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George Baker Chambers

     "George Baker Chambers, farmer of Jefferson Township, Chambersville, post office, was born in Baldwin County, Ga., November 22, 1841. His father, Thomas G. Chambers, a son of James Henry Chambers, a native of Virginia, was born in Halifax County, Va., July 14, 1802, and ddied in Dallas County, Ark., in 1875. Early in life  he moved from Virginia to Georgia, where he engated in merchandising and farming, and was married at Milledgeville, in the latter State, to Miss Leodica M. Smith, a native of Virginia, born in Halifax County, in 1814. She was the daughter of Joel Smith, a soldier in the War of 1812. He was taken sick and died in the hosptial during the war. They had a family of six children, but five of whom are living,  of whom our subject is the fourth. Mrs. Chambers died December 18, 1887. When the subject of this sketch was but five years of age, his parents moved to Alabama, where they had lived for two years after leaving Georgia, and settled in what is now Calhoun, Ark. Chambersville post office, which was established in 1846, was named in honor of Mr. Chambers. Here it was that our subject was reared and schooled, but owing to his limited educational advantages, his education was meager. Part of the time he rode seven miles to school. He resided with his parents until nineteen years of age, when he enlisted in the Confederate army, in Talbot County, and served throughout the war. He was in the battles of Pleasant Hill (La.) and Poison Springs (Ark.) In 1866 he was married to Miss Catherine C. Councill, a native of Arkansas, born in 1845. She is the daughter of Jesse and Harriett N. Councill, early settlers of Arkansas. This union was bless with five children, but four of whom are living, viz: Thomas G., Harriett N., James H. and George B. Mr. Chambers has been a resident of this county since 1848."

Source:  Biographical & Historical Memoirs of Southern Arkansas, 1890,  Goodspeed Publishing Co.
 
 


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