Capt1. James UNDERWOOD

Of Lawrence County, Arkansas

First Generation
1. James UNDERWOOD, born 1804, died before November 11, 18522 in Lawrence
   Co, AR.  He married an Elizabeth who was born in Missouri about 1807.
   James' father, Gideon, was born in Virginia and his mother in Missouri. 
   They had the following children:

       2 M   i. David UNDERWOOD, born 1828 in Missouri
       3 M   i. Jamison J. UNDERWOOD, born abt 1831 in Missouri
    +  4 F  ii. Martha Margret UNDERWOOD was born in 1833 in Missouri
       5 M   v. Thomas UNDERWOOD, born 1837
       6 F  vi. Sarah A. UNDERWOOD, born 1841
       7 F vii. Matilda J. Underwood   Researcher: Dave ( fireball @ )
Second Generation
 2.  Martha Margret UNDERWOOD was born in 1833 in MO.  She married
     Zachaeus RATLIFF, son of Elam RATLIFF and Unknown, on 10 Feb 1848 in
     Lawrence Co, AR.  Martha died in 1886. (Zachaeus RATLIFF was born on
     11 Aug 1824 in NC. , died on 3 Sep 1890 in AR.; buried in Sep 1890
     in Cemetery, Smithville, AR. .)
     They had the following children:
       8 F    i. Melissa Jane RATLIFF was born on 15 Jan 1849.  She died
                 on 21 Jan 1899.  Melissa married Amos J. BRATCHER.
       9 F   ii. Elizabeth RATLIFF was born about 1850.
      10 M  iii. James S RATLIFF was born about 1852.  James died about
      11 F   iv. Mary A. C RATLIFF was born about 1854.
      12 M    v. Carney Strong RATLIFF was born on 27 Dec 1855.  He died
                 on 21 Feb 1937.
      13 M   vi. David G RATLIFF was born in Mar 1858.  David died about
      14 M  vii. Mcalexander RATLIFF was born on 6 Jan 1863.  He died on
                 28 Apr 1941.
      15 M viii. William Thomas RATLIFF was born about 1860.  William died
                 about 1927.
      16 F   ix. Louisa Josephine RATLIFF was born on 25 Aug 1865.  She
                 died on 26 May 1950 in Lawrence Co, AR.  Louisa was
                 buried in May 1950 in Friendship Cem, Lawrence, AR.
                 Louisa married Isaac Lonnie FRISBEE, son of Isaac FRISBEE
                 and Mrs., on 10 Mar 1887 in Lawrence Co, AR.  (Isaac
                 Lonnie FRISBEE was born on 16 Aug 1867 in MO. , died on 9
                 Jan 1930 in Lawrence Co, AR. , buried in Jan 1930 in
                 Friendship Cem, Lawrence, AR. .)
      17 F   x.  Martha Frances RATLIFF was born on 23 Nov 1868.  She died
                 on 11 Nov 1949.
      18 M  xi.  Amos John Edward RATLIFF was born on 17 Mar 1872 in
                 Randolph County, AR.  Amos died on 17 Apr 1948.


Note 1: A James Underwood enlisted in the Mexican War on June 18, 1846 in Smithville, Lawrence County, Arkansas. He was in Co C ARK Batt INF & MR as a PVT.

Note 2: James' Will was administered on 24 Nov 1852 in Lawrence Co, AR. He is listed as a Captain and was known in his family as Captain James Underwood. This Will and a Letter of Administration is on file at the Lawrence County Courthouse in Walnut Ridge, Arkansas. The Letter of Administration states that he died on 11 Nov 1852

Note 3: In the 1850 Census, Strawberry Township, living next to James and Elizabeth, is:
UNDERWOOD, Jamison 38, James 19, Voluntine 10, Thomas 12, David 22 VA/MO

Note 4: James receives a land patent from the US Government in Lawrence County, Arkansas on September 5, 1842 as a cash entry sale. There was also a Gideon M. Underwood who received patents in 1839 and 1842 in Lawrence County. Gideon is the father of Capt James Underwood.

Note 5: Revolutionary War Records VIRGINIA SECTION III 590
Underwood, Gideon   Underwood, Gideon   State Line

Franklin County, Kentucky
Underwood, Gideon married Underwood, Salina on 20 Nov 1805 in Franklin County, Kentucky

Orange County, Virginia
Dohony, Mary married Underwood, Gideon on 04 Jan 1791 in Orange County, Virginia

Note 6: There is a wealth of information on this Underwood family in the book: "The Underwood Family from Madison County, Virginia" by Ben H. Coke. The Family History Library holds a copy of this book, call #: USICAN 929.273 Un 2c

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