were the very first settlers of this county when buffalo, bear and deer were plentiful. James, of Irish descent, was born in Illinois and was a farmer by occupation, his wife being of Tennessee origin; she died about 1843 and the father in 1845. There were six children in the family, four now living: Matthew, Sarah A. (wife of Edward Wade), Elizabeth (wife of William Edwards) and John Jasper. Matthew received no education in youth, his parents having died when he was young. He was raised by an uncle till about twelve years old when he went to work for himself as a farm hand at $4 a month. In October 1863 he enlisted in Company C, Third Arkansas Cavalry, was engaged in skirmishing most of the time and May 22, 1865 was dischared. He now has 120 acres of land, which is well watered, located on Cypress Creek; this is a good stock farm and one of the best improved in the county. When he first bought it, there were ten acres cleared; there are now 120 acres under cultivation. Mr McCabe is greatly interested in educating his children and is always active in the advancement of the county and community. In 1856 he married Sarah J. Wade of Perry County who died in 1864 leaving three children: John William, Hampton and Sarah (wife of William P. Hubbard). In 1867 he married Mary G. Hambright of South Carolina who died about 1880, leaving five children: Green C., Mary C. (wife of Sidney Robinson), Jimmie, Marion J. and Marinda. In January 1882, Martha Jane Scallions of Tennessee, became his wife. They have four children: Benjamin, George W., Dimmie and Nancy Jane.