Pictured above is my great-great grandfather, James Franklin Cagle, of Scott County, Arkansas. James Franklin Cagle was born in MS on June 13, 1871 and died July 30, 1915. Much of what is known about him now comes from Scott County records and family history interviews as compiled in the book Cagle Families in the Southern States, by Jimmy B. Cagle.

J.F. Cagle came to Scott County sometime in the 1880's. He married Viola Elizabeth Wilson in Olio, Scott County, AR on February 16, 1888. Their children included Robert A. Cagle, Virgle Cagle, Dora Eva Cagle, Samantha Cordelia Cagle, Bertha Edna Cagle, Elzie Rosevelt Cagle, Elmer Cagle, Arthur & Otto Cagle (these twins died in infancy as reported in the Waldron Advance Reporter in July, 1907) and Grace Estella Cagle.

James Franklin Cagle earned much of his livelihood in the timber industry. His family moved several times across the state line between western Scott County and the Heavener area. In the 1900 census, J.F. Cagle was in Cauthron township in Scott County. By the 1910 census, J.F. Cagle is listed as a sawmill laborer living in Heavener. He died following a sudden premonition of his own death, followed by a three day illness during which he craved grape juice. His son Elzie, once described the cause was "acute indigestion." James Franklin Cagle was buried beside his mother, Elizabeth Kitchens Cagle, in Gipson Cemetery, Bates, Scott County, AR.

Submitted by David Eick

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