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Bramble Bush


Vol. 7, No. 2         April 2003         Yellville, Arkansas 72687

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March 12, 1886
       Mrs. James Johnson died at her home, on Lee's mountain, three miles north of this place, on Wednesday, the 10th of March 1886. The bereaved family have the sympathy of the entire community.
       A farewell party was given Mr. G. W. Layton, at the palatial residence of his brother, Mr. A. S. Layton, on last Friday night. Those who attended pronounced it a most enjoyable occasion. Owing to a previous engagement with an Arkansaw chill, the Echo reporter failed to attend.
Mrs. Maggie McDowell, wife of Mr. G. W. McDowell, died at her home in Yellville on Tuesday morning, the 9th last, after a lingering illness of several months. The remains were consigned to their last resting place on Wednesday afternoon. Rev. O.H. Tucker, of the M. E. Church, South, officiating at the grave.
March 16, 1886
       Mrs. Rachel S. McDowell, wife of George W. McDowell died at her home in Yellville, Arkansas, March 9, 1886. She was born in North Carolina, February 18, 1843. Her maiden name was Wilson. She was most happily married to Geo. W. McDowell, formerly of Memphis, MO, at Yellville, this State, February 12, 1861. She professed religion and joined the M.E. Church, South, with her husband, under the ministry of Rev. J. A. Walden, August 24, 1873. The Sunday school found in her in earnest and faithful worker. In the Teacher's meetings and the study of the Bible she took great interest. She enjoyed much the presence and power of God in the woman's prayer meetings and often praised Him aloud. Her home was a happy one and in blessing to all who knew her. She bore her lingering affliction with all the patience of a true Christian woman. Anxious to live but ready to die. It was my privilege to visit her often, and always found her cheerful. She loved the old songs. "Home of the Soul" was to her as bread form heaven. In answer to the question, "Do you want anything?" She said, "I want to go and be out of my suffering." To her husband she, "I am ready to go." O.H. Tucker. Pastor.
       Mr. F. N. Matthews and Miss Dora Baldwin, both well known at this place, were married at Huntsville, Madison County, on the 8th of March 1886. Their many friends here wish them a tall measure of matrimonial felicity.
       Luke Matlock, the clever barber, now wears a broad smile. He says there is a young lady arrived at his house and although it will take an extra barrel of flour for the family this year, the price of tobacco, cigars and shaving remains steady.
       Births - A son born to Mr. And Mrs. J. A. Young on the 8 March 1886.
       A son born to Rev. and Mrs. O. H. Tucker on the 9th of March 1886.
Died - of apoplexy, on the night of the 22nd of March 1886 after an illness of but a few hours, James A. Wilson of Yellville, He was born in Yancy County, North Carolina in 1821, removed to Marion County Arkansas in 1846 and was once a Representative of that county in the Legislature.
       Accident - Mr. R. P. Carson, living six miles south of town, while hauling wood on Tuesday, met with a very painful accident. While going down the hill the load of wood slid down on the horses, causing them to run. Mr. Carson was thrown from the wagon and ran over by the wheels, breaking his arm near the shoulder. Dr. Lindley is attending him and say Mr. C. is getting along fine.
       Obit - Rev. George Wade aged about 30 years died at his residence at Desoto Springs this county, on Thursday night, August 5th 1886, of consumption. Mr. Wade was reared in this county and had a large circle of friends, who deplore his untimely death. He leaves a wife and several small children.

L.M. Hand P.R. Davis M.M. Baron John Angel Thomas Sutton
Louis Cannon Mat Mitchell John McGinnis R.R. Hollingsworth Lynn Adams
John Yocham Jno. Thompson, Jr. J.D. McGregor Daniel Wickersham A. Adcock
Nin Woods        

J. F. Toliver Wm. McEntyre Robert Tatum Thomas McCracken George Glenn
W.R. Brookshier        

Petit Jury
John (Foot) Wood Wm. Hamlet, Sr. Samuel Phillips Scott Ham D. Stockton
Joseph Ward James Holen George Yocham John Davis Robert Long
Ben Jones Wm. McBee James Waltman Isaac Keesee John Cheek
Lawrence Bench Harvey Yocham Thomas Davenport John Coker Gid Estes
Alf Hampton John Briggs Alf Cowan Bud McVey  

James I. Thompson Wesley Stephens H.A. Young John Soward Thomas Music Lonard Seawel

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       After much searching the editorial staff decided this would be a great time to reprint some of the notable gossip and other rambling form the old copies of the Mountain Echo. The originals are available on microfilm but takes a long to fret out the information. We hope in the coming issues that we can bring you just a sample of the old words.
       The Marion County Historical Genealogical Society is in the process of making changes. We hope that each member will bear with us while we struggle thru these changes.
       Since the last time I have written to you, the Society has seen the retirement of our wonderful secretary Mary Birrer. Mary has hung up her shorthand to work on other projects. We miss her already but realize each of us has to make decisions in our lives that work to our own benefit. Good retirement Mary.
       We welcome a new secretary into our midst, Sherry Berthot. We have given her a big job to do and we know she will come thru.
       We are definitely glad to see our county settle some and know each of you feel the same. May God Bless!
           Vicki Roberts, Editor

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Transcribed by Janice Mears, PO Box 628, Bull Shoals AR 72619

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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       Seeking infromation - Thomas Sherman Motley (Tom Motley - was convicted of manslaughter September 6, 1912 in Marion County. I have a copy of his Arkansas prison record. Per the record he and his stepbrother Charley Van Brunt, were both involved in the incident, which took place on December 23, 1911. Tom Motley was 23 years old at the time; his other was listed as Ida Van Brunt. Would like any information that can be provided. Sandra Van Buren P.O. Box 747 Green Valley AZ 85622
       Queries are 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 toBramble Bush. Responsibility for accuracy of data in queries rest with the submitter.

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Fourteenth North Arkansa Ancestor Fair
June 5-7 2003
Lesile/Marshall, Arkansas
For More Information Call James J. Johnston
2333 N. East Oaks Drive
Fayetteville, AR 72703

       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.

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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.

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       "EARLY DAYS AND WAR TIME IN NORTHERN ARKANASAS." Thomas Jerome Estes. Reprint 199 (1928). $5. HGSMCA, PO Box 761, Yellville AR 72687.
       "EARLY DAYS OF MARION COUNTY" Lester & Marion Burnes, $25. Marion S. Burnes, P0 Box 365, Yellville, AR 72687
       "GENEALOGIES OF MARION COUNTY FAMILIES 1811-1900." Genealogies of 400+ families settling in MCAR 1900. Hardbound. Indexed. $60. HGSMCA, PO Box 761, Yellville AR 72687.
       "INDEX TO THE MOUNTAIN ECHO 12 March 1886 thru 26 June 1903." Births, marriages, deaths. $24.50 + $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 1870 FEDERAL CENSUS. Indexed. Annotated. $20. Nancie Todd Weber. HGSMCA, PO Box 762, Yellville AR 72687
       MARION CO, AR 1880 FEDERAL CENSUS. indexed, $21. Gladys Horn Brown. HGSMCA, P0 Box 781, Yellville, AR 72687.
       "MARION COUNTY MARRIAGES 1887-1896" Marion Burnes & Vicki A. Roberts $15. Vicki Roberts, 363 MC 5032, Yellville AR 72687.
       "MARION COUNTY MARRIAGES 1896-1905" Marion Burnes & Vicki A. Roberts. Indexed $15. Vicki Roberts, 363 MC 5032, Yellville AR 72687.
       "MARION COUNTY MARRIAGES 1905-1917" Marion Burnes & Vicki Roberts. Indexed. $15. Vicki Roberts, 2363 MC 032, Yellville AR 72687.
       "MARION COUNTY 1890 CENSUS." Reconstructed from 1880 & 1900 census; land, tax records, etc. Indexed. Hardbound. $45 HGSMCA, PO Box 761, Yellville AR 72687.
       "Silver Anniversary" History of Marion County. Reprinted 2002, Indexed, $75 plus $5 sh, HGSMCA PO Box761 Yellville, AR 72687.
       "Marion County: The Divided" by Vicki Roberts and Mysty McPherson, $5.00 + $1 s&h HGSMA, PO Box 761 Yellville, AR 72687.
       "Marion County, The Way She Was in 1836" by W.B. Flippin, $5.00 + $1 s&h, PO Box 761 Yellville, AR 72687.
"Gleenings of Pioneer History" by W. R. Jones, $5.00 + $1 s&h, PO Box 761 Yellville, AR 72687.

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       The Bramble Bush is published quarterly by the Historic Genealogical Society of Marion County Arkansas, PO Box 761, Yellville AR 72687. EDITORIAL STAFF: Editor, Vicki Roberts; Design/Production, Mysty McPherson; Art Work, Bonnie Sanders; Queries, Mary Birrer; Subscriptions, Barbara Holland; Printing, Penny Pincher Printing, 722 Locust, Conway AR 72034; Contributing writers, Janice Mears. HGSMCA Officers: Chair Vicki A. Roberts; Vice-Chair, Mysty McPherson; Secretary, Sherry Berthot; Treasurer, Barbara Holland; Grants/Purchasing Mysty McPherson.

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