From: Central Arkansas Counties Biographical and Historical Memoirs
A.J. Mewer, farmer and stock raiser of Saline Township, was born in Van Buren County, Ark., March 20, 1847, and is a son of Allen and Rachel (Oversheet) Mewer, natives of Tennessee and Kentucky. Allen Mewer was a farmer and came to Arkansas sometime in 1839? Settling in Van Buren county; he at one time was engaged in boating on the Red River, but at the time of his death, which occurred the day our subject was born, he was living on a farm. Mrs. Mewer married again, her second husband being J.C. Ellis, a native of Tennessee and a prosperous farmer. By her first marriage she had three children: A.J., George A. and Margaret E. The former received but little schooling in youth, the facilities at that time being very meager. He started out to work for himself when about twenty, and engaged as a farm hand in Mississippi for $8.50 per month, later, or in 1867, returning to his home in Lonoke County, where he farmed until 1870…………………….