I was born and still live in Oregon.
I still haven't received a plat map for Traskwood, Saline County, AR, for the period of 1878 through about 1884. I was hopeful to see my great grandfather's name on the plat map and see the names of the families surrounding his farm.
The town of Fenter, in Grant County, may be the place where my great grandfather, James Henry FENTER, lived after Traskwood, but I don't have any real proof. The town was suppose to be named after the FENTER family in Arkansas from about 1818.
There may have been more than one James FENTER living in the town of Fenter in the 1880's through the first part of 1900's. I believe one James FENTER moved to Texas, but don't believe he was my James. I also believe my James had at least two siblings: Marquis DeLafayette FENTER (whom I believe I found in Copiah County, MS after the Civil War) and Henry C. FENTER whose Civil War record shows he died during the war, as attested to by Levi FENTER. There is a Confederate record for Marquis (or M.L.) FENTER, Henry C FENTER and James FENTER.
On the 1880 census for Traskwood, Saline County, my great grandfather is listed as James FENTER age 33, widower, with two daughters Safrona and Lina (or possibly Tina or Laura). This James' 1 year old son, Henry Walter FENTER, was living in Fair Play, Saline County with the TANNER family. Henry was listed as a nephew. His two sisters are also listed with the TANNER family as nieces. (The reason for these being listed in both places, on different days of the census, was explained in the homestead record I received. After the death of James' wife Emily, April 1879, the children went to live with a neighbor while their father continued to prove the land.) I believe the daughters were visiting their father on the day the census taker was in Traskwood. The ages of the girls in both census records were the same, age 6 and 4. I don't have a civil or newspaper record of Emily FENTER's death, except for the note in the homestead record.
There is another James FENTER living in DeRoche Township, Hot Spring County, on the 1880 census. He was age 27, with wife Mary and children, Joseph and Alice. I believe this James to be son of Theodore and Rebecca A (MOORE) FENTER.
One of great grandfather's daughters, Sophronie A. (or Safrona) FENTER, age 20, married a John F. FINLEY, age 45, in Hot Sping County, Dec. 1894. I have a copy of that marriage page from the county record book stating that both bride and groom were from Grant County. James FENTER signed as "Security." I can only assume James also lived in Grant County, but traveled to Hot Spring County to sign for his daughter.
My James Henry FENTER was born about 1846. He was listed as 4 years old on the 1850, Saline Township, Hot Spring County Census, living with Elizabeth Williams and her boys. There are several FENTER men with the first name James in the counties of Hot Spring, Saline and Grant 1840-1900, but not all notations list their age or enough information for me to identify my James. (Very early Arkansas records show the FENTER family also in Clark and Lawrence Counties.) There was a James FENTER born in 1852 to Theodore FENTER and another James was born in the 1860's to another FENTER family. There was a James Andrew Barney FENTER who sometimes went by Andrew.
There is some question as to Emily's maiden name. The Hot Spring County Marriage record shows an Emily DAWDY (age 26) marriage to James FENTER (age 24), Sept. 1869. The 1870 Census shows James (age 23) and Emily FENTER (age 21) in Saline Township, Hot Spring County, AR, and the note that they were married in Sept. of the previous year. My grandfather, Henry Walter FENTER, listed his parents as James Henry FENTER and Emily EDGERTON on his Social Security Application in January 1937, when he worked for Union Pacific Railroad. I have searched for the EDGERTON family and found an R. A. EDGERTON, but nothing to suggest he had a daughter named Emily. It is also possible the name could be spelled AGERTON, and this name also showes up in census records about the correct time. The AGERTON family being from Georgia, possibly Hall County. Various spellings of DAWDY also appear during this time period and search area.
I have some information on my HARDAGE side, and have furnished some of that information for a recent booklet on the HARDAGE family done by Margaret Pearce Anderson. John Monroe HARDAGE, born 1867 Arkansas (son of William Benson HARDAGE and Mary Jane ALLEN) had two wives. The first wife was Mathilda (or Matilda) BRAY (daughter of William Daniel BRAY and Cynthia Ann HUGHES). John and Mathilda were my grandmother's parents. I don't have a copy of their marriage. The second wife was Nora A (or E.) SAUNDERS. Hot Spring County Marriage record shows Nora SANDERS. I found some information in a book that leads me to believe Nora may have been a school teacher, but haven't found anything to prove this Nora was the teacher. One of grandmothers step-sisters said her mother's name was Nora "Elizabeth" SAUNDERS and that she was born in Chattanooga, TN. Most of John and Nora's children were born in Bismarck, Hot Spring County, AR, and so was my grandmother, Emma Lee HARDAGE. The family later moved to Oklahoma. John died December 1918 and both John and Nora are buried in Highland Cemetery in Durant, OK. Some of the children were later in Ada, Tulsa and Shawnee, Oklahoma.
My grandmother, Emma Lee HARDAGE, married Henry Walter FENTER in Feb. 1915 in Hot Springs, Garland County, AR. She had been living with and working for her aunt Martha "Mollie" SEAY in Hot Springs, AR, and on the 1910 census Emma is listed as a 22 year old school teacher. (Mollie was Emma's father's sister.) Immediately after Henry and Emma's marriage, grandfather brought her to Oregon.
The parents of William Benson HARDAGE (born abt. March 1844, and Civil War vet.) were Rev. William Thomas HARDAGE and Martha CAIN. One of his brothers was named James Monroe HARDAGE (born abt. Feb. 1843). I sometimes get information on James Monroe HARDAGE because people think my great grandfather was James, but he was "John" Monroe HARDAGE son of William Benson HARDAGE.
Pleae email me direct if you have any information on these family lines: William Benson HARDAGE, James Henry FENTER, Marquis DeLafayette FENTER (also went by Lafayette FENTER, and married Martha E. HAYGOOD in Copiah County, MS, January 1865), William Daniel BRAY, Nora Elizabeth (or Nora A.) SAUNDERS.
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