I remember ....
This article appeared in the Lincoln Ledger on 1-12-1994
Remembering Dr. Anderson...
Dr. Edmund Cheersmund Goodmund Anderson was numbered among the leading
Physicians of Lincoln County.
His birth took place in October of 1834 in the state of Virginia. He
was educated at Brownsville, Tennessee and also at Richmond, Virginia
where he received his Medical Degree, graduating in 1855.
Previous to this date he had moved to White County, Arkansas, living at
Searcy for several years. Later Dr. Anderson moved to Lincoln County
locating on Bayou Bartholomew. In 1871 he came to Star City where he
had a large and lucrative practice and where he remained untilhis death
in December of 1880.
Doctor Anderson belonged to the Masonic Lodge, The Knights of Hope, and
politizally was a member of the Democratic Party. In connection with
his popularity and success he was largely intereste in agricultural
matters as a farmer.
Few men have been, at any time or in any County, more generally liked
and respected as was Dr. Anderson by the citizens of Lincoln County. A
devoted member of the Baptist Church, a thoroughly charitabel and
kindly man, and with all most intellectual, the Doctor easily won
friends. He enlisted in the Confederate Army in March 1862, and was
wounded in Corinth, Mississippi the same year. He was taken prisoner
while there and and was tenderly cared for by the Rutledge family. Upon
returning home he joined Colonel Thompson's Regiment, of which he was
made a Surgeon, serving until the close of the war.
Dr. Anderson married Maria L. Jones of Alabama, the daughter of Henry
P. Jones. The ceremony was performed in May of 1861, and of this union
five children were born, of whom only two survived. Their son E.C.G.
Anderson born in March of 1870 and their daughter Sadie Anderson Quinn,
born in 1873, both at Tyro, Arkansas.
The family belonged to the Baptist Church. Words are after all entirely
inadequate to render full justice to the memory of such men as Doctor
Anderson, one of whom all men honor. Doctor Anderson is the grandfather
of Mrs. Iris Anderson Curry, who is a resident of Lincoln County.
I Remember Emanuel Alexander Mullikin...
The family moved from South Carolina to Tippah County, Mississippi
between 1852 and 1854. The reason I have concluded the time period, is
that the 1860 Census lists James, born in 1852, as being born in
Emanuel Alexander Mullikin, was born November 16, 1842 in Anderson
South Carolina. He died December 9, 1899 in Feenyville, Star City,
and is buried in Heflin Cemetery, Star City. The family had relocated
Tippah County, Mississippi. When the Civil War broke out, the family
still in Mississippi, and Emanuel enlisted in the 23rd Regiment of
Volunteers, at Luka, on September 19, 1861. He served with Company F,
the Blackland Gideonites. He served, along with his brother Leander,
Capt. J. M. Wells, 2nd regiment, 1st brigade. He and Leander have the
military history. They were captured at Fort Donelson, Tenn. on
16, 1862. They were sent to Camp Morton, Indianapolis, Indiana. Here
were in a prisoner of war exchange in August 1862, and they again
with their unit. The 23rd surrendered at Vicksburg, Mississippi on July
4, 1863. They later located in Jackson, Mississippi, and reenlisted
CSA under Capt. J. S. Thompson and Generals Tilgman, A.C. Alcorn and
Boone. The continued serving until 1864. After returning home from the
war, Emanuel married the widow of David W. Feagin, Edna M. Geno Feagin,
on August 1, 1865, in Tippah County, Mississippi. David and Edna had
December 19, 1860, and had one son, Thomas Jefferson Feagin, born in
David served in the same unit as Emanuel and Leander, but died while at
Camp Morton, and is buried in Crown Hill Cemetery, Indianapolis,
Edna was the daughter of Francis and Mary Geno. Emanuel and Edna had a
son, William Edward Mullikin, born June 13, 1866, in Tippah County.
died during the period of time and Emanuel's second marriage to
Elizabeth Morgan, on December 7, 1868. She was daughter of Jacob and
Reed Morgan. To this union were born two children, Rufus Kendrick
and Agnes Allie Mullikin. Rufus was born in Mississippi and Agnes was
in Arkansas. Thomas Jefferson Feagin remained in Mississippi at this
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LERA MARTHA MULLIKIN
"I remember" by Wendy Gayle Walkup Barry, grand-daughter of Lera Martha
She lived with my father when she became ill from cancer, and he cared
for her until she died. She had a house in Wagoner, Oklahoma that he
until her death. She raised Toy Poodles, Miniature Schnauzer, Miniature
Yorkshire Terriers, etc. She had a kennel in her back yard that they
around in. They barked when they thought it was necessary and she would
open the back door and let them have it with the loudest "Shut Up" we
heard. You could go to her house at different times in the year and she
would have newborn puppies in her den, that she was keeping warm, etc.
She made them special dog food on the stove that consisted of Bil Jac
some kind of dry food with some milk or water mixed in. She would tease
me and tell me that was my breakfast or that she had just made my dad a
nice lunch. She also watched other people's unusual pets for them while
they were out of town, etc. At one time she had 2 Myna Birds and a
Parrot, and they all talked. When you walked into her house, one of the
Myna Birds would wolf whistle at you. They were neat. She had some
in her hallway that were laying eggs, and one morning she cracked one
and told me they were a delicacy and she was going to cook it for my
The egg was unfertilized. She was funny. She loved Coca-Cola. For a
time the Coke truck made a special delivery to her house. She swore by
the 10 oz. bottles, which, when the quit putting them in stores, she
upset since she believed they were the only ones that "tasted" right. I
remember one time, she took me and my half sister, Cindy, to a Sonic
drive in) in Wagoner, and the "waitress on wheel" had a huge "Passion
on her neck, and Grandma let her have it. She told her how disgusting
neck looked and how she should be ashamed of herself. I was in awe of
but my sister just put her head down in embarassment. She loved
clip things out of the newspapers. She would always have a shoebox full
of them whenever Dad and I would come to visit. We would tease her and
tell her what a fire hazard her boxes were, but now we are glad she had
them, because they were a great source for my genealogical research.
clipped them out for everyone, including friends. She was a big fan of
the tabloids so we had to try to discern whether some of the articles
from the tabloids or not. Some of these articles were easy to tell
I am almost certain that none of our ancestors "gave birth to their own
twin"! When Grandma took ill, Daddy moved into her apartment and cared
for her there. Meals on Wheels came by to give her lunch if for some
Tammara (daughter by Gordon's first marriage) could not bring her
I guess you could say that Daddy and Tammara both took care of her. I
living in California for most of her illness. I regret that she never
to see me get married or see her two beautiful great-grandchildren.
herself had 3 husbands: Harold Clifford Walkup, John Kirk, and Leo
Harris. They only one I ever knew or saw was Grandpa Walkup
of course, he was my grandfather. She divorced Grandpa Walkup
my father Harold Gordon Walkup and aunt Peggy Jean Walkup were very
The other two husbands were gone before I was born also, but that's
story! She sewed a lot of different things; her spare bedroom held
different projects at any given time, and I have one of her sewing
that she used. I also have several old cameras she had. I don't think
threw much away. The camera collection included a "Brownie". I also
a pearl necklace that she had; it had one single pearl hanging down
a dainty chain, and is so old that the gold is pinkish. We miss her
and smile very much. To view my grandmother's clippings: Grandma's
- http://www.rootsweb.com/~okbits/shoebox.html Submitted by: Wendy
Walkup-Barry - grand-daughter Email: <WendyGayle@aol.com>
Our Memories, by Peggy J. Riley Reichard & Margaret Ellen
Rufus Kendrick Mullikin,
or Kendrick, as everyone called him, was born in Tippah County,
on October 16, 1869, a son of Emanuel Alexander and Margaret Elizabeth
Morgan Mullikin. On October 20, 1947, he suffered a stroke
heart disease) at his home in Feenyville, and died. He is buried
his two wives in Heflin Cemetery, Star City. Emanuel Alexander, his
owned a lot of land in Arkansas, and gave to Kendrick, the "Old
Place", located at Feenyville. The pre-civil war house still stands
but is only used for storage now. Kendrick married Ellen Anne
on September 11, 1889, at Star City. She was called "Annie" by all.
was born July 8,1868 in Mississippi, and died August 10, 1907. She had
a child, Rufus Kendrick Mullikin, Jr. on April 13, 1907, and never
after the birth. She died of what they termed "milk fever". We have
unable to get a death certificate so we do not know exactly what the
was at the time. Kendrick and Annie were farmers. It was a hard life,
a good life. Besides farming, Kendrick ran a store at the crossroads,
1/4 mile north of the farm. When he needed supplies, he drove the horse
and wagon to Pine Bluff. Here he slept in the wagon, in the wagon yard,
before making the return trip home. The family attended the Lone Grove
Missionary Baptist Church, also located north of the crossroads. It was
a weatherbeaten, plank building. The church is now located at the
but is now a brick building. All that were baptized here went to
Springs, and were baptized in Turtle Creek. All the roads in the area
dirt, and were either dusty or muddy. Many people had trouble getting
wagons through the mud. "The Old Military Road" runs past the farm.
is the road the soldiers, on their way to fight at Vicksburg, cut out.
The road is now blacktopped and well travelled. The farmhouse had a
galley, or open hallway, that ran from the back to front of the house.
Some people called this a "dog-run". The house was whitewashed and had
blue shutters. It had a large porch across the front, and a board fence
around the yard to keep the animals out. The stock ran free in the
and there was an abundance of food for them there. There were
persimmons, acorns, grapes, and other wild berries. The family cattle
was M, and the pigs has a semi-circle at the top of the ears, called an
overcrop. Pork hung in the smokehouse, at the rear of the main house,
Bear Grass or Yucca Plant from the front yard. All the cooking was done
on an open fireplace or on the old iron cookstove in the kitchen. Flour
was kept in a large wooden barrel in the kitchen, and sifted each time
before use, to make sure there were no weevels in it. Butter was
by hand, and then put into a wooden butter mold with a wheat shock
on it. This butter mold is now in possession of Margaret Scifres. The
table was made out of planks and had long benches on each side.
always sat at the head of the table in an old rush chair. The most
thing about him was that he did not use a fork to eat his food. He had
a thin, flexible, round end knife that he used. He could roll peas down
that knife and into his mouth and never miss a one. Everyone ate off of
enamelware plates and drank from enamelware cups. Some of the
had wooden handles. The only refrigeration they had was a lard can
into the hand dug well in the back yard. There was a pie safe in the
where non-perishable food was kept. Wood was used for cooking and heat.
All the food was home grown and preserved by smoking or canning.
were always welcome at this home. There was plenty of food, fun,
work, and a place to sleep here. We remember the deep feather
on the beds. The beds were made out of thin rods of iron and then
It was wonderful to snuggle there on a cold winter night. The hayfields
were seeded with Blue Stem Grass. Once it was seeded, it grew on its
Hickory Cane Corn was always planted, and the fields were plowed in two
directions. This was called Checking. A one room log house stood across
the road from the farmhouse. This is where Kendrick went to school.
school was built later, 1/4 mile west of the crossroads. It was made of
planks instead of logs. A mile east of Kendrick's farm stood another
house. This was the home of his father and mother, Emanuel and
These two buildings no longer stand. All the water was drawn from hand
dug wells. There was one in the front and one in the back of the house.
Kendrick always grew big, lucious watermelons and cantaloupes. He would
put them in the branch (creek), which ran in front of the house, to
them before cutting. This branch had an old wooden bridge over it so
cars and wagons could approach the house. As children we were permitted
to wade in the branch, and sometimes we fell in accidently and got out
clothes all wet. Ha. We were then permitted to swim, or "MudCrawl"
the branch was very shallow. The branch had smooth, white, washed
on the bottom, and water was crystal clear. There wasnt much pollution
then. The creek no longer runs. There was an apple orchard and a pond
the house. We fished there with string and a bent straight pin and
"Sunnies". Around 1900 there was a sawmill that stood near where the
This was the sawmill of Stephen O. Feeny. Sunday afternoon was a
time to sit on porch and laugh and talk. This was the only day of rest
on the farm. The children played hopscotch in the dirt. There was no
about being bored, or work was found for you to do. One thing "I"
being the youngest, the older kids always tried to get away from me. My
sister, Mickey and Margaret Ellen tied me to a tree and ran off before
I could get loose. I remember the two of them hanging on the cow's
and being pulled along, as they brought them in for milking in the
Even in those days, there were few "Angels" flying over Feenyville. The
lye soap was made in large iron kettles in the back yard.
this was tragic for one of the children, Margaret Agnes. She was
and fell into the pot of boiling soap. As a result of the severe burns,
she died 2 days later. She is buried beside her mother, Annie, in
Cemetery. The laundry was done in wash tubs and scubbing board. They
rinsed and wrung out by hand and pinned on clothesline to dry. The
was done with a cast iron iron, heated on the back of the stove in the
kitchen. To the union of Rufus Kendrick Mullikin & Ellen Anne
Mullikin were born the following children: Chester Irene, Maggie Mae,
Emanuel Frank, Lewis Dee, Arthur Jackson, Margaret Agnes, Eshter
and Rufus Kendrick, Jr. To the union of Rufus Kendrick Mullikin &
Monk Mullikin were born the following children: Grace Mae, Buck Creed,
Gus Collins, Gladys Inez, Margaret Ellen, and Jake William. Kendrick
a tall man with dark wavy hair and dark brown eyes. Later in life he
snow white hair and a mustache. He was a quiet man, but a stern man. In
later years he walked with a cane, and if he pointed that cane and told
you to do something, you moved. He loved his family and his God. Ellen
Anne had dark hair and eyes. Belle was a tiny woman, standing only 4
11 inches. She had gray eyes and black hair with tiny waves all over.
or Miss Belle, as everyone called her, was always laughing. She was an
excellent cook, and made the best fried chicken in the world. She would
have surely put Colonel Sanders to shame. She always made everyone that
came to her home feel welcome, and we know that we loved her dearly.
was retarted and lived with the family until after the death of his
and father. He died in a nursing home in Star City of poor circulation
and heart disease. He is buried beside his mother and father in Heflin
Cemetery. We will always remember the warm glow of the fireplace as we
sat there in the evening. The only light was the fireplace and an old
oil light. We will cherish the thoughts for the rest of our lives.
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Joseph "Joe" Floyd Newman ...
I remember going ‘down home’ to visit my grandpa, Joseph "Joe" Floyd
Newman, in the late 1940’s.. His brother, George Newman had a one room
house that sat back off the road that Joe lived in, as Joe never kept
that he owned. There was an old iron bed with a homemade mattress which
was made from ticking and stuffed with hay or cotton, a small dining
a pot belly stove and a couple of cane bottom chairs. There were nails
on the walls for Papa to hang his clothes, saddle, bridle or anything
he could think of. Out back was a smaller house that the roof slanted
and used as a summer kitchen. He would smoke meat in it and cook on the
pot belly stove in the winter. He didn’t have running water,
telephone, or an intdoor toilet. He rode his horse every where he went.
He would only get in a car if he was going a long way from home. If he
accepted a ride from anyone, he would stand on the running boards
of getting inside. The horse had a colt, so you could see Papa riding
horse and the colt following them. Papa had an old fiddle. He played it
at barn dances sometimes, but he carried it with him every place and
play it for us anytime. Once at Uncle George’s house, my Aunt Cille
George’s wife, Aunt Alice (Blasingame), if she could have a beautiful
highboy dresser if anything happened to her...this gave me an idea. I
into the parlor and asked Papa if he died could I have his horse. Of
I got into trouble about doing so, but Papa just laughed and said
I’ll die and Will you my horse." Joe was born October 26, 1878 to
Vernah and Elvira "Missy" Melissa (Reynolds McLemore) Newman in
Lincoln Co. and died August 8, 1950 about one mile from where he was
He was a horse trader..trading one thing for another...and hardly work
during his life. He married Virgie Mae Spears on February 24, 1905.
had six children; Effie Harriett, Lucy Elvira, Stark Joseph, Susie
Julie Mae, and Ralph Leroy (Roy) before Virgie died in 1920. In about
Joe married Ollie Belle (Reaves) Stringfellow. Children born to them
Herbert McKinley and Ruby Mae. They were divorced around 1930. When
died, they sold the horse and colt to buy a tombstone. The old
was just left in the house, which fell in. His only other possession
was the fiddle. It had been promised to all of Joe’s grandchildren but
my mother, Sue, inherited it. It is now encased in a nice shadow box
Papa’s pictures and names of old tunes he used to play and a story
it. It hangs in my dining room. I didn’t get the horse, but I got the
Submitted by Diann McDaniels grand-daughter of Joe Newman E-mail:
Alva Oma Johnson...
ALVA OMA JOHNSON
I have fought a good fight, I have finished my course, I have kept the
faith. II Timothy 4:7 Our dear mother went to be with Jesus on
April 6, 2003 at Triumph Northwest Hospital in Houston, TX. She was 90
years old. Alva was born February 28, 1913 in Star City, Arkansas
to Jimmy Edward Moore and Ethel Mae Blasingame Moore. She married Otha
Hagen Johnson on April 30, 1945 and was a wonderful, loving mother to
four children. Mother was a homemaker in every way. An excellent cook,
she enjoyed preparing meals. Nothing pleased her more than to have her
family all together. She was very proud of her grandchildren and
and delighted in showing love to each one. Mother loved God with
all of her heart, and she honored Him in her ministry to others. Her
service was manifested in many ways, including taking food to families
and intercessory prayer. She always had a heart for the elderly, caring
for those older than herself until she was well into her
Alva was the bookkeeper for the family business, Someburger hamburger
and was her husband's "right hand" in keeping the business running. She
had a sharp mind for numbers and was a keen businesswoman.
Her love for her church was well known. She attended Channelview United
Pentecostal Church for several years. Later she attended Life
until a few years ago when she was no longer able to drive into town.
that time she began attending The Pentecostals at Royalwood which was
home church at the time of her death. Mother readily shared her
and witnessed to people, asking them to come to church. If you called
house, she always answered, "Praise the Lord!" She loved to sing and
God. Alva was preceded in death by her husband, Otha, of 29 years
and brothers, Havis Moore and Odist Moore. She leaves behind many
friends and family members who love and honor her memory, including
Eva Tucker of Star City, AR, Clara Clark and husband David of
LA, and Violet Waters and husband Laron, also of Alexandria, LA.
James Moore and wife Bobbie of Pine Bluff, AR. Sons Otha Hagen Johnson,
Jr. and wife Karen in Baytown, TX and Donald W. Johnson of Channelview,
TX. Daughters Brenda Blankenship and husband Tony of Huntington, WV,
Debbie Bullard and husband Jerry of Tomball, TX. Grandchildren Richard
Johnson, Terrie Lynn Cleavinger, Jerry Johnson, Bryan Loyd, Kyle Loyd,
Cordee Novak, Amy Hargrove, and Jeremy Bullard. Great-grandchildren
Audrey, Rachel, Nathan, Victoria, Ruth and Julie Cleavinger, Ashleigh,
Joy, Benjamin, Anna Catherine and Charity Johnson; Alexis Loyd, Hunter
Loyd and Matthew Novak. Alva Johnson touched our lives, and we
never forget her. We are so grateful to God for the long, full life she
lived. Visitation will be on Tuesday Evening, April 8, at
Funeral Home, 1015 Federal Road (at I-10), Houston, TX 77015 from 7-9
A memorial service will be held at 2:00 p.m. on Wednesday, April 9, at
The Pentecostals at Royalwood, 7803 Uvalde Road (at Beltway 8),
TX 77049. In lieu of the usual remembrances, donations may be made to
Children's Mansion, in care of The Pentecostals at Royalwood.
Published in the Houston Chronicle on 4/9/2003.