William W. Scroggin

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

page 107
William W. Scroggin, prominent among those who are engaged in agriculture in Conway County, and a well-known and esteemed citizen of Union Township, was born in that part of Conway County now known as Nichols Township, in the year 1839, making him but three years the junior of his native State. His father, John C. Scroggin, was born in Georgia, January 2, 1817, and the mother, Disa McAlister, was a Mississippian by birth, and was born February 19, 1820. In 1834 Mr. Scroggin removed with his parents, Humphrey and Julia (Chaney) Scroggin, to Van Buren County, Arkansas and the year following to Conway County. His first marriage occurred in 1838, to the mother of William W She died March 29, 1847, and August 17th Mr. S. was married to Sarah Black. His death occurred March 28, 1864, after a residence in Conway County of nearly forty years. He was a prominent member of the Springfield Lodge of A. F. & A. M., No. 127, and of the Missionary Baptist Church. (For ancestral history, see sketch of J. M. Scroggin). Daniel McAlister, the maternal grandfather of our subject, removed from Mississippi to Van Buren County with the Scroggin family. There he and wife both died not many years after. They were among the earliest families of that part of Arkansas. William W. Scroggin, the only surviving member of a family of one son and two daughters, was reared in the wilds of Conway County, and has witnessed the county develop from a wilderness to its present high state of improvement, and his school days did not exceed three months. January 31, 1861, he married Martha Reynolds, a daughter of Jonas and Elizabeth Reynolds, who were natives of North Carolina, but removed from Georgia to Conway County, Arkansas, in 1856, but in 1863 removed to Bates County, Missouri, where they both died. Mr. Reynolds was a farmer and brickmason, and both he and wife were Primitive Baptists. Mrs. Scroggin was born in Georgia, and is the mother of eight children, six of whom are living, viz.: John J., Orville O., James C., Dora, Martha and Damel. Mr. Scroggin has resided in different localities, but about twelve years ago settled on his present farm of 240 acres, (about 135 acres under cultivation) five miles southwest of Springfield. He began life with nothing of this world's goods, but by his industry, economy and good management has obtained a good home. In 1861 he joined Capt. Morgan's company of Col. Glenn's Regiment of Arkansas Infantry, in which he served about two years, participating in the battle of Prairie Grove. The remainder of his service was in Company A, Third Arkansas Cavalry of Gen. Steele's command, as a sergeant, participating in the engagement at Jenkins' Ferry and numerous others till the cessation of hostilities, when he was discharged at Lewisburg, after about four years of active service for the cause of the Union. Mr. Scroggin has been a member of the Masonic fraternity for twenty-five years, and both he and wife are members of the Christadelphian Church.