George W. Stripling

Taken from Biographical and Historical Memoirs of Western Arkansas
Goodspeed Publishers, 1891

page 109
George W. Stripling, a prominent agriculturist and stock raiser of Lick Mountain Township, is a native of Bradley County, Arkansas, born in 1857, and is a son of William Wiley and Mariah (Mince) Stripling. The father was born in Alabama and the latter in North Carolina in 1830. Their marriage occurred in Alabama about 1849, and they at once removed to Bradley County, Arkansas, where Mr. Strippling spent the remainder of his life, dying in 1863. His father, Wiley Stripling, removed from Alabama to Bradley County about 1849, and died there about the close of the war. He was a farmer and a Methodist. Grandfather John Mince was a farmer and stock raiser in Alabama, where he died. After the death of her husband, Mrs. Stripling married W. K. Davis of Bradley County, and in 1869 removed to Van Buren County, and about five years after came to Conway County and lived near Centre Ridge till his death in October, 1883. Mrs. Davis is now living with a daughter, Mrs. Manley Willis, of Van Buren County. Mrs. Davis is a member of the Christian Church, and is the mother of eleven children, ten by her first husband of whom George W. is the sixth, and of whom four are living, viz.: Margaret E., widow of William D. Rhodes (deceased); John J.; Harriet, wife of Jesse Mahan; George W.; Susan C. (by last husband). Mr. Stripling never attended school more than two months. Was reared on a farm, and since 1874 has resided in Conway County, where he was married in 1877 to Miss Mary Mahan, a daughter of James and Emily Mahan. Mr. Mahan was born in Kentucky, but about thirty years ago removed from Tennessee to Conway County, where he still resides. He is about 66 years old, and a member of the Missionary Baptist Church. Mrs. Mahan died during the war. Mrs. Stripling was born in Tennessee and is the mother of eight children, four living. Soon after his marriage Mr. Stripling settled in the woods near where he now resides, where he has improved a good farm, being the owner of 240 acres of land near Centre Ridge, all of which he has obtained by industry and economy. He is active in all public enterprises, is a Republican in, politics, and he and wife are devout members of the Christian Church.