Prairie County, AR, Posted Queries for

Prairie County, AR

Posted Queries for June 2000

BURSON, DAVIS posted by Jean Stroud on Monday, June 5, 2000

I am searching for info on the BURSON family, ie: John and Mary Jane BURSON. They lived in Des Arc in 1898, where a daughter was born to them, Harriet Jane. She was my grandmother. I also have been told that her brother, Edwin, is buried there. He was killed in France in WW1. I have been told that the American Legion Post in Des Arc is named for him. Any help would be greatly appreciated as this is my BRICK wall. Thanks for any info. I have also been told that Mary Jane had children with surname Davis: Bolen, male, and 3 females. I do not know what her maiden name was but I believe they were married in Des Arc.

BROWN posted by Sharon Lee Brown on Monday, June 5, 2000

I am writing to see if you can advise me about any known information on my direct ancestor, Andrew Jackson BROWN. He died in Prairie Co. December 20, 1905. Am just starting my research and believe I may have current relatives living in the county. Any suggestions would be deeply appreciated. Thank you, Sharon Lee Brown


1. Jesse SHELMAN Spouse: Harriet A. GLEASON Married. ? Where ? Births and Death dates unknown. Children: 1 2. Wayne SHELMAN, b. 18 August 1912, m. Evelyn ?, d. 21 October 1991 at Hazen, Arkansas 2 3. William Frederick SHELMAN, b. 3 April 1914, m. Wilma KING at Arkansas, d. November 1980 at Hazen, Arkansas; 12. Phillip SHELMAN, b. 28 February 1916, m. Jo CUPUTO, 31 December, 19 ?? d. 20 August 1996 at Hazen, Arkansas 4 13. Myrtle Irene SHELMAN, b. 31 December 1917 at Gary, Minnesota m. Lowell Dair HOLT (Father: Wm.. Bert HOLT, b. 8 July 1884, d. July 1884 at Texas. Mother: Floni OLIVER, d. 4 February 1966), 14 June 1934 at Des Arc, Arkansas, d. 25 February 1975 at Hazen, Arkansas, (daughter of Myrtle and Lowell): Joyce June HOLT, b. 4 June 1936 at Biscoe, Arkansas, m. John Robert SCOTT, 26 July 1955 at Des Arc, Arkansas, div. 1967, m. Herbert Eugene NUSBAUM, April 1968 at Little Rock, Arkansas, d. 19 March 2000 at Wilkes-Barre, Pa; 5 29. Dorothy SHELMAN, b. 24 December 1923, m. Harry GRIFFIN or GRIFFITH, d. June 1979 d. June 1979 at West Memphis, Arkansas; Floni OLIVER married Wm. Bert HOLT. Her sister, Virgie OLIVER, married Maurice L. BRITT, Sr. They had a son, Maurice BRITT, former Lt. Governor (2 times) of Arkansas and WWII hero. (He came to my grandfatherís funeral. He was a very nice man) No other birth, death, descendants etc. known. John Robert SCOTT no birth, and descendent info is sketchy - father may have been Jesse SCOTT although she did live with a Mr. Case. His siblings are: James SCOTT, Erma or Irma Ruth SCOTT, Billy Joe or Bobby Joe SCOTT, Evelyn SCOTT (this one is a maybe) and there could be more. They had at one time resided in Birney, CA.. His motherís maiden name might have been BROOKS or BROOKES, her first name may have been Camille, Camellia. She has a brother or nephew who is supposed to be or had been a police officer in Des Arc, Arkansas. His name is Olin or Olen maybe even Owen BROOKS, BROOKES. Aunt (well gggAunt) Virgie had sent some info on the family history but in moving it was lost. I know now to keep copies. It was a hard way to a lesson though. Before my mother died we were working on the chart, the more we came up with the more perky she got. She had been sick a long time. So you can see why this is very important to me. Any help would be greatly appreciated.

BELL, WATERMAN posted by Vicki Reynolds on Monday, June 19, 2000

Searching for information on my GGG Grandmother, Arvilla Ann WATERMAN-BELL. She had a sister by the name of Phoebe WATERMAN who was a school teacher in Prairie County. About 1858 Arvilla WATERMAN married R. S. BELL, living at Searcy in neighboring White County. Arvilla had a brother, Hiram WATERMAN in Prairie County, owning land about this same time period. Looking for information on this WATERMAN family and Phoebe WATERMAN and who she married. Thank you.

INGLE, PUTT, TOSH, WARD posted by Connie Ingle on Wednesday, June 21, 2000

Any mention of the surnames INGLE and PUTT in the Prarie County history?

KIMBRO, MORRISON posted by Jim Morrison, Jr on Thursday, June 22, 2000

My gg grandfather, James A. MORRISON, lived in Hickory Plains, Prairie County, AR from 1870 until his death in 1881, but I can not find him on the tax records nor will list. After his death, his wife, Matilda Ann (KIMBRO) MORRISON, sold some property to her son, James G. MORRISON in Gibson County, TN in 1888 and reinvested the proceeds in 160 acres laying in Prairie and White Counties, AR. I can not find anything about this property, taxes nor a will (she died 1893). Can anybody tell me where else to look?

DARBY, PATTERSON, WONDRACHECK posted by Wanda Darby on Saturday, June 24, 2000

Looking for any information regarding family of William Shepard PATTERSON b. October 16, 1876 near Des Arc; d. October 5, 1961 in Missouri. He was one of eleven children. He married Mary Magdalene WONDRACHECK and they had three children. Any information regarding the parents of William or siblings would be appreciated.

PATTERSON posted by Wanda Darby on Monday, June 26, 2000

Looking for any information regarding William Shepard PATTERSON, b. October 16, 1876 near Des Arc, AR. We know he was one of 11 children. Would like information regarding sibblings and parents.

SHETTER posted by Dolores Wagner on Wednesday, June 28, 2000

I am seeking information on Martin SHETTER who was listed in the Early History of Des Arc. He came to AR in the late 1850s or early 1860s, from Shelby Co., TN. He had children: Tennessee, Martha, John C. and Henry G. SHETTER. Any information will be appreciated.

KING, OLIVER, SPARKS posted by Gina Clingan on Thursday, June 29, 2000

I am looking for info on my g-grandmother's (Laura Augusta SPARKS) parents. They may have been Daniel SPARKS and Octavia OLIVER. They were married on March 15, 1867, in Prairie Co., AR. Laura was born on Feb 22, 1868. Laura married John T. KING in 1888 in Searcy Co., AR. I have been told that Laura's father died, and her mother may have married John KING's uncle.

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