November 1, 1833
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|Louisiana Territory, Missouri Territory, and finally Arkansas Territory were names given to the land that became Carroll County. The Osage hunted the land until they ceded their rights to northwest Arkansas in an1808 treaty. In 1818, the United States government established a reservation for the Western Cherokee. The northwest boundary of the reservation ran diagonally through what is now Carroll County. In 1828, the reservation was given up, and the land became the property of the federal government once more. The Trail of Tears crossed the area (then Lawrence County and later Izard County) before Carroll County was created on November 1, 1833, and also later that decade. The county was named after the state of Maryland resident Charles Carroll. Carroll, one of the first to sign the Declaration of Independence, identified himself by adding his place of residence as he penned “Charles Carroll of Carrollton.”|
The county’s boundaries changed several times. Sections were taken in 1836 and 1838 to create Madison and Searcy counties. Another portion became Newton County in 1842. The creation of Boone County in 1869 reduced Carroll below the minimum square miles required for a county, so part of Madison County was added.
William and Charles Sneed were the area’s first settlers. Carrollton was the county seat for a time. Located on the Military Road, it became a thriving community and saw many changes. In 1844, a Marion County political feud between the Tutt and Everett families turned violent. The Carroll County Militia was ordered to Marion County to put an end to the bloodshed. The ill-fated Fancher wagon train passed through the town in 1857; it would later be attacked by Mormons in Utah in what is known as the Mountain Meadows Massacre. The surviving children were returned to Arkansas two years later.
In the county’s early years, lumber mills appeared, farmers grew sustenance crops, and an abundance of game made for good hunting. The Kings River, the White River, and other water sources such as Osage and Dry Fork provided access to the growing county. A post office was established at Green Forest in 1855, discontinued in 1856, and reestablished in 1867.
Carroll County Military
Berryville Highschool Class ca. 1918-19
Submitted by Barb Frederick
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