John L. Cheatham

                 Goodspeed 1890

John L. Cheatham, farmer of Clark County, was born in Jefferson County, Ga., in 1823, being a son of Anthony R. and Mary W. (Collins) Cheatham, who were born in Virginia and Augusta, Ga., in 1795 and 1797 respectively, their marriage taking place in Richmond County of the latter state. In this State they spent the rest of their lives, the father dying in 1832 and the mother in 1840, having been worthy and fairly successful tillers of the soil throughout their lives, and the mother a member of the Methodist Episcopal Church. The paternal grandfather, James Cheatham, was of Irish descent, born in Virginia, and died in Jefferson County, Ga. Moses Collins, the maternal grandfather, died in Richmond County, Ga. John L. Cheatham was the sixth of eight children, and was reared principally in Athens, Ga., being also educated there, a student in the high school and an attendant for on term in the State University of Athens during 1840. His marriage, which took place in 1843, was to Miss Asentha A., daughter of John and Harriet Patterson, who were born in Burke County, Ga., and died in 1843 and 1851, respectively, members of the Associate Reformed Presbyterian Church. To Mr. Cheatham and his wife a family of fourteen children have been born, seven sons and five daughters now living. In 1856 Mr. Cheatham removed to Dallas County, Ark., but since 1875 has been one of the enterprising residents of Clark County. He owns 440 acres in this county and the same amount in Dallas County. During the year 1862 he was elected to the position of circuit and probate clerk of Dallas County, serving in all ten years, and has been an incumbent of the office of justice of the peace in Dallas and Clark Counties, and aside from this he has been engaged in farming. He was formerly a Whig in politics, his first presidential vote being cast for Henry Clay in 1844, but he has for many years past affiliated with the Democratic party. He is a member of the A. F. and A. M., and he and Mrs. Cheatham have been members of the Presbyterian Church nearly all of their lives.
___________________________________________________________________________ Biographical and Historical Memoirs of Southern Arkansas, Chicago, Nashville and St. Louis: The Goodspeed Publishing Co., 1890, Clark County, page 131. Contributed in memory of Evelyn Dickerson Jackson, Magora Owens Wingfield, Miss Jamie McConnell, and Miss Lucille Westbrook. ___________________________________________________________________________ Update 03.19.06 Morris Myers 2006 BIO-0146.HTM