D.S.P. Black

                 Goodspeed 1890


D.S.P. Black, blacksmith, Rock Creek, Ark. One of the best known and most
enterprising horse-shoers of Rock Creek is Mr. Black, who has carried on
this business since twenty-one years of age. He was born in Meriwether
County, Ga., October 5, 1851, and is the third of nine children, the result
of the union of James W. and Sarah E. (Baughan) Black. James W. Black was
born in Ireland, and came to this country with his parents when quite 
young. He served several terms as magistrate in Georgia, was a Democrat, 
and was active in political matters. He died in 1878 at the age of 
fifty-four years. The mother is a native of Virginia and moved to Georgia 
when young. She is still living, and makes her home with her son, D.S.P. 
(our subject). Her father figured conspicuously in the War of 1812. D.S.P.
Black received a limited education, and when twenty-one years of age began 
for himself by engaging in the blacksmith business, which has since been 
his occupation. He was married in Georgia to Miss Sophronia Morgan, a 
native of Virginia, born August 30, 1849, and the fruits of this union were 
six children (all living but one): Sarah E., Joseph B., Augustus P., Samuel
C. (deceased at the age of six years), Opie Z.A. and James E., all living 
with the parents. Mr. Black came to Arkansas in 1876, settled at Rock 
Creek, and is now the owner of 173 acres of land with thirty-five acres 
under cultivation. He is a member of the Masonic fraternity, having joined 
Amity Lodge in 1879, and he and wife are members of the Missionary Baptist 
Church. Like his father before him Mr. Black is a Democrat, and takes a 
deep interest in politics. He is at present serving his fifth year as 
notary public. He is also serving on the board of equalization, and is 
marshal of elections.

Biographical and Historical Memoirs of Southern Arkansas, The Goodspeed
Publishing Company: Chicago, Nashville and St. Louis, 1890, Pike County,
page 315-316.

Update 03.19.01              David Kelley 1997                 BIO-0010.HTM