Do you have access to the 1860 census? Some of the names are clearer and James is liveing next to Miles at that time. According to the book I have on Ripley County, "In 1844 Miles Dismang settled south of Hurricane Creek and set up a Tannery". In another part of the book it states," At about the halfway point between Poynor to the west and Pratt to the east, there was an early dirt road from the north across Hurricane Creek to the Arkansas state line. There are springs located a mile or so south of Hurricane Creek along this road. In 1844 Miles Dismang (1796-1860) settled here on land extending to the state line. Miles was a tanner by profession and utilized the spring water for this purppose. In 1845 the Dismang tannery oppened and operated for a number of years. Both Miles and his wife Selah (1809-1861) were buried near their residence across the road from one of the springs. That would become Dismang Cemetery which is yet in use. The community soon became known as Dismang Dizmang) and a school by that name was established just south of the cemetery in 1880. After the Civil War many Dismang descendents pushed on south into Arkansas, but others continued to live nearby and the community grew in population. Sometime during 1895 a large Holiness Church was begun in a nice flat area close by the cemetery. It was completed in time for the 1896 camp metting. The holiness people were noted for their lively singing and profound preaching and their detractors frequently referred to them as 'Sankies'. Thus the church at Dismang became known far and wide as 'Sanky Hall.' The church functioned until 1915."
If you need a copy of the 1850, 1860, or 1860 census let me know and I will e-mail it to you. I don't know were the information came from that is in the History of Ripley County.
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