35. Elizabeth Rhoda BYLER b. __ ___ 1828, Pickens County, Alabama,
m. (1) William YOUNG, b. __ ___ 1815, Tennessee,
m. (2) F. A. HESS. Mrs. Ellen McDade found most of this family
on USC 1850 Fayette County, Texas. Admittedly, this is very
sketchy and may not be entirely accurate. Birth year is about 1828.
Ref: Jacob Byler of North Carolina, Roger L. Byler, pp 37
i Leo YOUNG b. __ ___ 1842.
Birth year is about 1842.
ii Mary YOUNG b. __ ___ 1844.
Birth year is about 1844.
iii Martha YOUNG b. __ ___ 1846.
Birth year is about 1846.
iv Virginia YOUNG b. __ ___ 1849.
Born about 1849.
36. Parmelia Jane BYLER b. 16 Apr 1829, Pickens County, Alabama,
m. 15 Jan 1852, Caleb Lewis COX, d. 25 Apr 1861.
Parmelia buried: 29 Mar 1914, Texas. They lived in Sequin,
Texas Ref: Jacob Byler of North Carolina, Roger L. Byler, pp. 37
99. i Sarah Ann Olivia b. 5 Dec 1853.
37. Jacob Franklin BYLER b. 13 Oct 1832, Alabama, m. 27 Jul 1863,
in Nueces County, Texas, Charles Ann BLACKWELL,
b. 5 Dec 1846, d. 6 May 1882. Jacob died 1 Nov 1906, Mitchell
County, Texas. Jacob F. enlisted in the Confederate Army
14 Jun 1861 and was commissioned Captain 26 Oct 1861. He moved
to Arizona in 1886 where he proved up on a tract of land
which is now in the heart of town. He moved to Yuma, AZ about
1895. He is known in AZ as "Colonel Byler". He had
claim #3012 against Mexico for $300,000 worth of stolen cattle.
The family home in Nuces Co, TX was known as "The Motte".
Ref: Jacob Byler of North Carolina, Roger L. Byler, pp. 39
i Mary BYLER b. __ ___ 1859, d. 18
Aug 1880, Bell Plains, Texas. Died of Scarlet Fever. Ref: Jacob Byler
of North Carolina,
Roger L. Byler, pp. 39
100. ii Rufus William b. 2 Apr 1868.
101. iii Martha Jane "Dollie" b. 23 Sep 1870.
iv James Scott BYLER b. 23 May 1873,
d. 27 Dec 1918, San Antonio, Bexar County, Texas.
38. Rufus Abraham BYLER b. __ ___ 1834, Pickens County, Alabama,
m. 5 Aug 1860, in Nueces County, Texas, Martha C.
"Mattie" FUSSELMAN, b. 27 Jan 1841, Warren, Trumbull County, Ohio,
(daughter of John FUSSELMAN and Jane PEW)
d. 5 Jun 1919, Alice, Jim Wells County, Texas. Rufus died
16 Aug 1865. Rufus Abraham Byler disappeared 16 Aug 1865.
Presumed murdered for his horse and money belt. Nothing was
ever found. He married 5 Aug 1860, Nueces County, Texas,
Martha Fusselman (Fusleman) who was born 27 Jan 1841, daughter of
Samuel Fusselman who was born in Pennsylvania. She
died in 1919. After her husband's disappearance, she married
(2) in 1869 Friendly DuBose and had Edwin DuBose, Henry DuBose,
and Charley DuBose all of whom were Texas Rangers. R. A. Byler enlisted
in the Confederate Army 1 Jul 1861. Commissioned
Lieutenant, 7 Aug 1861, under the Command of CPT Robert J. Carr.
Another account says he served in Hood's Brigade and
that he was 3rd SGT on the first scout which started from Camp Johnston
5 Nov 1861.
102. i Ella Jane b. 13 Jul 1861.
103. ii Rufus Franklin "Frank" b. 15 Mar 1864.
iii Rhoda Frances BYLER b. 18 Jan
1865, High Hill, Fayette County, Texas, m. Charles COOK. Rhoda died
29 Jun 1889.
39. Martha "Mattie" BYLER b. __ ___ 1841, Mississippi, m. (1) _____
COX, m. (2) R.H. TUTWEILER, occupation Doctor. _____: Drowned. R.H.:
Another report says his initials are H.A.
i Carrie Byler COX b. __ ___ 1862,
Alabama, m. L.E. LANE, occupation Judge.
ii Kitty TUTWEILER m. _____ STAFFORD.
iii Alma TUTWEILER m. _____ RENFRO.
iv _____ TUTWEILER occupation Doctor.
v _____ TUTWEILER occupation Doctor.
40. Martha ALLEN m. (1) _____ DICKERSON, m. (2) _____ GREER.
i Ella DICKERSON.
ii Robert DICKERSON.
iii Julia DICKERSON.
iv Mary DICKERSON.
v Elizabeth "Dolly" GREER.
41. Sarah Isabel ALLEN b. 20 Jul 1840, m. (1) _____ WILBORN, m. (2)
Robert Sylvanus Armstrong BARNETT. Sarah died
11 Mar 1905.
i Annie Bell BARNETT b. 29 Apr 1868,
m. William W. FERGUSON. Annie died 16 Dec 1945.
ii Samuel Andrew BARNETT b. 7 Dec
1869, m. Anna HARDING. Samuel died 4 Sep 1904.
iii John Smith BARNETT b. 6 Feb 1871,
m. Ella JOHNSON. John died 23 Dec 1945.
iv Mary BARNETT b. 18 Jul 1873, m.
Albert RUTHERFORD. Mary died 28 Apr 1958. Name might be Elizabeth.
Brother of Morton and Walter Rutherford.
v Beulah E. BARNETT b. 3 Mar 1875,
m. Morton RUTHERFORD. Beulah died 18 Feb 1932. Morton: Brother
and Walter Rutherford.
vi Lena B. BARNETT b. 21 Jun 1882,
m. Walter RUTHERFORD. Lena died 9 Feb 1971. Walter: Brother
to Albert and
42. William Carroll DAVIS b. 29 Dec 1814, Lauderdale County, Alabama,
m. 1 Aug 1835, Hester Farris "Hettie" WALLACE,
b. __ ___ 1820, Cheatam's Ferry, Lauderdale Co. Ala. William
died 9 Apr 1882, buried: Hall Cemetery, Grayson Count
y, Texas. Confederate Army papers list him as being born in
Giles County, Tennessee. He was in CSA Co., C. 9th Reg. Tex
Cav. 1861-62. They lived in Benton County, Missouri and in
Howe, Grayson County, Texas. He was a stock farmer. They
moved to Texas, probably between 1847 and 1850. Source: Jacob
Byler of North Carolina, Roger L. Byler, p 50.
i Sarah Jane DAVIS b. __ ___ 1837,
Benton County, Missouri, m. C.R. TAYLOR.
ii Eliza A. DAVIS b. 21 Mar 1839,
Benton County, Missouri, m. F.H. STROUD. Eliza died 11 Jun 1875,
Cemetery, Grayson County, Texas.
104. iii William Harrison b. 4 Mar 1841.
iv Benjamin Franklin DAVIS b. __
___ 1843, Benton County, Missouri.
v Henry Clay DAVIS b. __ ___ 1845,
Benton County, Missouri, d. __ Feb 1859, Denton Creek, Montague County,
Texas, buried: Wiley Savage place. He was scalped by Indians
and was buried on the Wiley Savage place. Source: Jacob Byler
of North Carolina, Roger L. Byler, p. 50.
vi Mary E. DAVIS b. __ ___ 1847,
Benton County, Missouri, m. H.R. HARDING.
vii Minerva E. DAVIS b. __ ___ 1854,
Howe, Grayson County, Texas, m. J.J. JENKINS.
viii Martha E. DAVIS b. __ ___ 1854,
Howe, Grayson County, Texas, m. W.B. SNODGRASS.
ix George Washington DAVIS b. __
___ 1857, Howe, Grayson County, Texas, m. Phoebe MARVEL. George buried:
Cemetery, Grayson County, Texas.
x Robert Alexander DAVIS b. 14 Jan
1861, Howe, Grayson County, Texas, m. (1) Arizona GREEN, m. (2) __ Aug
Mary Susan REX. Robert died 19 Feb 1948, buried: Hall Cemetery,
Grayson County, Texas.
xi Thomas Jefferson DAVIS b. Howe,
Grayson County, Texas, m. Evaline PEDIGO.
43. Anna Alina DAVIS b. __ ___ 1818, Lauderdale County, Alabama,
m. in Lauderdale County, Alabama, Malcom Gilcrease
MAXWELL, Sr., b. __ ___ 1814, Bedford County, Tennessee, (son of
Solomon G. MAXWELL and _____ _____) d. Perry
County, Illinois. Anna died __ ___ 1853, Perry County, Illinois.
Married in the 1830s. Malcom: Died after 1880 Census.
105. i Nathan H. b. 20 Aug 1838.
ii Jonathan W. MAXWELL b. __ ___
106. iii Nancy Emeline b. 10 Jan 1843.
iv Mary MAXWELL b. __ ___ 1845, Perry
107. v Jemima Ann "Jane" b. 15 Nov 1847.
vi Amy MAXWELL b. __ ___ 1849, Perry
County, Illinois. Called Nancy or Anna.
vii Isaac D. MAXWELL b. __ ___ 1851,
Perry County, Illinois, m. __ ___ 1881, in Perry County, Illinois, Kate
b. __ ___ 1859. Kate: Died after 1912.
108. viii Malcom G. b. __ ___ 1853.
44. Cynthia "Sintly" Tomirous WHITE b. 9 Mar 1826, Haywood County,
Tennessee, m. 6 Aug 1846, in Alabama, James L.
ROBERSON, b. __ ___ 1825, Alabama.
i John A. ROBERSON b. __ ___ 1847,
ii Mary ROBERSON b. __ ___ 1849,
iii Levi ROBERSON b. __ ___ 1853,
109. iv James b. __ ___ 1855.
110. v Alice b. 1858.
45. Benjamin Franklin WHITE, Sr. b. 28 Dec 1828, Haywood County,
Tennessee, occupation Carpenter, m. 27 Feb 1853,
Sara Ann BAYLES, b. __ Nov 1832, d. 6 Apr 1890. Benjamin died
25 Oct 1879. He was a carpenter and lived in Grayson
County, Texas. Sara: Last name might be Bales.
111. i Benjamin Franklin b. __ ___ 1853.
ii Mary F. WHITE b. __ ___ 1854,
112. iii Martha Ellen b. 22 Feb 1855.
113. iv Elizabeth Jane b. __ ___ 1858.
114. v Sara Ann b. 16 Aug 1860.
vi J. Harrison WHITE b. 10 Mar 1866,
d. 3 Feb 1937. Thought to have been married briefly to a Miss Tuttle
Oklahoma. No issue.
115. vii Robbie Louella b. 17 Sep 1869.
116. viii U.L. b. 13 Jul 1878.
46. Nancy Emylene WHITE b. 6 Apr 1830, Haywood County, Tennessee,
m. 7 Nov 1850, in Grayson County, Texas, John T.
HILL, b. __ ___ 1827, Alabama. Nancy died 6 Feb 1917, Claude,
Armstrong County, Texas. Some confusion as to where she
was born. Roger Byler says on page 62 that she was born in
Grayson County, Texas. John: Son of Aaron Hill of South Carolina.
i Aaron HILL b. __ ___ 1852.
117. ii James Franklin b. __ ___ 1854.
iii Henry W. HILL b. __ ___ 1856.
118. iv Francis Marion b. 20 Mar 1860.
47. Mary KELTNER b. 8 Jan 1819, Tennessee, m. John C. CHAMBERS, b.
29 Jul 1813, Virginia, d. 29 Jul 1881, Lauderdale
County, Tennessee, buried: Holmes Cemetery. Mary died 29 Jul
1875, Lauderdale County, Tennessee, buried: Keltner Cemetery,
Lauderdale County, TN.
119. i Sarah Ann b. __ ___ 1843.
ii Elizabeth J. CHAMBERS b. 9 Sep
1844, d. 25 Sep 1852.
120. iii Elizabeth b. __ ___ 1845.
121. iv James Henry b. 22 Oct 1847.
v Mary Ann CHAMBERS b. __ ___ 1851,
m. James THOMPSON.
48. James S. KELTNER b. 15 Oct 1821, Tennessee, m. Priscilla JENNINGS,
b. __ ___ 1825, (daughter of Dickerson
JENNINGS and Elizabeth _____). James died 21 Sep 1856.
122. i Sarah E. "Sally" b. 17 Sep 1845.
123. ii Mary Lois b. 17 Sep 1845.
124. iii Jacob Green b. 7 Oct 1849.
125. iv George Solomen b. 8 Jun 1852.
126. v Fannie Cordelia b. __ ___ 1854.
vi Wamoi KELTNER b. __ ___ 1856.
49. Jacob Benjamin "Jake" KELTNER b. 27 Feb 1824, m. (1) Margaret
E. BALL, b. 15 Dec 1835, d. 4 May 1871,
m. (2) Susy Ann "Sissie" WARD. Jacob died 10 Feb 1889, Lauderdale
County, Alabama, buried: Keltner Cemetery, Lauderdale
127. i Adelia Parthenia b. 5 Jul 1853.
ii Infant KELTNER b. __ Aug 1854,
Lauderdale County, Tennessee, d. __ Aug 1854, Lauderdale County, Tennessee,
buried: Keltner Cemetery, Lauderdale County, TN.
iii Amanda Jane KELTNER b. 1 Dec
1859, Lauderdale County, Tennessee, d. 26 Sep 1863, Lauderdale County,
buried: Keltner Cemetery, Lauderdale County, TN.
iv Minnie KELTNER b. 6 Mar 1861,
Lauderdale County, Tennessee, d. 11 Jul 1868, Lauderdale County, Tennessee,
Keltner Cemetery, Lauderdale County, TN.
128. v Emma M. b. __ Apr 1862.
129. vi Agnes Josephine "Annie" b. 15 Jan 1869.
130. vii Jacob Eugene b. 13 Oct 1875.
50. John Lemuel KELTNER b. 1 Sep 1829, m. (1) Sarah S. BALL, b. 13
Jan 1836, d. 18 Feb 1882, m. (2) 30 Nov 1883,
Martha Ellen CARSON, b. 15 Nov 1851. John died 5 Nov 1895,
buried: Keltner Cemetery, Lauderdale County, TN. Kived
near Edity, Tennessee.
131. i Ephram Monroe b. 30 Oct 1853.
132. ii Tennessee Josephine "Jose" b. 20 Jan
iii Emma Jane KELTNER b. __ ___ 1856,
d. __ ___ 1856.
133. iv William Franklin b. 29 Sep 1858.
134. v Phelan Oakley b. 21 Aug 1872.
vi Choloris Daisy KELTNER b. 1 Nov
1884, d. 25 Jul 1886.
51. Rachel Elvira KELTNER b. 18 Jan 1832, m. 28 Dec 1847, James Henderson
TILLMAN, b. 5 May 1827, (son of John A.
TILLMAN and Parthenia GARRETT) d. 23 Jan 1884. Rachel died
11 Jul 1853.
i Sarah Parthenia TILLMAN b. 11 Dec
1848, m. Dorsey BUTLER, b. 7 Aug 1850, d. 18 Mar 1870. No children.
135. ii Lucy Ann b. 7 Aug 1850.
iii Baby TILLMAN b. 19 Feb 1852,
d. 23 Feb 1852.
136. iv Nancy Rebecca b. 5 Feb 1853.
52. Harriett Amanda KELTNER b. 19 Oct 1840, m. John T. HAYNES, b.
23 Jun 1834, (son of William T. HAYNES and Lucinda
STOKES) buried: Keltner Cemetery, Lauderdale County, TN. Harriett
died 5 Apr 1886, buried: Keltner Cemetery, Lauderdale
137. i Josiah James "Joe" b. 22 Jan 1860.
ii Albert F.T. HAYNES b. 28 Jun 1861,
d. 15 May 1884, buried: Keltner Cemetery, Lauderdale County, TN.
138. iii Sarah Lucenda "Lou" b. 12 Nov 1862.
iv John HAYNES b. __ ___ 1863, d.
__ ___ 1865, buried: Keltner Cemetery, Lauderdale County, TN.
139. v Irene Seelena M. b. __ ___ 1864.
vi Infant Daughter HAYNES b. 3 Sep
1865, d. 4 Sep 1865, buried: Keltner Cemetery, Lauderdale County, TN.
vii Infant Son HAYNES b. 4 Jan 1867,
d. 4 Jan 1867, buried: Keltner Cemetery, Lauderdale County, TN.
viii Fredrick HAYNES b. 27 Jun 1868,
d. 3 Dec 1869, buried: Keltner Cemetery, Lauderdale County, TN.
140. ix Isaac Wade b. 3 Dec 1869.
x Infant Son HAYNES b. 7 Nov 1872,
d. 7 Nov 1872.
xi Infant Son HAYNES b. 7 Nov 1872,
d. 7 Nov 1872, buried: Keltner Cemetery, Lauderdale County, TN.
53. Elisabeth Elvira NORMAN b. 14 Apr 1830, m. 23 May 1850, Benjamin
Franklin McCOLLESTER, b. 9 Nov 1820,
d. 26 Jan 1902, California, Moniteau County, Missouri. Elisabeth
died 12 Apr 1915, California, Moniteau County, Missouri.
141. i Franklin Undrell b. 13 Aug 1858.
54. Benjamin Franklin JORDAN, III b. 16 Sep 1837, Haywood County,
Tennessee, m. (1) Martha STONE, b. 2 May 1841,
Mississippi, d. 6 Mar 1860, Ouachita County, Arkansas, m. (2) 2
Oct 1861, in Ouachita County, Arkansas, Mary Elizabeth
STONE, b. 29 Dec 1845, Holly Springs, Mississippi, (daughter of
John A. STONE and Mary NOLEN) d. 24 Jan 1933,
Nevada County, Arkansas. Benjamin died 22 Jan 1917, Nevada
County, Arkansas. Mary: Mary Elizabeth was the daughter
of John A. Stone and Mary Nolen.
i Charles Lucius JORDAN b. __ ___
1862, Arkansas, d. 6 Feb 1912, Carter, Oklahoma.
142. ii Lillian E. b. __ ___ 1866.
iii Elizabeth Walker JORDAN, PHD.
b. __ ___ 1868, Arkansas, d. 4 Apr 1943, Norman, Oklahoma. Elizabeth
did not marry.
iv Virginia R. "Jennie" JORDAN b.
14 Feb 1870. Virginia R. did not marry.
143. v Corrine Jeanette "Nettie" b. 29 Nov 1872.
144. vi Jacob Blackwell b. 26 Mar 1875.
145. vii Garland Weaver b. 21 Oct 1880.
viii Lila JORDAN b. 19 Sep 1883,
Arkansas, m. Ralph HARRISON.
55. John Dawson JORDAN, Dr. b. 17 Feb 1846, Camden, Ouchita County,
Arkansas, m. 7 Jan 1874, in College Hill, Columbia
County, Arkansas, Jennie E. WEAVER, (daughter of Larkin WEAVER and
Fannie E. _____). John died 15 Oct 1915, Eureka
Springs, Arkansas. Jennie: Jennie is the daughter of Larkin
Weaver and Fannie E. _____.
i Myron D. JORDAN m. Ethel STRATTON.
ii Larkin F. JORDAN m. Idolia MALMAR.
iii Dawson E. JORDAN m. C.E. DUDLEY.
iv Carrie S. JORDAN m. Robert E.
v Lyda V. JORDAN.
vi Lilla J. JORDAN.
vii John W. JORDAN.
56. Nancy Ann BYLER b. 26 Apr 1821, Bedford County, Tennessee, m.
1 Oct 1839, in Bedford County, Tennessee,
Wiley Bailey MARCHANT, b. __ ___ 1818, d. 23 Nov 1862, St. Louis,
Missouri, buried: Army Cemetery, St. Louis, Missouri.
Nancy died 5 Apr 1845, Bedford County, Tennessee, buried: Byler-Marchant
Cemetery, Rover, TN. Nancy Ann Byler married
as his second wife, Wylie B. Marchant. Nancy Ann Byler died
in 1845 and lies buried beside her mother and her son, John H.,
in the Byler-Marchant Cemetery, Bedford County, TN. Wiley:
Wiley B. Marchant married Nancy Ann
Byler as his second wife. She died in 1845. Wiley B. Marchant
and his children
accompanied John Byler (his father-in-law, to Izard County, Arkansas
in 1849. Wiley was a Union Soldier and died of Typhoid.
W. B. and Nancy (Byler) Marchant,
were natives of Alabama and Tennessee, respectively. After reaching
manhood W. B.
Marchant went to Tennessee, but left that State in 1850, and came
on a flat-boat to Napoleon, thence by steamer to Little Rock,
and from there with teams over-land to Izard County. He settled
on Hidden Creek, bought an improved piece of land and there
resided for six years. He then sold out and bought a farm
close to where Melbourne now is, remaining there only two short years,
when he traded his farm for one close to Calico Rock, in Izard County.
In 1862 he joined the United States
Army, and was sent to St. Louis, where he died in the hospital. He
was married three
times; first, to Susan Cox, who bore him four children, three living;
W. B., Minerva and T. J. After her death, Mr Marchant
married Miss Nancy Byler, mother of the subject of this sketch.
Three children were born to this marriage, only one, A. A.,
now living. Mrs. Marchant died in 1844, at the age of twenty-eight
years. She was a member of the Missionary Baptist Church.
In 1845 Mr. Marchant married Miss Edny Taylor, of Tennessee,
and by her became the father of nine children, eight now living:
W. S., Richard E., Mary T., Silas A., Joseph E., Martin B., Susan
A., and A. M. The oldest child, Martha, was killed on the road
from Little Rock to Melbourne, having accidentally fallen out of
the wagon, by which she was run over. This was in 1850, and she
was buried in White County.
Mr. Marchant was an old line Whig,
but was not active in politics. He was once a member of the Know-Nothing
a member of the Baptist Church, and at one time was constable of
Rocky Bayou. His last wife still resides near Calico Rock,
and is a member of the Baptist Church. The maternal grandfather
of A. A. Marchant, John Byler, was a private in the War of 1812,
and was in the battle of New Orleans. He died about 1871,
at the age of eighty-five years.
146. i Anderson Atkins b. 10 Aug 1841.
ii Green P. MARCHANT b. __ ___ 1843,
Bedford County, Tennessee.
iii John H. MARCHANT b. 27 Jan 1845,
Bedford County, Tennessee, d. 7 Aug 1845, Bedford County, Tennessee.
57. William Lawrence BYLER b. 12 Apr 1822, Bedford County, Tennessee,
m. __ ___ 1849, in Izard County, Arkansas, Charity
WREN, b. 11 Jun 1826, Warren County, Kentucky, (daughter of James
WREN and Elizabeth HIGHTOWER) d. 20 Mar 1911,
Sage, Izard County, Arkansas, buried: Bethlehem Cemetery, Izard
County, AR. William died 5 May 1882, Izard County,
Arkansas, buried: Bethlehem Cemetery, Izard County, AR.
William Lawrence Byler married shortly
after arriving in Izard County with his father John Byler. He married
(1849-52), daughter of James and Elizabeth Hightower Wren, a pioneer
family in Izard County.
The story is told that after William
and Charity were married they had two rather unusual visitors. It
goes as follows: William
had gone to the fields while Charity remained in their log cabin
to bake. Before the noon meal, William espied two indian braves
walking toward the cabin. When he arrived, he found Charity calmly
baking while the braves sat on the floor. After eating some
bread, the braves left leaving William confused. Charity explained
that the two were relatives of her mother, Elizabeth Hightower
Wren, and that they had come to see what kind of man Charity had
married. Learning that William was the right sort, they departed
. One wonders what would have happened had William not been
the "right sort."
Between 1850 and 1861, William L.
Byler amassed a large amount of land in the Sage area of Izard County.
During the War
of Rebellion, he elected to remain loyal to the Union. He
was warned that he should leave the county or be imprisoned. He and
his brother-in-law, Shadrach H. Wren, packed up all their belongings
and moved to Rolla, Missouri for the duration of the War.
William's lands were confiscated by the Confederate government and
never recovered. When he returned to Izard County in 1865,
he was able to buy back his original homestead south of Sage.
From 1868 to 1874, William L. Byler
served as County Judge of Izard County and also as Probate Judge.
It is not known
whether he was appointed by the military governor of Arkansas or
was elected. Further research is needed in this area.
William L. Byler died at his farm
on 5 May 1882 and is buried beside his wife in the Bethlehem Cemetery at
Sage. He and
Charity were the parents of six children. Ref: THE ANCESTRY OF THE
BYLER FAMILY IN IZARD COUNTY, Part I,
Edgar D. Byler, III, "The Izard County Historian", Vol 13, Nr 4,
Oct 1982, pp 17-29 Charity: After Judge Byler died Charity
lived with Aron and Edna Felts in her home at Sage. A fire
about 1905 destroyed all memorabilia except that in the possession
of the children who had moved away. Headstone lists her birthdate
as 10-JUN-1826 and age as 84 years, 9 months, and 20 days.
And her death date on headstone is 11-Mar-1911. Another
source [rememberance announcement] lists Mrs. Charity Byler as died,
17 Aug 1911.
i Mary Adaline BYLER b. 2 Jan 1851,
d. 4 Sep 1863, Along road to Rolla, Mo. Mary Adaline Byler, daughter
L. and Charity Wren Byler, was killed when she fell from the wagon
as William and family fled to Rolla, MO. A marker was erected in
Bethlehem Cemetery at Sage although she lies buried along the road to Rolla.
147. ii Elizabeth Mary b. 2 Jan 1853.
iii James Crittenden BYLER b. 8 Aug
1855, Izard County, Arkansas, d. 29 Sep 1861, buried: Bethlehem Cemetery,
County, AR. James is said to have been killed by buswhackers
during the Civil War.
148. iv Shadrach Ephram "Bud" b. 12 Feb 1858.
149. v John William b. 2 Apr 1866.
150. vi Edna b. __ ___ 1870.
58. Mary E. BYLER b. 20 Mar 1826, Bedford County, Tennessee, m. 14
Apr 1846, in Bedford County, Tennessee, Ephraim
ARNOLD, b. __ ___ 1823, Virginia, d. 6 Jul 1859, Arkansas.
Mary died Aft __ ___ 1910. Ephraim:
From the Arkansas Conference, held at Bonham, Fannin
Coty, Texas, March 11, 1859.
Rev. Ephriam Arnold, some six years ago, was a class-leader
in the Methodist Episcopal Church, South. He came to Rev. Mark
Robertson, introduced himself, and said he had come to learn the
truth concerning the plan of separation. He gave him Peck's
Reply to Bascom. Not long after this nearly all his class
reunited with the Methodist Episcopal Church, and he soon after followed,
giving up his class paper for a recommendation, and he proved to
be an invaluable acquisition to the cause of truth. His change of
position subjected him to the bitter hate of the enemies of old-fashioned
Methodism, but he was blessed with the grace of Christian
fortitude, and possessed manly nerve sufficient to enable him to
bear all for Christ's sake. About three years ago he was licensed
preach as a local preacher, subsequently he was admitted on trial
in the traveling connection in the Arkansas Annual Conference,
and at its last session was received into full connection.
He preached with great acceptability during the session of the conference,
and by his urbanity greatly endeared himself to the preachers and
people in attendance. But this young minister, full of promise to
Church, is gone to his reward, and we bow submissively to the hand
of Providence, and say, The will of God be done. He was
taken sick, June 23, of typhoid fever, expired July 6, triumphant
in the gospel faith. The day before he died, he requested his
brother-in-law to write to "Brother Mark Robertson and tell him
all is well. Tell the Arkansas Conference that I died at my post."
He exhorted his friends all to meet him in heaven, saying he longed
to be with Jesus, where there would be no more suffering, sorrows,
nor persecution. He looked upward and said: "My time
is come, my work is done! I have kept the faith, I have been trying
discharge my duty, and thank God I have done it." He exhorted
his brethren to be faithful till death, and exhorted all till a large crowd
was greatly affected, and then called for mourners. He then
requested that his mother should be written to, and informed that he was
gone to heaven. Then he imagined his children in heaven might
be saying to some bright angel, Go down and bring papa, he has been persecuted
long enough. He left a wife and two children to mourn his fall.
The good Lord sustain them.
[Note: Ephriam Arnold appears in the 1850 Izard Co.,
AR census with his wife Mary Byler and two children, William and
In 1860, his widow is listed with another child, Mary E. (Eudora)
page 2, born posthumously. There is an eight year gap between
Medeann and Mary, so from the mention of his children who preceded
him to heaven in the obituary, I would guess there were two
children born in between the two girls for which we have no record.
[1900 Izard Co. census also indicates that Mary Byler Arnold
was mother of 5 children.]
La Myra Morton
i William O. ARNOLD b. __ ___ 1847,
m. Charity J. GRAY, b. __ ___ 1845, (daughter of William M. GRAY and Jane
WREN). May be related: Pratt Cemetery, Sandy Flat, Izard County,
Arkansas; Joseph B. Arnold 5-May-1845/13-Feb-1922,
Fannie Arnold 17-Feb-1860/29-Dec-1938 Wm T Arnold 18-Apr-1881/25-Nov-1978,
Arnold 27-Jan-1882/20-Feb- 1940, Clinton H. "Jack" Arnold 31-Jan-1907/27Feb-1978,
Alta Arnold 28-Sep-1909 /15-Jul-1960.
Also see William Joseph Arnold.
151. ii Medean Frances b. 17 Jun 1849.
iii Mary Eudora "Dora" ARNOLD b.
__ ___ 1859, m. Joseph H. CYPERT. Another source lists her birth
59. John Atkinson BYLER b. 26 Feb 1828, Bedford County, Tennessee,
occupation Attorney, m. 17 Apr 1855, in Izard County,
Arkansas, Mahala ROSE, b. 29 Feb 1836, Tennessee, (daughter of Anderson
ROSE and Cecilia LEE) d. 11 Aug 1914, Grayson
County, Texas, buried: West Hills Cemetery, Sherman, Texas.
John died 28 Nov 1883, Izard County, Arkansas, buried: Lunenburg
Cemetery, Izard County, AR. John Atkinson Byler served in
Company F, of Colonel Freeman's Regiment, Confederate Army
from 1 September 1861 until the close of the war. John E.
(his father) age 73 was living with at the time of the 1870 census.
Roger L. Byler, p 137 says Wallace Byler son of James H. Byler (his
brother) was living with him at the time of the 1870 census.
152. i George Washington b. 30 Jan 1856.
153. ii Barbara Emily b. 12 Dec 1857.
iii Anderson Monroe BYLER b. 24 Dec
1859, d. 5 Aug 1860.
154. iv Sarah Frances "Fannie" b. 12 May 1861.
v Infant BYLER b. 1 Dec 1863.
vi James H. BYLER b. 26 Jul 1865.
vii Stonewall Jackson BYLER b. 3
May 1868, Lunenburg, Izard County, Arkansas.
viii Nancy Elizabeth "Lizzie" BYLER
b. 18 Nov 1870, Lunenburg, Izard County, Arkansas, m. Cir 1890, Bradford
Nancy died 14 Jan 1916. They moved to Grayson County, Texas
155. ix Middia Ann b. 20 Mar 1873.
x Snoda Bell BYLER b. 29 Nov 1875,
Lunenburg, Izard County, Arkansas, m. 2 Nov 1899, in Adler, Izard County,
Knox P. ARNOLD, b. __ ___ 1878. There is a marriage record
on file at the Izard County court house in which Snowdie Byler
married to K.P Arnold on 02 Nov 1899. The marriage record
gives her age as 22. She was living in Allen, Texas in 1913 when
her brother George W. died. Knox: Marriage bond secured by G. W.
Lovelady, husband of Mary C. "Dona" (Arnold) Lovelady.
156. xi William Adler Love b. 1 Apr 1880.
60. James H. BYLER b. 18 Oct 1829, Bedford County, Tennessee, m.
10 Mar 1858, in Izard County, Arkansas, Elizabeth
GRAY, b. __ ___ 1839, (daughter of William M. GRAY and Jane WREN).
James died 18 Aug 1862. James H. Byler is said to
have been killed by bushwhackers during the Civil War. Elizabeth:
It is thought that Elizabeth died shortly after her husband, James
H. Byler, who died 18-August-1862.
i Jesse Wallis BYLER b. __ ___ 1860,
Izard County, Arkansas, d. __ ___ 1914, California. James H. Byler,
father of Jesse
Wallis Byler died in 1862, and it is thought that his mother Elizabeth
Gray Byler died shortly thereafter. Jesse Wallis Byler was living
with John A. Byler in 1870 and also in 1880. He later moved
to California where he died about 1914. He was the only child of
James H. and Elizabeth Gray Byler. He worked for a time at
Peter's Shoe Co., in St. Louis.
61. Barbara Hannah BYLER b. 18 May 1831, Bedford County, Tennessee,
m. 1 Nov 1848, in Izard County, Arkansas, George
Washington GRAY, b. 24 Nov 1824, Izard County, Arkansas, (son of
John Thomas GRAY and Elizabeth CHISM) occupation
Merchant, d. 2 Aug 1902, Granger, Texas, buried: Theo, Bell County,
Texas. Barbara died __ Feb 1853. Barbara and George
Washington Gray might have been married in 1849. George:
Headstone gives his birth date as Nov 29, 1824.
George Washington Gray was married 3 times, first to Barbara Hanna Byler
(daughter of John Byler and Medean Adkinson); second to Orpha Elizabeth
Black, (daughter of Col. Thomas Black and Mary
Love Byler); third to Sarah Ann "Sally" Landers (her her second
marriage; daughter of Martha G. Landers and Rowland Landis
Barbara Hanna Byler died at the age of 20 and soon
after George W. Gray married her 1st cousin Orpha Elizabeth Black, who
was age 20 when she married him. Orpha died at the age of
i Sarah Jane GRAY b. __ ___ 1850.
Previously reported killed by her father, this is not the daughter George
Gray killed. See story connected with Martha M. Gray and George
Washington Gray's third marriage to Sarah Landers.
62. Joseph Love BYLER b. 1 Oct 1834, Bedford County, Tennessee, m.
(1) __ ___ 1854, Rachel R. GRAY, b. 2 Oct 1837, Izard
County, Arkansas, (daughter of John Thomas GRAY and Elizabeth CHISM)
d. __ ___ 1868, Lunenburg, Izard County, Arkansas,
m. (2) __ ___ 1874, Lettie W. WOODY, b. 21 Jan 1844, Tennessee,
d. 18 Nov 1906, Lunenburg, Izard County, Arkansas, buried: Lunenburg Cemetery,
Izard County, AR. Joseph died 31 Mar 1907, Izard County, Arkansas,
buried: Lunenburg Cemetery, Izard
County, AR. Joseph Love Byler, according to Goodspeed's History
of Northeast Arkansas, "served in the Confederate Army under
Captain Gibson and Col. Shaler from 1861 to 1865, being in the infantry
and was a participant in a number of battles." He owned
a mill and cotton gin at Lunenburg and also ran a "mercantile establishment."
In 1888 Joseph L. Byler became postmaster at Adler,
and in 1903 was appointed postmaster at Guion. He is buried
alongside his second wife in the Lunenburg Cemetery.
157. i Augustus Calvin b. 31 Jul 1857.
158. ii Mary Elizabeth b. 14 Mar 1859.
159. iii Medean "Middie Ann" b. 2 Oct 1861.
iv Sarah J. BYLER b. __ ___ 1864,
Rocky Bayou, Izard County, Arkansas.
v Melissa "Lizzie" BYLER b. __ ___
1866, Rocky Bayou, Izard County, Arkansas.
vi Barbara BYLER b. __ ___ 1868,
Rocky Bayou, Izard County, Arkansas.
160. vii Dixie E. b. __ ___ 1872.
viii Edna BYLER b. __ ___ 1877, Lunenburg,
Izard County, Arkansas.
ix Joseph Goldman BYLER b. 25 Apr
1883, Lunenburg, Izard County, Arkansas, d. 2 Feb 1904, Lunenburg, Izard
Arkansas, buried: Lunenburg Cemetery, Izard County, AR.
63. Jacob BYLER b. 2 Feb 1828, occupation Farmer/Doctor, m. 25 Nov
1851, Margaret ELLIS, b. 2 Nov 1834, (daughter of
Curtis ELLIS and Rhoda SMITH) d. __ Jun 1915, buried: Prospect Pk
Cem, Lauderdale County, TN. Jacob died 24 Oct 1906,
Lauderdale County, Tennessee, buried: Prospect Pk Cem, Lauderdale
County, TN. He and his wife lived in Lauderdale County,
Tennessee near Ripley. He was a veteran of the Mexican War, a farmer
and a doctor.
161. i William Love b. 1 Jan 1853.
162. ii James Allen "Jim" b. 23 Feb 1856.
iii Benjamin L.D. BYLER, II b. __
___ 1858, Lauderdale County, Tennessee. Died young. Possible
confusion with father's
brother by same name.
163. iv Frances L. "Fannie" b. 31 Mar 1861.
164. v Thomas Abner "Tom" b. 6 Oct 1863.
vi Joseph BYLER b. __ ___ 1865, Lauderdale
County, Tennessee. Died young.
vii John BYLER b. __ ___ 1868.
Unmarried. Killed in train accident.
64. Mary BYLER b. __ ___ 1829, m. 3 Nov 1853, Hardy HICKS, b. __
___ 1825, d. 17 Nov 1870, Lauderdale County,
Tennessee. Mary died Bef __ Feb 1876, Lauderdale County, Tennessee.
i Frances HICKS b. __ ___ 1858, Lauderdale
165. ii Margaret J. "Maggie" b. __ ___ 1865.
iii Jacob HICKS b. __ ___ 1868, Lauderdale
iv Sarah HICKS b. __ ___ 1869, Lauderdale
County, Tennessee. Living in 1910 with Uncle Benjamin Byler.
v John HICKS b. __ ___ 1963, Lauderdale
65. James C. BYLER b. __ ___ 1834, m. 9 Jun 1859, Nancy L. WILCOX.
James died __ ___ 1915, Lauderdale County,
Tennessee. Another source gives birth date as 1824.
All of the children were raised by Grandmother Sarah Wilcox. Her
husband had died and she re-married.
i Sarah BYLER b. __ ___ 1860.
166. ii Mary Frances b. 18 Mar 1863.
iii Jo Ann BYLER b. __ ___ 1866.
iv John William BYLER.
66. Elvira D. BYLER b. 19 Aug 1825, Bedford County, Tennessee, m.
19 Mar 1848, Thomas WARREN, b. __ ___ 1825,
i Jacob WARREN b. __ ___ 1848, Tennessee.
ii Lafayette WARREN b. __ ___ 1850,
iii Sarah WARREN b. __ ___ 1852,
iv William WARREN b. __ ___ 1854,
v Samuel WARREN b. __ ___ 1856, Arkansas.
vi Nancy WARREN b. __ ___ 1857, Arkansas.
Possibly born in 1858.
vii Mack WARREN b. __ ___ 1859, Arkansas.
67. Elizabeth K. BYLER b. 15 Aug 1827, Bedford County, Tennessee,
m. 08 Jul 1851, Robert T.W. WALKER, b. __ ___ 1832,
Arkansas, (son of Joseph Joseph WALKER and Sarah McCUBBIN). Robert:
Robert was 18 on 1850 Census-27 on 1860 Census
-Enrolled 12 Mar 1863, Little Rock, Co C Pvt CSA. Deserted Little
i Abraham C. WALKER b. __ ___ 1853,
Tennessee. The 1880 Census for Carroll County, Arkansas has an Abram
age 27, married to a Mary M. _____, age 18 and one child, Margaret
T. Walker, age 8/12. This would be the right age for
Abraham C. Walker.
ii Joseph WALKER b. __ ___ 1855,
Izard County, Arkansas.
iii Sarah WALKER b. __ ___ 1857,
Izard County, Arkansas.
iv William WALKER b. __ ___ 1859,
Izard County, Arkansas.
68. Abraham Garland BYLER b. 9 Jun 1829, Bedford County, Tennessee,
occupation Farmer/Tanner/Sherrif/Rep, m. 18 Dec 1853,
Elizabeth HEASLEY, b. 14 Dec 1826, Trigg County, Kentucky, (daughter
of John HEASLEY and Rutha "Ruthie/Ruth" BELL)
d. 1 May 1899, Baxter County, Arkansas, buried: Mountain Home Cemetery,
Mt. Home, AR. Abraham died 15 Jun 1892,
Gassville, Baxter County, Arkansas, buried: Mountain Home Cemetery,
Mt. Home, AR.
Abraham G. Byler, one of the early settlers of Baxter
County and its first sheriff, came to Arkansas from Tennessee about 1854*,
settling on a farm approximately four miles east of Mountain Home
on the Tracy Ferry Road. The place is still known as the Sheriff
Byler was a farmer and tanner. During the Civil
War he tanned hides for the government. He was a staunch supporter
Southern cause and during the war he drilled a company of soldiers
for the Confederate Army.
When Baxter County was established, Byler was elected
sheriff. He was elected for four consecutive terms, following which
was elected Baxter County's Representative to the Legislature.
After serving two terms he was again elected sheriff and was killed
in the line of duty on June 15, 1892., at the age of 63.
He was married to Elizabeth Heasley, who died in 1899.
Abraham and Elizabeth Byler were the parents of six** children--John,
Minerva, Malinda, James, William, and Elizabeth.
Source: The History of Baxter County - Centennial Edition
- 1873-1973, by Mary Ann Messick, p. 3664.
* Abraham Byler came from Tennessee with his father
in about 1850, settling in Izard County. Elizabeth Heasley's family
the same area of Izard county from Kentucky. Abraham and Elizabeth
settled in Baxter county in 1854. ** Both versions of Baxter
County History state that A.G. and Elizabeth had five children.
Each one leaving out a different child.
A.G. Byler, from a standpoint of public service one
of Baxter county's foremost citizens; came to Arkansas from Tennessee with
his father, Jacob Byler, in 1850. They settled around Rocky
Bayou in Izard county and later moved to Baxter county, settling a few
miles east of Mountain Home. By trade A.G. Byler was a tanner
and he owned and operated a tan yard in Mountain Home. He
was Baxter county's first sheriff and met his death in the performance
of his duties. While he was sheriff the first jail was erected
on the glade just behind the east side of the square. He also
served this county in the Legislature for two terms, in 1885 and 1887.
During the Civil war he drilled a company of soldiers for the Confederate
army and was a staunch supporter of the Southern cause.
Source: The History of Baxter County, p. 117.
This was the first history of Baxter County published.
SHERIFF BYLER KILLED
The following articles were printed in our neighbor
Ozark County, Missouri, about the slaying of Sheriff Byler. The articles
only tell of the murder of Sheriff Byler but indicates the high
pitch activity and accusations going on during the search for the
murderer. The articles also give a good physical description
of the killer.
From "Weekly Ozark County News, Gainsville, MO June 23,
Sheriff Byler of Baxter County Arkansas was killed
last Friday, by a man named Jesse Roper also of that county. Our
is, that a deputy sheriff went to arrest Roper on a charge of carrying
a pistol, when Roper drew a pistol and stood the deputy off.
The deputy then reported Roper's bold resistance, after which Byler
summoned about twenty men and started to a house occupie
d by a man named Twiggs, with whom they thought Roper was residing.
Sheriff Byler stationed his men around the house and
proceeded to search the house. After satisfying himself that
Roper was not in the house, he then went to a smoke house, taking
three of his men with him. Byler passed around the corner
of the house to the door, and was in the act of opening the door when
Roper put the muzzle of a Winchester through a crack and fired on
Byler. Byler turned half around and Roper fired again. Both
balls taking effect. Byler walked a few steps and fell. He
then crawled near the house and ask for a drink of water after which he
only lived a few minutes. One Joe Twiggs stood in the door
with a Winchester and defied anybody to come inside the yard,
until after Roper had left the house. Several shots were fired
while in pursuit of Roper. One horse was killed, and another wounded
and one man received a serious wound. Roper escaped and is
now at large. It is thought that he will be captured soon, though
resisted the official authority of twenty armed men. He is
a man much to be feared under existing circumstances, but he will be
scooped in by some one more cunning than himself.
[Editor: Roper was never apprehended and many
years later was rumored to have died in jail in Oklahoma.]
[same edition of same newspaper]
By authorities of Baxter County, Ark., Jesse Roper
who murdered the Sheriff of Baxter county, A. G. Byler on the 15 Day of
1892. Jesse Roper is about six feet high, weighs about 160
pounds, light complexion, light hair, cut pompadour in front, light mustache,
blue eyes, downcast look, small mole or tit on one cheek, age 26.
He wears a No. 37 coat and a No. 8 shoe. Roper will probably
be armed with a Winchester rifle and pistols. There will be
a $1000 reward paid by our citizens for the arrest and delivery to the
authorities of Baxter County. The governor will also offer
a liberal reward.
John W. Cypert, County Judge
From "The Weekly Ozark County News, July 14, 1892
Resolution, Bakersfield, Mo. July 6, 1892
Simp Mason Post No. 328 G.A.R. [Grand Army of the Republic]
in their regular session in their hall, passed the following
resolutions to with:
Whereas there appeared a slanderous report in
the Baxter County Citizen, a paper published in Mt. Home, in the County
and in the State of Ark., charging the Grand Army of the Republic
with harboring one Jesse Roper who is charged with killing the
Sheriff of Baxter County, Ark., which charge is fake, only intended
to slander the Grand Army. We are not harboring Roper, nor
never have been. We are in favor of Jesse Roper being brought
to justice. We are in favor of enforcing the Law, and will do all
our power to help vindicate the Law when legally summoned.
We are not, however, in favor of any mob law, but we believe in all
guilty parties being brought to justice, and having a fair and impartial
trial. We are a law-abiding organization and do not intend to
lay under any such charge as we are charged with in the Baxter county
Citizen. We claim it to be a base lie, as we know nothing
of Jesse Roper, and further respectfully demand the name of the
informer of the charge. Furthermore, when the posse was hunting
Roper they treated some of our comrades with contempt; instead of
asking their assistance, they ordered one of our comrades out
of their company when on his own land, even told him to trot with
drawn gun and on Tuesday morning the following notice was found
at the gate of John Roberts: "Mr. Roberts-You are in the wrong
country, following the wrong occupation. You must attend to your
own business, at once, and understand that you have to quit meddling
under the penalty of having a bundle of hickory switches worn
out on your naked back. Please be punctual and quit your meddling,
or leave the country at once, - - signed, by all good citizens.
Now Comrade Roberts lives in Baxter county, is an old
man, can walk only by the help of his cane, is peaceable and harmless man.
Furthermore, we never sent any threats to Baxter county, as we are charged
with nor have we sent any threats any where else, and
the parties reporting such knows it to be false and only intended
to slander the Grand Army.
Resolved - That a copy of these resolutions be sent
to the Weekly county News, and one to the West Plains Journal, and one
the Baxter County Citizen, for publication.
E.M. Lawyer, Comm. Wm. Brown, Adgt. [The above was taken from "Baxter
County History" Vol. 20, Issue
4, Oct., Nov., & Dec. 1994, pp. 104-105, published by The Baxter
County Historical Society, Inc.
Chapter Twenty Three - BAD DAY AT GASSVILLE
Baxter County, 1873-1973, by Mary Ann Messick
In 1892, Gassville was a thriving county town-four
blacksmith shops, two churches, a two storied school, two doctors, two
a hotel and six stores, the largest one being the famous S. E. Denton
and P. A. Cox Emporium, the store that gave Gassville its
By now Mr. Cox had retired from the mercantile business
and the Denton Emporium was run by Ing and Lee Denton. Their store
was located just about where City Hall is today and down the street
where the Tasty Freeze is today was a smaller store, owned
by the Twiggs family and operated by John Twiggs. Both families
also owned big cattle spreads out of town and until a short time
before had been good friends.
In fact, John Twiggs had worked for the Denton brothers
as a bill collector. When the trouble started between them, Twiggs
went into competition with his former employers and tried to steal
all their customers by undercutting prices and offering higher
prices for eggs, hens, pelts, goose and duck feathers. Before
long, both parties felt the need to keep loaded weapons handy, and
just about everybody in Gassville and the surrounding countryside
was lined up on one side or the other. Except for the ones
who carried tales back and forth between the armed camps in hopes
of stirring up more trouble.
And one bright, sweet Spring day, when all the world
seemed so full hope and promise, they got the job done.
About 10 that morning one of the tattlers left Denton's
and entered the Twiggs Store. In a few minutes John Twiggs, bare-headed
and unarmed, came bursting out the door, charged down the street
and stopped in front of the Denton Emporium. He crossed his
arms over his chest and in no uncertain tones began to tell the
Denton brothers inside exactly what he thought of them. By now a
crowd was gathering and inside they could see Ing and Lee Denton
behind the store counters.
Suddenly a shot rang out and 13-year old Walter Anglin
lit out running. He circled the store and on his return trip a man grabbed
him. Blood was spurting from his hands which were clasped
over his chest. "My God, they've shot Walter in the heart," a woman's
voice gasped. But the bullet had only skimmed across the knuckles
of his left hand, leaving a long white scar. Walter Anglin
to his grave more than 70 years later.
(It was my privilege to talk with Walter Anglin in
1965. He told me part of this event in detail.)
Seeing the boy was not mortally wounded the crowd turned
their attention back to the store. The Denton brothers were standing
in the door-Lee with two pistols, Ing with one. And John Twiggs
was lying in the street, blood spurting from his head like a stuck pig.
(Walter Anglin told me, "When I was a boy, one of the first
things I learned about butchering hogs is that a mad animal takes a long
time to die. John Twiggs was like that.")
Miss Bell Mooney, the Gassville "little room" teacher,
came running up from the schoolhouse to see what was causing all the
commotion. She found her sweetheart-the man she was planning
to marry-moaning and groaning and wallowing in the dusty street.
With tears streaming down her pretty face, Miss Bell tenderly cradled
John's head in her lap for the long, long half hour it took his life
blood to ebb out and soak up in her white skirt.
(Both Dr. B. F. Denton and Dr. Lindsay were out on
calls. Walter Anglin was taken to Dr. Denton's and laid on the porch
await his return.)
About noon, the Twiggs family and their friends began
to pour into town. Among them was old man Twiggs, sons, Billie and
Joe-grim faced and carrying rifles across their saddles. A
group of townsmen completely surrounded the Denton store until
Sheriff A. G. Byler could arrive from Mountain Home. Their quick
thinking and cool heads prevented further bloodshed that day.
About a week later the Denton brothers appeared before
a Grand Jury in Mountain Home and were not bound over for trial.
Since there were no ballistics experts in those days both men admitted
firing their pistols, who could say which single bullet had
struck John Twiggs in the temple? Other things were taken into consideration-the
Dentons were on their own property and Twiggs
had approached in a threatening manner. The Denton brothers
were exonerated and that was the end of the feud-right? Wrong.
There were many more bad days to come-not just for Gassville, but
the entire county. Lee and Ing Denton lived in mortal fear
for their lives. They had the whole face of the bluff at Denton's
Ferry on White River skinned off so they could not be ambushed
while tending their cattle. Many days they didn't dare walk
down the street of Gassville because they knew that Joe Twiggs stood
in the door of his store and trained a rifle on their backs.
In early June, Jesse Roper came to live at the Twiggs
Ranch. There is some controversy as to who he actually was.
thought he was a professional gunfighter, hired by the Twiggs to
kill the Denton brothers. Actually he was old man Twiggs' grandson,
the son of his dead daughter. But Jesse Roper did already have a
reputation as a gun hand and had run into trouble with the law in
southern Arkansas. Roper was about 24, medium build, spirited
and cocky./ Walter Anglin remembered him as a well-dresser
who always wore a big black hat with a crease in the crown.
Whether he came to work at the ranch or to stir up
trouble isn't clear. One thing for sure, he didn't come with the intention
winning any popularity contest. Shortly after his arrival,
Jesse Roper backed Leon Mooney against the wall at a dance and
promised to blow off Leon's head the next time they met.
June 15, 1892, Jesse Roper and several other boys were
shooting their pistols in the woods around Gassville. It was against
the law to carry a pistol, but many of the boys still did.
The style was not to wear a holster, but to carry your pistol in a pocket,
or pants cuff. Following this fad, Roper carried his little
pistol in his wide pants cuff, fastened with a snap. When Roper had
challenged the boys to a shooting match, they accepted, in hopes
one of them could put him to shame. No such luck, for Roper
was not only a quick draw artist, but a sure shot. He easily
won the competition, then invited himself home for dinner with one
of the boys. While Roper was sitting at the table (where Mrs. Tom
Vancil lives today), Deputy Sheriff Tom Combs stepped up
on the porch and told him he was under arrest for carrying a pistol.
Roper whipped out his pistol and laughed. "You don't say!"
Combs slammed the door and beat a quick retreat. Roper finished
his meal, thanked his host, waved goodbye and rode off
toward the Twiggs Ranch. Meanwhile Deputy Combs had sent for
A. G. Byler was the first man to serve as Sheriff of
Baxter County. He served from 1875 to 1882, then was elected to three
terms as State Representative, then reelected Sheriff in 1890.
Quoting now from an article written by J. D. Alley which appeared
in the Baxter Bulletin: "Sheriff Byler was one of the most beloved
man of his time and his death was a great loss to Baxter County.
He was considered a man of men-not only a fine citizen and good
officer, but a Christian gentleman as well. At various times he
served as Sunday School teacher, superintendent, and song leader
of the Oak Grove Church and did much to insure its perpetuation.
He was small of stature, but had the nerve and will to do his duty.
It is said that he never did mistreat a prisoner, and that on many
occasions when a man was not able to pay his taxes, Sheriff Byler
would pay them and wait for reimbursement." (Mrs. J. D. Alley
is a granddaughter of Sheriff Byler.)
About four o'clock on the afternoon of June 15, 1892,
Sheriff Byler and a posse of 20 men thundered into the ranch yard at
the Twiggs". Byler ordered his posse to remain in their saddles
while he dismounted and approached the house-hollering, "Hallo,
hallo, anybody home?"
The Sheriff had moved only a few yards from the house
when rifle shots cracked the air and Byler went down-shot clear through,
twice. Jesse Roper flung open the door of a log smokehouse
nearby and came out firing his Winchester Rifle. Roper went down
to his knees and fired at the posse- first to the right, then to
the left. When a cartridge lodged in the barrel, Roper coolly worked
the lever back and forth until he cleared it. Posseman Loge Hopper
was struck in the leg, and Dr. Will Lindsey's horse was shot
out from under him. The posse began to fall back. Roper
loped across an open field, climbed a split rail fence and disappeared
into the thick woodland. As he jumped up on the fence, Jesse
Roper took off his black hat and waved a final farewell to the posse.
When the firing died down, Mrs. Twiggs ran from the
house, kneeled over the dying Sheriff and asked, "You poor old man,
don't you want a drink of water?"
Day after day the posse went out in search of Jesse
Roper, but he was never found. Since he had left out on foot it was
supposed he might have crossed over Bald Dave Mountain into Missouri,
then into Indian Territory. Perhaps he had friends who
helped him get away by providing a horse and different clothing.
Anyway, Jesse Roper got clean away and that's the end of the
story. Right? Wrong. There's more bloodshed and heartaches
ahead. Scared and bone-weary of trouble, the Twiggs family
moved just across the Missouri line in the Bayou country of upper
Northfork River. One bright moonlight night, Clayton Mooney
led a band of vigilantes to the Bayou and hid behind a grove of
trees surrounding the Twiggs" spring. At day break, Old Man Twiggs
and Joe came down the hill leading their horses to water. The old
man never had a chance to use the rifle he was carrying. He fell
dead at the first volley of fire. Joe fired back, but he soon
went down with a leg and shoulder wound. He was brought back to
Mountain Home and jailed until he recovered enough to ride.
Joe Twiggs was released after promising Clayton Mooney that he
would never show his face in Baxter County again. So exit
Joe Twiggs and that's the end of the story. Right? Wrong. More
trouble ahead because of that bad day at Gassville. For many
years the Byler family continued to receive tips as to where Jesse
Roper could be found. Some letter writers offered to sell
their information. Each new letter was a reminder to Mrs. Byler of
Eugene Mooney was elected sheriff in 1906. In
1907, he was called to New Mexico on the information that Jesse Roper-using
an alias-was being held in jail there. The prisoner turned
out to be another man wanted in Baxter County and Sheriff Mooney started
home with him. At Holdenville, Oklahoma, Sheriff Mooney started
to pull his gun from his pocket so he could rest easier during the
long train tripe. The gun discharged into his stomach, killing
him within a few minutes. Dr. Jesse Mooney, Jr., the dead man's brother,
was called from McGehee, I. T. to take the prisoner and his brother's
body back to Arkansas.
Leon Mooney was appointed sheriff in his brother's
place and served until 1912 when he enrolled in Medical School. Twice
he was called to Oklahoma to identify Roper, both times on false
information. I've heard several stories about Jesse Roper--after
he escaped from Baxter County. And if he was responsible for
all the robberies attributed to him, he was the most successful out
law since Jesse James. Roper supposedly organized a gang and
pulled off a daring and lucrative train robbery at Norphlett,
Arkansas, in 1900.
Then I've also heard that he was wounded by the posse
accompanying Sheriff Byler and that Mrs. Twiggs and Billie hid him
away in the Bayou country and secretly buried him there, when he
died of his wounds about three months later. Another theory
says Jesse Roper escaped to Indian Territory where he changed his
name, became a law abiding citizen, raising a well-to-do family
and lived to a ripe old age.
To prove that a sheriff's life is no bed of roses,
shortly after Leon Mooney became Sheriff, he was shot in the stomach by
he was trying to calm down. Luck was with Mooney, the bullet
passed through without touching any vital organs, and he completed
the arrest and saw the man to jail.
Because of the location of the wound and the flow of
blood, some of the witnesses reported the Sheriff dead to his mother.
When Leon rode into the yard of the old Mooney Plantation his mother
and sister were tearfully laying out his clothes and getting
water to bathe the corpse. Their old colored friend, Tom,
came running into the kitchen, laughing, crying and shouting, "Hit's
hit's a shore 'nuff real, live ghost!"
Shortly the lives of all those touched by the tragic
events evolving from that bad day at Gassville began to return to normal.
1889, Bell Mooney married Bill Reno and three years later Walter
Anglin married Maude Mooney. Despite her father's strenuous
objections, Ada Mooney married Hampey Roper, a cousin to Jesse Roper,
and in later years Clayton Mooney would declare, "Adar's
Hampey is my best son-in-law!"
Sheriff Byler's widow managed to raise her children
to be decent, upright, law-abiding citizens and today their descendants
contributing to the growth and welfare of Baxter County. Ing
Denton studied law and was admitted to the bar in 1914. He
kept a diary for every day of his life, but his son, Jud--also an
attorney--reportedly burned the diary the day his father died.
So the reason for the feud will never be known. I have been
told the affections of a lady were involved, but whatever the reason,
it was a long time before that "Bad Day At Gassville" was forgotten.
167. i John Bell b. 20 Sep 1854.
168. ii Minerva F. "Sis" b. __ ___ 1857.
169. iii Malinda "Linnie" b. __ Dec 1859.
iv James B. BYLER b. __ ___ 1863,
Marion, (Now Baxter) County, Arkansas. The middle initial B. comes
from a photograph
in an old photograph album that was the possession of Sheriff Byler's
wife, Elizabeth (Heasley) Byler.
170. v William F. b. __ ___ 1866.
vi Elizabeth "Lizzie" A. BYLER b.
__ ___ 1869, Marion, (Now Baxter) County, Arkansas, m. Percy HART.
69. Elliott Rucker BYLER b. 18 Jul 1831, Bedford County, Tennessee,
m. 1 Oct 1850, Sarena PATTON, b. 25 Feb 1834,
Tennessee, (daughter of Miles PATTON and Susannah MILAM) d. 5 Dec
1914, Ash Fork, Arizona, buried: Sherwood, Texas.
Elliott died 22 May 1905, Sherwood, Texas, buried: Sherwood, Texas.
Elliot was a member of Co. C. 34th Reg. Ark. Inf.,
CSA from 1861 to 1865. Following his death 21 May 1904*, his wife
drew a widow's penison from the State of Arkansas for his service.
Elliot and Serena Pahon** Byler were the parents of eleven
Source: The Ancestry of the Byler Family in Izard County
Arkansas, by Edgar D. Byler, III, The Izard County Historian, Vol.
13 Nr. 4, Oct 1982, p. 27.
*Roger Byler in his book "John Byler of North Carolina"
p. 169 gives his death date as 22 May 1905. He also states that
Elliot was a sergeant by the end of the war. ** Roger Byler
also gives as Elliot's wife Serena Patton, daughter of Miles Patton and
Susannah Milam of Bedford County, Tennessee.
i Susanna BYLER b. 17 Oct 1851, Washington
County, Arkansas, m. Jess C. EVERETT. They lived near Ft. Smith,
ii Charity M. BYLER b. 10 Sep 1853,
Washington County, Arkansas, m. 16 Dec 1876, Tom C. BREEDLOVE. Charity
died 15 Sep 1878, Savanna, Oklahoma.
171. iii Lurana Love b. 17 Dec 1855.
172. iv Fereby E. b. 20 Dec 1858.
173. v Jacob Anderson b. 1 Feb 1860.
vi Stacy E. BYLER b. 6 Jul 1865,
Washington County, Arkansas, m. Windfield Taylor PECK.
vii Lucinda BYLER b. 16 Nov 1867,
Washington County, Arkansas, m. (1) J. LAMBERT, m. (2) Lon ALLEN.
viii Samantha M. BYLER b. 1 Feb 1870,
Washington County, Arkansas, m. (1) Lem ALLEN, m. (2) Jim LAMBERT.
Samantha died 30 Nov 1900.
ix Mary Lorett BYLER b. 5 Dec 1872,
Washington County, Arkansas, m. (1) Charles ALLAN, m. (2) Bill CARR.
x Viana E. BYLER b. 24 Jul 1874,
Washington County, Arkansas, m. William CARVER. Viana died 22 Jul
xi Effie A. BYLER b. 20 Feb 1877,
Washington County, Arkansas, d. 23 Oct 1878.
70. Rebecca S. BYLER b. 16 Feb 1849, Hickman County, Tennessee, d.
28 May 1929, Knob Creek, Izard County, Arkansas.
Name has been reported as Rebecca R., Rebecca T. in some sources
but bible of Jacob Matthew Byler shows name is Rebecca
G. Byler. Further, if you look closely at the way the letter
S is written in Susannah and Stacy Byler's names the middle initial might
be an S. Jewell Byler said Rebecca never married. 1910
Census lists her name as Rebecca S. Byler.
i Albert BYLER b. Cir 1876.
71. David Jacob "Jake" BYLER b. 19 Jan 1851, Izard County, Arkansas,
m. 18 Sep 1873, Louisanna S. "Lucy" KENNEDY,
b. __ ___ 1860, Arkansas, (daughter of James Jefferson KENNEDY and
_____ STEEL). David died __ ___ 1893, buried:
Knob Creek Cemetery, Izard County, AR. David J. Byler was
appointed postmaster at Byler, Arkansas in June 1889. This post
office, according to Karr Shannon was later changed to Knob Creek
when Robert L. Clem became postmaster in 1913.
David was a school teacher. He was married at age 21.
He died of blood poisoning. Hattie Kate Horner attended school to
him as a child. In 1893, while crossing a creek on horseback,
he was thrown on saddle horn puncturing his stomach and died of blood poisoning.
He was 42 years old. Vearl Byler, his granddaughter talked about
his beautiful hand writing as though it were as
graceful as a bird. Caroline Byler writes: " My father's name
was David Jacob. It seems Jacob was a family name for my oldest
brother's name was Jacob Aron. The Bylers were a very independent
race of people. They never ask anyone to do for them if they
possibly can do it themselves. The Kennedys are most Methodist."
It is believed Archie Bee Byler wrote: "Our Grandfather's name
was Jacob David Byler." I do not know why the name is reversed,
but it is interesting to note that Jacob was the name he used
and Jake was his nick name. He was 42 years old when he died.
Vearl said her father, Charles was 8 years old when Jacob died.
That is in agreement with the age of the youngest child. It
appears that the untimely death of Jacob left Lucy with 9 children and
poverty. She lost the family farm to her brother-in-law.
Source: Gene Kirkpatrick. Louisanna: "Zanny" was 13 when she married.
She couldn't read or write, but wrote letters all the time with
the help of neighbors. She was a midwife and nurse. She shocked corn
and Chaeley Ratliff took it to the mill when he was 8 years old.
She lost the family farm to her brother-in-law. Source: Gene
Kirkpatrick Other source lists her birth date 1856. Married
at 17 years of age.
i J.W. BYLER b. 30 Jun 1874.
In an announcement about the Melbouren High School session beginning September
4, 1893, a
J.W. Byler was listed as Instructor in Grammar School. Also
F.M. Hanlen, Pres. S.R. Hinkle, Sec, K.W. Rector, and A.A. Marchant
members of the Board. I.K. Hooper, High School Instructor,
Miss Mattie Stevens, Instructor in Primary School, and Mrs. Lee
Hinkle, Instructor in Musical Department.
ii Rachel "Dillie" BYLER b. 30 Jun
1875, m. 6 Sep 1908, in Melbourne, Izard County, Arkansas, Joe HARRISON.
Byler, in his book gives birth date as 21 Oct 1875.
174. iii Jacob Aron b. 26 Mar 1877.
iv Lucy BYLER b. 30 Nov 1879, m.
23 Jul 1900, W.T. "Tom" COPELAND, b. __ ___ 1877.
v Caroline BYLER b. 22 May 1882,
m. 4 Sep 1902, Albert L. COPELAND, b. __ ___ 1882.
175. vi Charles Ratliff b. 3 Nov 1885.
vii Mary BYLER b. 4 Aug 1888, m.
A.J. McGEE. Married 12 December, year unknown.
viii Oscar M. BYLER b. 7 Aug 1890,
Izard County, Arkansas, m. 20 Mar 1910, in Melbourne, Izard County, Arkansas,
Rachel SMITH, b. -- ___ 1892, Missouri. Oscar died 9 Jul 1965.
ix Thomas BYLER b. 28 Apr 1893, d.
__ ___ 1895.
72. James William BYLER b. 17 Mar 1853, Creswell, Izard County, Arkansas,
m. (1) Samantha _____, b. Cir 1857, Arkansas,
m. (2) 26 Nov 1893, in Marion County, Texas, Ora Sarah BARNES, b.
26 May 1873, Avinger, Marion County, Texas,
d. 5 May 1942, Pruitt Lake Comm., Cass County, Texas, buried: __
May 1942, Avinger Cemetery, Avinger, Texas. James
died __ Jun 1905, Jefferson, Marion County, Texas, buried: __ Jun
1905, New Prospect Cemetery, Avinger, Texas. James is
listed in the Census as James A. He was about 40 when he married
Ora Sarah. She was about 20 to 21. In a telecom with
Carroll Byler 16 Feb 1993 he said James William was not in the Knob
Creek area when he was growing up. If he were he would
have know him. He said he had probably moved on North. This
seems to be a generalization as he had no knowledge of James'
existance. Carroll is 85 years old, very alert, accurate and interesting
to talk with. He left Newburg when he was 14, probably
when he joined the Army with his cousin, Therl Byler. James
and Ora were married at a home wedding. James left Arkansas in
a shroud of mystery. He would not permit Ora to write his
people in Arkansas. There was no knowledge that there was a first
by the family of Ora Sarah until Roger's book on the family.
Ora wrote Arkansas after James died and Dr. John Love Byler offered
her land, horses, cows, etc..., if she would move her family up
to Arkansas. She declined. Two men came to the house looking
James after he died. Ora wouldn't talk to the family about
their conversation. This adds to the mystery. It would appear
shaved some years off his age when he married Ora and she found
out about it later. James died of cancer. Source: Gene Kirkpatric
and Marilyn (Morris) Russell.
i James BYLER b. Cir 1880, Arkansas.
176. ii Lester Jackson b. 10 Dec 1894.
177. iii Minerva Rachel b. 3 Sep 1897.
iv Warren Tipton "May" BYLER b. 16
May 1900, Farmersville, Collin County, Texas, d. 19 May 1932, Marshall,
v Clarence Jewell BYLER b. __ ___
1902, Jefferson, Texas, d. __ ___ 1903, Jefferson, Texas.
73. John Love BYLER b. 12 Aug 1855, Izard County, Arkansas, occupation
Medical Doctor, m. __ ___ 1879, Margaret A.
HAWKINS, b. Arkansas, d. __ Sep 1909. John died 27 Apr 1928,
Knob Creek, Izard County, Arkansas, buried: Knob
Creek Cemetery, Izard County, AR. Tombstone in Knob Creek
Cemetery - J.L. Byler M.D. 1855-1928 - Believe this be
John Love Byler. Roger Byler Book lists his death as 1918
but I believe 1928 to be his death date. John was educated by his
mother and given a good education. He became a Doctor.
Carroll Byler says: "John was a country family doctor. He rode his
horse or mule around visiting his patients. Made a small living
as no one had much money. They only took a buggy when the
i Thomas BYLER b. __ ___ 1880, Izard
County, Arkansas. Birth date about 1880.
ii Jessie BYLER. Birth and death
date unknown; was 18 years old when he died.
iii Sarah BYLER b. Izard County,
Arkansas, m. 10 May 1908, in Melbourne, Izard County, Arkansas, William
178. iv William Barrett "Wills" b. 11 Apr 1884.
179. v Lum b. 8 Jul 1886.
vi Florence BYLER b. __ ___ 1892,
Knob Creek, Izard County, Arkansas, m. Ora CARRIE.
vii Nora BYLER b. __ ___ 1894, Knob
Creek, Izard County, Arkansas, m. _____ MITCHEM. They went to Cleburn,
180. viii Nellie Gray b. 21 Mar 1896.
74. Alexander D. "Aleck" BYLER b. 2 Sep 1862, Izard County, Arkansas,
m. Josephine VEST, b. __ ___ 1860, (daughter of
Martin VEST and Liza CHEATUM) d. __ Jul 1942, buried: Lunenburg
Cemetery, Izard County, AR. Alexander died __ ___ 1893,
buried: Cook Cemetery, Izard County, Arkansas.
181. i James David "Jim" b. 14 Dec 1881.
ii Mary BYLER m. (1) 3 Feb 1907,
in Melbourne, Izard County, Arkansas, Arkansas "Chance" GILLIHAN, b. 29
(son of James Clement "Jim" GILLIHAN and Amanda M. "Mandy" ARNOLD)
buried: Robinson Cemetery, Boswell, Arkansas,
m. (2) Norman DRAKE.
182. iii Marshall Robert b. 22 Aug 1889.
iv Sarah Alexander BYLER m. Edgar
75. Thomas Harvey BYLER, Sr. b. 18 Aug 1840, m. (1) Lucy Ann TILLMAN,
b. 7 Aug 1850, (daughter of James Henderson
TILLMAN and Rachel Elvira KELTNER) d. 18 Mar 1870, m. (2) 4 Dec
1873, Piney WOODS, b. 22 Feb 1844, d. 3 Dec 1906.
Thomas died 24 Dec 1894, Fayette County, Texas. Marion Byler
said that after the Civil War, Thomas H. Byler, Sr. came back to "Grandfather
Black's" and , after the death of his family, sold his cattle and went
by boat to Cousin Abraham Byler's in Fayette
County, Texas. Abraham was a first cousin of Thomas H. Byler,s father.
Abraham Byler of Texas was a son of Jacob Byler,
brother of Abraham Byler of Bedford County, Tennessee. Lucy: Died
of the Black Measles. She had two young children who
also died of the Black Measles.
i _____ BYLER. Died of Black Measles.
ii _____ BYLER. Died of Black Measles.
iii Ettie BYLER b. 4 Nov 1874, d.
7 Jan 1896. Never married.
iv John L. BYLER b. 12 May 1876,
m. __ ___ 1885, Mattie GOODE. John died 7 Jan 1896. No children.
183. v Thomas Harvey b. 15 Jun 1878.
vi Cora BYLER b. 17 Dec 1879, d.
22 Dec 1895. Never married.
184. vii Ada b. 7 Dec 1881.
185. viii Ira Cameron b. 19 Mar 1884.
186. ix Marion b. 18 Oct 1888.
76. James Taylor BYLER, Jr. b. 17 Jun 1851, Tennessee, m. __ Dec
1882, Lucy RAY, b. 14 Mar 1867, d. 27 Dec 1932.
James died 15 Jun 1926, Texas. Roger L, Byler in his book
"Jacob Byler of North Carolina", p 215 says that it has been said
that there were 18 children in his family. Lucy: She was the daughter
of Frank Ray who was a 1st cousin of William Henry Ray,
father of Alice Ray who married Thomas H. Byler, Jr., nephew of
James Taylor Byler, Jr. She was 14 years of age when she married.
i Jim BYLER b. 14 Aug 1884, m. Mary
Frances ENNIS, b. 13 Feb 1898. Jim died 16 Jul 1956. Mary:
ii Phena BYLER m. (1) _____ BRESSEAU,
m. (2) Rub H. PLUMMER. She and Mr. Plummer lived in California.
iii Abbie BYLER m. Walter OGDEN,
buried: Byler Cemetery, Fayette County, Texas. Abbie buried: Byler
Fayette County, Texas.
iv Albert BYLER m. Alfred GEST.
Lived at Muldoon, Texas. This name seems odd for a girl. This
from "Jacob Byler of North Carolina" by Roger L, Byler, p. 214.
v Lidia BYLER m. Bert CLEMENTS.
They lived at West Point, Texas.
187. vi Dell.
vii Willie BYLER m. R.L. CUPIT, Rev..
188. viii Sidney.
189. ix Jesse Pline b. 20 Aug 1888.
x Geneva BYLER.
xi Jay BYLER b. __ ___ 1890, d. __
___ 1943. Unmarried.
77. Joseph A. BYLER b. 5 Mar 1853, Tennessee, m. Samantha GILBERT.
Joseph died Abt__ ___ 1899, Texas. The six
children were raised in Buckner Orphan's Home, Dallas, Texas.
As of 1966 all the children were dead except Cora.
i Dora BYLER d. __ ___ 1966.
She was near 80 years old in November, 1963. They lived in Duncanville,
ii Cora BYLER. They lived in Orange,
iii Baxter BYLER.
iv Herbert BYLER.
v Dennis BYLER.
vi Allen BYLER.
78. Catherine W. "Kit" BYLER b. 23 Sep 1855, Tennessee, m. in Texas,
James GARDNER. Middle initial might be W.
Roger Byler's book says she was born Ca 1858 in Arkansas.
At one time she and her husband lived in Cheatham, Texas.
James: Sirname might be GARDINER.
i Robert GARDNER. He was found dead
on the rail road tracks behind their home.
ii Elizabeth GARDNER.
iii Mary GARDNER.
iv Jeff GARDNER.
v Belinda GARDNER. Name might be
79. William Stephen BYLER b. 13 Mar 1860, Melbourne, Izard County,
Arkansas, m. in Colorado County, Texas, Martha
Katherine "Mattie" GRIFFITHS, b. 17 Mar 1870, (daughter of Abraham
GRIFFITHS, Rev. and Mary Alley DANIELS)
d. 7 Jan 1943, Vidor, Orange County, Texas. William died __
___ 1932, Vidor, Orange County, Texas. William went from
Arkansas to San Antonio, Texas with a wagon train. He worked
as a bronco buster for a while. Then, he moved nearer Houston.
His father came to Texas in 1879 which was shortly after he came.
Martha: Mattie was a sister of Susan who married Jefferson
Miller Byler brother of William Stephen.
i Dora F. BYLER b. 6 May 1893, Colorado
County, Texas, m. 25 Dec 1909, John TRULL, d. Cir 1956. No issue.
ii Nora P. BYLER b. 14 Feb 1895,
Demmings Bridge, Texas. She was crippled and never married.
She lived in Vidor
with her brother C.E. Byler.
190. iii William Dewey b. 18 Jul 1898.
iv Charlie Edward BYLER b. 2 Feb
1907, Orange County, Texas, m. Helen Ruth FIELDS. Lived in Vidor,
No children. An Amateur Radio Operator.
191. v Ogden Bailey b. 19 Jan 1909.
vi Lois Elaine BYLER b. 21 May 1912,
Lemonville, Texas, m. (1) Alton GREY, m. (2) Don GIBSON, Dr.. No
vii Della BYLER. Died at age 3.
80. Orpha Angeline "Angie" BYLER b. 29 Mar 1862, Arkansas, m. (1)
in Texas, David Monteville NULL, b. Abt 1853,
Fayette County, Texas, d. Abt 1883, Fayette County, Texas, m. (2)
Hugh AUSTIN, m. (3) _____ _____, m. (4) 13 Mar 1886,
Thomas Hughes AUSTIN. Orpha died 19 Feb 1942. _____:
192. i James David b. 16 Mar 1882.
ii William AUSTIN.
iii Frank AUSTIN.
iv Bruce AUSTIN.
81. Jefferson Miller BYLER b. 5 Aug 1865, Arkansas, m. __ ___ 1885,
Susan Alley GRIFFITH, b. 23 Sep 1864, Colorado
County, Texas, d. 13 Jun 1902. Jefferson died __ Jul 1919,
Beaumont, Jefferson County, Texas, buried: Deweyville, Texas.
Susan: Susan was a sister to Mattie who married William Stephens
Byler brother of Jefferson Miller Byler. It is said that Rev.
Griffith, their father, disowned his daughters for marrying the
Byler boys of whom he did not think very highly. Another source
gives birth date as 29 Sep 1866.
193. i Mary Catherine b. 22 Jan 1886.
194. ii Sara Agnes "Sally" b. 23 Apr 1888.
iii Andrew Jackson BYLER b. 15 Jul
1892, m. Maude L. HOOPER. He lived at Livingston, Texas.
iv Warren Jefferson BYLER b. 8 Jun
1894, Orange County, Texas, m. __ ___ 1932, Justine DOERGE. Warren
4 Nov 1952, Deweyville, Texas. He was born at Nada (or Vidor),
195. v John Forrest b. 9 Dec 1897.
196. vi Grace Pearl b. 16 Jun 1901.
82. William Spencer BLACK b. 12 Oct 1830, Bedford County, Tennessee,
m. (1) 4 Jan 1855, Sarah Elizabeth WALKER,
b. 11 May 1831, Arkansas, (daughter of Andrew "Andy" WALKER and
Sally _____) d. __ ___ 1880, Melbourne, Izard
County, Arkansas, m. (2) 16 May 1893, Emma J. TALLEY, b. __ Oct
1847, Arkansas. William died __ ___ 1908, Melbourne,
Izard County, Arkansas.
197. i Mary Elizabeth "Mollie" b. 3 Jan 1856.
198. ii Abraham Blair "Doc" b. 9 Dec 1857.
199. iii James Buchanan b. 22 Dec 1858.
200. iv John Noble b. 19 Dec 1860.
v Infant Son BLACK b. 31 Oct 1861,
d. 31 Oct 1861. Another source gives birth and death year as 1862.
201. vi Thomas Andrew "Tom" b. 9 Jul 1864.
vii Nancy Jane BLACK b. 9 Aug 1866,
viii Francis Jeff "Franny" BLACK
b. 23 Nov 1868, Izard County, Arkansas. Have seen other sources that
give her birthdate
as 24 Feb 1871, same as her brother William Bell Black. Another
source gives birthdate as 22 Nov 1868.
202. ix William Bell "Bill" b. 24 Feb 1871.
203. x Robert Lee b. 27 Apr 1873.
xi Infant Girl BLACK b. 6 Jun 1875,
Arkansas, d. 6 Jun 1875, Arkansas.
83. Orpha Elizabeth BLACK b. 21 Jan 1835, Bedford County, Tennessee,
m. __ ___ 1855, in Izard County, Arkansas,
George Washington GRAY, b. 24 Nov 1824, Izard County, Arkansas,
(son of John Thomas GRAY and Elizabeth CHISM)
occupation Merchant, d. 2 Aug 1902, Granger, Texas, buried: Theo,
Bell County, Texas. Orpha died 20 Jan 1876, Izard County,
Arkansas, buried: Lunenburg Cemetery, Izard County, AR. George:
Headstone gives his birth date as Nov 29, 1824.
George Washington Gray was married 3 times, first to Barbara Hanna Byler
(daughter of John Byler and Medean Adkinson); second to Orpha Elizabeth
Black, (daughter of Col. Thomas Black and Mary
Love Byler); third to Sarah Ann "Sally" Landers (her her second
marriage; daughter of Martha G. Landers and Rowland Landis
Barbara Hanna Byler died at the age of 20 and soon
after George W. Gray married her 1st cousin Orpha Elizabeth Black,
who was age 20 when she married him. Orpha died at the age
204. i Mary Francis "Fannie" b. 24 Mar 1856.
205. ii Thomas Owen b. 10 Jan 1858.
iii Elizabeth Boyd GRAY b. __ ___
1860, Izard County, Arkansas, m. Henry OWENS.
206. iv Emma Jane b. 17 Oct 1862.
v Maggie Love GRAY b. __ ___ 1866,
Izard County, Arkansas, m. Burse COPAS. One source gives death date
That could not be. Wonder if it 1960?
207. vi John William "Jackman" b. 13 Nov 1869.
208. vii Knoxie Orpha b. __ Feb 1873.
84. James Knox Polk BLACK, Dr. b. __ ___ 1840, Bedford County, Tennessee,
occupation Medical Doctor, m. __ ___ 1882,
Susan N. "Susie" MORTON, b. __ ___ 1848, Tennessee, (daughter of
David MORTON and Nellie GARMON) d. __ ___ 1915,
Izard County, Arkansas, buried: Bethlehem Cemetery, Izard County,
AR. James died __ ___ 1920, Sage, Izard County, Arkansas,
buried: Bethlehem Cemetery, Izard County, AR.
James Knox Polk Black
Dr. J.K.P. Black was considered one
of Izard County's most successful physicians. He was born in Bedford
Tennessee in 1840 divided his time in youth between assisting on
the family farm and attending the common schools. In 1861
he threw aside the implements of peace to take up the weapons of
warfare and enlisted in Company K. Boone's First Battalion
of Cavalry and served until 1865 when he was paroled at Shreveport,
He was engaged in the battle of Elkhorn,
Iuka, Corinth, and was sick during the siege of Vicksburg. He came
the surrender of that place and joined Capt. McCable's cavalry.
He was captured on the Saline River in Arkansas and taken to
Rock Island, Illinois where he was kept over a year before being
exchanged. He returned to Izard County after the surrender and
engaged in farming but also attended school.
In 1870 he began to read medicine.
Two years later he attended lectures at the University of Nashville, from
graduated in 1876. After graduating he began his practice
Dr. Black was married in 1882 to
Miss Susan Morton. Six children were born to them; Edgar and Edna
(twins), Thomas K,
Ernest, Rufus, and Mary. Mrs Black was the daughter of David
and Nellie (Garmon) Morton, both natives of North Carolina.
David Morton was born about 1807 or 1808 and came to Arkansas in
1850. Nellie (Garmon) Morton was born about 1810
and died in 1881.
Dr. Black was the son of Col. Thomas
and Mary F. (Byler) Black.
REF: J.K.P. BLACK, "The Izard County Historian", Vol 2, Nr
2, April 1971, pp 32-33.
Clarification: This article states that this biographical sketch
was taken from Goodspeed's History of Northeast Arkansas printed
in 1889. Dr. and Mrs. Black had an additional child after
that publication date. Her name was Lettie Pearl Black. Also,
Black's mothers name was Mary L. Byler, not Mary F. Byler.
Dr. J.K.P. Black was nine years of age when his father, Col. Black
moved his family from Bedford County, Tennessee to Izard County,
i Edgar BLACK b. 17 Aug 1881, Izard
County, Arkansas, d. 15 Apr 1965, buried: Bethlehem Cemetery, Izard County,
ii Edna BLACK b. 17 Aug 1881, Izard
County, Arkansas, d. 5 Jun 1955, buried: Bethlehem Cemetery, Izard County,
iii Thomas Knox BLACK b. 8 Sep 1884,
Izard County, Arkansas, d. 31 Oct 1973, buried: Bethlehem Cemetery, Izard
iv Ernest BLACK b. 24 Nov 1885, Izard
County, Arkansas, d. 26 Aug 1965, buried: Bethlehem Cemetery, Izard County,
Headstone in Bethlehem Cemetery, Sage, Izard County, Arkansas lists
birthdate as 25-Nov-1885.
209. v Rufus King b. 5 Mar 1887.
210. vi Mary T. "Mollie" b. __ ___ 1887.
vii Lillie Pearl BLACK b. __ ___
1893, Izard County, Arkansas, d. __ ___ 1962, buried: Bethlehem Cemetery,
AR. This person has been listed as Lettie Pearl in some sources,
however her name appears as Lillie on her headstone in the
Bethlehem Cemetery, Sage, Izard County, Arkansas.
85. Samuel Rutledge SMITH b. 13 Aug 1834, Rover, Bedford County,
TN, m. (1) __ ___ 1855, in Izard County, Arkansas, Jane
WALKER, b. 15 Feb 1835, Independence County, Arkansas, (daughter
of Joseph Joseph WALKER and Sarah McCUBBIN)
d. 11 Jan 1890, Lunenburg, Izard County, Arkansas, buried: Lunenburg
Cemetery, Izard County, AR, m. (2) __ ___ 1891,
Mary _____. Samuel died 27 Mar 1924, Lunenburg, Izard County,
A FAMILY OF DOCTORS(1)
By Mildred Billingsley, Violet Hill, AR 72584
Census records list him as Solomon,
but the family says his name was Samuel. Samuel and his wife,
Jane (Walker) Smith had
nine children, five of which became medical doctors, which must
be a record.
Samuel Rutledge Smith was born in
Rover, TN on August 13, 1834 and died at Lunenburg on March 27, 1924.
James Smith, was a soldier in the Mexican War. His mother
was Orpha D. Byler.
In 1849, Samuel came to Arkansas
with his mother and two younger sisters - his father having died earlier.
They settled on a
farm at Lunenburg, about 5 miles south of Melbourne. There
by hard work and perseverance, the little family prospered.
In 1855, Samuel married Jane Walker,
who died January 11, 1890. Jane was the daughter of Joseph and Sarah
Walker. To this marriage was born nine children: James
L (Dr. Jim); Joseph M.; Mary E.P. (Gray); William T.; Wiley A.; Jefferson
Davis (Dr. Jeff); John Henry (Dr. Henry); Solomon W. (Dr. Sol);
and Robert Lee, (Dr. Bob).
Samuel Rutledge Smith was an ardent
Confederate patriot and when the Civil War broke out he enlisted in the
Army for four years. He was with General Price on his raid
through Missouri. In 1864 he was severely wounded by gunshot,
which resulted in the loss of his left leg. He was captured
and taken to Alton, Illinois. He was later moved to St. Louis, Missouri
and received his parole from that city in 1865.
After his discharge, he returned
to his farm in Izard county only to find it destitute of buildings, fences,
and stock but he set
manfully to work and by good management finally found himself again
in comfortable circumstances.(2)
"Uncle Rutch" as he was affectionately
called wore a wooden "peg" leg which he made. An amusing fact about
this is that he
had a special wooden leg for every event. There was one for
meetings, one for Sundays, one for every day work, and one for
special occasions. Another interesting fact is that he tanned
the leather and made his children's shoes. A favorite story of Jefferson
Davis Smith was that he did not have a pair of shoes until he was
six years old. He said that he sat up until late into the night watching
his father make that first pair of shoes. Samuel Rutledge
Smith also made tallow candles and pine torches which provided their lights.
They had weaving looms and his wife, Jane spun thread, wove cloth
and made all of their clothing.
Samuel remained an ardent Southern
patriot until his death, even naming several of his sons after Southern
heroes. He could be
counted on to participate in every Confederate Reunion held in Izard
county and every one in surrounding counties that he was able
to get to. One of the highlights of his later years was attending
these Reunions, getting to see his old friends once more and spinning
yarns about the war years. The most exciting part for "Uncle
Rutch" was when he took his turn at the speaker's stand to give his
usual talk on "When and Where I was Wounded".
After Jane's death, Samuel married
Mary _____. To this marriage was born one son, Sam R. Smith.
In Karr Shannon's "History of Izard
County" published in 1947, he said, "So far, the family has developed 13
nurses and two medical students". We do not have an exact
count to date.
(1) Title used by Karr Shannon in his "History of Izard County",
published in 1947. (2) Goodspeed's Biographical and Historical
Memories of Northeast Arkansas published in 1889.
REF: A FAMILY OF DOCTORS by Mildred Billingsley, Violet Hill,
AR 72584 from "The Izard County Historian", Vol 2,
Number 1, January, 1971, pp. 3-5
211. i James L. b. 15 Jul 1856.
212. ii Joseph b. 18 Jun 1858.
213. iii Mary E. Prudence b. 26 May 1860.
iv William T. SMITH b. 22 May 1862,
Rocky Bayou, Izard County, Arkansas, d. 31 Jan 1886, Lunenburg, Izard County,
Arkansas, buried: Lunenburg Cemetery, Izard County, AR.
v Wyley A. SMITH b. __ ___ 1864,
Rocky Bayou, Izard County, Arkansas.
214. vi Jefferson Davis b. 25 Dec 1867.
215. vii John Henry b. 19 Mar 1869.
216. viii Solomon W. b. 19 Feb 1872.
217. ix Robert Lee b. 1 Jun 1876.
x Sam R. SMITH b. __ ___ 1892, Izard
County, Arkansas. Birth date is about 1892.
86. Louisa Jane BYLER b. 5 Jan 1843, Adams County, Illinois, m. 5
Mar 1862, Francis Marion HARDY, b. 21 Aug 1841,
Mendon, Adams County, Illinois, d. 31 Jan 1921. Louisa died
18 Feb 1871. Another source gives birth year as 1844.
i Sarah Tamer HARDY b. 14 Feb 1863.
ii Mary Elizabeth HARDY.
iii Lillie Bell HARDY b. 4 Mar 1870,
d. 3 Jan 1928.
87. Joel Woodward BYLER b. 18 Feb 1834, Prairie Home, Missouri, m.
8 Jun 1865, Susan Esther HARRIS, b. 30 Aug 1850,
d. 8 Jun 1915. Joel died 27 Mar 1922, Prairie Home, Missouri.
i Francis Jane BYLER b. 27 May 1866,
Moniteau County, Missouri.
ii Robert Thomas BYLER b. 8 Dec 1867,
Moniteau County, Missouri.
iii Naomi (?) BYLER b. 11 Nov 1869,
d. 10 Feb 1870.
iv William Henry BYLER b. 11 Apr
v Tyra Emmet BYLER b. 3 Jul 1873.
vi Joel Albert BYLER b. 9 Aug 1875.
vii Alonzo G. BYLER b. 30 Dec 1877,
d. 21 Dec 1879.
218. viii Jesse Dillard b. 1 Sep 1879.
ix Charlie BYLER b. 17 Feb 1882.
x Walter Lawrence BYLER b. 8 Apr
xi Mamie BYLER b. 30 Aug 1888, d.
11 Mar 1889, buried: Union Cemetery.
xii Haris Garland BYLER b. 11 May
88. Elizabeth H. HARPER b. 19 Jul 1830, m. 9 Dec 1857, Andrew Hockersmith
CLARK, b. 8 Feb 1831, (son of Andrew R.
CLARK and Hannah Young OWSLEY) d. 13 Jul 1894. Elizabeth died
8 Sep 1900, Henry County, Missouri. The marriage
ceremony was performed by Rev. Dr. Jones. She was a Baptist
but was buried in a Presbyterian Cemetery. She was Democrat in politics.
i Laura Ella CLARK b. 8 Aug 1860,
Henry County, Missouri, m. 27 Dec 1892, _____ _____. Laura died 14
ii Harvey Andrew CLARK b. 15 Nov
1862, Henry County, Missouri, d. 15 Feb 1894. Harvey died of TB.
He never married.
219. iii Samuel Harper b. 19 Jul 1866.
220. iv Lena Vance b. 1 Nov 1871.
89. Samuel P. HARPER b. 23 Aug 1834, Palestine, Missouri, m. (1)
Emiline E. BROCKMAN, m. (2) __ ___ 1860, Mamie
TEAS, d. Bef __ ___ 1866, m. (3) Martha A. GIVENS, Mrs.. Samuel
died 9 Feb 1891, Henry County, Missouri. Martha:
She had a previous marriage and children, Bettie, Ella and Curtis
Givens from that marriage.
i _____ HARPER d. __ ___ 1860.
ii Charles J. HARPER b. __ ___ 1866.
iii Robert Lee HARPER.
iv John Heard HARPER.
v Samuel Elwin HARPER.
vi Harry Shelly HARPER.
vii Hallie Mary HARPER.
90. Walter PATRICK m. _____ _____. Lived in Bunceton, Missouri.
i Son PATRICK.
ii Son PATRICK.
91. Katy PATRICK b. 13 May 1847, m. 31 Jan 1867, Milton Scott WOOLERY,
b. 31 Dec 1847, d. 3 Jan 1881. Katy
died 23 Jul 1882. Died of TB.
221. i Charles M. b. 14 Mar 1868.
ii Tom T. WOOLERY b. 15 Dec 1871,
d. 1 Apr 1891.
222. iii Jennie Ellis b. 28 Nov 1873.
iv Joseph "Joe" WOOLERY b. 29 May
1877, d. 22 Feb 1960. He lived near Pilot Grove, Missouri.
v Gilla WOOLERY b. 9 Dec 1879, d.
29 Aug 1898.
92. Jane "Jenny" COLE b. 17 Jun 1857, Missouri, m. 5 May 1875, Thomas
Milton CASH. Jane died 25 Mar 1919.
Some question about death date. Might be 1925.
i Gertrude CASH.
ii Kathryn CASH.
iii Bob CASH.
iv Porter CASH m. _____ McGEE.
In 1979 he was a retired carpenter living in Warrensburg, Missouri.
223. v Horace.
vi Willie CASH m. Isaac LIAMS.
She worked in Shepherd's Store, Warrensburg, Missouri.
93. Gillia Corum "Gilli" COLE b. 25 Jan 1859, Missouri, m. (1) __
___ 1877, Tillman Hogan "Hoge"SOLOMON,
m. (2) 6 Mar 1892, Robert Sylvester "Bess" ROE, b. 18 Jan 1858,
Pilot Grove, Missouri. Gillia died 15 Aug 1942, Syracuse,
i Edward E. SOLOMON d. __ Jan 1963,
Cooper County, Missouri.
ii Nadine SOLOMON m. Virgil E. OSWALD.
Nadine died Abt__ ___ 1979. They lived in Lebanon Township.
iii Cordelia SOLOMON m. James Leslie
PAINTER, Jr.. They lived in Palestine Township, Cooper County, Missouri.
iv Samuel C. ROE b. __ ___ 1893,
m. (1) Marie _____, m. (2) _____ _____. Samuel died 17 Apr 1963,
Bunceton Masonic Cemetery, Bunceton, MO. Lived in Syracuse,
v Truman ROE. He lived in Boonville,
vi Porter Earl ROE. Died in childhood.
vii Grace ROE m. George PUTNAM, d.
Abt__ ___ 1979. They had a large family and lived in Otterville.
deceased as of 1979.
viii Joseph ROE. He lived in Cooper
94. Hamilton Murray GALLAGHER b. 26 Apr 1841, m. (1) 1 Jan 1867,
Martha A. BREWSTER, d. 24 Apr 1871,
m. (2) 18 Nov 1874, E. Lena KELLENBACH. Hamilton died 11 Apr
1888, Peru, Illinois. He was a lawyer in Peru,
Illinois at the time of his death.
i Charles Dwight GALLAGHER b. 10
ii Kathryn Myers GALLAGHER b. 24
iii Harry Milton GALLAGHER b. 24
iv William Hamilton GALLAGHER b.
7 Aug 1887.
95. Sarah Ann GALLAGHER b. 17 Jun 1844, Tipton, Missouri, m. 10 Oct
1872, George Hogg REYNOLDS, b. 8 May 1847,
Wheeling, Virginia, d. 14 May 1930, Vermont, Missouri, buried: Hopewell
Cemetery. Sarah died 6 Feb 1901, Vermont,
Missouri, buried: Hopewell Cemetery. Died of pneumonia.
They were Baptists and lived at Vermont, Missouri.
224. i William Hamilton b. 25 Jul 1874.
225. ii Cora May b. 22 Jan 1879.
96. Newton Cameron GALLAGHER b. 4 Jul 1852, Tipton, Missouri, m.
4 Jul 1877, Eva L. BROOKS, d. 2 Sep 1933.
They lived in Peru, Illinois. Eva: Of Peru, Illinois.
i Joseph Milton GALLAGHER b. 17 Apr
1878, Tipton, Missouri.
ii Mabel Evaline GALLAGHER b. 15
Aug 1879, Mendota, Illinois.
iii Jessie Inez GALLAGHER b. 21 Jan
iv Viola Brooks GALLAGHER b. 2 Aug
1883, Peru, Illinois.
97. Peyton Gibson GALLAGHER b. 8 Aug 1857, m. 2 Sep 1880, Mary Louise
MORCKEL. Peyton died 27 Aug 1933.
They lived in Tipton, Missouri. He was a farmer and trader.
Baptized First Baptist Church, Tipton, Missouri in 1874.
i Mabel Morckel GALLAGHER b. 19 Mar
ii Jessie May GALLAGHER b. 2 Jan
iii Lillian Roseanna GALLAGHER b.
27 Sep 1887. Baptized Oct 1901 First Baptist Church, Tipton, Missouri.
iv Buleah Anna GALLAGHER b. 14 Nov
1889. Baptized 7 May 1901 First Baptist Church, Tipton, Missouri.
v Kate Marie GALLAGHER b. 9 May 1892.
vi Dora Emily GALLAGHER b. 10 Apr
1894. Baptized 11 Aug 1905 First Baptist Church, Tipton, Missouri.
98. Jesse Newman GALLAGHER b. 13 Nov 1861, m. Mary Susan SEARS, (daughter
of J.H. SEARS, Dr.
and _____ _____). He served as school principal and as superintendant
of schools in Waco, Texas. Then, he entered the
practice of law being admitted to the bar in 1888. He was
appointed to the Commission of Appeals by Gov. Neff in his first
term as governor. After three years, Gov. Neff appointed him
Chief Justice of the Tenth Court of Appeals.
226. i John Sears b. 5 Nov 1890.
ii Mary Davis GALLAGHER b. 13 Feb
1894, m. Edward Kyser HERRINS. Edward: Name might be HERRING.
Of Mt. Calm, Texas.
iii Sarah Katherine GALLAGHER b.
31 Dec 1901, m. Winters H. MARTIN, (son of F.B. SMILEY, Dr. and _____ _____).
They lived in Boonville, Missouri where he practiced law.
iv Jerry Newman GALLAGHER, Jr. b.
15 Nov 1905, d. __ ___ 1909. Died at age 4 of diptheria.
"Trust in the Lord with all your heart and lean not
on your own understanding; In all your ways acknowledge him, and he will
make your paths straight."
~~~~~ Proverbs 3:5,6~~~~~~~~