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Milton Garrison & John Martin Kelso (Kelsoe) & Friarson/Frierson Family
Posted by: Marva Yarrell (ID *****3733) Date: September 20, 2013 at 12:46:13
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I am looking for any information on the Kelso Family of Quachita & Columbia County, Arkansas.Particularly, Milton Garrison Kelso (Kelsoe) & John Martin Kelso (Kelsoe) and the McNeil (McNeill) family of Columbia County, Arkansas.

The Kelso Family is reported to have been the slave owners of my Friarson/Frierson family of Tennessee>Columbia County, Arkansas. Our oral history said that it was J. Milton who owned the slaves, but it is my belief that it was his father, Milton Garrison Kelsoe who owned my family's slaves.

I am trying to find out further infro on my ggggrandparents Marcus & Mittie Friarson who were the parents of Alexander John Friarson, b. 1821 in Tennessee and moved to Columbia County, Arkansas.

If you have any further information on the Kelso or McNeil family, please post on this site or e-mail me directly at:

Thank you for any help you may provide.

Marva Yarrell
Lansing, MI

From “My Genealogy Hound” website:

John Milton Kelso is a well-known attorney of Magnolia, Ark., and his life, with the exception of the first nine years, has been passed in Columbia County, his acquaintance therefore being an extensive one. Although he was born in Mississippi in 1838, the principal part of his education was received in this State, and at the age of twenty years he entered the law office of Sumte & Askew, and after a searching examination was licensed to practice his calling by Judge Len B. Green, in 1859. In 1868 he was licensed by the superior court to practice his profession in any court of the State, and he immediately after opened a law office at Magnolia, where his practice began to steadily and substantially increase. He was married March 3, 1863, to Miss Mary L. Wyatt, of Magnolia, a native of Kentucky, and a daughter of Dr. Alfred and Mary (Johnson) Wyatt, both families being prominent in Kentucky politics before and after the war. Mrs. Kelso was their only child, and is the mother of the following children: Felix A. (who is a graduate of Georgetown College, D. C, is at present reading law in his father’s office), Jennie (who is a teacher in the city schools), Paul (who on January 29, 1890, entered the West Point Military Academy, passing his examination in September, 1889). Miss Jennie and Felix are members in good standing of the Catholic Church. Col. Kelso is a member of the. A. F. & A. M., Colombia Lodge No. 82, and also belongs to Magnolia Lodge of the I. O. O. F., and Columbia Lodge of the K. of P. At the close of the late war he found himself almost bankrupt, and, as in his youth, had to commence at the foot of the ladder. As he had a thorough knowledge of his profession, he considered this sufficient capital with which to again commence the battle of life, and he has fully realized his most sanguine expectations, for he is now a wealthy man, and has a large and lucrative practice. The first fee he received after the war that is worth mentioning was from Paris, France, from a French cotton speculator, by the name of Duboyas, which fee was $1,000 in gold. He began speculating in land soon after the war, and although he was not very successful in his operations, he is now the owner of between 5,000 and 6,000 acres, with about 500 acres under cultivation. He also owns some fine city property, and has a handsome and comfortable residence. He is a gentleman in every sense of the word, and possesses those attributes of which great men are made. He was known as one of the kindest of masters to his slaves, and a negro that belonged to his wife when he married her is still living with them. Prior to the war he was a strong Whig, politically, but at present he is a stanch Democrat. He has never asked for or received an office at the hands of the people, but is eminently fitted to discharge the duties of any office which it is in their power to give. His parents, Milton Garrison and Susan M. (Fitzgerald) Kelso, were born in Kentucky and Virginia, respectively, and at a very early day removed to Mississippi, and there lived for a number of years. In 1847 he came to Arkansas, and in the spring of 1848 settled in Columbia County, where he engaged in farming, as he had previously done in Mississippi. At that time this county was very thinly settled, but after a time a flouring-mill was built on Clear Creek, twelve miles north of Magnolia, which mill had a capacity of twelve or fifteen bushels of grain per day. This was in 1848, and during 1849 and 1850 there were several other mills erected on the same creek. Mr. Kelso became a wealthy farmer, and was enabled to give his children fair advantages. Their names are: J. M. (the subject of this biography), Mary J. (now Mrs. McNeil), Susan (now Mrs. Dermyer, of Dallas, Tex.), Joe G., Lucy (now Mrs. Sandford O. Couch), and Margaret (now Mrs. Prator). Mr. Kelso died in 1883, at the age of seventy-two years, but is still survived by his widow, who is now seventy-five years of age. She is a remarkably well preserved woman, and does not look to be over fifty years of age. She did her own work until a few years past, and for some time has been an active member of the Methodist Episcopal Church, taking a prominent part in all worthy enterprises.

Milton Garrison Kelso
Birth: Nov. 6, 1810
Death: Jan. 12, 1883

Mother: Virginia Hardnett

Family links:
Joseph Garrison Kelso (1784 - 1846)

Susannah Moore Fitzgerald Kelso (1815 - 1898)

John Milton Kelso (1838 - 1923)*
Mary Jane Kelso McNeill (1840 - 1910)*
Joseph Garrison Kelso (1848 - 1897)*
Lucy Kelso Couch (1851 - 1947)*
Jennie A Kelso Couch (1855 - 1883)*

*Calculated relationship

Magnolia City Cemetery
Columbia County
Arkansas, USA
Plot: D

Created by: Michelle Rasberry
Record added: Feb 24, 2012
Find A Grave Memorial# 85642342

Added by: Angela Cozart McKnight

Cemetery Photo of Milton Garrison Tombstone(Did not show up in this post)

Mary L Kelso in household of John M Kelso, "United States Census, 1870"

Name: Mary L Kelso
Birth Year (Estimated): 1845
Gender: Female
Age (Original): 25y
Race: White
Birthplace: Kentucky
Event Place: Arkansas, United States

Household Gender Age Birthplace
John M Kelso M 31y Mississippi
Mary L Kelso F 25y Kentucky
Felix Kelso M 4y Arkansas
Jennie Kelso F 3y Arkansas
Paul Kelso M 1y Arkansas
Gusta Clemons F 18y Arkansas
Leander Kelso M 15y Arkansas

Susanna Kelsoe in household of M G Kelsoe, "United States Census, 1850"
Name: Susanna Kelsoe
Event Type: Census
Event Date: 1850
Event Place: Harrison, Ouachita, Arkansas, United States
Gender: Female
Age: 35
Marital Status:
Race (Original):
Birthplace: Virginia
Birth Year (Estimated): 1815
House Number: 1
Family Number: 1
Line Number: 2
Affiliate Publication Number: M432
Affiliate Film Number: 28
GS Film number: 2482

Digital Folder Number: 004193068

Image Number: 00387
Household Gender Age Birthplace
M G Kelsoe M 50 Kentucky
Susanna Kelsoe F 35 Virginia
John M Kelsoe M 13 Mississippi
Mary L Kelsoe F 11 Mississippi
Henry C Kelsoe M 9 Mississippi
Bery F Kelsoe M 7 Mississippi
Angeline Kelsoe F 5 Mississippi
Joseph Kelsoe M 3 Arkansas
Susan Kelsoe F 1 Arkansas

Cemetery where Kelso's are buried:
KELSO Dorothy SHARMAN Magnolia

KELSO Felix A. Magnolia

KELSO Harriett Scott (black)

KELSO J. G. Magnolia

KELSO J. M. Magnolia

KELSO John M. Jr. Magnolia

KELSO Mary WYATT Magnolia

KELSO Milton G. Magnolia

KELSO Paul Magnolia


Land Office Doc. Date Base Line TWP Range Section Acres
MILTON KELSO CHAMPAGNOLLE 2468 1855/03/01 05 15.0 S 20.0 W 7 0.0000
MILTON KELSO CHAMPAGNOLLE 2468 1855/03/01 05 15.0 S 20.0 W 18 120.0000
MILTON KELSO CHAMPAGNOLLE 10140 1860/09/01 05 15.0 S 20.0 W 18 0.0000
MILTON KELSO CHAMPAGNOLLE 10140 1860/09/01 05 15.0 S 20.0 W 18 0.0000
MILTON KELSO CHAMPAGNOLLE 10140 1860/09/01 05 15.0 S 20.0 W 7 120.0000

Arkansas Census Information
Database: Arkansas Census, 1819-70
Combined Matches: 5
Year Surname Given Name (s) County State Page Township or Other Info Record Type Database ID#
1870 KELSO JOHN M. Columbia County AR 431 Magnolia Township Federal Population Schedule AR 1870 Federal Census Index AR126323401
1870 KELSO JOHN M. Columbia County AR 431 Magnolia Twp Federal Population Schedule AR 1870 Federal Census Index AR08069910
1860 KELSO JOHN Columbia County AR 250 Town Of Magnolia Federal Population Schedule AR 1860 Federal Census Index AR126210132
1870 KELSO MARY I. Craighead County AR 132 Jonesboro Township Federal Population Schedule AR 1870 Federal Census Index AR126323402
1870 KELSO MARY I. Craighead County AR 132 Jonesboro Twp Federal Population Schedule AR 1870 Federal Census Index

Alexander H. McNeill is a native of Coahoma County, Miss., born May 26, 1841, and in growing up was instructed in all the details of farm life, and his years of unremitting toil have resulted in the accumulation of a fine property. He is a son of Hector and Ann Caroline (Frere) McNeill, who were born in North Carolina, September 24, 1808, and St. Mary Parish, La., July 4, 1813, respectively. They were married in New Haven, Conn., while attending college, and in 1850 removed to the State of Arkansas, which place continued to be their home until their respective deaths, the father dying in Desha County, August 3, 1872, and the mother December 6, 1880. Mr. McNeill was a farmer by occupation, a Whig in politics until the dissolution of that party, after which he became a Democrat. His wife was of French descent, a daughter of Alexander and Katherine (Hennen) Frere, and her union with Mr. McNeill was blessed in the birth of five sons and one daughter, two of whom are living: Agnes C. (wife of Robin Bynum, residing in Memphis. Tenn.), and the subject of this sketch. Those deceased are Angus F., Hector, Jr., a second son Hector and Waters H. Alexander H. McNeill was reared in Arkansas from the time he attained his ninth year, and his education was acquired in Davidson College, North Carolina. At the age of twenty-three years he began for himself, as a farmer, and although educated for the bar, he has never practiced that profession. In June, 1861, he enlisted in the Confederate army, becoming a member of Company I, Third Arkansas Volunteer Infantry, and was with Gens. Stonewall Jackson and Henry R. Jackson in the Army of Virginia. He was at Sharpsburg, Antietam, Fredericksburg, Gettysburg, Chickamauga, Knoxville, Spottsylvania Court House, Cold Harbor, and the battles around Petersburg and Richmond. He was slightly wounded at Gettysburg by a minie-ball and the concussion of an exploded shell; was captured in Virginia in 1865, but soon managed to make his escape. He surrendered at the close of the war, and was released on parole, immediately returning home. July 12, 1864, he was married, in Caroline County, Va., to Miss Mary Taylor, a native of King and Queen County, Va., a daughter of Lunsford and Lucinda (Greenstreet) Taylor, who died many years since in that State. To Mr. McNeill’s marriage a family of nine children has been born, four of whom are living: Lemuel C, Adrian H., Mary C. and Angus H. Those deceased are Alexander H., Lucy A., Waters F., Mary A. and Adrian. Mr. McNeill owns an excellent farm of 205 acres in the valley of the Arkansas River, and has eighty-five acres under the plow, the principal products therefrom being corn, hay and cotton. He is also to some extent engaged in the stock business. He is a Democrat, has been county assessor, and is now filling the position of deputy circuit clerk, his office being at Watson, one of the county seats of Desha County. He is highly esteemed by those with whom he associates, is an honorable and progressive Christian gentleman, and his business, as well as his family relations, are exceptionally happy. He and wife are members of the Methodist Episcopal Church, South.

William T. Crawley, planter, Arkadelphia, Ark., was originally from Morgan County, Ga., where his birth occurred December 25, 1821. His parents, Robert and Elizabeth Philips, born in Wilkes County and Morgan County, Ga., respectively, were married in 1817. Robert Crawley was born in 1795, and Elizabeth Philips Crawley in 1799. To them were given ten children, seven of whom lived to maturity. The father was a successful planter, and was county surveyor of Morgan County, Ga., for several years. They were members of the Missionary Baptist Church. Elizabeth Crawley died in 1867, and Robert Crawley died in 1871. W. T. Crawley was married to Miss T. S. Hart, in Walton County, Ga., February 1, 1843. She was born March 6, 1823, and the fruits of this union were nine children, six now living: Cornelia (married J. B. Rogers, and both died during the late war, leaving two sons, E. O. and J. T.), Leonora E. (wife of L. O. Ross), M. J. (wife of M. G. Maning), Julia A. (wife of R. C. Ross), Temperance A. (wife of J. C. Denson), arid two sons, Thomas V. and George. T. V. was married to Miss Ella Brown in 1881. G. B. was married to Miss G. McNeil; she died in two years, after which he married Miss T. Ross, now living. W. T. Crawley and wife were both members of the Missionary Baptist Church.

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