Izard County Masthead
Izard County CC ~ Billie Walsh ~ bilwalsh@swbell.net
Co-CC ~ Rayedene Graves ~ rsgraves@gt.rr.com


George IzardIn the nineteenth century, Izard County served as a gateway to settlement across northern Arkansas and was the parent county of seven other counties. Later, Izard County's virgin yellow pine forests provided lumber to other parts of the state.
According to some historians, John Lafferty, a native of Ireland, traveled up the White River in 1802 to what became known as Lafferty Creek. He built a log cabin and attempted to claim 640 acres following the Louisiana Purchase of 1803, but his claim was denied because he had not lived on the land for ten years. In spite of this setback, Lafferty and his family established the county's first settlement at Lafferty Creek in 1810.
In 1825, the territorial government split off part of Independence County, naming the new county for Governor George Izard. Adding Osage (1827) and Cherokee (1828) lands, Izard County covered most of north-central Arkansas. In 1833, western Izard County was divided into Van Buren, Carroll, and Johnson counties. Later, sections of Izard County were split off to become Marion (1836), Fulton (1842), and parts of Baxter (1873) and Stone (1873) counties.
Izard's first county seat and post office (then called Liberty, now Norfork in Baxter County) were established at the mouth of the North Fork River at Jacob Wolf's trading post. Sheriff John Adams and Clerk John Houston (brother of Sam Houston) were the first elected officials. The county seat was moved to Athens in 1830 and to Mount Olive in 1836. Mill Creek (later renamed Melbourne) became the county seat in 1875. Courthouses there burned in 1889 and 1937. From 1938 to 1940, the Civilian Conservation Corps (CCC) from Camp Sage (near Sage) built the current courthouse. It is the only courthouse in the country partly heated by a wood-burning furnace.


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1895 Izard County Map

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Social Security Death Index
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Land Records


Goodspeeds Biographical and Historical Memoirs of Northeast Arkansas - Izard County

Izard County Officials 1825-1968

Izard County Townships & Map (Orig. Ar. Project)

Family Group Sheets

Izard County Births

Nat. Reg. of Historic Places

County News

Izard County Biographies

1850-1880 Mortality Schedules

Izard County Photos

Transcription of Records of Prosperity A. R. P. Church
(Arkansas Trails)

Izard County Forum on Genforum

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Izard County Mail List on Rootsweb

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Denny Elrod's "Exploring Izard County"

Betty McOllum and Daughter

McCollum Wins Historical Award
The Arkansas Genealogical Society announced the 2015 winners of the Family History Writing Contest during their 2015 Fall Seminary held on October 2 – 3, 2015, at the Wyndham Hotel in North Little Rock, Arkansas.
The winning essays were published during the year 2014 in the “Arkansas Family Historian Magazine”. Russell Baker announced the first prize was awarded to William Smith for his essay titled “Physician of Wide Fame: The Fractured Tale of Dr. James Sullivan of Old Moro”. The second prize was awarded to Betty McCollum for the essay titled “Mighty Hard Times”: the Civil War Experiences of Robert L. Guthrie. The third prize was awarded to Joyce Holder for “My Ancestors Weddings Through The Centuries – Their Authorities and Traditions.” All of the winners received a certificate and monetary awards from the Arkansas Genealogical Society.
Betty McCollum and her daughter, Diane Honey, addressed the Izard County Historical and Genealogical Society on Sunday, October 11, 2015 during their fall quarterly meeting. They are the author and publisher of the Down Member Lane series of books. They discussed the process involved in producing the books and displayed the earlier books that were for sale. They recalled interviews with several older citizens in the area while doing research for the books. This series of books is an excellent source in preserving the history of the Izard County area in past years as told in the words of the main character of each story. McCollum stated, “We feel by doing this project, we are preserving Izard County History and giving people a view of history as it actually happen in the lives of these people. We hoped that someone in other counties would do a similar project to preserve history in north central Arkansas.”
Carolyn Atkinson, a member of the Arkansas Genealogical Society and President of the Izard County Historical Society, presented the certificate and the monetary award to McCollum from the Family History Writing Contest sponsored by the Arkansas Genealogical Society during the Izard County meeting.

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Melbourne, AR 72556
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Special Thanks to Past CC's ~ Edward Hayden and Terri Buster

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