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Vol. 5, No. 1         January 2000         Yellville, Arkansas 72687

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From the Lake River Times, 3 August 1988.
Sharon Herner, Editor, Vicki Roberts, Researcher

River Boats and Teamsters

        Steamboats loaded and unlocked at McBee's Landing during the 1800s, bringing such cargoes as salt, whiskey and household items. They returned downriver with cotton, furs and lumber. Records dated May 1886 say Captain Stallings, of the riverboat "Home." Was the only man to bring a boat to McBee's Landing on 20 inches of water. In April of that same year he brought in 20 tons of freight. The largest shipment of cotton, 800 bales, was taken down the river in 1891 aboard the "Tompkins" with Captain Stallings again at the helm. He was considered a brave and daring riverboat captain, hauling items no other captain would contract for, like the crusher used at Musick Creek Mine, owned by Joe S. Lemon.
       Teaming in supplies across country was a long and arduous task. Silas McBee, Jean Marshall's Grandfather, worked as a wagon master. He would drive to Springfield [MO] to pick up a load of groceries and drygoods for the store at the Landing. It usually took up to three weeks to make this journey round trip.

Churches and Cemeteries

       W. B. "Bill" Flippin and Bill Jenkins were noted preachers at the Christian Church in Flippin Barrens during the mid-1800s. They were considered "nesters of the Christian Church" (History of the Ozarks, W. B. Jones). In the Church History of the Ozarks by Earl Sechlet, it is said of W. B. Flippin that "no other man in the north part of Arkansas did as much work preaching the gospel, baptizing people and establishing churches." Meetings were held in homes, brush arbors and schools until 1903 when the Union Church was built where the First Baptist Church stands today. It was use by all congregations until the 1920s.
       The construction of the Christian Church took place in 1925 in Flippin, a cobblestone building with most of the work and materials being donated.
       An account by the late E. B. Wood (M. C. History by Earl Berry indicates the Flippin Baptist/Rehoboth Church was founded in 1875 under the leadership of Elder Stephenson who preached at the home of John M. Hurst about two mile south of Flippin for about two years. A building for this church was erected in 1906.
       Other churches were formed after the 1900s, and approximately six churches complete today's register.
       The Flippin Cemetery is one of the oldest and largest cemeteries in Marion County. It is located one-half mile north of Flippin, near the airport. It was named for the Flippin Family who settled here in 1830. Members of their family were among some of the first buried there. The original plot was donated by Thomas H. Flippin, and the south side was later donated by the Wood family.
       The Mountain View Cemetery is about half way between Yellville and Flippin on Fallen Ash Road. The earliest marker there is of Fletcher C. Noe 1828-1878.

The Civil War

       During the Civil War, life in the Barrens is depicted as being cruel and bitter. Mary Jenkins relates some accounts during this time.
       One family who lived on Lee's Mountain near a tanning yard could barely exist, Mr.s Jenkins said. Some of the children starved to death. "This is horrible to think of and repeat" she said, "but these children would cut off small bits from the dry hides and either scorch them on coals of fire or chew and swallow them raw."
       Many lost their lived during the war, and not every casualty was a result of the fighting. Jim Brown, a single man who traveled from Kentucky with the Jenkins family and was living with them, was subject to epileptic seizures. One morning bushwhackers killed Derl Wood who lived on Fallen Ash Road, the gun reports and screams of Sally Wood could be heard by Mrs. Jenkins.
       After the band of killers terrorized part of the neighborhood, they arrived at Jim Jackson's home, about a quarter of a mile from the Jenkins' house, and began to annoy and chase two Negro boys. Jim Brown went running out of the house to investigate when the bad of men saw him, ran him down, and shot him to death.
       Later that evening, after the bushwhackers had retired, the few remaining men in the neighborhood and several friends gathered to post guards and bury Brown and Wood in the Flippin graveyard.

The Town of Flippin

       Flippin Barrens barely lived into the Twentieth Century. Lee Hayes moved his store to the railroad site, and soon other businesses were established. The Marion County Town Company purchased 20 acres and platted streets and lots but, shortly thereafter, went out of business.
       But this budding community was not to be denied. F. G. Huddleston established a general store; a well was drilled in the middle of Main Street, equipped with hand pump; a lumber business was opened by Noland Carroll who later owned a general store; a cafe, operated by Mrs. Trimble, served homemade food tot he public; Melliot Daffron opened a hotel that catered to incoming railroad passengers and other travelers; the town bespoke its own physician; several blacksmith shops and a livery barn had thriving businesses; and a traveling dentist and eye doctor made regular visits by train and operated out of the hotel.
       In 1921 the town of Flippin was incorporated and James M. Keeter was elected as its first Mayor.
       Automobiles began appearing in the county and it wasn't long before enterprising Cleto Parnell opened a service station and repair shop.
       One prominent figure from the early days of Flippin was "Uncle George" Billings. He lived at Oakland before coming to Flippin, and it was his task to carry the mail from the depot to the post office in a push cart. Uncle George was awarded the "Carnegie Medal" and reqard for saving the life of Virginia Hayes, a child who was trapped in a stalled car that was in the path of an oncoming train. Billings was injured while making the rescue, and walked with a limp the remainder of his life.
       A canning factory was put into operation just west of Girard Street and, later, Seth Hurst opened the Hurt Canning Plant.
       A store opened by J. N. Griffin sold everything from candy to coffins. Carl Flippin was available for those who could afford to buy read made caskets, his wife Nellie Pangle Flippin usually made the burial clothes because she was an exceptional seamstress.
       Most of the buildings described earlier were burned in the late 1920's, including the hotel and meat market on the west side of the street. Another fire several years later destroyed the buildings on the other side of the street because the "bucket brigade" was not forceful enough to stop the flames.

The Years of the Depression

       The 1930's and 1940's effected Flippin as it did the rest of the United States. When the war began in the '40's the town was stripped of many able-bodied young men. Several of them lost their lives including James Clart, Burt and Glen McCracken, Donald Padgett, and Claude Garrigus.
       Farmers could be deferred from service in World War II if they met the requirements of the draft board. There was also a rationing board during the war that distributed stamps for coffee, sugar, salt and others things such as gas, shoes, and tires. The rationing board was located in Flippin and every family, depending on size, received a certain amount of stamps.
       Wince Hurst said he used to cut cedar logs for Elias Huddleton for ten cents an hour and worked ten hours a day in 1934.
       During this era Callison's Drug and Sundries Store opened but no pharmacist was in attendance; the doctor still carried medicine with him and mixed up what he needed. Callison's sold a five-cent ice cream cone as well as patent medicines, clothing and groceries.
       Also in the '40's, all cotton gins ceased to operate within the county, and cotton as a money crop was only a memory.
       H. F. Wood, better known as "Squire" was a familiar figure around Flippin. He served as Justice f the Peace for more than fifty years, during which time he performed many marriage ceremonies and often held court.
       In 1940 Flippin boasted a movie theatre called the WNC, built by W. N. Christian. The children nicknamed it the "We Need Credit" Theater, and it played to audiences for about ten years with Karl Marshall as projectionist.
       Flippin Airport was built in 1947 after the war; the Flippin Ball Park Association was organized in the late 1940's; and Flippins first bank, operated by "Jockie" Doshier, went broke prior tot he depression.

The Building of A Dam

       In 1945, the U. S. Government supplied the funds and hired the contract labor to establish a quarry on Lee's Mountain where a conveyor belt form the mountain to a site at Bull Shoals was to be erected for the construction of Bull Shoals Dam. They condemned 60 acres of farmland on the mountain to set up the conveyor belt that was used to haul crushed rock to the dam site.
       First, a road had to be cut out of the mountain. Thurman Hurst and Floyd Kirklnad were "shooters" and drilled holes and set the charges that blew the rock away. After the road was completed, the blasting crews moved in to clean up rock waste products and expose the "good rock" underneath.
       Once the rock was exposed, blasting crews meticulously planted deep charges strategically placed to implode the mountain and create a quarry. Once the charges were set, the crews moved to the other side of Flippin before the charge went off, but all that was seen was a small cloud of white smoke when the mountain bluff collapsed.
       The belt that transported the crushed rock was four feet wide and seven miles long. A hammer mill crusher reduced the size of the rock before it was placed on the belt. When the rock reached its destination at the dam sites, it was then finely crushed and divided into sand product, gravel and assorted sized rock.
       Floyd Maples was foreman of the belt during its entire operation in Flippin. The belt ran three shifts, 24 hours a day, for approximately six years.
       According to Wince Hurst, anytime there was something dangerous to do at either Lee's Mountain or the dam site, he and Odale Davenport were called in to do it.

Flippin's Rugged Years

       During the 1930's through the 50's Marion County was then "wet" (Liquor was legal), gambling was legal, and with the influx of so many new people from all walks of life moving into the county, sometimes things got a little out of hand. Fightings and several killings helped to gain Flippin a reputation as being a fairly tough town. It had several taverns, one downtown, one on Hwy 62 south, and the Silver Star Night Club located where Ranger Boats Company sits today.
       After the war ended in 1947 and Bull Shoals Dam was under construction, people came in droves hoping to find work. They slept wherever they could pitch a tent, rent or beg a spot in a bar, or simply sleep in the back yard. The Silver Star was considered a real "honky-tonk" and dances and dance marathons were common. The jail house in Flippin, still standing behind Main Street, was seldom empty on a Friday or Saturday night.

The End of An Era

       After Bull Shoals Dam was completed in 1952, citizens voted to "dry up" Marion County. The Silver Star Night Club was purchased by Karl Marshall and several other business men for industrial use. Several years later, Forrest Wood purchased that building and modestly began to build the empire that Ranger Boats is today. The old wood frame Silver Star. Some say they can still hear its music on a quiet night.
       Flippin is growing, perhaps faster than any other town in the county. And, with its growth, ends an era our pioneer forefathers might perhaps mourn, for it ends that age of man combating raw, primitive nature, the thing they faced most in their journey to Arkansas and their struggle to create this town named Flippin.

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       It would seem that, in spite of all the warnings about and predictions of disasters on every front, 1 January 2000 came and went without a hitch. We at the Bramble Bush are still going strong and looking forward with great anticipation to our fifth year in publication. Sure doesn't seem that long, probably 'cuz we've been having so much fun every quarter.


       Most of you probably aren't aware that HGSMCA is ten years old this month. Seems like just yesterday that a handful of folks interested in both the history and the people of Marion county sat around the library one cold January evening to create an organization that would collect and preserve the story of Marion County. And I'm amazed at the number of things HGSMCA has accomplished in those ten short years.
       A collection of research materials was begun that now numbers well over 700 items including books, newsletters, CD's, and microfilm. Around 25 or 30 events such as ancestors fairs and Shawnee Days and Turkey Trot have seen our tables or booth filled with our wares and smiling faces. We've talked at schools, historical societies, and libraries, telling the story of Marion County. Genealogies of Marion County Families 1811-19900 (nickname "Big Blue" because of its size and color) was compiled and published. Just under 500 copies have been sold and we've gone into our second printing already. Bramble Bush got off the ground which increased our membership as well as helped spread the story of Marion County and made us some wonderful friends. Early Days and War Times in Northern Arkansas by Thomas Jerome Estes was reprinted and we've already gone into our second printing on this book too. When we learned that over 100 years of county records were about to be destroyed, we petitioned Quorum Court to turn them over to the Society. As a result, the Real Estate Tax Assessment books which begin in 1887 are now safe and sound. Gladys Horn Brown gave to the Society all rights to her transcription of the 1880 census for Marion County. This, too, is selling well. A torn and tattered ca 1916 plat map of Marion County was given to us - and we promptly had it repaired, preserved, and framed for all to see and use. The electronic age has been joined with the installation in the Research Room at the library of a computer and a growing collection of CD's just jiam crammed full of information. The Marion County web site on the Internet is growing by leaps and bounds with new thing being added almost daily.
       The next ten years promise to be equally as busy and fulfilling. First off with the second "Big Blue" with lots and lots of new information and several more families. Deadline for contributions for this book is 1 June 2000 so dig down deep in those piles of family history, folks and get that information to us. After a short breather from this effort, we're planning to publish a Pictorial History of Marion County and her People. This will take lots of sharing on your part so get ready. We hope for it to be a collection of both places and people from the past, but we don't have access to enough pictures to do a book. We're definitely going to need your help on this one. You can be sure we'll bombard you with reminders every quarter so dig out those old tintypes and photos, get them copied, make a notation of who and what they are, and get them to us.
          Vicki Roberts,Editor

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Compiled by Mysty McPherson and Vicki Roberts

       The McBee Family came to Marion Co. in 1857. There is a story in the family that three brothers came together. One was a doctor, one was a lawyer, and one was a stockman and trader. One brother went to Oklahoma or Texas, one settled in the Monarch area of Marion Co., and the third settled on the White River. Two descendants of the McBee who settled in the Monarch area are Jim and Walter McBee of Harrison, Boone Co. AR (Billie D. [McBee] Robertson)


1 Children of William & Susannah (Vardrey) McBee
2         MARY McBEE b Halifax Co. VA 1726/7 m JOHN AUSTIN jr. (son of John & Hannah Honor [Love] Austin b VA 14 Sep 1726 d Sumner Co. TN 10 June 1833.
3         VARDREY McBEE Sr. b VA ca 1730 was of Lincoln and Tryon Counties in North Carolina. He settled at Watauga Valley NC 1780. On 27 May 1782 a deposition was taken in a lawsuit that included William Saffold and M. Gale. The deposition was made by Vardrey McBee and two others. He served in the Revolutionary War.

3 Children of Vardrey McBee Sr.
4        LEMUEL McBEE.
5        WILLIAM McBEE.
6        GANNUM McBEE.
7        VARDREY McBEE Jr. m NC ca 1790 Jane Alexander.

7 Children of Vardrey & Jane (Alexander) McBee Jr.
9        SILAS L/E. McBEE B KY 1792 d MCAR 1875 m/1__ d 1840; m/2 LUCY BLACKBURN b KY (1870 census says SC) 1818 d Flippin 1873. They emigrated from MO in 1857, settling at Talbert's Ferry. In White River Township 1860, 1870, and 1880. The White River Township 1860 census lists Malinda Graves b MO aged 15 and Joseph C. Harper b SC aged 50 as living in the Silas McBee household. The White River Township 1870 census lists Bird F. Ross b TN aged 20 (insane) and James Smith b AR aged 13 as living in the Silas McBee household.
13        VARDREY A. McBEE 3rd b TN.
15        ALEXANDER McBEE b TN.
16        (son) McBEE B TN m EVELINE __ b TN ca 1823. She is a widow aged 57 living with her son James in Sugar Loaf Township in 1880.

9 Children of Silas L/E. & Lucy (Blackburn) McBee
17        WILLIAM C. "Will" McBEE b. TN 25 Aug 1848 d Flippin 1897 m/1 MATILDA AGNES FLIPPIN (Daughter of William Baugh "Judge" & Agnes Wilson [Adams] Flippin) b Flippin 11 March 1854 d. Flippin 1889; m/2 WINIFRED "Winnie" NORBURY (daughter of Bradford & Victoria A. [Maupin] Norbury) b Springfield, Greene Co. MO 14 May 1843. Winifred's grandmother was a sister to Matilda's mother. In 1900 Winifred and her stepdaughter Cora, both widows, are living together in White River Township. Winifred "Winnie" (Norbury) McBee m/2 JOSEPH N. McCRACKEN (son of John N. & Mary [Matthews] McCracken) b MCAR Oct 1880. In the 1870 Union Township census William C. McBee is listed as single, aged 22, born in TN, employed as a clerk, and living in the James H. Berry household. William was signer No. 12 of the 1872 petition for the incorporation of Yellville. He was a wagon master, hauling freight from Springfield MO. He built McBee's Landing on White River. He owned a 64' x 14' steamship which displaced 25 tons and was capable of carrying 14 tons. It was called "Myrtle" after William's daughter. Albert G. Cravens was captain. He also owned the barge "Sandy".
18         RICE F. R. McBee b TN 1852.
19         VARDREY McBEE b TN 3 March 1853 d Baxter Co. AR 10 May 1904 bu Conley Cemetery, Baxter Co. AR m MCAR GIVENIA SIRENA HOGAN b MCAR March 1852. In White River Township 1860, 1880 and 189; in Flippin 1870; in Logan Township, Baxter Co. AR 1900. Moved to Baxter Co. AR.
20 (daughter) McBEE m ___ CRAVENS.

16 Children of Eveline ( ) McBee
21        JAMES HAMILTON "Junior" McBEE (son of Eveline [ __ ] McBee) b TN April 1939 bu Keesee Cemetery m ca 1880 MARGARET KEESEE (daughter of Elias & Mary Jane [Copland] Keesee) b IN/MO March 1861 d 1936 bu Keesee Cemetery. In Sugar Loaf Township 1880, 1910 and 1920 census.

17 Children of William C. & Matilda Agnes (Flippin) McBee
22         CORA E. McBEE b MCAR Dec 1874 m MCAR 3 Sep 1895 J. M. DUNCAN d bef 1900. Cora is a widow living with her step-mother Winifred, also a widow, in White River Township 1900.
23         WILLIAM VARDREY McBEE b MCAR Dec 1877/9 m MCAR 5 Sep 1897 DELLA MATTHEWS (daughter of M.D.L. & Matilda J. "Matt" [Bains] Matthews) b MCAR 20 July 1881 d 18 Sep 1904.
24         ERNEST C. McBEE b MCAR Jan 1877 d 1940 bu Flippin Cemetery m/1 1899 ALICE WOOD (daughter of Nivenard "Nin" & Mary E. [Weast] Wood) b MCAR 2 Nov 1883 d 22 Dec 1969 bu Aurora MO, divorced; m/2 MCAR 30 May 1914 EMMA ZIEGLER b GA ca 1877. In White River Township 1900. Alice m/2 MCAR 3 Dec 1910 Henry Newton Brooks.
25         MAUDE A. McBEE d MCAR 1899/1900 m MCAR 11 March 1899 LEE W. WOOD (son of Nivenard "Nin" & Mary E. [Weast] Wood, widower of Betty Talbert) b Flippin 29 July 1880 d 9 Oct 1957. No children.
26         Victor McBEE.
27         Myrtle McBEE.

17 Child of William C. & Winifred "Winnie" (Norbury) McBee
28         Lucy McBEE.
29         MALINDA McBEE b MCAR 1870 m MCAR 23 Dec 1888 M. JAMES PERRY.
30         WILLIAM SILAS McBEE b MCAR 1 Feb 1874 d MCAR 18 March 1916 bu Flippin Cemetery m 18 Nov 1894 ELZADA REYNOLDS (daughter of Edwin/Edward & Millie L/S. [Burch] Reynolds) b MCAR 24 July 1873 d. Flippin 5 April 1943. Worked for his uncle. In Logan Township, Baxter Co. AR 1900.
31         LANDES TILLMAN McBEE b MCAR 13 Dec 1976 d Baxter Co. AR 28 Feb 1897 bu Trimble Flats Cemetery, Baxter Co. AR. Never married.
32         YOUNG H. McBEE b MCAR Dec 1878 m CORA __ b MO Jan 1883. In Logan Township, Baxter Co. AR 1900.
33         Mary McBEE b July 1889.
34         DELLA McBEE b Sep 1893.
35         JOHNIE McBEE b 22 Dec 1888.
36         WALTER HAMILTON McBEE b MCAR June 1884 d 10 April 1964 bu Keesee Cemetery m THELMA __ B MCAR 13 Nov 1895 d 8 Feb 1973 bu Keesee Cemetery
37         CALVIN V. McBEE b MCAR 18 March 1881 d Baxter Co. AR 1908 bu Conley Cemetery.

21 Children of James Hamilton "Junior" & Margaret (Keesee) McBee
38         ETHA McBEE b MCAR Jan 1881 m MCAR 12 Oct 1906 NEAL PARSLEY b 1881 of Monarch.
39         VIOLA McBEE b MCAR Sep 1883 m MCAR 7 Feb 1907 J. C. TOMBERLIN b 1881 of Indian Territory.
40         (Child) McBEE died young.
41         WALTER McBEE b MCAR Dec 1888 m Ruby __ b OK 1896.
42         BULAH McBEE b MCAR March 1893.
43         WILLIE B. McBEE (f) b MCAR June 1896.

24 Children of Ernest C. & Alice (Wood) McBee
44         FRANK McBEE [BROOKS] b MCAR 12 July 1900 m ARVILLA ALMAN.
45         MARY AGNESS McBEE [BROOKS] b MCAR 15 Sep 1902 d 6 Feb 1950.
46         CARL REGINAL McBEE [BROOKS] b MCAR 7 July 1905 d 14 Feb 1956 m THELMA ___.

30 Children of William Silas & Elzada (Reynolds) McBee
47         ARDELLA "Della" McBEE b MCAR 20 Dec 1896 d MCAR 20 Nov 1979 bu Flippin Cemetery m/1 WILLIAM R. DAFFRON (son of Silas & Louisa [ __ ] Daffron) b MCAR 1895 d MCAR 1949 bu Flippin Cemetery; m/2 WILLIE D./ LUCIEN RICHARDSON b MCAR 1879 d 1957.
48         EWING McBEE b MCAR Oct. 1898 d MCAR 1980 bu Flippin Cemetery m MCAR 18 April 1917 DELLA LAVISA PANGLE (daughter of George & Martha (McCracken) Pangle) b MCAR 22 Feb 12900 d MCAR 23 July 1975 bu Flippin Cemetery.
49         WILLIAM HERBERT McBEE (twin) b MCAR 25 March 1901 d MCAR 13 Nov 1953 bu Flippin Cemetery m 10 May 1924 BITHA GALLWAY b 15 June 1905 d MCAR 30 Dec 1986 bu Flippin Cemetery as Bitha Davis. MCAR Deputy Sheriff.
50         JAMES BRADFORD McBEE (twin b MCAR 25 March 1902 d 25 Jan 1975 m MCAR 26 June 1920 UNA MAE REYNOLDS b MCAR 8 April 1904 d MCAR 5 Dec 1952 bu Flippin Cemetery.
51         VARDEREY D. "Mac" McBEE b MCAR 21 March 1905 d MCAR 7 May 1961 bu Flippin Cemetery m ALLLIE (REYNOLDS) TREAT (daughter of John A & Julie [Spears] Reynolds, widow? of __ Treat) b Western Grove, Boone Co. AR 9 May 1898 d 25 Nov 1988 bu Pleasant Ridge Cemetery.
52         CARMINE McBEE (m) b MCAR 11 Dec 1912 d New Shannon IA 9 May 1972.

48 Children of Ewing & Della Lavisa (Pangle) McBee
53         EUGENIA D. "Jean" McBEE b MCAR 14 June 1918 d MCAR 2 June 1990 bu Flippin Cemetery m MCAR 27 Feb 1943 KARL JAMES MARSHALL b Newport ME 31 July 1908 d MCAR 25 Aug 1977 bu Flippin Cemetery.
54         NEVA NELL McBEE b MCAR 12 Oct 1920 d 3 June 1945 bu Oakland Cemetery, Little Rock AR m 12 Nov 1938 GARY/GRADY WOOTEN d 1945 bu Oakland Cemetery, Little Rock AR.
55         AVIS LEE McBEE b MCAR 15 Aug 1923 d MCAR 16 Aug 1923.
56         GEORGE WAYNE McBEE b MCAR 5 June 1927 d 26 Sep 1994 m 16 Sep 1951 DOROTHY SUE McGOWNE b 23 Oct 1930.
57         EWING WARD McBEE Sr. b MCAR 4 Aug 1928 d 9 July 1994 bu Flippin Cemetery m MCAR 9 March 1946 RUBY MARION ALLEN (daughter of Jesse James & Eliza Izelia [Richardson] Allen) b MCAR 5 April 1927.
58         BETTY DELL McBEE b MCAR 21 Aug 1930 m1 LOWELL COOPER; m/2 JIM YOST.
60         BILLIE DARLENE McBEE b MCAR 1 Nov 1934 m MCAR 30 July 1954 M. D. "Rob" ROBERTSON b 10 Feb 1929.

49 Children of William Herbert & Bitha (Galloway) McBee
61         WILLIAM AGRET "Agert" McBEE b MCAR 11 Oct 1927 d MCAR 10 Nov 1984 bu Flippin Cemetery. Served in World War II.
62         BILL McBEE.
63         WILLIE McBEE.
64         CONNIE McBEE.
66         TOMMIE SUE McBEE.
67         ILA JOY McBEE.
68         CARL McBEE. MCAR Sheriff.

50 Children of James Bradford & Una Mae (Reynolds) McBee
69         STERLING R. McBEE Sr. b MCAR 6 Aug 1922/3 d 4 May 1993 bu Flippin Cemetery m Monticello AR DELLA LEAH HERRINGTON b 18 Jan 1924.
70         JUANITA McBEE.
72         MARY DELL McBEE.
73         ANNA SUE McBEE b MCAR 28 Jan 1932 d MCAR 29 Dec 1933 bu Flippin Cemetery.
74         SHIRLEY ANN McBEE.

56 Children of George Wayne & Dorothy Sue (McGowne) McBee
75         DEBORAH "Debbie" McBEE b MCAR 9 May 1952 m 11 Sep 1971 DAVID CHARLES CHRISTOPHER.
76         EDDIE McBEE b MCAR 28 June 1954.
77         MICHELLE ANN McBEE b MCAR 1 May 1965 m/1 __ VAN TYNE, divorced; m/2 24 May 1986 MARTIN D. BENSON.
78         MELINDA McBEE b MCAR 6 Feb 1968 m DAVE JACKSON.

57 Children of Ewing Ward & Ruby Marion (Allen) McBee Sr.
        79 VICTORIA LYNN "Vicki" McBEE b MCAR 29 Aug 1946 m DeWitt AR 3 June 1966 KAY M. COOPER b 13 April 1945.
80         EWING ALLEN McBEE Jr. b MCAR 13 Sep 1948 d MCAR 13 Sep 1948 bu Lee's Mountain Cemetery.
81         RHONDA SUZANNE McBEE b MCAR 1 May 1959 m Wichita KS 4 Dec 1988 FREDERIC EARL BOEGER (son of Palmer & Grace [ __ ] Boeger) b 18 Feb 1960.

59 Children of Hal Dean & Margie (Gautraux) McBee

69 Children of Sterling R. & Della Leah (Herrington) McBee Sr.
83         CHARLOTTE McBEE b OK 1 Feb 1944 m LORIN McCLOUD.
84         STERLING RAYMOND McBEE Jr. b 30 July 1947 m BARBARA A. PARROT.
85         MARIE ANNETTE McBEE b 21 Sep 1949 m DAVID B. BURNS.
86         THOMAS BRADFORD McBEE b 2 Aug 1951 m MARY C. HUEY.
87         JOHN EDWARD McBEE b 15 Nov 1953.
88         PAMELA DEAN McBEE b 1 March 1959.
89         JACKIE MAE McBEE b 21 May 1967.

SOURCES: "Reminiscent History of the Ozark Region" by Goodspeed; "Marion Co. Marriages Records 1887-1896" by Marian Burnes & Vicki Roberts; "Marion Co. Marriage Records 1896-1905" by Marion Burnes & Vicki Roberts; "Marion Co. Marriage Records 1905-1917" by Marian Burnes & Vicki Roberts; "Marion Co. AR census 1860, 1870, 1880, 1890, 1900, 1910, 1920; "History of Marion Co.," by Earl Berry; Billie D. (McBee) Robertson.

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1840 CENSUS STUFF Compiled by Mysty McPherson, 35 MC 6023, Yellville AR 72687

In Marion County in 1840 there were six townships:
Blythe, Buffalo Fork, Little North Fork, Sugar Loaf, Union, and White River.

Within these six townships the population of children was

158 boys and 134 girls aged five and under 110 boys and 98 girls aged five to ten
87 boys and 81 girls aged 10 to 15 51 boys and 60 girls aged 15 to 20
Within these six townships the population of adults was
122 men and 109 women aged 20 to e0 57 men and 44 women aged 30 to 40
30 men and 26 women aged 40 to 50 21 men and 10 women aged 50 to 60
10 men and 8 women aged 60 to 70 2 men and 2 women aged 70 and 80
1 man aged 99 to 100
There were also 37 male and 38 female free coloreds.

Four years after Arkansas became a state and Marion became a county, there was a total of 649 males, from newborns to one nearing a century, and 572 females, from newborns to two around three-quarters of a century. Not including the free coloreds, there were 649 males and 572 females for a grand total of 1221 people. Or, in other words, there were 779 children and 442 adults for a grand total of 1221 people. 

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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.

JACKSON / DOZIER. See parents/ancestors of Princess, wife of Warren JACKSON. She b AR ca 1850. She had one son, Frances DOZIER b AR ca 1868. Known children Eldora E. JACKSON b AR ca 1873, Lawrence JACKSON b AR ca 1874, Elzada E JACKSON b AR ca 1978. Mysty McPherson, 35 MC 6023, Yellville AR 72687 <

ROWDEN / MESSICK. Who were the parents/ ancestors of Hooper J. ROWDEN b Harlan Co. KY 4 March 1824 m Gibson Co. TN 6 March 1851 Lydia Ann Frances Messick (daughter of John Wesley & Celia [Wilkerson] Messick) b Coffee Co. TN ca 1833. Both are buried in Nanny Cemetery in MCAR. Mara Fisk <>

SPANGLER / HAGGARD. Wish to exchange info on family of Peter Coldran & Lydia Ann (HAGGARD) SPANGLER. Known children are Beatrice Evelyn SPANGLER b 23 Jan 1861, James Samuel SPANGLER b 1862, William Benjamin Addison SPANGLER b 13 Dec 1864, Anne Eliza SPANGLER b 12 March 1872. Lola Spangler Christopher, 406 E. 19th Avenue, Belton TX 76513-2006.

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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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       The 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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