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Richard T. Jett




Richard T. Jett, one of the most prominent and influential citizens in the vicinity of Gregory, was born in Kentucky (Barren County) in 1834. His father, R. H. V. Jett, was a native of Virginia, born in 1800. He followed the occupation of milling, and in 1828 was married to Miss Elizabeth Bradley of Maryland. To this union was born ten children, eight boys and two girls; Mary J. (wife of Gabe Corn), Richard T., Catherine (wife of William Langstay), Albert N., J. S., James F. and G. W. Mr. Jett was a member of the Christian Church, and died in 1872. Richard T. Jett immigrated from Kentucky to Arkansas in 1870, locating in Woodruff County. He turned his attention to the improvement of land and some 300 acres in cultivation with the principal crops being cotton and corn. He erected a good residence, and enjoyed the acquaintance of many residents about Gregory, in the southern portion of the county. In the year 1858 he married Margaret A. Haden, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. John Haden, of Kentucky. To their marriage three children were born, two girls and one boy: Carrie (wife of Lawrence Richey), Josie ( Mrs. James Snodgrass) and Albert C. Mr. Jett was a expert machinist and followed that business for several years. From 1861 until 1866 he engaged in steamboating, and had an interest in a large sawmill, also in partnership with W.J. and E.G. Thompson, Minor Gregory and R. Eldridge in the possession of a gin, the style of the firm being Mill & Gin Co. They ran four stands and had the latest improved plans. Mr. Jett possesses any amount of energy, and his having an interest in anything meant the successful termination of that enterprise. His refined surroundings and hospitable board ensured for him the respect and esteem of all who knew him.