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Bramble Bush


Vol. 4, No. 2         April 1999         Yellville, Arkansas 72687

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Governor Mike Huckabee has proclaimed May to be Arkansas History Month. Marion County Judge Roger Edmundson has proclaimed May to be Marion county History Month as has Yellville Mayor Janell Kirkwood. In keeping with its strong beliefs in preserving the history of Marion Count, the Historic Genealogical Society is erecting throughout the county black and white metal signs designating the locations of its numerous cemeteries. Kenneth Oxford of the Arkansas Highway Department has been instrumental in ensuring these signs meet all the criteria implemented by the highway department for safety, visibility, and the legality. The first ones to be installed will mark the Bruno, Moccassin Creek, Lee's Mountain, Cowan Barrens, George's Creek, and Van Zant Cemeteries.


Members involved in this project who are: Dale Lee, Don Duggins, Mary Birrer, Mary Ann Patton, Mysty McPherson, Vicki Roberts, Janice Mears, Wanda Gray, and Annie Brown.



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By Vicki A. Roberts

       From Old Buffalo Landing, at that time considered the head of river navigation, another freight road was cut, running from the north bank of the river through to Old Carrollton. Freight which came up White River to Buffalo Landing was hauled over this very poor road, supplying all the pioneers in Northwest Arkansas.
       With the arrival of the War Between the States in 1861, these old roads played an important part in the movement of troops and supplies. Corn and forage for cavalry horses were hauled over them. Messengers and their escort guards traveled them as quickly as they could. Even spies, for one side of the other, quietly and carefully followed these pathways. Many expeditions of Union and Confederate cavalry traveled the roads to and from Ozark, Forsyth, Carrollton, Dubuque, and Yellville. The infantry, cavalry, and artillery of both sides, with their supply trains, moved to an fro over these roads, often being challenged by the guerilla bands that roamed the countryside and used these same roads.
       The Flippin-Oakland Road went north from Flippin, over Bull Mountain and Jimmies and Sister Creeks, across White River at Pace's Ferry, up the north side of White River by the old Anglin Farm and on into Oakland. This road was a star mail route as well as the route over which most oft he freight for the Oakland merchants was moved from the railhead in Flippin. Cotton and other farm products from the north part of the county moved south over this road to the railroad in Flippin. Some freight traveled by ox wagon; some by any means possible.
       The Buffalo City-Yellville Road ran through Rea Valley, up the south side of Crooked creek near the old Concord school on the old Poynter farm, past the Wickersham farm, and across the old bridge over Crooked Creek. The Yellville-Rush Road originally followed that is now Highway 206 to the Blue John and Clabber Creek route into Rush. Later it followed what became Route 14 south to about one mile east of the Old Caney Store, then left down the mountain to Rush.
       The Yellville-Eros-Bruno Road ran past Antioch School and Greasy Creek to the other side of Hampton Creek. Eventually a county road called Skyline was built to connect Eros and Yellville. After that a road was built slightly south of Yellville (AR Highway 235) which connects Bruno and Yellville.
       "The Yellville-Chadwick Road originated in the region around Yellville. It became a commercial route when the railroad was extended to Chadwick in 1883. From Yellville, the freighters and travelers followed the most accessible route northward to Brown's Ferry on White River, where they crossed the river and proceeded northward to Protem MO." (From The Land of Taney by Elmo Ingenthron.)
       For many years it seemed as the State Highway Commission was not certain that this area was part of Arkansas. Few area roads were black-topped or paved, and it was often though by the local folks that the unpaved roads were neglected except during an election year. Paving of the roads began in Marion County in 1936 - just over 100 years after statehood was declared. Over the next 33 years, a few of her county roads were paved. By 1959 most of the county's roads were still unpaved, but were maintained bye the County Road Department. Over the next 30 years several roads hav ben annexed to the state and paved. At this date fewer than ten per cen of the county roads are not paved.
       The area is now traversed in all directions by paved or black-topped state and county roads. Bridges have been built and improved, highways widened and straightened. Our roads, tracks, and trails no longer vaguely resemble the pathways that the Indians and the first pioneers found when they traversed this part of north Arkansas. No longer can the ox-drawn wagon hauling freight nor the stage carrying passengers be seen. No longer do we nod to our neighbor as we pass each other on foot.
       SOURCES: Gleanings of Pioneer History by W. R. Jones; The land of Taney by Elmo Ingenthron; White River Chronicles of S. C. Turnbo by Lynn Morrow 1994; History of Marion County by Earl Berry; Pioneer Life and Pioneer Families by Earl Berry; History of Arkansas by; "White River Historical Quarterly" Fall 1963; W. B. Flippin in "The Mountain Echo" 1887; History of Baxter County by Frances McClelland 1946.

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       There's been a lot of talk about reviving the old cemeteries of MCAR. Many of them are in really sorry shape - brambles, weed trees, broken fencing or no fencing, poor or impossible access, scattered and broken headstones. Some folks concerned about the Old Hurst/Teagarden Cemetery have met and discussed how to go about getting this special place back in shape. They've studied the laws, talked with the current landowners, checked land records, set up an account earmarked solely for the funding perpetual care, and spent two weekends on the site cutting briars and trees, mending fence, righting headstones, burning huge piles of brush. If you're really, truly serious about getting involved in a particular cemetery, we'd like to suggest you contact Jearldine (Hurst) McNeil, 911 Spring Street, Mountain Home AR 72653
       Do make a note of the 10th Ancestor Fair in Lesile (see Families and Fairs) and do try to join us there. It's a wonderful place to meet new cousins; fill in empty branches on your family tree; learn about Indians, computer programs, folkways, preserving precious papers; add to your library of research materials; and just plain have a food time. We'll have several books for sale so be sure to drop by our booth to say howdy and look around.
       Remember that May is Arkansas History Month. Try to take a little time out of your busy days to do whatever you can to preserve and safeguard your bits and pieces of history and family. You'll be glad you did.

Vicki Roberts, Editor

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Mysty McPherson, 35 MC 6023, Yellville, AR"

        For those of you who get tired of the sales pitches, flying toasters, blinking butterflies, and general mass confusion on so may internet sites, try this one found recently by Bill Beaty, an HGSMCA member. "". There are uncountable categories under which are several links to whatever topic you're searching for. Just click on the one that interests you and off you go. It it's not just what you want, click your "back" button, and start again. It's much like Cyndi's List, but in many ways easier to search. Actually, the two make a great combination.
       I guess you've all heard the chit-chat and conjecture about the Chruch of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints proposed site. Well, it's up and running!!. You can access it at Although many of the bugs haven't been worked out yet, and they're still asking for input and opinions from researchers, it's there to dig through to your heart's content. Because the whole thing is still in "beta mode" (which i gather is sort of like "under construction"). You may not always be able to access certain sites. Be patient; it's supposed to be totally finished and fully open for business sometime this summer.

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Courtesy of and

        The land description usually begins with the smallest part of the description and proceeds tot he largest. For example, SE1/4 of NW1/4 of Section 3, T3N R2E would be the southeast quarter of the northwest quarter of Section 3 in Township e North [of the Base Line], Range 2 West [of the Principal Meridian].
       You may find some irregularly shaped Townships and Ranges which result from large natural features such as rivers and lakes, surveying errors, or other difficulties.

Principle Meridian runs north and south from a given point.

Base Line runs east and west from a given point

A Range Number is assigned to a township by measuring east or west of a Principal Meridian

A Township Number is assigned to a township by measuring north or south of a Base Line

P>A Township consits of 36 sections, each of which measures one square mile or 640 acres.

A Township is 6 miles by 6 miles square.

Sections are numbered beginning with the northeast-most section, proceeding west and then south

Within each section, the land is referred to as half (230 acres) and quarter (160 acres) sections. A one-sixteenth division is called a quarter (40 acres of a quarter.

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Included here is more of the 1891 Real Estate Tax List. This list is now on-line at the Marion Co Site

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        Queries is published in Bramble Bush as a service to researchers who may wish to exchange information of mutual historic and/or genealogical interests. Queries from both members and non-members are accepted, and are published in Order of receipt, as space permits. If you respond to a query, kindly send a copy of your answer to Bramble Bush. Responsibility for accuracy of data in queries rests with the submitter.
       DOZIER, Seek name of first husband of Quincy Ann "Princess" DOZIER (daughter of Henry & Margaret [Young] Dozier) b TN ca 1849. Their son Francis James Alexander Lee DOZIER b. 9 June 1868. "Princess m2 ca 1877 Warren JACKSON. They were in Blythe Township 1880. Odean Dozier, c/o HGSMCA, PO Box 761, Yellville AR 72687 or email to <>

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        Families & Fairs is designed to announce dates and places of reunions, ancestor fairs, and historical commemorations wherever they may be held. The information must reach us no later than March 15, June 15, September 15, and/or December 15 to be included In the next issue of Bramble Bush. The name and address of a contact person must be included. This feature is free of charge.
       TENTH ANNUAL NORTH ARKANSAS ANCESTOR FAIR 3-T June 1999. Leslie AR. Contack James J. Johnston, 233 N. East Oaks Drive, Fayetteville AR 72703 email <>
       OTT REUNION Descendants of John & Sarah (Owens) Ott. Memorial Day Weekend. Marion Co., AR. Contact L. Don Ott, 140 Blackberry Lane, Lakeview AR 72642 email<>
       JEFFERSON REUNION, Descendants of John & Cora (Newton) Jefferson. 30 May 1999. 12 noon. Yellville City Park, Yellville AR. Contact Reanell Birrer 870-427-4567.
       SMITH-ROBERTS REUNION, 4 June 1999. RSVP Center, 600 E. Stephenson, Harrison AR. Contact Freda Bell, 205 Watergate Road, Harrison AR 72601 Or email Jim Turbett <>

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       SERVICE DIRECTORY is published in Bramble Bush as a service to those who may Wish to advertise some of the many books, products, and services available that relate to historic and/or genealogical research. The charge per ad is $12 per year. Ads from both members and non-members are accepted The name and address of a contact person must accompany each ad.
       "EARLY DAYS OF MARION COUNTY" Lester & Marion Burnes, $25. Marion S. Burnes, P0 Box 365, Yellville, AR 72687
       GENEALOGICAL RESEARCH. Marion Co. AR and surrounding areas. Experienced researcher. $10 per hour plus copy costs and postage. Vicki Roberts, 2362 MC 5032, Yellville AR 72687; (501)-449-6195 aft 6:00pm CST
       GENEALOGICAL RESEARCH. Marion Co AR area. $10 per hour plus copy costs and postage. Experienced researcher. Mysty McPherson, 35 MC 6023, Yellville AR 7268Z (501)-449-5223. E-mail:
       "INDEX TO THE MOUNTAIN ECHO 12 March 1886 thru 26 June 1903." Births, marriages, deaths. $23.50 + $3 50 s/h. Margie Garr, 1505 Mistletoe, Mountain Home AR 72653, (870)-425.0405.
       IZARD CO. AR 1830 FEDERAL CENSUS, indexed, $4. Nancy A. Wood, 4643 S 28 Avenue Tulsa OK 74107
       MARION CO. AR 1840 FEDERAL CENSUS, indexed, $4. Nancy A Wood, 4643 S 28 Avenue, Tulsa OK 74107
       MARION CO. AR 1850 FEDERAL CENSUS, indexed, $10. Nancy A. Wood. 4643 S 28 Avenue, Tulsa OK 74107
       MARION CO, AR 1880 FEDERAL CENSUS, indexed, $21. G1adys Horn Brown. HGSMCA, P0 Box 781, Yellville, AR 72687.
       "MARION COUNTY CEMETERIES" Marion S. Burnes. $20. Mar/on S. Burnes, P0 Box 365, Yellville, AR 72687
       "MARION CO. FAMILIES 1811-1900." Genealogies of 400+ families settling in MCAR by 1900. Hardbound. $60. HGSMCA, P0 Box 761, Yellville, AR 72687
       "MARION COUNTY MARRIAGES 1888-1896" Marian S. Burnes & Vicki A. Roberts $12. Marian S. Burnes, 2102 W. Jefferson, Siloam Springs AR 72761
       "MARION COUNTY MARRIAGES 1897-1906" Marian S. Burnes & Vicki A. Roberts $15. Marian S. Burnes, 2102 W. Jefferson, Siloam Springs AR 72761
       "MARION COUNTY MARRIAGES 1905-1917" Marian S. Burnes & Vicki A. Roberts $15. Marian S. Burnes, 2102 W. Jefferson, Siloam Springs AR 72761
       "MARION COUNTY POST OFFICES" Mysty McPherson. $4. Mysty McPherson, 35 MC 6923, Yellville, AR 72687
       "MARION COUNTY 1890 CENSUS." Reconstructed from 1880 & 1900 census; land, tax records, etc. Hardbound $40 Helen McMindes, 626 West South Avenue, Harrison, AR 72601.

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        Membership in the Historical Genealogical Society of Marion County Arkansas is $12 per year
Membership for one year runs from 1 January to 31 December of that year.
Membership includes the quarterly newsletter Bramble Bush.
Membership begun later in the year includes all issues of Bramble Bush for that year.
Make your check for $12 payable to HGSMCA and send to HGSMCA, P0 Box 761, Yellville, AR 72687-9612

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        Bramble Bush is published quarterly by the Historic Genealogical Society of Marion County Arkansas, PO Box 554, Yellville AR 72687. EDITORIAL STAFF: Editor, Vicki Roberts; Design/Production, Mysty McPherson; Art Work, Bonnie Sanders; Queries, Mary Birrer; Subscriptions, Barbara Holland; Printing, Quality Quick Printing, 828 Pine St., Harrison AR 72601; Contributing writers: L. Don Ott, Mysty McPherson, Janice Mears, Angela Miller. HGSMCA Officers: Chair Vicki Roberts; Vice-Chair, Don Duggins; Secretary, Mary Birrer; Treasurer, Barbara Holland; Grants/Purchasing Mysty McPherson.

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