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Re: Lookup for John Jackson's Marriage-1834 or 1835
Posted by: Mark Jackson (ID *****4613) Date: April 20, 2004 at 14:27:34
In Reply to: Re: Lookup for John Jackson's Marriage-1834 or 1835 by Carl Bailey of 792

Carl,
Thanks for passing that on, but John Jackson's first wife
was probably America Woods and if it was she was born in TN. John Jackson second wife was America Russell and he married her in 1847.
If you can still make contact with Ellen Bishop, Please pass this along about King's Mill,AR. I also have a Picture of King's Mill that I will e-mail you and you can pass that on to her. Here is the info. on King's Mill:
From: Cleatus Lewis
To: Mark Jackson
Sent: Saturday, February 15, 2003 5:40 PM
Subject: King's Mill


Mark,

As you go through my file you may have found that in some places I have the spelling "King's Mill" and in others "Kings Mill". Also in the endnotes in the different marriage source notes the spelling is given as "King's Mill" and "Kings Mill". I went back and looked at the different source notes, then I checked some more on the history of King's Mill. This is what I found:

History of King's Mill

Exerts from The Sharp County Journal, Volume 6, Number 1, May 1994, "A HISTORY OF LIBERTY HILL AND KING'S MILL" by Audrey Thompson.

"The history of King's Mill, Arkansas is a long one that began well before the Civil War and continued to the 1950's. Several factors that made King's Mill an attractive place for a town were good grazing and farm land, plenty of wild game and fish, and an ideal place to ford Big Creek. The town of King's mill was named after John King in 1876 when the first post office was established there. There had been a town there long before 1876 and we are not sure what it was called or when the early first businesses were established there. We know that there have been grist mills in King's Mill from the earliest days and that David Spurlock, Jr. operated one there before and during the Civil War. John King owned and operated a large grist mill for the time with two sets of burrs, one for grinding wheat into flour and one for grinding corn into meal and animal feed. The power for the grist mill came from Big Creek. A dam was built across the stream and a dirt flume ten or twelve feet wide brought water to within forty feet of the mill. >From this point the flume was built of lumber and the water flowed to the waterwheel under the mill house. Through a system of belts and a clutch the power from the waterwheel turned the burrs that ground the grain. There was a system of lead weights that kept the wheels in balance. The toll for grinding was one-eight for corn and one-ninth for wheat. The time between 1890 and 1910 was probably when King's Mill was flourishing the most."

In 1995 all that was left of King's Mill was a deserted church building sitting just off the road. The building that housed the post office was still there. It had been built onto and people were using it for their home. These were pointed out to me by my cousin, Archie Spurlock, who had lived in that area most of his life.

The name King's Mill can be found with the spelling "Kings Mill" , King's Mill and King Mills in different court documents. I have seen marriage certificates from 1885 to 1907 with the spelling "Kings Mill". The majority of the copies of marriage records that I have from 1890 to 1922 have the spelling "King's Mill". I also have copies of some marriage certificates in the late 1920's where it is spelled "King Mills". On my birth certificate issued in 1932 it is spelled "Kings Mill". I have come to the conclusion that since the town was named after John King the possessive form with the apostrophe is the correct. John King had one mill so the rendering King Mills seems to be incorrect. When they spelled it "Kings Mill" I believe they meant "King's Mill, but left out the apostrophe. Several of my cousins who have lived in and around Center, Sharp County, Arkansas all their lives refer to it today as "King's Mill".

Attached is a photo of King's Mill taken in 1904 from the Sharp County Journal.

Cleatus



King's Mill

I will send the photo next of King's Mill.
Sincerely,
Mark Jackson


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