October 23, 1835
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| White County is Arkansas's 31st county, formed on October 23, 1835, from portions of Independence, Jackson, and Pulaski counties. No one is certain where the White County name came from. One opinion is that the county was named for the White River, which borders its eastern edge. Another opinion is that the county was named for Senator Hugh L. White of Tennessee, who was a Whig Party candidate for president in 1836. Near the center of the county, a community had developed around the White Sulphur Springs. On November 23, 1837, the state legislature designated this community the county seat and named it Searcy in honor of frontier lawyer and judge Richard Searcy of Batesville (Independence County), who had died in 1832 at the age of thirty-six. The first courthouse was a log structure built in 1839, but various legal challenges resulted in years of wrangling over the ownership of the Searcy site. The issue was finally decided by the U.S. Supreme Court in 1851, and Searcy was finally officially the county seat.|
The first American settlers are believed to be John and Nancy Magness, who traveled down what has become known as the Old Southwest Trail from Wilson County, Tennessee, to reach White County around 1815. The Magnesses lived near what is today the town of Letona.
Arkansas Dept of Health
|Arkansas Dept of Health|
Division of Vital Records, Slot 44
4815 West Markham Street
Little Rock, AR 72205
Fax: (501) 663-2832
Arkansas State Archives
|Arkansas History Commission
One Capitol Mall
Little Rock, AR 72201
|The History Commission, the official state archives, is a facility in which those interested in Arkansas history may engage in research. The staff does not undertake research requests from the public. The Research Room is open from 8:00 A.M. to 4:30 P.M., Monday through Saturday. It is closed on state holidays. If you are traveling long distances, please call to confirm hours/days of operation at 501.682.6900.|
Arkansas Genealogical Society
300 N. Spruce St.
Searcy, AR 72143
315 N Spruce
Searcy, AR 72143
|White County Historical Society|
Searcy, AR 72145
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