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My Cherry Family in Arkansas and Tennessee
Posted by: leslie gentry (ID *****0774) Date: January 29, 2010 at 19:44:13
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If anyone has any knowledge of any of these individuals I would certainly appreciate hearing from them

My Great Grandfather Marion Francis Cherry was born about 1819 in Tennessee, the son of Benjamin Franklin Cherry IV and Charlotte Walker. In 1851 he married Elizabeth Jones, who was born in 1836; due to the difference in their ages it is possible that this was his second marriage; however no record of a prior marriage exists. Their first child Benjamin Franklin Cherry (my Grandfather) was born there in 1852 shortly before they started their migration from Franklin County Tennessee to Arkansas. They traveled with the Beverly Owens family and possibly others before settling in the Whitewater Township in the Independence County Arkansas area where Francis Marion who referred to himself as F M practiced farming, as well as being a Preacher, and as a Justice of the Peace, performed many marriages in the area. In 1854 their first daughter, Sarah E Cherry was born, followed by the arrival of a second daughter Susan in 1855. Later three more Daughters was born, Emily F Cherry in 1864, Tennessee L Cherry in 1868, and Charlotte “Lottie” Cherry in 1871, and finally another son, William Beverly Cherry in 1874, named for the good friend of F M Cherry, Beverly Owens, who also named one of his sons Francis Marion after F M Cherry.
Other Cherry/Owens connections back in Tennessee are:
Williamson Brannan(in-law to Owens), married Cassandra Cherry.
Thomas Jefferson Owens married Rhoda Ellen Keeney ,
whose mother was Louisa Cherry. Both Cassandra and
Louisa were daughters to Benjamin Cherry IV and
his first wife, Charlotte Walker.
The two oldest Sisters, Sarah and Susan married two of Beverly Owens’s Sons, Sarah married Francis Marion Owens in 1875, and Susan married Henry Owens in 1877.
In June of 1880 my Grandfather Benjamin Franklin Cherry at the age of 25 decided to leave home. He lived for a while with his sister Sarah and her husband Francis Marion Owens in Big Bottom Township, and finally went to The Benton Area of Saline County Arkansas to work in a Sawmill. In 1885 he met and married Miss Mary Mollie Cole (my Grandmother) Who was born in Texas in 1857. Her family which consisted of her Father, William Cole born in Tennessee in 1823, whose parents were born in France, and Mary Unknown born in Alabama, in 1827 whose parents were also born in Alabama Thought to be of Cherokee Indian descent, A sister Ellen born in Texas in 1861, and a Brother George, born in Texas in 1871. Also living with the family was a nephew Frank Bradbury born in 1867 in Arkansas, whose Father was born in England, and whose Mother was born in Arkansas. But his exact relationship to the Cole family is unknown. The Cole family was living near an elder daughter, Marena/Irena Cole Lovell who had married William Lovell in Texas as his second wife.        
The work in the Sawmill began to dwindle, and after the birth of their first child, a daughter, Millie Adeline Cherry in 1890 they decided to remove to the B I T (Big Indian Territory.) After disposing of their property and securing a suitable wagon and Oxen they started the trek up through the present day Ouachita area National forest and finally arrived in Magazine, Logan County Arkansas where my Mother Tennie Julia Ann Vashti Cherry was born in 1892. Mary Cherry died at childbirth, and Benjamin remarried to a Savanna/Anna Unknown who helped raise the two girls. The family continued on to Wapanucka Oklahoma where in 1910 my Mother just shy of 18 years old married my Father David Austin Gentry in 1910.

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