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Re: mary a. j. mears married to (?)
Posted by: Donna Glasgow (ID *****7856) Date: August 01, 2007 at 05:33:11
In Reply to: Re: mary a. j. mears married to (?) by Donna Glasgow of 1060

I wanted to add to the above post that I have found where another researcher stated that Moses Meers died in about 1848 in Johnson Co., AR. This would be logical, as other Meers family members were also there; Moses' brother, Elisha, was a noted probate judge in Johnson County, Arkansas. I was able to find quite a bit on him on the internet, as he was murdered in a political dispute and the events were documented in the newspapers.

It would make sense that Moses was in Arkansas, explaining how Mary A. J. Meers wound up in Arkansas and ultimately married Isham Prewitt Latimer of Arkansas.

More about Elisha Meers:

Name: Elisha Meers
Side: Confederate
Regiment State/Origin: Arkansas
Regiment Name: 35 Arkansas Infantry
Regiment Name Expanded: 35th Regiment, Arkansas Infantry
Company: D
Rank In: Captain
Rank Out: Captain
Film Number: M376 roll 16

Elisha Meers "was on the bench as Circuit Judge just after the civil War, in the days of reconstruction, when he was shot and killed from the roadside by an unknown person." Ella Molloy Langford History of Johnson County (Clarksville, Ark., Ella M. Langford, 1921):174-175. Newspaper accounts of his murder and of the hanging of Sid Wallace are available in the Daily Arkansas Gazette on August 29, 1873 (page 4, colum 2), March 14, 1874 (page 4, column 3), and March 15, 1874 (page 1, column 3). This event is confirmed in the Arkansas Gazette, February 6, 1902 (page 1, columns 6 and 7).

Wallace-Meers feud involving political and Civil War differences; Wallaces allged mistratement by Republican and northerners migrating to south a close of Civil War. Sid Wallace Judge (county) Meers and for the crime, was hung.

Pate Newton; Early Settlers' Personal History Questionnarie, WPA. Interviewed by Lucian F. Petway, Johnson county, Ark., April 9, 1941.

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