Off I-30 on Trinity Road, Miller County,
| Father, William H. HARPER, Born
May 23, 1814, Died Nov. 14, 1873
Mother, Nancy P. Harper, Died Nov. 9, 1884, Aged
(Mr. Harper was buried the year that Texarkana
was founded so that makes he and his wife some of the oldest residents of
The above information was published
TEXARKANA USA QUARTERLY,
Volume XIX, No. 4, Winter, 1992,
along with this bit of history.
The original land grant was issued
to NANCY P. HARPER, widow of WILLIAM H. HARPER by President Chester Arthur,
Homesteading 100 acres at the location on which the graves are standing.
Land grant issued a certificate of registration of the Land Office at Camden,
Arkansas pursuant to the Act of congress approved 20th May 1862. Given at
the city of Washington the Thirtieth day of August, in the year 1882. (This
was two years prior to her death in 1884) Evidently the Harpers lived on
the land since at least 1873. Also on the 11th day of June 1892, DAVID F.
HARPER (either a near relative or son as the grave stones read Father and
Mother) sold the land to a S. A. CARTER. A portion near what is now SANDERSON
LANE was sold to a J. D. SANDERSON in 1904 and heirs continued to own until
On September 25, 2003 Betty and Bill Sharp stopped
by this same open field that had recently been mowed. Under a tree was a
large tombstone that we had noticed for many years but had not taken a picture
of it. The gate was opened so we went over and took photos of it. From Texarkana,
go east on I-30 then exit at Jefferson Avenue and turn left over I-30 to
Trinity road then turn right and go for about 1 mile. After the curve in
the road to the left, look to your right and beyond the gate, the stone will
be leaning on its base beneath a large tree. If anyone knows more about this
family please send it to the TEXARKANA USA GENEALOGICAL SOCIETY, by mail,
email or by message board at this web site.
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