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Re: William A.T. Cates 1814-1862 NC-AR
Posted by: John Redmond Stevens Date: February 28, 2001 at 15:17:42
In Reply to: Re: William A.T. Cates 1814-1862 NC-AR by Nancy Hensley Grinder of 572

Nancy -

All I have for Martha Singletonīs parents is:

1854 Benton Co., Deeds
James C. Singleton and Caroline B. Singleton, his wife, appoint William A.T.
Cate power of attorney to sell their real and personal property in the state
of Tn. They signed the power in Clarke Co., Ar. 15 April 1854.

It is an assumption rather than fact but for now it is all I have.

Yes, my grandmother was Mima Redman. She was born in Searcy County in 1888 and died in California in 1993 at age 105. She was a treasure-trove of Searcy lore even though sheīd left Arkansas around 1920. Unfortunately, we grandchildren were involved in raising our families elsewhere and didnīt see her that often.
She did speak of her father Oscarīs store - called it a "general mercantile" as I recall - but I do not remember anything about a rolling mill (although it sounds vaguely familiar). She did say that one of her brothers had a real estate business in or around Marshall. My sister recently informed me that one of her daughters has around six hours of video tapes of Mimaīs reminiscences of life in Searcy County and we are in the process of arranging transcriptions and/or copies. Hopefully, we will find information that will be of use to you for your library project. I will also send your note to my sister.

Yes, my grandmother had tales of Searcy County and the Civil War - jayhawkers and bushwhackers and the Peace Society and entire families torn apart. I just recently became aware of William A.T. Catesīs involvement - and also the involvement of John L. Sanders, father of Nancyīs husband, Asa Counts Sanders.
I strongly suspect that this is in part why we cannot find anything on the Redmans. We have a couple of names beyond Oscar Redman and absolutely nothing else - no history. Itīs a wonder anyone in Searcy County survived that onslaught.

No, I certainly did not know that Martha Singleton was sixty years old when she arrived in Arkansas! I appreciate that small but significant fact.

I will keep you advised of any new information and if you should put me in touch with anyone who might give me leads to my elusive Redmans I will send you some of the bright, warm sun that we have here in Costa Rica - where I have lived for the past five years.

John Redmond Stevens

PS - There is a posting at the Searcy County GenForum from a person who says her grandparents (?) had a store in Marshall. Iīm not sure of the of the search I used to locate it, but I think it was "Brown". As I recall she sounded as though she had additional information.


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