Hempstead County Arkansas Query Page


Date: Sun, 06 Jul 1997 15:04:21
From: Leslie Ferguson

I'm researching Sarah and Rucker TANNER. I was given Hempstead Co.'s name where Rucker's last will was produced in open court by Sarah TANNER in April 1830. I am descended from Jess Tanner, whom I believe is the grandson of Rucker and Sarah Tanner. Jess's parents were Rucker and Martha (Anderson) Tanner - they were born in AR but moved to TX. Sarah moved on to VanZandt Co. TX in 1850 with her sons: Rucker, Jessy and Silas (according to the census there). Can you advise me as to where the best place to start is? If Rucker Tanner died in 1830, prehaps the 1820 census would show him and his family? Would I be able to find his will in Hempstead Co.? Thank you for any help, info, or advice. Leslie (in Oregon)


STEPHENSON: Seeking ancestors and descendants of James W. and Prudence TAYLOR STEPHENSON. Married in Hempstead County 21 Sep 1851. Children were: John C., b. c1862; James F., b30 Sep 1863, d4 Jan 1892; Clark A. b29 Apr 1866, d2 Apr 1941, m. Opal Eliz. RIGDILL, 18 Dec 1894; Robert V. b20 Apr 1868, d22 May 1939, m. Lilla RIGDILL, 23 May 1897; Joseph W., b. c1874, d3 Feb 1881. E-mail to Jack
LOGAN: Seeking ancestors and descendants of John and Harriet J. HAMILTON LOGAN, married Hempstead County, 12 Oct 1855. I believe that Harriet might be sister, or half-sister of David F. TAYLOR, in whose home she was married. E-mail to Jack
COMPTON: GGGrandfather James M. COMPTON moved to Bingen, Hempstead Co., AR. abt 1890 to join cousin Robert James COMPTON and sister Elizabeth Jane (aka Lydia, Lyza), wife of William Whiteford GOODWIN. James M. died abt 1896. I am seeking information as to burial site, condition of burial site, exact date of death. Since Hempstead has split into 5 or 6 more counties, where would I find burial/death data from the state ? Would like to correspond with any others doing research with these names. Charles S. Compton (ARS K4BQP) smail: 466 Roberts Circle, Lincoln, Al.,35096
WALLACE: Andrew Jackson born Ozan, Hempstead, Arkansas. Married Jane FONTAINE born in Ozan, Hempstead, Arkansas. Children were Hempstead, Wilson Polk b1845, David [Dave], Patsy, Sally, Pauline, William Buchannan "Buck" Wallace b 13 Jan 1858. Seeking any information about Wallace family. E-mail Dennis Ward or write to 4608 NE Euclid Avenue, Lawton, OK 73507-6109.
REEDER: Mary Frances. Married Wilson Polk Wallace b. abt 1845 in Ozan, Hempstead, Arkansas. Wilson Polk WALLACE and Mary Frances REEDER were married Jan 6 1868 in Ozan, Hempstead, Arkansas. Seeking any information about the REEDER or WALLACE family. E-mail Dennis Ward or write to 4608 NE Euclid Avenue, Lawton, OK 73507-6109.
FOUNTAIN: Jane born Ozan, Hempstead, Arkansas. Married to Andrew Jackson WALLACE on 24 Jun 1840 in Ozan, Hempstead, Arkansas. Her father was Matthew Fountain. Seeking any information about the FOUNTAIN or WALLACE families. E-mail Dennis Ward or write to 4608 NE Euclid Avenue, Lawton, OK 73507-6109.
HENRY: John, first wife Flora HENRY; md 2nd Francesca. Their daughter Susan Victoria HENRY, b 1848 md Lee J WALDREP of Hempstead Co. in 1860s in Nevada County. Any info on HENRY appreciated. Glad to share info WALDREP and/or GOREE, Amos of Hempstead County. E-mail Aurale Huff
TARVER: Eugene Lafayette TARVER b. 1822 GA m. Irene THOMPSON b. abt 1840 GA. They are listed in 1870 Hempstead Co, AR census with dau F. E. (Frances "Fannie") age 12. Eugene listed "physician". In 1880 Irene is back in GA listed as "widow". When and where did Eugene Lafayette TARVER die and where is he buried? Anything on this family appreciated? Write to Nancy Tarver Schlegel, Rt 1 Box 3200, Ripley OK 74062 or e-mail Nancy
WHITMAN: Nancy Jane born 3 Oct 1844 in Ms, died 18 July 1922 Franklin Co Ar.Married William Henry CAREY in Hempstead Co 30 Sept 1860 at her fathers home Nathan Winston Whitman.Seeking info on these families and 19th Ark Inf Regmt. Contact Newt
MCCANLIES: Hiram McCanlies, b c1810 AR,. He and two other boys, John & William BARFIELD, were "found" on the banks of a creek or the Red River in Hempstead Co. AR by Peter LEATHERMAN, who was made the court-appointed guardian for Hiram "less than 14 yrs of age" in 1825. Hiram was bound to a WILSON family for several years and paid taxes as early as 1832 in Hempstead Co. He married Manolia _______ and had five children, George W., b c1836, William B. b c1838, Caroline M b c1840, Nancy E. ,b c1843, and Mary M.J., b c1846, all in Hempstead Co. Hiram m2 Susannah H GRIFFING, b 9 Jul 1826 Jefferson Co MS, widow of John F BROWN, 9 Aug 1851 in Hempstead Co. Hiram and Susannah had 5 children all born in Hempstead Co.: James Marion b 5 Sep 1852, Elijah T. (Jack) b 18 May 1854, Andrew J. b 30 May 1856, Elizabeth b 19 Jun 1858, Madison H. b 22 Jul 1860 and Randolph B. b 24 Apr 1862. Hiram d Mar 1867, and Susannah brought her family to Navarro Co. TX, where a David P. MCCANDLESS (b 1791 NC) was living with his family. I do not know if there was a connection between Hiram and David or just circumstance. Contact Norman & Linda Sykes
MAY: Benjamin MAY b 1812 in NC, died In Hempstead Co. Married Clara McBRIDE? Also searching for Matt CLIMENTS (CLEMMONS) b?, married to Ethel MAY, b in Hempstead Co. 12/07/1893? Contact Bobbie Conner
RODDEN: John RODDEN,1848-1917, married Mary CROSS (1849-1921) c1870 in Arkansas. John's mother and father were Joseph C. RODDEN and Cynthia Ann Missouria Rodden who lived and died near Hope, Hempstead Co., c1900. John died of pneumonia and Mary was killed in a tornado. Need help locating obits for John and Mary as well as death dates and locations for John's parents. Write to Teresa Highland, 1726 Indian School Road., Garland, TX 75044-7230 or, via e-mail Teresa.
WOODS & GOFF: Seeking info on the following families who lived in Hempsted Co.: Woods and Davis, lived in the Fulton area. Hill and Goff (Gauff) in the Washington area. Contact JohnH1944@aol.com
DOSS: Seeking decentants of Rhoda Louisa DOSS (b.1830), dau. of Noah Gilreath of Wilkes Co.,NC. Married 1st Jonathon W. PARLIER, then moved to Hemstead Co.,AR before 1868. Also looking for family of her brother LEANDER GILREATH(1838-1878) who lived in AR. Contact Todd S. Priest
ACKLES/ECHOLS: I am looking for the family of Martha Jane ACKLES/ECHOLS born in 1831 in Illinois. She married John GROUNDS a longtime resident of Hempstead County on August 3, 1855 in Montgomery Co. AR. John was the son of Daniel GROUNDS and Barbara GROSS of Guernsey. This was third marriage for John, whose first wife was Telitha DRAPER, and second a full-blood Cherokee, name unknown. Children of John and Telitha are Daniel J. born 1842 m. Frances J. BLAND, 2. Sarah born 1844 m. to Elbert WARD, 3. Nancy Jane b 1846 m. Van Buren RATCLIFF, 4. John HENDESON born 1849 m. Caroline BLAND. Child of John and second wife was Minta Frances b. 1853, m. Henry JONES. Children of John and Martha Jane were: 1. Eliza Emiline, b. 1858, m. Silas TATE; 2. Mary b. 1861; 3. Elijah b. 1863 m. Sarah Estelle DURHAM; 4. twin Elisha b. 1863, m. Rose MARTIN and Sarah Carol COOPER; 5. Clarinda b. 1867. m. George CHIRSTIAN; 6. Rose b. 1871, m. a CUNNINGHAM. I have much information on the German ancestry of Daniel and Barbara, would like to trade information on any GROUNDS and ECHOLS descendents. Contact Donna Batrholow
HILBORN: Any info on Henry HILBORN c1871 married Ola Goff 1906 in Hempstead Co. Contact JohnH1944@aol.com
ZACHARY: Seeking information on Bartlett ZACHARY and his son-in-law Miller H. DIXON who were living in Hempstead Co. ca.1830's. Miller's father was Henry DIXON who lived on a tract of land adjoining the town of Washington, and there is an area there called "Dixon's Survey" There was also a Robert Dixon who died near Dooley's Ferry. Any information on these ancestors of mine would be much appreciated. Contact Mary Russell, or write to 416 W. Cherry, Glasgow, KY 42141-1510.
SMITH: Hilary Watson SMITH was b. in Hope, Hempstead Co., to Isaac SMITH and Georgia E. WATSON. I have no date on Isaac but Georgia is dau. of John H. WATSON, son of William and Laura V. HUCKABEE WATSON. Laura was dau. of Isaac C. Huckabee and Dicy WILLIAMS. Would like to exchange data. Contact Barbara Peddicord
CRAIG: Seeking info on Gideon CRAIG. I think he was b. in TN, 1800's and lived in Hempstead Co., Ouchita Co., and then Clark Co., his wife's maiden name was PIERCE. Contact Nilsson.
SMALLWOOD & MOUDY: I am interested in the marriage between Lewis Shepard SMALLWOOD and Mary A. MOUDY which took place in Hempstead Co., on 14 Oct 1851. Contact John Smallwood
CROSBY & FORTNER: I am searching for information about my Grandmother Sarah Beatrice (Crosby)Fortner in Hope, Arkansas. I was born in Hope Aug. 30, 1939, and have been told that she died a few weeks after I was born. Sallie and my Granddad, John Horton Fortner, were either divorced or separated at the time of her death. I have not been able to find any Birth, Marriage, Divorce, or Death records about her from State Agencies. I was told that she was living with my Aunt and Uncle Roy and Clora Ward in Hope at the time of her death. She is Buried at Hope, Arkansas but I have not been able to locate where. My Parents, Older Brother Ernest and I moved to California when I was about two years old so I'm not familiar with the Hope area and am probably missing some good places to search. If my Grandparents were in fact divorced and she remarried then I'm not using the proper surname to find her. Contact Lwayne
BISHOP: My gg-grandparents, Wiley/Willis Bishop and Mary Eliza McMullen Bishop moved to Hempstead Co. AR from Carroll Co, TN in the mid/late 1840s. They are in the 1850 census for Hempstead County along with his brother, Moses Bishop, also from Carroll Co. Any documents re them and/or my g-gf, Joseph Leonard Bishop who was apparently born there would be very greatly appreciated!! Contact Kenneth Byrd
HARRIS: I am looking for information on the HARRIS family in northwestern Hemstead Co. In particular, Anderson George Harris born abt 1800 in NC. In 1860 Hempstead Co. Census, Mine Creek Twp. Had sons James Madison Harris, Alexander "Sandy" Harris and others. Contact Shane Hill
WILLIAMS: I am looking for WILLIAMS ancestors who came to Hempstead Co. and Nashville before the Civil War from Laurens Co. SC. At least 3 brothers and 2 sisters and their widowed mother, Jane Beasley Williams. She is buried at Bingen (1869) near the Methodist Church. Contact Jean Tobey
ALEXANDER: I am looking for parents, siblings, etc of Eliza ALEXANDER, who m. Charles T. RAMSEY 27 Oct 1835 in Hempstead Co. Charles died and she m. Arthur Washington SIMMONS 16 Nov 1637 in Hempstead Co. Eliza shows on the 1850 census as having been born in MO about 1817. I have theories about who her parents were, but have been unable to prove it. Contact Monroe G Davis, Jr
HUGHES: Hazel Hortense HUGHES was b. in Lewisville, AR July 15, 1923. Her father was I.A. HUGHES and mother was Letha Louise WARREN. I would also like to find information about their marriage. I am told that I.A. Hughes was from TX; Letha was from Hempstead Co. Hazel is my mother who never met her father. The family hushed up any information about him. Every clue has been a dead end. I have been searching five years. Any help. Contact Gregory Siewert
WILLIAMS: I have many WILLIAMS ancestors who moved from Clinton, Laurens Co, SC to Nashville, Hempstead Co. in the 1850s. Jane Beasley WILLIAMS, widow of John Elmore WILLIAMS, her sons, Charles, Thomas, and Josiah Lafayette and two daughters, Dorothy Jane, (married WESSON) and Frances Catherine (married YOUNG). Young was already deceased when they moved to Arkansas. My gr. grandfather was Jane's son but was in Arkansas only a short time. Moved to MO before 1860 Census. Contact JTobey8801@aol.com
TYNER & RYAN: I am looking for Angie Marie TYNER or her parents, William Arch TYNER and Emma ROUSE in Hempstead Co. during late 1800's. Also looking for William Pink RYAN who married Angie ?. She is buried in Ben Lommand, Near Ash Down. Contact Doyle Ryan
COUCH: I want to find information about: Any Couch that came through Hempstead Co. AR.
Stephen COUCH married Eliza J. Pollock 18 Aug 1864 in Hempstead Co..
Stephen COUCH married Mary Catherine BARNES 9 Jan 1864 Hempstead Co..
Stephen was from Gwinnett Co. GA. and was married in 1830 to a Elizabeth Langley in Gwinnett Co. There were 5 children from this marriage. Probably all 5 of these children remained in Gwinnett Co. He married 2nd Sarah J. Little in 1855 in Gwinnett Co. Ga. As far as I know he did not have any children with this marriage. He was in the 1860 Census of Hempstead Co.

Matthew COUCH, also on the 1860 Census of Hempstead Co. Matthew & Stephen appear to be brothers but has never been proven.

Benjamin COUCH that died in Spartanburg Co. 1816 his wife died in Gwinnett Co. GA in 1835 about the time that some of the Benjamin COUCH estate was settled. Benjamin's wife was Delilah. She named 12 of her children, one which was Matthew. This Matthew has never been found on any of the 1850 census records. Sure would like to know where he was. Matthew had 6 children and some of were married in Hempstead Co: Mary J. COUCH m. John McVAY 22 Jul 1860; Clarinda m. Joseph A. YARBERRY 25 dec 1865; and Sarah A. m. Boon ZUMWALT 17 Jul 1864. Contact billc@osage.astate.edu
KIRBY: My grandparents lived for many years in Hope, AR. My gfather was Avon KIRBY (3 Jan 1901 - 12 Jan 1974). He was a minister and probably is listed on alot of marriage licenses from the 40's 50's and 60's. He was born in South Fork, AR. His father was William Richard KIRBY (8 Dec 1876 - 18 Jul 1969) who lived for many years in Nashville, AR. I don't know where William was born but he died in Texarkana, AR. I would like to hear from others who may have information about the Kirby's. Contact Michael Conine
HANKS: I am doing my 5 year old granddaughter's genealogy. She has a William HANKS who married Emily ?. They are listed in the 1860 Hempstead Co. census. I would like to know more about these 2 families. I found them in 1850 in Caddo Parish, LA. Any help would be appreciated. Contact cfulcher@mursuky.campus.mci.net
CLARK: I am seeking any info on the family of my gggg grandfather Benjamin CLARK b. January 1758 in Dobbs Co., N.C. He m. abt 1782 to Mary MCCLENDON. Benjamin served in the Revolutionary War. Nine known children were Gilbert, John, Benjamin, Jr., David, Penelope, James, Jane, Sarah, and Mary. The family moved to Hempstead Co. abt 1817 from Tennessee. Benjamin is said to have been an early coroner of the county from 1819-1823. The family had a child kidnapped and later eturned. Benjamin and his son Gilbert were both Methodist ministers. Benjamin, James and Gilbert moved on to Texas and were responsible of the founding of the city of Clarksville, Texas. Benjamin d. February 1838 in Red River, Texas. Any help would be greatly appreciated. Contact S. Stevens
GRIFFIN: My great-grandmother was VERNIE MAYHAN she married CLARENCE GRIFFIN in Newport, Jackson County, Arkansas January 1, 1913. (I can't find a marriage record but this is what is stated in her bible) Three children were born of the marriage. Mildred, my maternal grandmother born in December 1913, Margaret and Jim. This marriage ended by 1921. Vernie went to Houston, TX and my grandmother never saw her father again. I believe he left them. What I know: Vernie was born in 1895 so Clarence was probably born about that time too. I have a couple of old photos, one is of a middle aged couple standing together and on the back it says "Mr. and Mrs J.W. GRIFFIN Hope, Arkansas 1920" and in my grandmothers handwritting below that it states "fathers parents". In our bible she has scratched out the word born and replaced it with from Vallonia, Indiana for Clarence. She states in a letter that he was a telegraph operator. Finally, There is a photograph of a woman holding a baby and on the back is printed "Vearl 1st cousin father side" in my grandmothers hand writting. I would very much like to have any information on this family. When and/or where was Clarence born. Where did he go? Why did he go? Query Update 3/10/97: I have found a marriage certificate in Newport, Jackson County, AR for Clarence and Vernie. They were married January 1, 1913 he was said to be of Jackson County and he was age 22. I found a letter sent to Mildred, my grandmother, from her half sister, Grace Wiess and she states "I found the picture of your daddy, this picture puzzles me. On the back is written (Jack Weir, March 1921-Hope, AR - Little Jack) then below that that is (Mr. Clarence Griffin his picture given to his brother, Ollie Griffin) What I want to know is who is Jack Weir?" This letter has me blown away. I now know Clarence had a brother Ollie. But who is Jack Weir? Contact Adele Ash 965 Webster Street, Palo Alto, CA 94301
STUART and GRAYSON:ELISHA STUART m. MARY GRAYSON 1805. SARAH STUART m. THOMAS GRAYSON. These families removed from KY into AR by 1810. The GRAYSONS and some of the STUARTS moved on down into LA. My gggrandmother, ELIZABETH GRAYSON, m. JAMES MONROE STUART, who later went back to Hempstead Co & m. HENRIETTA JOHNSON. Was there an ALFRED GRAYSON who d. in Hempstead Co in 1815? If so, was he the father of MARY & THOMAS? Other LA settlers from Hempstead Co included SAMUEL DAILEY, WILLIAM MCDONALD, GEORGE N. MATTHEWS, & ELIZABETH SHOOK. Contact Faye Waldrop Johnston
ANDERSON: Issac Anderson found in1860 census of Hempstead Co. Ark., His wife was Sarah SANDERS. Looking for any information on this family. Contact Jimmy Kerr Editor "Pages from the Past", 1807 Douglas Dr. Odessa, Texas 79762-5309
CABANISS/BOHLS: I am searching for information on my gg grandfather, William Parks CABANISS and his first wife, Samantha BOHLS (sp), m Hempstead Co., 1874. I would like to know who the parents of Samantha were and how they came to live in Hempstead Co. Contact Joanna
JONES: Samuel C. JONES born 1816 in Tenessee [may have been Davidson Co.] died 1841 AR? Married bef 1840 to Sarah J. TYREE [not sure yet of the TYREE name] b. 1820 in Tenessee. They came to Hempstead Co., AR before 1850 and settled in the Washington, DeRoan Twp-Ozan Twp area. From their family bible I found a listing of their children: JONES, William Marshall b. April 10, 1842; JONES, James Addison b. May 16, 1844 in TN d. March 5, 1920 in Texarkana, Miller Co., AR m. Dec. 16, 1868 in Hope, Hempstead Co., AR to Martha A. Whitney; JONES, Albert Reamers b Dec. 15, 1846; JONES, Mary Elizabeth b. May 22, 1850; JONES, John Thomas b. April 5, 1852. Please contact Janell Horton
WHITNEY: David Daniel WHITNEY b. March 15, 1803 in Lincoln Co., NC d. on Dec. 22, 1881 in Hope, Hempstead Co., AR [DeRoan Twp] m. Elizabeth GANT bef 1827 in NC. She was born Nov 28 in 1803 in Lincoln Co., NC and died on October 29, 1877 in Hope, DeRoan Twp, Hempstead Co., AR. Both are buried in the Hennegan-Robinson Cemetary in Hope. Their children are: Elizabeth "Betsy" b. Oct. 24, 1827 in NC, d. Feb. 7, 1913 in Texarkana, Miller Co., AR m. a BENNETT; Caroline b. Feb. 15, 1832 in GA, d. Mar. 8, 1911 in Texarkana, m. Daniel SINCLAIR Dec. 23, 1869 in Hope; Henry R. b. Oct. 2 1836 in TN d. Feb. 28, 1899 in Texarkana, m. Hester Ann Rogers FLOYD Nov. 11, 1855 in Hope; Martha A. b. Sept. 1, 1843 in TN d. Feb. 24, 1928 in Texarkana, m. James Addison JONES on Dec. 16, 1868 in Hope. This information is from headstones and county records. If any of it matches yours please contact Janell Horton
SMITH:Seeking information on Robert SMITH and Betty JORDEN, parents of Paschal Rawley SMITH (1829-1925) who lived in Nashville area. Were there other siblings? What information could anyone provide? Also seeking others researching the COULTER, ANDERSON, or SMITH families in Hempstead/Howard county area ca. 1860's-1890's. Contact Willi
SMITH: Isaac Smith md Georgia E. Watson 17 Nov 1903 in Hope. I would like to make contact with relatives os Isaac so I can straighten out the genealogical nightmare. These are my great grandparents. Contact Barbie
BOREN: Researching the BOREN family that lived in Hempstead Co. c1820. They came from Sumner Co., TN and moved to Collin Co.,TX. about 1828 or 1830. Anyone with info, please contact Fred Downs
ELLIS: Milton ELLIS m. Mary Alpha FOWLER in Arkinda, Little River Co., AR. Children were Amy Mae b. 1-27-1906; Jessie Raymond b. 12-12-1907, both born in Arkansas. Milton and Mary lived in Ozan area but we don't know where Amy and Jessie were born. Ozan or Saratoga or? any information appreciated. Contact Gary Ellis
BURKE: Samuel BURKE and family relocated to Hempstead Co. after Civil War from TN. Sam married Bessie Burke in early 1900s (possibly to 1920s), after his first wife died. I believe the marriage to Bessie took place in Hempstead Co. I'm interested in knowing marriage info, Bessie's maiden name and information about remaining Burke family members around Hope. Samuel was my grandfather. Wiley, Mary, Jack, Stan, Frank, Bob, Jim and Tom Burke were the original Burke family members when they moved to Hempstead County. Please contact Sheila Usher-Sneed 3519 Brymoor Ct., Pearland, TX 77584
BRADLEY: William F. Bradley married Unknown, son, John Henry Bradley b:26 Feb 1880 d: 12 May 1961, M:2 Sept 1905 to Lelia Daniel. Searching for mother of John Henry and wife of William F. Parents of William F. also if possible. Contact Mark Bradley
REEVES/HEWETT: Seeking information on Issiah REEVES and family of Hempstead Co., Ark. Also info. on J.S. HEWETT who married Cora Lee REEVES. Please contact Elaine Bay
LASETER: C. G. LASETER b. Apr 14, 1838 Monroe Co, GA, d. Dec 8, 1931 in Hempstead Co. Married Sarah Clark WATKINS, b. Jan 4, 1832, d. Jun 30, 1907 in Hempstead Co. Children: John L., Mary Green, Lee Allen, Luther W. and Lawrence Webb LASETER (my grandfather). Need burial sites of all but my grandfather. Believe cemetery was near either Greenlaseter, Shover Springs or Dike Springs. Contact Webb LASETER 111