Biographical and Historical
Memoirs of Western Arkansas
Goodspeed Publishers, 1891

James Stobaugh, another son of Edmond S. and Jane (McDonald) Stobaugh, is also a progressive and enterprising farmer of Lick Mountain Township, and was probably born in Scott County, Arkansas, in April, 1846, being the eldest of the children now living. The others are E. J.; Nancy, wife of Phela Beavers, of Van Buren County; Sarah, the wife of Neelham Flowers, and Frank. James grew to manhood on a farm with but little advantages for schooling. In June, 1861, he enlisted in Company B of the First Arkansas Infantry of the Union army, and after about six months service at Helena and St. Louis, was discharged at the latter place. He then came home and joined Company B of the Third Arkansas Cavalry, and operated in Central Arkansas till the close of the war, when he was discharged at Lewisburg. He received a gun shot wound in his right shoulder at Lewisburg. He was married the year the war closed (1865) to Miss Sidney Williams, a daughter of Leroy and Martha Williams. (See sketch of E. J. Stobaugh). Mrs. Stobaugh was born in Conway County, and is the mother of five children, of whom one son and three daughters are living. Mr. Stobaugh improved a good farm in Van Buren County, where he made his home till about 1876, when he settled in the woods three and a half miles northwest of Centre Ridge, where he has a fine farm of 120 acres, about 65 acres of which is under a fine state of cultivation, all of which he has accumulated by the sweat of his brow. Politically he is a Republican, and is a member of the Napier Post of the G. A. R. He and wife are devout members of the Christian Church.