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Vol. 7, No. 3         July 2003         Yellville, Arkansas 72687

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       April 2, 1886 --A man named Ben Graves, living on the Strait Farm, murdered his two children. He had symptoms of insanity.
       James A. Wilson died March 22, 1886. He was born in 1821 Yancy Co. North Carolina and moved to Marion County Arkansas in 1846. He leaves a widow and several children.
       Marriage License were issued to R.B. Jefferson and Miss Ida Woods and JC. Wood to Miss D.E. Palmer
       April 9, 1886--Judge John Baxter of Tennessee died in Hot Springs, brother of ex Governor Elisha Baxter of Batesville
       M.N. Cheek and Miss Susan Thompson were married 4 April 1886 at the home of her father in Hampton Township
       Marriage License were issued to W.E. Nipps and Miss Rachel Day and to M.N. Cheek and Miss Susan Thompson
       April 16, 1886--Mrs Paxton, wife of The Rev. W.J. Paxton passed away at her home on April 7, 1886
       April 23, 1886--Marriage License were issued to J.S. Freeman age 73 and Mrs Spicy Gowan age 55, J.R. Reed and Miss Cordelia Barkett and E.T. Record and Miss Mary Noe.
       A baby boy was born on this date to Judge and Mrs. Horn
       April 30 1886- Mrs Dodd, the wife of Sam Dodd died at her home in Doddville on Tuesday.
       May 7, 1886-E.T. Record was joined in holy wedlock to Miss Mary Noe at the home of her father, H.J. Noe in Oakland Mr and Mrs Feliz Huddleston of buffalo became the parents of a bouncing baby this week.
       May 15, 1886 --Mrs. Robert Lefevers on last Wednesday evening, while splithng kindling with a knife, accidentally stabbed herself, inflicting a serious would. Dr. Lindley was called at once and checked the flow of blood and she is now doing very well. On last Saturday Deputy Sheriff Lawson arrested Bob Tatum, against whom there has been standing for some time several indictments. He gave bond and was released. One indictment if for carrying concealed weapons and another for assualt and battery. He has just served a term in the Missouri pen, and was returning to his home near this place.
       William R. Reynolds joined in matrimony to Mrs Margaret Daffron last Sunday.
       May 21, 1886 - Jesse Bridges died on May 17, 1886 at the age of 47. Survivors include a widow and 5 children.
       May 28, 1886 - J.M. Boyd married Miss Emma Hatchet Wednesday. Both folks are from Searcy County.
       June 11, 1886 - Mrs John Soward passed away at her home on June 4, this year.
       June 18, 1886 - Samuel D. Seawell wed Miss Annie Hurst on June 13, 1886 at the home of her father R. J. Hurst.
       Mr. Oaf, who had been jilted by Miss Hatchet of Wileys Cove, Searcy Co. committed suicide 3 weeks ago. She married J. M. Boyd on May 26 of this year.
       Marriage License were issued to J.E. Cruse and Miss Avarilla Cain, S.D. Seawell and Miss Annie Hurst and George Young and Miss Mary E. Taff.
       July 2, 1886 - John Yocomb eloped with the wife of his brother, Mike Yocomb last week. He remarked "I have now the woman I have wanted for twenty years." Mike's wife said the same thing substituting "Man" for 'Woman". They rode off for Missouri. They left five children each.
       On June 25 it was reported that a man named Hawkins who lived in Franklin Twsp was killed in Taney Co. MO. On July 2, 1886 it was discovered that Mr. Hawkins was killed in Marion Co. AR. Arrested was Allen Henderson and Isaac Wheeler as accessory. He was murdered on May 25, 1886
       July 16, 1886 - Mr. Johnson died at his home on Lee's Mountain on July 15, this year.
       Marriage License issued to R.M. Crowder and Mrs. Sarah Pearson, W.W. Osborn and Miss Lucinda Lantz and T.L. Umphery and Miss Louise McGinnis
       The warning order placed in the Mountain Echo on June 18, 1886 listing the Heirs of Jesse Mooney deceased. George C. Mooney, Greenwood Mooney, Martha E. Williams and John Williams, her husband, Mary I. Farmer and Robert F. Farmer, her husband, Jesse Mooney, Laura B. Mooney, Emma F. Mooney, Eugene W. Mooney, Milton L Mooney, Lorena 0. Mooney, Alma J. Mooney, Unknown Heirs of John Mooney deceased, (Rosella Mooney, Alberta Mooney, Maud Mooney, Heirs of Calhoon Mooney deceased)
       July 23, 1886 - Readers will remember that on July 2 of this year that this newspaper reported on the elopment of John Yocham and the wife of Mike Yocham. Well, the latest update is that the couple has returned asking forgiveness.
       We haven't learned any news from John's wife but Mike refuses to reinstate his wife.
       July 30, 1886 - Marriage license were issued to William Letterman and Miss Lucretia Bagley, Joseph Cole and Miss Susan Stall and J.A. Ott and Miss G.A. Kaler.
       Married on this day were Joseph Cole and Miss Susan Still, both of Searcy County.
       August 13, 1886- Marriage License were issued to John D. Martin and Miss Eula Owens, S.A. Morgan and Mrs Sara H. Jane Bundy, J.W. Hyman and Miss Mary E. Watson, William Evans and Miss Nancy Smith and J.R. Burlisonand Miss Harnett Mode.
       The Rev. George Wade, age 30, died Aug 5, 1886 at Desote Springs, Marion County. He leaves a wife and several children.
       Lemmie Brookshire, age about 11, son of Mr. W.R. Brookshire died on August 8 of this year.

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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 from the old copies of the Mountain Echo. The originals are available on microfilm but takes a long time to fret out the information. We hope in the coming issues that we can bring you just a sample of the old news.
       Yours truly met with the Marion County Library Board at their monthly meeting to discuss the plans to enlarge the genealogy research room at the Library. The purposed plan will double the size of the research room, giving more space for books and more room for computers and microfilm readers. Hopefully this can all be completed by this time next year. Donations are welcome. 
       Several of the BB staff attended the Leslie Ancestor Fair this year. As usual a good crowd turned out even though it was a mighty warm day. James Johnson is a terrific coordinator. Things were arranged well and plenty of space.
       If for some reason or the other we are late with the BB, please bear with us. We thank you for you continued support and we hope you will stay with us through the coming years. We plan to make history someday.
           Vicki Roberts, Editor

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       October 22, 1886 -- James N. Hamilton, who was assassinated on Monday morning at his home, in North Fork township, this county, was one of our best citizens, a quiet law abiding man. The news of his death at the hand of an assassin was received here on Wednesday morning with sorrow, as the deceased had many warm friends in Yellville.
       James Hamilton moved to this county from Searcy County about a year ago. In Searcy county he was highly esteemed, and at one time he was sheriff of that county, and it is said he made a most excellent officer. He was a candidate for sheriff of this county at the late election and made an open race as a Republican, but was defeated by his Democrat opponent. He was comparatively a young man being about 30 years of age; He leaves a wife and three children.
       October 29, 1886 - A.J. Mullican, alias James Page, who was arrested last week, charged with the murder of James Hamilton, and who was taken from the constable by a mob, from whom he made his escape, was recaptured on last Saturday on the Boston Mountain by Mr. Wayne Hensley and a posse. Since his re-capture it has been learned that his name is not Page, but Millican. The prisoner says his name is Andrew Jackson Mullican, and that Page was an assumed name. He was taken back to Oakland, North Fork Township, on last Monday for an examining trial, but on Tuesday it became evident that the prisoner was in danger of mob violence and he was brought to Yellville that evening, since which time he has been in the custody of Deputy Sherif Lawson. The witnesses have been summoned and the examining trial will be held before Esquire Due, of North Fork township at this place to day or tomorrow.
       November 5, 1886 THE HAMILTON MURDER --- Andrew Jackson Mullican, Alias James Page, Confesses to Killing James Hamilton. --- He Implicates James Stewart and then Retracts - Stewart Examined and discharged.
       For the benefit of our readers we give below the leading facts in regard to the killing of James Hamilton, as developed in examining court. Mr. Hamilton who was engaged in farming and cutting timber, on White River, in North Fork township, this county, had two hired hands, James Stewart and James Page. The latter's real name was afterwards found to be Andrew Jackson Mullican. On Sunday evening, October 17, Mr. Hamilton and his wife, Nora Hamilton, went over to a neighbor's Andrew Young's - and left the tow young men, Stewart and Page, at home to stay with the children. Late in the evening Mr. Hamilton and wife returned home, accompanied by Mr. Young, and found that Page and Stewart had gone off and left the children. It appears that shortly after Hamilton and wife left home that evening, Page and Stewart went down in the field together and shot off the pistols. Later they passed up by Jerry Hamilton's and stated that they were going to up Mr. Hensley's to sit up with the sick. They went on up to Mr. Willaby's, about three quarters of a mile from James Hamilton's and Page refused to go any farther. The got supper there and Stewart remained there until about eleven o'dock, when he left Willaby's and went back to Hamilton's He got there before Mr. Hamilton and Mr. Young went to bed. Page remained at Willaby's and about 12 o'dock they all went to be there. About 4 o'dock the next morning James Hamilton was shot in the head and killed while in bed sleeping. Mrs Hamilton who was in the same bed, awakened at the report of the pistol. Mr. Young, who was sleeping in the same room, got up and Stewart got up and as he came into the main room, Young left and gave the alarm to Jerry Hamilton, brother of the deceased. Who lived near by. Mrs. Hamilton and Stewart discovered at once that Hamilton's pistol was gone from the gun rack, and supposed he had been killed with his own pistol. About the same hour that Hamilton was shot, James Page woke Sallie Willaby and her mother by an unusual noise and loud blowing and fanning. When they first observed him he was sitting on the bed fanning and seemed extremely warm. He shortly afterwards went out of the room and washed and returned, and repeated this the second and third time. These circumstances led to his suspicion.. Page had been at Hamilton's since the 4th of last June, and Stewart had been there only eleven days.
       Willaby's house is about 3/4 of a mile southeast of Hamilton's The assassin entered from the east door passed thru the side room, went to the gun rack and got Hamilton's own pistol returned to the bedroom, shot Hamilton passed thru the door and placed the pistol down near the corner of the side room and went back to Willaby's and after disturbing the family, as above stated, went back to bed.

       One of the most interesting and startling scenes ever witnessed in our courts, occurred here on Saturday in examining court before W.L Due, J.P. The man Mullican or Page, who had been re-arrested and brought back for an examination, and accused of the murder of James Hamilton, was on trial in examining court. Several witnesses had been examined, and while the evidence disclosed facts that pointed to the accused as the real perpetrator of the horrible deed, yet the circumstances were so few that it left room for grave doubt as to his quilt. And then his manner and looks were calculated to confound one's suspicions and render the affair doubly mysterious. No proof had been offered to show that there was any enmity existing between the accused and the deceased. But Saturday evening a Mr. Holden h ad a conversation with the prisoner in which he made a certain confessions (sic) to Holden. Then both came forward and Mr. Holden stated to the court that Mr. Mullican had made certain statements to him and that he also desired to make the same statements to the court. Both were sworn, but Holden was not examined. The following is the confession and statement made by Mullican. We give it in his own language.
       He said: " Sunday evening after Nora and Jim left home, me and Jim Stewart went down in the field to water the oxen, and he says, Jimmie, let's kill Hamilton." I says, Jim, I ain't got anything against Hamilton." And then he says, "If you will kill Hamilton I will give you one hundred dollars inside of a year. "I says, Stewart, what have you got against Hamilton?' He says, "Me and Hamilton had a few short words about the pig pen the other day." I says, "Is that all you have got against Hamilton?" He says, "I think if I had Hamilton out of the way, I could get his wife." He says,, Jimmie let's go up to Willaby's tonight." He says "You stay there all night and I will go back some time during the night." He says, "Suspicion will rest on me, me staying there at "Jim Hamilton's, and you will not be suspicioned. He then went on to describe the execution of the horrible deed.
       "It was before day at old man Willaby's. I cannot say exactly what time it was. I got up and went on up there to Jim's and I went in at the back room. I went on through the house and I got the pistol and went back to the bed and shot Hamilton. I went then on out through the back room and throwed, or rather stooped and laid the pistol down, out at the corner of the cook room. I went from there back to Willaby'. After I got there I went in the house and stayed about five minutes; they went out doors and I wet my handkerchief and I washed my face and went back to the house; then I reckon I stayed in the house five or six minutes, and I went out again." Here the prisoner broke down and there was a pause in the proceedings. After recovering he was asked what Hamilton said when he shot him, and he replied, "He said, 'Oh, Lord!" He was asked if he run when he got out of the house after the shooting. He said: "Run? My God ! I could not run- I walked." Here the justice dosed the examination of the evidence in the Mullican case and stated that he would bind him over to await the action of the circuit court. He then ordered the arrest of James Stewart.
       Tuesday at 8 o'dock the examination of James Stewart, charged as accessory to the murder of James Hamilton commenced. Several witnesses were examined on behalf of the State, but their testimony failed to implicate Stewart in the least. In fact, every circumstance went to show that he knew nothing about it and was entirely innocent. Finally Mr. B.F. Fee, attorney for the State, desired to introduce Mullican, alias Page, and he refused to testify. Mr. J.C. Floyd, who appeared for the defendant, insisted that Mullican be compelled to testify; said the defendant had a right to confront Mullican in his former statement. Esquire Due then told Mullican that he would imprison him for contempt if he refused to testify. Mullican, who seems to have a peculiar horror for the jail and the rope, then took the stand and retracted so much of his former statement as implicated Stewart. He said that Stewart knew nothing about the murder, that he was innocent, and that he himself had done the deed, and that no one else knew anything about it. He said that the real cause of the murder was the great attachment he had for Hamilton's wife - that he had thought that he would have died rather than to have made known that fact - but that he loved Hamilton's wife, and that he conceived the idea that he would kill him and get him out of the way. ; that this was the sole cause of the murder. After admitting that he had sworn falsely against Stewart, he asked Stewart to forgive him and said the reason he did it he thought both might get out of it. Esquire Due then discharged Stewart, Right here we will state that Stewart is completely exonerated in the minds of the people. No one believes he knew anything about it or had any part in the murder. The public generally seems satisfied that Mullican alone conceived, planned and executed the cowardly assassination; and also, that he did it on account of his wild infatuation for Nora Hamilton, wife of the deceased.
       Andrew J. Mullican, the assassin, is about 5 feet, 8 inches high, has light hair and tight mustache, light complexion, and is of stout build and well muscled, and is about 22 years of age. He is illiterate and has a peculiar brogue in his speech occasioned by the omission of syllables and words. He says he broke jail at Clinton, this Sate, a year ago, and adopted the name of Page to avoid detection. He claims that his mother lives on the Boston Mountains.
       Deputy Sheriff Lawson started to Harrison Wednesday evening with A.J. Mullican who will play checkers with his nose behind the iron bars of Boone county's new jail until February. Jerry Hamilton went with the deputy.
       November 19, 1886 - Andrew Jackson Mullican, Alias Pages was taken from the Boone County Jail by an angry mob and hung by the neck. True Justice.

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       Seeking information -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
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       "EARLY DAYS AND WAR TIMES IN NORTHERN ARKANSAS." Thomas Jerome Estes. Reprint 1999 (1928). $5. HGSMC4, PO Box 761, Yellville AR 72687
       "THE MINING ERA OF MARION COUNTY ARKANSAS. VICKI ROBERTS, INDEXED. $30 PLUS $3 S&H. Vicki Roberts, 2363 MC 5032 Yellville, AR 72687
       "GENEALOGIES OF MARION COUNTY FAMLIES 1811-1900." Genealogies of 400+ families setthng in MCAR by 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. Indexed. $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 28Avenue, Tulsa OK 74107.
       MARION CO. AR 1840 FEDERAL CENSUS. Indexed. $4. Nancy A. Wood, 4643 S 28Avenue, Tulsa 0K 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 761, Yellville AR 72687
       MARION CO. 1880 FEDERAL CENSUS. Indexed. $21. Gladys Horn Brown. HGSMCA, PO Box 761, Yellville AR 72687.
       "MARION COUNTY MARRIAGE RECORDS 1887-1896." Marian Bumes & Vicki Roberts. Indexed. $15. Vicki Roberts, 363 MC 5032, Yellville AR 72687.
       "MARION COUNTY MARRIAGERECORDS 1896-1905" Manan Burnes & Vicki Roberts. Indexed. $15. Vicki Roberts, 363 MC 5032, Yellville AR 72687.
       "MARION COUNTY MARRIAGES 1905-1917." Marian 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 P.O. Box 761, Yellville, AR 72687
       "TUTT, EVERETT & KING WAR" Viciki Roberts and Mysty McPherson. $5 + $1 s&h. HGSMCA, P.O. 761 Yellville, AR 72687
       "Marion County: The Divided" by Vicki Roberts and Mysty McPherson, $5.00 + $1 s&h HGSMCA P.O. Box 761 Yellville, AR 72687
       "Marion County, The Way She Was In 1836" by W.B. Flippin, $5.00 + $1.00 s&h P.O. Box 761 Yellville, AR 72687
       "Gleenlngs of Pioneer History" by W.R. Jones , $5.00 + $1 s&H, P.O. 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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