J.B. Rountree. Among the many worthy residents of Pike County none are more
highly esteemed or universally respected than the subject of this sketch.
He was born in Warren County, Miss., August 19, 1836, one of a family of
nine children, namely: Robert (deceased), Rebecca (deceased), Creasa
(deceased), Sallie J. (deceased), Jesse (deceased), Thomas (deceased),
Perry (who died in infancy), Nathan (died at the age of seventeen). His
parents, Micajah and Mary Rountree, the former a native of Virginia, moved
to Mississippi, where the father was an overseer, and from thence emigrated
to Arkansas in 1837, locating in Clark County, where they resided until the
father's death in 1846. His son, the subject of this sketch, resided on the
old homestead until the death of his mother in November, 1857. She was an
earnest members of the Methodist Episcopal Church, South. Our subject was
reared in Clark County, receiving his education at the private schools
near Arkadelphia, and at the age of twenty-one years began doing for
himself. April 1, 1858, he was united in marriage to Miss Permalia C.
Browning, and the result of this union was the birth of five children, viz.,
Mary (who married Mr. J.T. May), Ellen (married Samuel Harris), John H. and
Micajah. The other child died in infancy. Mr. Rountree is a successful
planter, owning about 269 acres of good land, with sixty acres under
cultivation. His wife is a member of the Missionary Baptist Church. Mr.
Rountree takes an active interest in all worthy causes, especially that
of building up schools and churches, and has preached the word of God for
Biographical and Historical Memoirs of Southern Arkansas, 1890, Pike County,
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