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John A. Wynn

John A. Wynn has been a resident of Cleveland County, Ark., for the past fifteen years, and his example of earnest and sincere endeavor to succeed in life is well worthy the imitation of all, especially in the occupation of farming. 

He was born in Harris County, Ga., February 12, 1834, and he is a son of Thomas H. and Temperance C. (Huff) Wynn, who were born in Baldwin County, Ga., and the Edgefield District, S.C., in 1801 and 1814, respectively.   They were
married in Harris County, Ga., and moved from there to Alabama, then back to Georgia, and finally located in Chattahoochee County, where the father passed from life in 1861, having been a successful farmer throughout life. 

After his death his widow removed to Butler, Taylor County, Ga., and there passed from life in 1881.  They were members of the Methodist Episcopal Church, South, and the Primitive Baptist Church, respectively, and their union resulted in the birth of five children, all now living, of whom John A. was the eldest. 

The names of the others are: Daniel H. ( a school-teacher of the county), Mary (wife of S.F. Rucker, a merchant of Thomaston, Ga.), Irene F. (wife of C.G. Ogburn, a merchant of Butler, Ga.). John A. Wynn, spent his school days in Harris County, Ga., and Auburn, Ala., and in these places, after attaining a suitable age, he gave his attention to farming, which occupation has received his attention ever since, with the exception of the time spent in the army. 

In May, 1862, he joined the Forty-sixth Georgia Confederate Infantry, with which he served until the surrender at Greensburg, N.C., in May, 1865, and during his term of service he was a member of engagements among which may be mentioned:  Jackson, (Miss.), Chickamauga, Big Black, Franklin and Nashville.  He was also in the Atlanta campaign, but was never wounded or taken prisoner. 

At the close of the war he commenced farming, continuing in his native state until 1875, when he came to Arkansas, locating in Lee Township, and is now the owner of a fine farm, of which 100 acres are under cultivation.   In 1882 he was elected to the office of magistrate for two years, and was one of the prime movers in establishing the post-office at Orlando, of which his wife was put in charge. 

He was first married in February, 1866 to Miss Maggie Bussey, a daughter of F.S. and Dimny Bussey, but she died in Georgia, in 1873, having borne two children:  Ella (who is the wife of Luther Carmical, a farmer of Cleveland County), and Blanche (at home). 

In February, 1875, he took for his second wife Miss Helen M. Duncan, a daughter of John and Ally Duncan. She was also born in Georgia, and has borne Mr. Wynn three sons:  Thomas D., Robert D. and John F. 

Mr. Wynn is a Democrat, a Mason, and a member of the Missionary Baptist Church, while his wife belongs to the Methodist Episcopal Church, South.


Biographical and Historical Memoirs of Southern Arkansas
Copyright 1890
Published by The Goodspeed Publishing Co.; Chicago, Nashville and St. Louis