Carroll County, Arkansas

Goodspeed's History of . . . Carroll County, Arkansas

Biographical Appendix pp. 1046-1061  [ A - H ]

Many of the Goodspeed biographies for Carroll County have already been transcribed and submitted to the Archives. Those names appear below as links and go to the transcriptions in the Archives. 

Brown, William H. D. (of Webb & Brown)

See Webb & Brown.

Gray, Robert J.

Robert J. Gray, vice-president of the Citizens' Bank, of Eureka Springs, was born four miles west of Clarksville, Johnson Co., Ark. He is a son of William and Emma (Crothers) Gray. William Gray was born in Maryland in 1818, and came West as an army surgeon in 1835. He was an eminent and successful physician. During the Mexican War he served in the volunteer army service. He was elected colonel and given charge of Fort Gibson for ten months. After 1835, he served in the regular army as surgeon for several years. He was of Scotch-English descent, and was finely educated, having graduated from Harvard College. While a resident of Johnson County, Ark., he represented the county in the State Legislature, and was a candidate for re-election at the time of his death, which occurred on May 16, 1851, at Clarksville, Ark. His widow was born in New York, and is still living with her son, the subject of this sketch. Both parents were consistent members of the Episcopal church. In 1852 the mother married John F. Hill, a veteran of the Mexican War, and a colonel in the Confederate army during the Civil war. He died in Clarksville in February, 1882. He was a Mason of high standing, and at one time was a member of the State Senate. Robert J. Gray was reared in Clarksville to the age of thirteen years, when, in 1859, he started in company with relatives across the plains to California, reaching there after a six months' trip. He remained on the frontier, engaged in farming, mining, etc., for eithteen years, when he returned to Arkansas. Locating at Clarksville, in 1876. he engaged in merchandising with John F. Hill, and continued for three years. In the spring of 1880 he came to Eureka Springs, and for seven years was engaged in the liquor business, after which he was elected vice-president of the Citizens' Bank, and was acting president of the same for six months. Mr. Gray is also a member of the firm of Freeman, Gray & Co., dealers in produce and stock. His marriage with Anna Doss, of Eureka Springs, was celebrated on June 20, 1883. Mrs. Gray is a native of Tennessee, and a member of the Methodist Episcopal Church, South. Mr. Gray is a Mason, a member of the K. of P. and I.O.O.F.

Hailey, William J.

William J. Hailey proprietor of the Carroll Progress, of Berryville, Ark., was born in Texas on July 13, 1855. He is a son of Capt. B. F. and H. O. (Gates) Hailey, natives of Tennessee. Soon after his marriage in Tennessee Capt. B. F. Hailey removed to Arkansas, and settled in White County. Residing there but a short time he removed to Texas, and remained until 1857, when he returned to Arkansas. Locating in Carroll County, he soon after engaged in the hotel business at Berryville, and continued till the beginning of the Civil War, when he raised a company for the Confederate service. He was appointed captain, and served until the close of the war. Before he could return home to his family he was taken sick and died at Austin, Tex., in 1865. His widow still survives. After Mr. Hailey's death she married William Hubbert, of Cassville, Mo., who, for fourteen consecutive years, was circuit and county clerk of Barry County. For the past eight years he has been a resident of Berryville. William J. Hailey was reared at Berryville, and educated in Clarke's Acacdemy. For four years he taught school during the fall and winter, and engaged in farming during the summer. On September 5, 1876, he was united in marriage with Miss Janie Ross, who was born and reared in Kentucky. Her early education was received in her native State, but after coming to Arkansas she attended Clarke's Academy. She is a daughter of W. H. Ross, one of the leading farmers of Carroll County. To Mr. and Mrs. Hailey have been born six children, of whom Newton L., Henry T., Ida May, Rose and Ross are living. The one deceased is Mabel, aged one year. Under Mr. Hailey's efficient management, the Carroll Progress is one of the leading papers of the county. He purchased and began the publication of it in 1881. [Since the above was written Mr. Hailey's connection with the Carroll Progress has ceased (September 24, 1888), the publication of the paper being continued by J. D. Hailey and J. R. Perkins].

Hamilton, John H.

John H. Hamilton was born in Marion County, Ala., on July 28, 1855, and is a son of John and Jane (Hamilton) Hamilton, of Irish and German descent, respectively. John Hamilton, the father, was born in North Carolina in 1818, and when a boy went to Tennessee. By trade he was a mechanic and blacksmith, but he also engaged in merchandising, farming and stock raising. When the Civil War broke out he had accumulated considerable wealth, but all went in the lost cause. He enlisted in the Confederate army (although voting the Union ticket), and served until February, 1862, when he sickened and died, near Knoxville, Tenn. His wife was born in South Carolina, in 1816, and died in 1877. John H. Hamilton was reared on a farm in Alabama. Owing to the effects of the Civil War he was forced to work hard in early life to support his mother and four sisters. He learned the tanner's trade, but only followed it for two years, and by persistent effort he and his sisters secured common-school educations. His literary training was finished at the high-school at Vernon, Ala., after which he engaged in merchandising at Detroit, Ala., and although he at one time lost his stock, a large flouring and grist-mill and cotton gins, by fire, and suffered losses in the panic of 1873, he continued very successfully until 1880, when, on account of poor health, he removed to Eureka springs. Here he was engaged in the boot and shoe business until 1881, and in 1882 he was elected city clerk, and served until 1883. He was then elected circuit clerk for the Western District of Carroll County, and served until 1885. In 1886 he was appointed postmaster of Eureka Springs, and is the present incumbent. In January, 1876, he was united in marriage with Michiael D. Key, of Hamilton, Ala. She is a native of Georgia. To them have been born five children, one of whom Paul, is living. Politically Mr. Hamilton is a stanch Democrat. He is a member of the I.O.O.F. and K. of H., and is an earnest member of the Methodist Episcopal Church, South.

Hamilton, Wellington R.

Wellington R. Hamilton was born in Southern Arkansas in August, 1853, and is a son of R. S. and Frances (Aday) Hamilton, both natives of Tennessee.The parents removed from their native State to Southern Arkansas in 1833, and located on a farm, where they remained until the death of the father, in 1871. Wellington R. Hamilton was reared at the home of his parents, and early learned the tinner's trade, at which he worked in Southern arkansas until 1866, when he went to Southwest Missouri. Locating at Washburn, Mo., he there worked at his trade for three years, after which he went to Colorado, and worked at his trade a short time at Georgetown. Returning to Southwest Missouri he remained there until 1875, when he came to Berryville, and resumed working at his trade. Under Hayes' administration he was appointed postmaster, which position he resigned after three years. Soon after locating at Berryville he established a general hardware store, which he operated until the spring of 1888. Although Mr. Hamilton commenced business with very limited means, by careful management he has become one of the most wealthy and substantial men of Berryville. In the spring of 1888 the Berryville Evaporating Company was organized with W. P. George as president, L. Nunnally, secretary, and J. W. Freeman, A. Bobo, and W. R. Hamilton directors. The company have erected a building and put in machinery for evaporating fruit. They have also established a canning factory with a capacity of 6,000 cans per day. The enterprise is an important and worthy one, and will be a valuable acquisition to the city of Berryville. Mr. Hamilton was married in 1878 to Beatrice McKennon, a native of the county, who was also reared and educated here. Their marriage has been blessed by the birth of three sons: Freddie C., Claudie F. and Chester C. Mr. Hamilton is a member of the I.O.O.F. lodge of Berryville.

Harbert, Edward

Edward Harbert was born in Henry County, Mo., on November 5, 1842, and is a son of Moses Berry Harbert, a native of Kentucky. The latter was married in his native State, and his wife died there, after which he went to Indiana. He located in Indiana, and married Elizabeth Carlock, a native of Tennessee. From Indiana he removed to Illinois, thence to Missouri, and located in Henry County. Later he removed to Barry County, but during the war he returned to illinois, and died there in the fall of 1863. Edward Harbert was but three years of age when his father settled in Barry County. He grew to manhood there, and in 1862 enlisted in the Union army, and was assigned to the Seventy-second Missouri Infantry, with which he served two years, after which he enlisted in the Third Illinois Cavalry, and served until the close of the war as a non-commissioned officer, and was most of the time on detached duty. He received his discharge at Springfield, Ill., after which he immediately returned to Barry County, Mo., and resided there until February, 1867 when he removed to Carroll County, Ark. On January 1, 1860, he was united in marriage with Nancy J. Ward, a daughter of William Ward, of Green Forest, Ark. Mrs. Harbert was born in Tennessee. Mr. Harbert built the first residence in Green Forest, and he and his father-in-law built the first store, and were the first merchants of the town after the war. Mr. Harbert continued in that business for one year, since which time he has been engaged in merchandising and farming. In the spring of 1887 he located on the farm on which he now resides. The tract contains 119 acres, and has sixty-five under cultivation, upon which is a new frame residence, good stables and other buildings. In politics Mr. Harbert has ever endorsed and supported the principles and men of the Republican party. In 1880 he served as census enumerator for three townships. Mr. and Mrs. Harbert were formerly members of the Christian Church, and still hold to that faith. They are the parents of eleven children, eight living and three dead. Those living are Jefferson, who is married and resides on the home farm; William, who is also married and resides on a farm; Dove, Mrs. Jackson Reeves; Dora, Mrs. Dave Watson; Miletus, Queen, Charles and Eddie.

Harbert, Dr. Jacob Ellis

Dr. Jacob Ellis Harbert, physician and druggist of Green Forest, Ark., is a native of Missouri, born in Cape Girardeau County in 1827. He is a son of John and Elizabeth (Ellis) Harbert. John Harbert was a native of Kentucky, whence he removed to Cape Girardeau County, Mo., and was married in the latter place. Soon after his marriage he removed to McLean County, Ill., and remained about twelve years. He was a farmer and mechanic. From Illinois he went to Iowa, but three years later removed to Southwest Missouri, and located in Barry County. Later he removed to Newton County, and died in Neosho in 1862. Dr. Harbert was taken to the different places mentioned by his parents, and attained his majority in Barry County, Mo. He remained in Missouri until 1858, when he located in Madison County, Ark., and remained there until coming to Carroll County in 1862. While in Madison County he began reading medicine under the direction of Dr. Allen, of that county, who was considered one of the best read physicians of the State. Dr. Harbert practiced his profession in Madison County until the outbreak of the Civil War, when he was conscripted into the Confederate army. He served with his regiment about four months, after which he was sick and in the hospital most of the time. Upon his return from the army he resumed the study of medicine under Dr. Baker, of Carroll County. In 1866 he again engaged in the practice of his profession, and in May, 1874, located at Green Forest, where he has since practiced continuously with good success. In the fall of 1874 he engaged in the drug business, which he has continued. For a number of years he was in partnership with Dr. Thomas, but at present is connected with Dr. Ray. His marriage with Nancy R. Matlock, a native of Tennessee, was celebrated on February 14, 1855. Mrs. Harbert was reared in her native State, and is a daughter of Absalom Matlock (deceased), who removed to Arkansas about 1850. The Doctor and wife have five children, viz.: Mary (Mrs. John Hoffman), Queen (Mrs. Thomas Walker), Katie (wife of Dr. D. F. Ray), Ellis and George W. Mrs. Harbert is a member of the Baptist Church. The Doctor has been a Master Mason since 1857, and a Royal Arch Mason since 1867. He was made a Select Knight in 1888.

Hardesty, Dr. William R.

Dr. William R. Hardesty, a prominent physician of Eureka Springs, and an enterprising citizen of Carroll County, Ark., is a native of Maryland, and was born on November 13, 1835. He is a son of Joseph and Maria (Douglas) Hardesty. Joseph Hardesty was a tobacco dealer. He was also a native of Maryland, in which state he was reared. When a young man he removed to Belmont County, Ohio, where he afterward lived and died. Here he reared his family. His wife, who was born in Kentucky, also died in Ohio. Dr. William R. Hardesty was reared in Ohio, and secured his academic education at Woodsfield. He first read medicine with Dr. Hiram G. Judkins, of Belmont County, after which he attended the Ohio Medical College. In 1861 he entered the regular army medical corps, and served about five years. Returning from the army he began practicing his profession at Belleville, Ohio, but after one year he removed to what is now Boswell, Ind., and resuming the practice of his profession, remained there until 1879, when he came to Eureka Springs. Here he has built up a large and lucrative practice, making a specialty of chronic diseases. In 1854 he was united in marriage with Rachel Harper, who lived but four years afterward. He was again married, in 1883, Harriet Studyin, of Carthage, Mo., becoming his wife. He is the father of one child, a daughter, Daisy. In politics the Doctor is a Republican, and in religion is a Catholic. He is also a Mason, and a member of the I.O.O.F.

Hill, J. W.

J. W. Hill, the proprietor of the Eureka Springs Transfer and Crescent Stables, was born in Pike County, Ill., in 1855, and was reared in his native State. His father, Joseph Hill, was a carpenter, who died in Illinois in 1867. The mother, Mary Hill, also died in Illinois, when our subject was eighteen years of age, since which time he has been upon his own resources. He first worked as a farm hand, at $15 per month, after which he drove a carriage for a hotel for three years at a meager salary. He then worked in a store as delivery clerk until 1875, when he engaged in the restaurant business in his native county, and continued for six years. Thence he came to Eureka Springs, and purchasing a team and carriage, he used them in the transfer business. After one year he added another team to his possessions, and from this germ the business has grown to its present dimensions. In 1887 he added extensive additions to his stables, which were built in 1886. They now have 96 feet front, with 70 feet depth, and capacity for fifty-three horses. Forty horses are constantly used in the business. Mr. Hill has a special contract with the Eureka Springs Railroad Company and the Eureka Improvement Company, also with the mail service and express company. Besides this he does an extensive livery business, and has the largest capital invested of any single individual of the city. On October 7, 1879, he was united in marriage with Annie Harshman, of Illinois, who bore to him one son, Emmett. This wife died ten months after their marriage, and in 1883 Mr. Hill was married, in Chicago, to Ada M. Foster, of that city. One daughter, Leila, has been born to this union. Politically Mr. Hill is a Democrat. He is a highly respected citizen of the county, and a member of the I.O.O.F.

Hodge, Kindred J.

Kindred J. Hodge, a general merchant of Berryville, Ark., is a native of Tennessee, and was born in Bedford County, that State, on December 5, 1850. He is a son of Nathan and Elizabeth (Bobo) Hodge, both natives of Tennessee. The parents were married in their native State, and afterward located there and remained about twenty years. They came to Arkansas in 1856, and located in Carroll County. The father was a carpenter by trade, but after coming to Arkansas he engaged in farming in connection with carpentering, and continued until 1861, when he enlisted in the Confederate army, and served until the war was almost over. Becoming disabled, he was discharged and returned home, where he was killed in January, 1865. His widow still survives. They reared seven children to mature years, two daughters and five sons. One of the sons, L. D., was killed in the Federal army; Washington died while in the Federal army, and Samuel while in the Confederate service. The only children living are William Hodge, of Carroll County; Sarah, wife of James McCleary, of Berryville, and the subject of this sketch. The last named spent his youth on his father's farm, and grew to manhood in Carroll County. On November 3, 1872, he was united in marriage with Mary Jones, a daughter of C. A. Jones (deceased). She was born in Tennessee, and came to Arkansas in the fall of 1860. After his marriage Mr. Hodge settled on a farm in the county, and was engaged in agricultural pursuits until 1881, when he sold his farm and engaged in clerking in a store in Berryville. The following February he purchased the store, and has since been engaged in merchandising. He carries a large stock of dry goods, groceries, clothing,, boots, shoes, hats and caps, and everything found in a first-class general store, and has a good trade. He is one of the city aldermen, and is a member of the school board. He and wife are the parents of five children, viz.: Dency, Walter White, Clara Belle, Mable Marr and Charles Hubble.

Hulsey, Kimsey

Kimsey Hulsey is a native of Georgia, and was born in Hall County June 14, 1830. He is a son of Armistead Hulsey, also a native of Georgia. The latter was reared in his native State, and was married there to Frances Boyd, a native of Virginia. After his marriage he located in Georgia, and resided there until 1833, when he removed his family to Arkansas, and located in what is now Boone County. There he improved a farm, on which he resided until his death, in 1861. For three years he served as treasurer of the county. Kimsey Hulsey grew to manhood in Boone County, and was married there to Sarah Lipps a native of North Carolina. Their marriage was celebrated in March, 1852, after which they located on a farm in the county, which was their home until 1866, when they removed to Carroll County and located on their present farm. This farm contains 180 acres of fine land, of which about 100 acres are under cultivation, with fair improvements. By trade Mr. Hulsey is a blacksmith, and for a number of years followed his trade, having kept a shop on his farm. Mrs. Hulsey is a daughter of James Lipps. She and husband have reared a family of three children, namely: America (Mrs. C. W. Yeager), James (who is married and resides in California) and Olive (Mrs. Charles Redden). Both Mr. Hulsey and wife are earnest Christians and members of the Methodist Episcopal Church, South. He is a Royal Arch Mason.

Hurd, F. H.

F. H. Hurd, M.D., of Eureka Springs, was born December 8, 1850, being a son of Eli and Elizabeth (Hopkins) Hurd. The father was a native of New England, and was of English extraction. The mother was of Irish descent. The father died in Ohio, and the mother is living with the family of our subject. Dr. Hurd was reared on a farm, and at the age of eighteen began the study of medicine, reading under private instruction. He received his academic education at Zanesville, Ohio and was graduated from the Miami Medical College, Cincinnati, Ohio, in the class of 1872. He had been practicing medicine a short time before finishing his course of lectures, and after graduating he located at Dexter City, Ohio, where he was engaged in his profession for ten years. Selling out there, he spent a year at Philadelphia in the hospitals, and graduated from the Jefferson Medical College in 1885. He then removed to Newton, Kas., and enjoyed a lucrative pracetice there until ill health induced him to seek the virtues of the waters of Eureka Springs, where he located in the spring of 1888. In the practice of his profession he has devoted his attention particularly to surgery, in which he has performed several capital operations. On January 1, 1874, he married Flora Wilson, of Morgan County, Ohio, and his married life has been blessed in the birth of three children, whose names are Harry C., Lois P. and Edgar W. Mrs. Hurd is a member of the Christian Church. Dr. Hurd is a member of the I.O.O.F. Although he has been in Eureka Springs but a short time, he is rapidly gaining a deserving reputation, and with it a first-class practice.

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