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William F. Matlock, Sr.

William F. Matlock, Sr., is a member of the well-known mercantile establishment of Matlock & Haskins, which has done and is doing so much for the advancement of New Edinburg, and vicinity.

Mr. Matlock is a Georgian, whose birth occurred in Coweta County, February 23, 1828, and is a son of J. R. and Lucinda (hayfield) Mattock, who were born in Greenville District, S. C., and Georgia, is 1796 and 1798, respectively, and died in what is now Cleveland County, Ark., in 1860, their deaths occurring about ten days apart.

J. R. Matlock removed from his native State to Georgia, when a young man, and there made his home until 1834, when he moved with his family to Alabama, and ten years later came to Bradley County, Ark., where they spent the rest of their days.

Mr. Mattock was an agriculturist throughout life, and while a resident of Georgia, carried the mail from Rome, Ga., to what is now known as Gadsden, Ala., and in 1836-37 helped remove the Indians from Alabama and Georgia to the Indian Territory.

He and wife were members of the Primitive Baptist Church for many years, and he was a Democrat politically. The Matlocks are of Scotch descent, but his mother was a native of Holland, and lived to be one hundred and eight years of age.

There were born to their union eight sons and seven daughters, of whom William F. Mattock was the fifth child. His school days were spent in Bradley County, Ark., and when twenty-two years of age he commenced to farm for himself near where he now does business.

In 1866 he began selling merchandise at his present stand, being the first man to go into business at this point, but at the end of two years he gave up this work, and again turned his attention to farming, and was a successful tiller of tire soil until 1877. Since that time he has devoted his time and attention to merchandising, and besides his mercantile establishment he is the owner of 360 acres of land, a large portion of which is under cultivation.

In 1853 he was married to Mrs. Amelia M. Tolefree, a daughter of David Meriwether. She was born in Jasper County, Ga., April 29, 1822, and was the widow of Robert Tolefree. Her union with Air. Matlock has resulted in the birth of the following children: Rebecca M. (wife of T. M. Boyd, a farmer, of Cleveland County), Anna D. (who also married a farmer of the county), and Elma S. Those deceased are: David M., and Carrie A. (who was the wife of W . H. Harrison, her death occurring in 1882).

Mr. and Mrs. Matlock are members of the Methodist Episcopal Church South, and he is a Royal Arch Mason, and a Democrat, politically.


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