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Early Bluffton, AR families
KarylonRussell44 (View posts) Posted: 30 Dec 2000 7:00AM

Classification: Query
Surnames: DAVIS, MAXWELL, LOFLAND, MILLER, MORGAN, GARRETT, WATSON, POOR, REECE, RIGGS, CORNELIUS, SULLINS, MARR, AIKMAN, JACKSON, BARKER
Many of the early Foursche LaFave pct. families between Bluffton and Parks, AR who were listed on the 1840 and 1850 Censuses for that area left Arkansas about the same time in early 1852 and eventually ALL settled along the Colorado River area of Llano/Burnet Co. TX.

Any information about these families would be greatly appreciated, and I am able to share quite a bit of good information on them as well. These families include:

William K. (Billy) DAVIS and wife, Elzira with children Thomas Henry m. Martha FRY (Frie) in Yell Co. area; Edward W. NED Davis; Caleb A. Davis; Benjamin F. Davis; Lucy Parthena Davis; Marcus DeLafayette Davis; and Margaret Melcenie (Maggie) DAVIS. Going to Texas with them was Mary Ann Reece, an orphaned child of Abihu Reece and wife #1 Caroline Scott who was living with the Davises in 1850 Yell Co. along with 3 older Reece brothers (later whereabouts unknown).

The descendants of Isaac D. Maxwell and wife #1 Nancy L. Byler Maxwell, which included: Mary B. Maxwell DAVIS m. NED DAVIS in Yell Co.; Solomon G. Maxwell; Isaac Byler IKE Maxwell; James Taylor JIM Maxwell m. Elsie Spillers #1; and later, Elvira Ella Maxwell Parks (Mrs. Jordan Stokes Parks, son of Wm. J. & Hannah Stokes Parks); Oldest daughter, Delcenia H. Maxwell Lofland (Wilburn) went to that area of Texas during the Civil War following the fatal ambush of her husband by a bushwhacker, but she returned after the war until around 1900 when she left to take care of a motherless grandchild in Rockwall CO. Texas.

The William Hudspeth Miller-Matilda Morgan Miller family and children, some who intermarried with the early Yell Co. JACKSON family, specifically John/Humpy Jackson m. Emily Miller. Also coming was Warren Barker whose daughter Phoebe m. Robert J. Jackson in Yell Co. in 1848

The John Samuel Watson-Telitha Cumi Poor Watson family and her mother Margaret POOR (Mrs. Wm.--marriage #2, whose maiden name was probably RIGGS)

SOME of the family of Charles Garrett and Ruth Miller Garrett found in Yell Co. 1850 & 1860--mainly James Carter Garrett.

Merrill Simpson Garrett--believed to be the son of Charles Garrett's brother, Isaac Garrett found on 1850 census.

SOME of the descendants of William Cornelius and Permelia Sullins Cornelius. She m. #2 John H. Maxwell (his third marriage), but they had no children together.

Some of the descendants of John H. Maxwell, a brother to Isaac D., and John's wife #1--Elvira Byler, mainly THE CHILDREN of John's oldest son, Abraham ABRAM B. Maxwell and wife Melcenie J. Cornelius, Pamelia's daughter, which included Thomas A. Maxwell m. Harriet Marr in Yell Co.; Elvira Maxwell m. John A. Marr in Yell Co.; and their minor siblings--Mary m. Ben Aikman from Yell Co.; Malcolm C. MACK;Viola Ann;John William; ABRAM M.

Some of the other MARRs, siblings to those listed above--Susan m. Cato; and Alfred G. BUD also joined them in Texas. All the MARRs listed are children of Alfred Marr, Sr. and wife, Ann McElroy of Yell Co. AR.


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John Humpy Jackson Married 1st Ann Smart -Second married Elizabeth Durham
Barbara Chapman Elliott (View posts) Posted: 24 Mar 2001 7:00AM

Classification: Query
Surnames: Jackson
Yell Co. You are wrong on John Jackson 'Humpy " Of Menard The Menard history book missprinted his family info that is his daughter in law. I am his gggrandaughter I have compiled history for 40 years. please correct .Barbara Worth Chapman Elliott .

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Re: Early Bluffton, AR families
GuyBeatty44 (View posts) Posted: 29 Dec 2008 12:03PM

Classification: Query
Surnames: Watson
AR to TX

1850: Upper Fourche, Yell, Arkansas
John Watson 23, TN
Talbitha 16, AR
Margaret Pore 65, TN
Emaline Garret 16,TN

1860 Precinct 2 Dallas, Texas
Palace Hill RollM653_1292 pg 318
Jno S Watson 36 Farmer TN
Tebitha 23 AR
Eow R 5 TX
James B 4 TX
Amanda 2 TX

1870: Precinct 1, Burnet, Texas
John S Watson 45 TN
Tabitha Watson 35 AR
Radford Watson 15 TX
James Watson 13
Amanda Watson 11
William Watson 9
Benjamin Watson 7
Fannie Watson 2
Mary Watson 5/12

1880: Precinct 6, Burnet, Texas
John S. Watson 56
Mary F. Watson 26
Wm. S. Watson 19
Benj. F. Watson 17
Fanny Watson 13
Mary N. Watson 11
John B. Watson 4
Harriet Watson 3
Edward H. Hughes 12 S Son
Mennie Hughes 6 S Dau
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Re: Early Bluffton, AR families
GuyBeatty44 (View posts) Posted: 29 Dec 2008 12:23PM

Classification: Query
Surnames: Watson, Poor
From Burnet Co. TX Book:
John Samuels father taught in a college in Memphis, Tn. where John was born in 1826. He later moved to Missouri where he either taught in a college or practiced law.
At 21 about 1847 John Samuel came to Texas. He told he swam a river and migrated to Bertram Tx. where he worked at a cotten gin for two years.
John Watson and Talitha Cumi Poor married in Missouri in 1849 when she was about 14 years of age. They moved to Florence Tx. and later to Andice.
He established a saw mill, a flour and corn mill, and a cotten gin on Morgan Creek all water powered. John also had a horse powered gin and thrashing machine.
He raised cattle, horses, hogs, etc. and his brand was an arc over a 9. During his life he baughet around 1400 acres of land extendig from the home at White Bluff toward Burnet.
The home was situated on White Bluff at the waterfall near the Colorado River. Built of hand hewen cypress with cypress or ceder shake shingles it is now under the waters of Lake Buchanan.
The supplies for Johns family and business were hauled from Bertram on an ox wagon. The oxen were named Buck and Brindy. He took anything he had to sell such as pecans, food stuff, etc. and traded for needed supplies.
John Samuel and Talitha had ten children. The first six were born at Florence and Andice during the time he was driving the government train for supplies. The last four were born at Bluffton.
Talitha died of cancer August 29 1871 at thirty six years of age. A few weeks before she died she made her burial dress, and was placed side saddle on a horse and rode to select her gravesite near the home.
When Lake Buchanan was built 1935 five graves were moved to the new Bluffton Cemetery in Lano County.
John Samuel maried Mary Chadwick Hughes about 1874. She had two children from a former marriage, a girl Minnie who married Jonn Maxwell, and a boy Eddie who was afflicted and died at sixteen. There were three children born of this marriage; John D. born June 17, 1875, Hattie A. Watson born April 26, 1878 and Amous J. born February 11, 1881.
The thired marriage was to Ellie Hughes a sister to Mary Chadwick Hughes on May 15, 1889. She had been married and had children.

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Re: Early Bluffton, AR families
KarylonRussell44 (View posts) Posted: 31 Dec 2008 7:44PM

Classification: Query
Surnames: Watson, Maxwell, Parks, Hughes, Chadwick
I am familiar with this write-up in the Burnet Co. History Volume II. Oral heritage is great for the personal lifestyle of families, but they are often lacking in documented evidence for genealogy purposes. It is doubtful Mr. Watson came to Texas in 1847, for he is clearly with his young family in Yell Co. AR in 1850. Talitha's parents had come to that same area from Missouri, but they were also already living there by 1840, making it highly unlikely John S. & Talitha married in Missouri. As pointed out in an earlier reply, the Watsons were first in Dallas Co. TX after they left Arkansas,and until after 1860, making their move to Florence much later than indicated.

It is also doubtful he was anywhere near Bertram in 1847, since this predates the establishment of Ft. Croghan or when the Rangers first came into Burnet County and set up camp on Hamilton Creek.

Wife #2 was Mary F. Chadwick, daughter of Delevan Chadwick & Clemenza Davis, who married in Adams Co. IL pre 1850, then joined Delevan's close relative in Burnet Co. by 1860 (Henry A. Chadwick).

Wife #3 was NOT a sister to Mary F. She was also from the same area of Yell Co. AR as the Watsons/Poors had been, living with her Maxwell parents in 1850. Her name was Elvira Ella (Ellie) Maxwell, and she was the youngest sister of the man who named Bluffton, Texas, Isaac Byler IKE Maxwell. Ellie's first husband was Jordan S. Parks, and she did not officially move to Texas until after her husband's death in Arkansas. She and children were still in area of Yell-Scott Co. AR in 1870, but joined her brother IKE at Bluffton around 1877.

She lived with IKE until she married the elderly Mr. Watson, the couple having no children together. He died not many years after their marriage, but she did not leave Llano Co. until the early 1900's when she joined a son near Decatur, TX, Wise Co., where she was killed in a tornado near Alvord. She is buried in a cemetery in Alvord near her son, William Jordan Parks and family.

The husband of Minnie Hughes mentioned in the article married John B. Maxwell, a son of IKE Maxwell by his second wife. They lived most of their married life in area of Roswell, then Portales, NM where they are buried.

John S. Watson's son, Edward Radford RAD Watson, was shot and killed while topping fodder in his field. MANY believe he was killed by Wm. D. Chadwick, a brother of Mary F. Chadwick, children of Delevan. Mr. Chadwick LEFT the area suddenly and stayed hidden out the rest of his life, mostly in New Mexico. I have seen LETTERS he wrote back later on to family members. In these letters he specifically asks about his niece, HATTIE A. WATSON. It is not totally clear WHAT the conflict between him & Rad was about, however. The letters were postmarked from rural New Mexico.


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