Pike County Arkansas

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November 1990                    1815-1895                  Volume 1, No. 1
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                THE GENERAL ASSEMBLY OF ARKANSAS TERRITORY

                           Legislative Council.

                           Monday Oct. 7, 1833.

This being the day prescribed by law for the meeting of the GENERAL
ASSEMBLY OF THE TERRITORY OF ARKANSAS, the following members of the
LEGISLATIVE COUNCIL appeared, presented their credentials, were qualified,
and took their seats, viz: FROM THE COUNTY OF ... Clark - Asa Thompson, ...

Arkansas Gazette, October 16, 1833, Volume XIV, No. 43, Whole No. 889, page
2, column 1.
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                           Legislative Council.

                         Thursday, Oct. 10, 1833.

The President announced the appointment of the following STANDING 
COMMITTEES: ... On Memorials - Messrs ... THOMPSON ... Mr. THOMPSON 
presented petitions from sundry citizens of Clark and Hempstead counties, 
praying for a partial division of those counties so as to make an 
additional one; which were referred to a select committee; consisting of 
Messrs. Thompson, Smith and Judkins.

Arkansas Gazette, October 16, 1833, Volume XIV, No. 43, Whole No. 889, page 
2, column 5.
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                           LEGISLATIVE COUNCIL.

                          Tuesday, Oct. 15, 1833.

MR. THOMPSON, from the select committee to whom was referred the division 
of Clark and Hempstead counties, reported a bill, to be entitled "An act to 
erect and establish the county of ________ ;" which was read the 1st time, 
and ordered to a 2d reading.

Arkansas Gazette, October 23, 1833, Volume XIV, No. 44, Whole No. 890, page 
2, column 3.
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                          LEGISLATIVE COUNCIL.

                        Wednesday, Oct. 16, 1833.

The bill to divide Clark and Hempstead counties, and to establish the 
county of ________ , was taken up, read a second time, and committed to a 
committee of the whole, and made the order of the day for Monday next.

Arkansas Gazette, October 23, 1833, Volume XIV, No. 44, Whole No. 890, page 
2, column 4.
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                          LEGISLATIVE COUNCIL.

                         Monday, Oct. 21, 1833.

The bill, to divide the counties of Clark and Hempstead, was considered in 
committee of the whole, received several amendments, which were agreed to 
by the Council, and was ordered to be engrossed and read a third time 
tomorrow.

Arkansas Gazette, October 23, 1833, Volume XIV, No. 44, Whole No. 890, page 
3, column 1.
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                          LEGISLATIVE COUNCIL.

                          Tues. Oct. 22, 1833.

A bill to divide the counties of Clark and Hempstead, so as to form a new
county, to be called the county of Pike, was read a third time, and PASSED.

Arkansas Gazette, October 23, 1833, Volume XIV, No. 44, Whole No. 890, page 
3, column 2.
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             AN ACT TO ERECT AND ESTABLISH THE COUNTY OF PIKE

SEC. 1.  Be it enacted by the General Assembly of the Territory of 
         Arkansas, That all that portion of the counties of Hempstead and 
Clark included within the boundaries following, to wit: beginning at the 
Antoine bridge, running thence (with) the old road to John Wood's, on the 
Missouri river, thence up said river to the mouth of Ozan, and thence up 
the Ozan two miles to a point, thence to the dividing ridge between 
Missouri and Ozan to the Sevier line, commencing at the above named bridge, 
thence up the Antoine to its source, thence a north direction to the west 
fork of the Caddo, thence up said fork to the beginning, be, and the same 
hereby is, erected into a separate and distinct county, to be called and 
known by the name of Pike county.

SEC. 2.  And be it further enacted, That, from and after the taking effect
         of this act, the said county of Pike shall have and possess all 
the powers, privileges, and immunities, of a separate and distinct county; 
and that, in all suits and prosecutions, both of a civil and criminal 
nature, pending in the county and circuit courts, either of the county of 
Hempstead or Clark, at the time this act takes effect, against any person 
or persons residing in the county hereby established, it shall be the duty 
of the plaintiff, in civil, and of the prosecuting attorney, in all 
criminal or other cases, where the United States is a party, to procure 
from the clerk of the county and circuit courts of said county of 
Hempstead or Clark, as the case may be, a faithful transcript of all 
records and proceedings, and of any and all depositions and other papers 
on file in his office, and file the same, or cause it to be done, on or 
before the commencement of the first terms of the county and circuit courts 
to be holden for the said county of Pike, with the clerk of said courts; 
and all executions that may be issued at the taking of this act, upon 
judgements rendered in the county and circuit courts of the county of 
Hempstead or Clark, against persons residing in the said county of Pike, 
for any debt, fine, or forfeiture, or other matter, that shall be due under 
such proceedings, in the hands of, or served by, the sheriff of either of 
said counties, shall be handed over to the proper office of the county of 
Pike; and all administrators, executors, and guardians, who shall now live 
in the county hereby established, and who may have, before the taking 
effect of this act, administered on any estate, or have taken on him, her, 
or them, the execution of any last will and testament or guardianship, 
within that part of either of said counties of Hempstead and Clark, hereby 
made the county of Pike, such administrator, executor, or guardian, shall 
be at liberty to obtain a copy of their respective cases, and file the same 
in the office of the clerk of the county court of the said county of Pike, 
and make final settlement in said county, as they might, could, or would 
have done, in the counties of Hempstead and Clark aforesaid.

SEC. 3.  Be it further enacted, That all persons acting as justices of the
         peace in that part of the county of Hempstead or Clark, who shall 
be included within the bounds of the county of Pike, hereby established,
shall be and continue justices of the peace for the said county of Pike, 
and shall possess the same powers, and proceed in all causes in the same
manner, both in suits now commenced and those that may be hereafter
commenced, as though this law had not been passed, changing only the name 
in said proceedings and conforming to the limits of the county aforesaid 
instead of Hempstead and Clark.

SEC. 4.  Be it further enacted, That the temporary seat of justice for the
         said county of Pike shall be at the house of Paschal C. Sorrels. 
The courts to be holden in and for said county shall be holden at the place
aforesaid, until permanently located by law, "under the act providing for 
the permanent location of seats of justice," passed at the session of 1831.

SEC. 5.  Be it further enacted, That there shall be holden, on the first
Monday of January next, at the house of Paschal C. Sorrels, in said county
of Pike, a special election for county officers of said county, at which
election, to be holden at said place, all the qualified voters residing 
within the bounds of said county, shall vote; and the sheriff of Clark 
county is hereby required to give notice of said election, by placing up 
six advertisements fifteen days previous to said special election, in the 
most public places of said county. The judges of the former election in the
townships heretofore established, shall sit and act as judges of said 
election.

SEC. 6.  Be it further enacted, That the county of Pike, hereby 
         established, shall be attached to, and form a part of, the first 
judicial circuit; and the circuit courts in said county shall be holden by 
the judge of said circuit, on the third Monday in March and September, in 
each year after the organization thereof.

SEC. 7.  And be it further enacted, That this act shall take effect, and be
         in force, from and after the first day of December next.

                            JOHN WILSON, Speaker
                      of the House of Representatives.

                         JOHN WILLIAMSON, President 
                         of the Legislative Council.

                         Approved: November 1, 1833

                                 JOHN POPE.

ACTS, PASSED AT THE EIGHTH SESSION OF THE GENERAL ASSEMBLY OF THE TERRITORY
OF ARKANSAS: which was begun and held at the town of Little Rock, on  
Monday, the seventh day of October, and ended on Saturday the sixteenth 
day of November, one thousand eight hundred and thirty-three. LITTLE ROCK: 
Printed by William E. Woodruff, Printer to the Territory, 1834, page 30-32:
An act to erect and establish the county of Pike.
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         AN ACT APPORTIONING THE DEBTS OF THE COUNTIES OF CLARK AND 
          HEMPSTEAD WITH THE COUNTY OF PIKE AND FOR OTHER PURPOSES.

SEC. 1.  Be it enacted by the General Assembly of the Territory of 
         Arkansas, That, within twelve months after the taking effect of 
this act, it shall be the duty of the clerks of the county court of the 
counties of Clark and Hempstead, to liquidate the debts and credits of 
their respective counties, and if, on such adjustment, it shall appear that 
either or both of said counties are in debt, (to) deliver a transcript of 
the amount of said debt to the sheriff of said county or counties, who 
shall deliver the same to the clerk of the county court of the county of 
Pike, as soon as the same is organized, whose duty it shall be to charge 
the county of Pike with a fair apportionment thereof, according to the 
amount of taxes paid into the county treasury for the year 1833; and issue 
certificates for the amount thereof, payable to the sheriff of the county 
of Clark or Hempstead, as the case may be, (if any such debt there be); 
twenty-five per centum of the amount of taxes assessed for the county 
purposes in said county of Pike shall annually (be) appropriated to the 
payment of said debt or debts, until the whole of said certificates are
paid; and the sheriff of the county of Pike is hereby required to pay,
annually, to the sheriff of the county of Hempstead or Clark, as the case
may be, after deducting his per cent, for assessing and collecting the
aforesaid twenty-five per centum of the whole amount of revenue collected
for county purposes, in said county of Pike, and take up so much of said
certificates as the said twenty-five per centum  will (pay); which 
certificates, so redeemed, shall be filed with the clerk of the county of 
Pike, and by him placed to the credit of the county of Pike; and the 
sheriff of the county of Hempstead and Clark, as the case may be, shall, on 
the receipt of the aforesaid twenty-five per centum, collected as 
aforesaid, file with the clerk of the county of Hempstead or Clark, as the 
case may be, the true amount collected, whose duty it shall be to charge 
said sheriff with such amount.

SEC. 2.  Be it further enacted, That it shall be the duty of the clerk of 
         the county court of the county of Hempstead and Clark, or either 
of them, on a liquidation of the debts and credits aforesaid, if said 
counties, or either of them, is not in debt, but will have money in the 
treasury, after collecting and paying its debts, to make out a transcript 
of the claims remaining in the county treasury of the county of Hempstead 
or Clark, as the case may be, for a fair and just apportionment of the 
money remaining in the treasury of the county of Hempstead or Clark, as
aforesaid, and pass his receipt to the treasurer of Hempstead or Clark
counties, as the case may be, which receipt shall be good and sufficient
voucher to the treasurer of either of said counties for the amount so paid
by him; and the said sheriff shall, on the receipt of the aforesaid amount,
collected as aforesaid, file with the clerk of the county court for the
county of Pike the true amount collected, whose duty it shall be to charge 
the sheriff with the same; provided, that the sheriff of the county of 
Pike shall not be authorized to draw on the county of Hempstead for a 
greater amount than the amount of the taxes assessed against those persons 
stricken off from the county of Hempstead for the year 1833. 

SEC. 3.  And be it further enacted, That, the clerk or the sheriff of 
         either the counties aforesaid, on failing to comply with all or 
any of the provisions of this act, shall forfeit and pay into the county 
treasury not exceeding five hundred dollars, to be recovered, on motion of 
the prosecuting attorney, before the court where such neglect or 
non-performance may arise, for the use and benefit of the county where the
penalty may be incurred.

SEC. 4.  And be it further enacted, That, after the passage of this act, 
         the boundary line between the county of Pike and Hempstead shall 
be as follows, to wit: commencing at the house of John Wood, on Little
Missouri river, thence up said river to the mouth of Hickory creek, thence 
up said creek to its source, thence on the dividing ridge between Mine 
creek and Missouri, thence due west to the Sevier county line.

SEC. 5.  And be it further enacted, That this act shall take effect, and be
         in force, from and after the first day of December next.

                            JOHN WILSON, Speaker
                      of the House of Representatives.
                         JOHN WILLIAMSON, President 
                         of the Legislative Council.

                         Approved: November 15, 1833

                                 JOHN POPE.

ACTS, PASSED AT THE EIGHTH SESSION OF THE GENERAL ASSEMBLY OF THE TERRITORY
OF ARKANSAS: which was begun and held at the town of Little Rock, on 
Monday, the seventh day of October, and ended on Saturday the sixteenth day 
of November, one thousand eight hundred and thirty-three. LITTLE ROCK: 
Printed by William E. Woodruff, 1834, page 71-74: An act apportioning the 
debts of the counties of Clark and Hempstead with the county of Pike and 
for other purposes.
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  AN ACT TO RUN AND MARK THE LINE BETWEEN THE COUNTIES OF SEVIER AND PIKE.

SEC 1.  Be it enacted by the General Assembly of the Territory of Arkansas,
        That Joseph McCravens, of the county of Sevier, and Henry Brewer, 
of the county of Pike, be, and they are hereby, appointed commissioners to
run and mark the line between the counties of Sevier and Pike. 

SEC. 2.  And be it further enacted, That the said commissioners, before
         entering on the duties assigned them by this act, shall take an 
oath, before some judge or justice of the peace authorized to administer 
the same, that they will, to the best of their judgement, run and mark the 
said line, commencing at the northern boundary of township eight, south, on 
the range line between ranges twenty-seven and twenty eight, west, and
continue the same to where said line strikes the Little Missouri.

SEC. 3.  And be it further enacted, That the said commissioners shall,
         within six months after the passage of this act, proceed to 
discharge the duties assigned them thereby; and if either of the aforesaid 
commissioners shall refuse to serve, or the office should become vacant, 
by death, or removal out of the county, before the said duties are 
performed, the county court of the county to which said vacancy may occur, 
shall fill the same appointment.

SEC. 4.  And be it further enacted, That each of the aforesaid 
         commissioners shall receive one dollar and fifty cents, to be paid 
out of the county treasury of the county for which they have been 
appointed, for each and every day they may be necessarily engaged in 
discharging the duties assigned them by this act, to be audited by the 
county court, on the oath of the said commissioner; and this act shall take 
effect from and after its passage.

                            JOHN WILSON, Speaker
                      of the House of Representatives.

                         JOHN WILLIAMSON, President 
                         of the Legislative Council.

                         Approved: November 15, 1833

                                 JOHN POPE.

ACTS, (ibid.) William E. Woodruff, page 40: An act to run and mark the
line between the counties of Sevier and Pike.
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               AN ACT FOR THE ELECTION OF CIVIL OFFICERS FOR
                THE COUNTY OF PIKE, AND FOR OTHER PURPOSES.

SEC. 1.  Be it enacted by the General Assembly of the Territory of 
         Arkansas, That it shall be the duty of the sheriff of the county 
of Clark, in advertising the election of civil officers, for the county of 
Pike, to make (proclamation) that an election will be held at the same time 
and place, and by the same judges and clerks, for the purpose of electing 
three commissioners to locate the seat of justice of the said county of 
Pike; which said commissioners, when so elected, shall qualify in the same
manner, and perform the duties, required by the act entitled an act 
providing for the location of seats of justice, approved November the 4th,
1831.

SEC. 2.  And be it further enacted, That the poll-books of said election
         shall be returned to the clerk of the county of Clark, and by him 
opened, and counted, and certified, and transmitted to the governor, in the 
same manner as if said election had been held for civil officers for the
county of Clark.

SEC. 3.  And be it further enacted, That the clerk of the county court of
Clark county shall give, to the persons receiving the highest number of 
votes for commissioner, their certificate of election, which certificate 
shall have the same effect that it would have, if given by the clerk of the 
county of Pike. This act shall take effect from and after the first day of 
December next.

                            JOHN WILSON, Speaker
                      of the House of Representatives.

                         JOHN WILLIAMSON, President 
                         of the Legislative Council.

                         Approved: November 16, 1833

                                 JOHN POPE.

ACTS, (ibid.) William E. Woodruff, 1834, page 43-44: An act for the 
election of civil officers for the county of Pike, and for other purposes.
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                 THE FIRST ELECTION FOR CIVIL OFFICERS AND 
                COMMISSIONERS TO LOCATE THE SEAT OF JUSTICE

The sheriff of Clark county, Arkansas, James Williams, was appointed to
advise the inhabitants of the new county of the election for civil officers
and for three commissioners to locate the seat of justice. This election, 
held at the dwelling house of Paschal C. Sorrels, on Monday, January 6, 
1834, resulted in the following appointments: Washington Sorrels, judge of 
the county court; David S. Dickson, clerk of the circuit court; John 
Hughes, sheriff; and John M. Dickson, coroner. Elijah Kelley, Rice Stringer 
and John Dickson, were elected commissioners to locate the seat of justice.  
Certificates of election were given by Isaac Ward, Clark county, Arkansas 
county clerk, February 5, 1834, to those elected.

Biographical and Historical Memoirs of Southern Arkansas, Clark County, 
page 116, James Williams, Sheriff 1833-1835; Isaac Ward, Clerk, 1833-1835.
Territorial Papers of the United States, Volume XIX, Arkansas Territory, 
page 865. Cash Certificate 4299, Washington, Arkansas, National Archives 
Record Group 49, affidavit of John Hughes, Robert McDonield and Fountaine 
G. Stone, Washington National (Archives) Records Center, Suitland,
Maryland.
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    AFFIDAVIT OF JOHN HUGHES, ROBERT McDONIELD, AND FOUNTAINE G. STONE.

John Hughes, Robert McDonield and Fountaine G. Stone, a majority of the
commissioners appointed by an Act of the General Assembly of the state of
Arkansas, entitled, "an act to appoint additional commissioners to sell 
lots in the town of Murfreesborough, in the county of Pike, and for other
purposes, approved on the ninth day of December in the year of Christ,
eighteen hundred and thirty-seven," being first duly sworn, depose and say:

THAT by an act of the Legislature of the late territory of Arkansas, 
approved on the first day of November in the year eighteen hundred and 
thirty-three, the county of Pike in the state of Arkansas, was erected and 
established; that in compliance with another act passed at the same session 
of the Territorial Legislature, Elijah Kelley, Rice Stringer and John 
Dickson were elected commissioners to select a place for and locate the 
seat of justice for the said county of Pike; that after they received their 
certificates of election as such commissioners, they entered upon the 
discharge of the duty required of them as such commissioners; that they 
proceed(ed) to select a place for and locate the seat of justice of Pike 
county, Arkansas, and located the same upon a portion of the unsurveyed 
public lands of the United States of America; that they made a report of 
the place selected and upon which they located the seat of justice of Pike 
county and to which they gave the name of Murfreesborough, to the circuit 
(court) of said county, sometime in the year eighteen hundred and 
thirty-four, which said report and location was approved of by the said 
court, and the place selected by them and upon which they located the seat 
of justice of Pike county was declared to be the seat of justice of the 
county of Pike, and the books, papers and records belonging to the circuit 
court of Pike county, was then removed to the place selected for and upon 
which the seat of justice of the said county of Pike, was located by said 
commissioners; that there has been and now is, erected at the place at 
which the seat of justice of Pike county, Arkansas was located by said 
commissioners, a court house, where all the courts of said county are held, 
and there is also a jail erected thereon; that the site agreed upon by said 
commissioners and by them selected, as for the location of the seat of 
justice, was on the north-west quarter of section seventeen in township 
numbered eight, south of range twenty-five west, at & upon which place all 
the courts of Pike county have been and continue to be held since the 
location thereon of the seat of justice of Pike county, by the 
commissioners aforesaid, in the year eighteen hundred and thirty-four, and 
the approval of their report and location by the circuit court of the 
county of Pike, as aforesaid; ...

                              JOHN HUGHES
                              ROBERT McDONIELD
                              FOUNTAINE STONE

Majority of the commissioners appointed to sell lots in the town of
Murfreesborough.

Sworn & subscribed to before me, the 17th Feb. 1840.
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                              R.L. PHILLIPS  J.P.

The State of Arkansas,
                         ss.
County of Hempstead.

Be it remembered, that on this, the 17th day of February A.D. 1840,
personally appeared the above named, John Hughes, Robert McDonield and
Fountaine Stone, commissioners to sell lots in the town of Murfreesborough, 
in the county of Pike in the state of Arkansas, and being first duly sworn, 
state: that the matters and things stated and set forth in the foregoing 
statement and affidavit, so far as they are founded on their own knowledge, 
are true in substance and in fact, and as far as they are stated from the 
information of others, they believe them to be true. In testimony whereof, 
I, Robert L. Phillips, an acting justice of the peace of Hempstead county, 
in the state of Arkansas, have hereto set my hand and seal, this 17th 
Feby., A.D. 1840.

                              R.L. PHILLIPS  J.P.
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The State of Arkansas,
County of Hempstead.

Be it remembered, that on this, the 17th day of February, A.D. 1840,
personally appeared Asa Thompson, John Dickson, Rice Stringer and David S. 
Dickson, citizens of Pike county in the state of Arkansas, before me, the 
undersigned justice of the peace, in and for the county of Hempstead in the 
state of Arkansas, and being first duly sworn, made and subscribed the 
following affidavit, to wit: that the matters and things stated and set 
forth in the within and foregoing statement of John Hughes, Robert 
McDonield and Fountaine Stone, a majority of the commissioners appointed to 
sell lots in the town of Murfreesborough in the county of Pike in the state 
of Arkansas, are true in substance and in fact.

                              ASA THOMPSON
                              JOHN DICKSON
                              RICE STRINGER
                              D.S. DICKSON

Sworn and subscribed to before me, this 17th Feby. 1840.

                              R.L. PHILLIPS  J.P.
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                       Land Office, Washington, Arks.,
                               19th Feb. 1840.

We are personally acquainted with Asa Thompson, John Dickson & Rice
Stringer who signed as witnesses to the foregoing deposition & know them to 
be respectable & entitled to credit. 

                              D.T. WITTER  Rcr.
                              R.L. PHILLIPS  J.P.

Cash Certificate 4299, Washington, Arkansas, National Archives, Record
Group 49, Washington National (Archives) Records Center, Suitland, 
Maryland.
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                               Reconstructed

                            FIRST CIRCUIT COURT

                         Monday, April 7, A.D. 1834 
                      Pike County, Arkansas Territory

THIS day at a circuit court begun and held at the dwelling house of Paschal
C. Sorrels, in the County of Pike and Territory, aforesaid, on Monday the
seventh day of April, 1834, being the first Monday in said month. 

Thomas Hubbard and Grandison D. Royston, attorneys. David S. Dickson, clerk 
of the circuit court. Elijah Kelley, Rice Stringer and John Dickson, 
commissioners to locate the seat of justice for the county of Pike. Refer 
to the succeeding record of the report of the Pike County commissioners, 
October Term, 1834.

John H. Mosley, by Thomas Hubbard his attorney, filed his declaration; a
writ of attachment against the estate of Lewis Neal. Absolum White, by 
Grandison D. Royston his attorney, filed his declaration; a writ of 
attachment against the estate of Lewis Neal.

     The Pike County, Arkansas Circuit Court is initially attached 
     to and formed as part of the First Judicial Circuit in the 
     Territory of Arkansas.

Acts, &c., William E. Woodruff, 1834, page 30-32. A Pictorial History of
Arkansas, by Fay Hempstead, 1890, page 998. Arkansas Gazette, Dec. 9, 1834,
Volume XV, No. 51, Whole No. 948, page 3 column 4: "In the Pike Circuit
Court, ... commencing on the first Monday in April, A.D. 1834." Cash 
Certificate 4299, Washington, Arkansas, Record Group 49, Washington
National (Archives) Records Center, Suitland, Maryland. Territorial Papers 
of the United States, Volume XIX, Arkansas Territory, page 865: county 
officials. The Arkansas Advocate, August 15, 1834, Volume 5, No. 19, page 
3, column 5: Thomas Hubbard, attorney. Arkansas Gazette, Dec. 9, 1834, Vol.
XV, No. 51, page 3, column 4: Grandison D. Royston, attorney.
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United States of America,
Territory of Arkansas,ss.
County of Pike

                   PIKE CIRCUIT COURT, APRIL TERM, 1834.

                        JOHN H. MOSLEY, plaintiff,
                                    vs.
                          LEWIS NEAL, defendant.

                               ATTACHMENT.

THIS day came the  said John H. Mosely, by Thomas Hubbard, his attorney: 
and the said John H. Mosley having sued out from a Justice of the Peace, 
his writ of attachment against the estate of Lewis Neal, returnable into 
this Court, for the sum of two hundred dollars, founded on two several 
writings obligatory: it is therefore ordered by the Court, that unless the 
said Lewis Neal shall appear by himself or attorney, and file special bail 
to the aforesaid action, on or before the third day of the next October 
term of this Court, judgement will be entered against him, and his estate 
sold to satisfy the same. A true copy -

                                  Attest

                        DAVID S. DICKSON, C.P.C.C.
                              August 5, 1834.

The Arkansas Advocate, August 15, 1834, Volume 5, No. 19, page 3, column 5.
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United States of America,
Territory of Arkansas,      ss.
County of Pike,

                         IN THE PIKE CIRCUIT COURT.

                   In the term thereof commencing on the 
                     first Monday in April, A.D. 1834.

                         ABSOLUM WHITE, Plaintiff,
                                    vs.
                          LEWIS NEAL, Defendant.

                               ATTACHMENT.

THIS day came the said Absolum White, by Grandison D. Royston, his 
attorney, and filed his declaration herein, and the said Absolum White 
having sued out from a justice of the peace his writ of attachment against
the estate of the said Lewis Neal, returnable into this court, for the sum
of eighty-five dollars founded on a writing obligatory; and the said Lewis
Neal having failed to enter his appearance herein according to law and the 
rules of this court: It is therefore ordered by the court, that unless the 
said Lewis Neal shall appear, by himself or attorney, and file special bail 
to the aforesaid action, on or before the third day of the next April term 
of this court, judgement will be entered against him and his estate sold to 
satisfy the same. And it is furthered ordered by the court, that a copy of 
this order be published in the Arkansas Gazette, a newspaper printed in 
this Territory, by at least four successive weekly insertions previous to 
the next term of this court, and that this cause be continued until the 
next term of this court. A true copy.

                          DAVID S. DICKSON, Cl'k.
                            Pike Circuit Court.

Arkansas Gazette, Dec. 9, 1834, Vol. XV, No. 51, Whole No. 948, page 3,
column 4.
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                           ZEBULON POST OFFICE

              The first post office of Pike county, Arkansas

With the erection of a new county in progress, and the locating of the seat
of justice by the elected commissioners, a post office was needed to serve 
the county seat and residents of the new town of Murfreesboro and vicinity. 
Asa Thompson made application for this post office, which was approved and
established as the "Zebulon" post office, on May 29, 1834, and became the 
first postmaster, with Rice Stringer and John Hughes providing bond as his 
security in the amount of $300, on July 4, 1834. The Zebulon post office
was located at the county court house after it was completed and ready in
October 1834. Asa Thompson remained as postmaster until he was replaced by 
David S. Dickson on November 6, 1835. John Hughes became postmaster on 
April 13, 1837 and was succeeded by Jesse Jenkins on April 26, 1838.

     Zebulon was not the name of the county seat or town. It was the 
     name of the post office. The county commissioners designated the 
     county seat as "Murfreesboro" in 1834. The Zebulon post office 
     name was later changed to "Murfreesboro" on October 8, 1851. The 
     settlement in the vicinity of Murfreesboro, and the forks of the 
     Little Missouri river, was known as the "forks of the Missouri" 
     or "three forks" settlement, before Murfreesboro was established.

Record of Appointment of Postmasters, National Archives Microfilm 
Publication M841, Roll 8, Target 14, Arkansas, Pike County, Volume 11, ca. 
1832-1844, Zebulon - Murfreesboro.
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                           FIRST CIVIL TOWNSHIPS

Pike county was initially divided into three civil townships; the Missouri
township, the Thompson township, and the Brewer township.

                             Missouri Township

The Missouri township was situated as the east part of the new county and 
included that portion of the county lying west of Antoine creek and the old 
road, beginning at the Antoine bridge, to John Wood's on the Little 
Missouri river. The township extended to Saline creek, which formed (part
of) the western boundary. The township name was taken from the Missouri 
township of Clark county, Arkansas which had included all the territory of 
the county lying west of the Antoine to the forks of the Little Missouri 
river, until the formation of Pike county. That portion east of the old 
road, from the Antoine bridge to John Wood's on the Little Missouri, and 
west of the Antoine, and north of the Little Missouri river, remained in 
Clark county, and was annexed to the Antoine township of Clark county, 
Arkansas.

                             Thompson Township

The Thompson township, situated as the central part of the new county, 
included that portion of the county lying west of Saline creek to the three 
forks of the Missouri river. It was named for Asa Thompson who located, in 
the fall of 1833, on the Clear fork of the Little Missouri river. The 
town of Murfreesboro, the county seat, was established and centrally 
located in this township, in 1834.

                              Brewer Township

The Brewer township, situated as the western part of the new county, 
included that portion of the county lying west of the Little Missouri 
river, and the Muddy fork of the Little Missouri, to the county line 
between Pike and Sevier counties, and was named for the Brewers who came to 
this section of the county from Missouri, in 1818 ... This township was 
taken from that part of the county that was within Hempstead county, 
Arkansas previous the organization of Pike county.
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         RECORD OF THE REPORT OF ELIJAH KELLEY, RICE STRINGER, AND 
          JOHN DICKSON THE COMMISSIONERS OF PIKE COUNTY ARKANSAS

Territory of Arkansas,
County of Pike,

                       Circuit Court Of Said County.
                          October Term, A.D. 1834

THIS day, Elijah Kelley, Rice Stringer, and John Dickson, Commissioners of 
the County of Pike, and filed their report in writing; stating that a House 
was ready for the reception of the Court in the Town of Murfreesboro, the 
county seat of Pike County.
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State of Arkansas,
County of Pike,

I, David S. Dickson, clerk of the circuit court in and for the county and
state aforesaid, do hereby certify that this is a true copy of the record 
of the report of the Commissioners of Pike County made at the October term 
of the circuit court in eighteen hundred and thirty-four, as the same now
stands upon file of record in my office.

In testimony whereof, I have hereunto set my hand and affix the seal of
office, this 14th day of February, A.D. 1840.

                            D.S. DICKSON, Clk.

Cash Certificate 4299, Washington, Arkansas. National Archives, Record
Group 49, Washington National (Archives) Record Center, Suitland, Maryland.
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                     1834 PIKE COUNTY ARKANSAS TAX LIST

Arkansas Territory,
                      ss.
Pike County,

I, John Hughes, Sheriff of the said county of Pike, do hereby acknowledge 
the receipt of the tax list of the said county of Pike, for the year A.D. 
1834, from the hands of David S. Dickson, clerk of the county and circuit 
courts of said county, of which the within is a true copy.

October 7th, A.D. 1834.
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               A TAX LIST FOR THE YEAR 1834, PIKE COUNTY, A.T.

            Names persons chargeable with tax for the year 1834.

Anderson, David             Dickson, David              Pierce, Jesse
Brewer, Wm L.               Effland, George             Price, Ervin
Bittick, Francis            Eastes, Russel              Reeves, Willis
Brinley, Jacob              Edwards, John               Rainey, John
Brinley, Mathias            Girtman, Daniel             Roberts, Wm.
Brown, Wm. Jnr.             Green, John                 Roberts, Mason
Brown, Joseph               Green, Jeremiah             Sorrels, Saml. J.
Baxter, Jesse               Gollihar, John              Sorrels, James L.
Bittick, Jesse              Guest, Martin               Sorrels, Washington
Blocker, John               Hasley, Samuel              Smawley, Josiah
Baxter, Joel B.             Hopkins, John               Shelton, Wm.
Bittick, Robert             Hopkins, Thomas             Smith, Robert
Brown, Gabriel              Holliday, Peter             Simpson, Saml.
Brewer, Oliver              Hensley, Geo. W.            Stone, Wm.
Brewer, James S.            Henthorn, James             Steel, Thomas
Brewer, Henry               Hughes, John                Sorrels, P.C.
Brewer, Harmon              Hughes, James               Simpson, Jesse
Brewer, Wm.                 Hughes, Nathan              Speer, John
Blair, Silas C.             Hughes, Wm.                 Stringer, Rice
Brewer, John                Hughes, Andrew              Self, David
Brewer, Henderson           Hancock, Wm. T.             Self, Lacky Wm.
Baker, Elisha C.            Hancock, Abner              Self, Forgus
Coker, James J.             Johnson, Lawson             Self, Lewis
Coker, John                 Jacobs, John                Wingfield, Charles
Collier, Nathan             Jacobs, English             Ward, Wm.
Cochran, Benjamin           Kelley, Wm.                 White, John Jnr.
Dickson, Wm. T.             Kelley, Elijah              White, Absalom
Davis, Abijah               Kirkham, J.H.               White, Isaac
Dickson, Sam'l A.           Linville, Richard           Williams, E.K.
Davis, Clement              McLaughlin, H.G.            White, John Snr.
Dickson, Sion B.            Melson, J.G.                White, Jordan
Dickson, D.S.               Milson, Thomas              Wheat, James
Dickson, John M.            Mayberry, David
Dickson, John               Newman, Moses
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Territory of Arkansas,
County of Pike,

THIS day received of D.S. Dickson, clerk of the circuit court and exofficio 
clerk of the county court in and for the county and territory aforesaid, a 
true copy of the foregoing tax list for collection. Amount of county tax, 
one hundred and forty-seven dollars and seven and three-fourths cents, and 
territorial taxes, ten dollars and seventy cents. Given under my hand, this 
14th day of October, 1834. 

                            JOHN HUGHES, Sheff.

Pike County, Arkansas Territory Tax List, 1834. Microfilm, Tax Lists, Pike
County 1834-1848, &c., Arkansas History Commission, Little Rock, Arkansas.
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                                  BIRTHS.

John Oliver Brewer son of William Lewis Brewer and Elizabeth Sorrels, 
1834, near Murfreesboro, Pike county, Arkansas. Chronicles of Oklahoma,
December 1932, Volume 10, Number 4, page 600.

Mary Ellen Brewer daughter of James Stephenson Brewer and Zerilda E. 
White, September 14, 1834, Pike county, Arkansas. Thera L. Bagley, 
Anchorage, Alaska correspondence, 1977.

Phoebe Dickson daughter of Sion Bradley Dickson and Nancy Davis, 1834, 
Murfreesboro, Pike county, Arkansas. Census Record: Pike County Arkansas
1850, Phoeby age 16; Sion B. Dickson, 1834 tax list.

Lafayette Estes son of Russel Estes and Anna Maria Sorrels, 1834, Pike
county, Arkansas. Census Record: Scott County, Arkansas 1850, Lafayette age
16; Russel Eastes, 1834 tax list.
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                                MARRIAGES.

Benjamin Jefferson Roberson and Nancy Messer, "probably" 1834, Pike county,
Arkansas. Jo Ann Roberson, Nashville, Arkansas correspondence, 1977.

                                 Addenda

Henderson Brewer and Berthena (Bertha) White, March 2, 1834, Pike county,
Arkansas. Henderson Brewer Family Record provided by Ronda Pesicka, 
Randolph AFB, Texas, 1997.
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                                  DEATHS.

Oliver Brewer, Sr., October 13, 1834, near Murfreesboro, Pike county, 
Arkansas. Chronicles of Oklahoma, December 1932, Volume 10, Number 4, page
600.
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                               ELIJAH KELLEY

                 Letter from J.C. Mason, Okolona, Arkansas.

We also have in Pike county, old Bro. Elijah Kelley, now eighty two years 
of age, who has been living on the same farm since 1815. He was baptized in
1824, and has been preaching since 1836. He has been a tower of strength to 
the cause of Christ in this country. May God help us who are younger to be 
worthy to wear the mantle of those faithful old soldiers.

The Christian, St. Louis, Missouri, May 19, 1881, page 1. Newspaper item 
(copy) provided by James Logan Morgan. "Letter from J.C. (Jacob Caswell
Mason), Okolona, Arkansas".
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                        Our Veterans by J.C. Mason,
                            Okolona, Arkansas.

The other veteran is Elijah Kelley, who was born in Jackson Co., Tenn.,
Sept. 14, 1800. His mother instructed him to take the New Testament, study
it, and follow its teaching. This led him, at the age of 24, to confess the
Savior, and put him on by baptism, under the ministry of Wm. Clapp, in
Decatur Co., Ala. His parents moved to Pike Co., Ark. in 1815. In 1836, 
Bro. Kelley was ordained to the ministry, and has been pretty actively
engaged ever since. He is now cultivating land that he helped his father 
clear over 60 years ago (it still produces well). There is a congregation 
of Disciples numbering about 150 in his neighborhood, as well as several 
others in the regions round about, that were built up mainly by his 
ministry. He has been a tower of strength to the cause in this country. He 
still goes on horseback from 10 to 20 miles preaching, baptizing, etc. He 
helped to frame the first constitution of this State, has represented his 
county in the Legislature, and filled the position of county and probate 
judge for several years, and is now esteemed a Christian gentleman by men 
of all parties. He belongs to a noble generation of men, fast passing away.
I wonder if there will be any found worthy to take their places.

     Decatur County, Alabama was established December 17, 1821, and 
     abolished three  years later. When abolished, its territory was 
     about equally divided between Madison and Jackson counties.

The Christian Standard, July 30, 1881, page 242. Newspaper item (copy) 
provided by James Logan Morgan. "Our Veterans by J.C. (Jacob Caswell
Mason), Okolona, Arkansas". 
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                      Elijah Kelley by Geo. W. Logan

Below we copy from the Arkansas Standard a communication over the signature 
of Geo. W. Logan, giving a few points in the career of the venerable 
gentleman whose name heads this article. We reproduce it with pleasure, 
because it brings to The Gazette tidings that all is well with one of the 
friends of its youth, and because it corrects a report frequently published 
that Gen. Grandison D. Royston is the sole surviving member of the 
constitutional convention of 1836. Gen. Royston will now feel less 
lonesome, and be accredited with the youth he wears so well. Mr. Kelley 
lives, hale and healthy, the patriarch of five generations--four of them  
his descendants and numbering over 200 souls--near Murfreesboro, Pike 
county, where he has lived respected, honored and venerated, since 1815.
We think Mr. Logan is in error in dating Mr. Kelley's birth in 1780. We
believe it should be not further back than 1790. When The Gazette's eyes
last beheld him--a member of the legislature of '66--he was "a gray-haired 
happy boy" of 60, to all appearance. May the shadow of his person, example 
and influence remain long in the land, and may his tribe increase: Eds. 
Standard: According to promise I give you and the many readers of the 
Standard, a few items in reference to the old men of this county. First, 
and at the head of the list in many respects, stands Elijah Kelley, Sr., 
who was born September 14, 1780; moved with his parents to Arkansas at the 
age of 15 years, that is in the year 1815, and settled with his parents on 
Wolf Creek, in Pike county, Arkansas, where he now resides. He is, and has 
been for many years a minister of the gospel in the Christian church. He 
was a member of the constitutional convention of 1836, and helped frame the 
first constitution of Arkansas as a state, and has, once or more, 
represented this county in the legislature, of which body he was a worthy 
member. He is by occupation a farmer, and in the year 1882, raised two and 
one-half bales of cotton, and enough corn to do him this year. His 
children, grandchildren, great grand-children and great-great 
grand-children, number over 200, and notwithstanding his age, he is quite
lively and stout.

Arkansas Gazette, May 10, 1883, page 2, column 2.
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                      A Patriarch by E.R. Childers.

Full of years, full of honors, and ready for the Master. Elder Elijah
Kelley is one of the historic men of Arkansas. He was born in Jackson
county, Tenn., in A.D. 1800, September 14. His father moved to Illinois in 
1804, and to Arkansas in 1815, and settled on Wolf creek, in Pike county. 
Bro. Kelley still lives on the farm where his father settled over 68 years 
ago. Bro. Kelley was a member of the first Constitutional Convention of the 
State of Arkansas, and has three times represented his county in the State 
legislature, to the entire satisfaction of all parties. He has always made 
his living by farming, and though now in his 84th year, last year made one 
bale of cotton weighing 525 pounds, picking it all out himself.

He obeyed the gospel on the 22nd day of July, 1824, and began to preach for
the Disciples about the year 1826, and organized the church on Wolf creek,
called Antioch in 1833, and has been one of its elders ever since its
organization. He has been instrumental in the conversion of many souls and
the building up of many churches around him. Almost all his children and 
grandchildren are members of the Christian Church, and he has the respect 
of all, both in and out of the church.

                    Photograph provided by Ruby Evans
                       Murfreesboro, Arkansas 1975

I spent a night with him recently, and it did my soul good to have him
recount the conflicts of the early years of his ministry. He is doubtless 
the oldest preacher to-day among the Disciples in the United States, as
Antioch is the oldest church in the State of Arkansas. He is full of honors
and is ready for the Master.

The Christian Standard, April 26, 1884, page 130. Newspaper item (copy)
provided by James Logan Morgan. "A Patriarch by E.R. Childers".
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                Letter written by Mrs. John A. (Sarah Jane) 
                    Lamb, a daughter of Elijah Kelley.

                      March 24, 1937   Delight, Ark.

Dear Niece, was glad to hear from you, hope to see you someday. Tell your 
Mother and Father I wish I could see them. Tell them to come to see us
sometime, we are feeling very well. John is not able to work. Hope this
find(s) you all well. I hope you can make this all out. I can't hardly see 
to write. I have done the best I could not having any records. You write to
Sarah Sparks, Delight, Ark., is Sallie Wingfield's daughter. I guess she 
can tell you more about her grandmother and grandfather Mobley than any one
here can. I hope I have been some help to you. I hope to hear from you 
again, your aunt.

                              Sarah J. Lamb

My father was Elijah Kelley. He was Giles N. Kelley's father. Elijah Kelley
was born in Jackson county, Tenn., Sep. 14, 1800, and they moved to 
Illinois in 1804, from there to Wolf Creek, Pike County, Ark., 1815, where 
he labored on his farm until his death in August 26th, 1884. My mother's 
name, Elizabeth Sherfield, the Newton was on her mother's side. She was 
born April 22, 1824, if I am correct she married Brinley, he lived about 2 
years and died. She was quite young when father married her. She died Feb. 
14th, 1905. This is all I know about her. I don't know anything about her 
people. I think she came from Crowley's Ridge here.

                      Father's first set of children.

I will give you the names of his first set of children. He was married 
twice. Wesley Kelley and Polly Kelley was twins. Wesley was married twice. 
I don't know (who) he married the first time. He married Patterson the last
time. Polly married John McLaughlin. Emily married Finn McLaughlin. Margret 
Kelley married Milas Bagwell. Nancy Kelley married (a) Ward. Amanda Kelley 
married John Cloud. Elijah Kelley, I think married a Dickson. Abner H. 
Kelley, I don't know who he married. Eight of these half brothers and 
sisters. I have no record of their ages.

Giles Newton Kelley married Ann Mariah Mobley. He was born 1842 or about 
that time. James Ashley Kelley was born about 1844, married Landon Wilson. 
Lydia M. Kelley was born about 1847, married T.H. Allison. Elias Wade 
Kelley, born 1850, married Josephine Kelley. William Robinson Kelley was 
born July 22 in 1853. Elizabeth L. Kelley was born March 6, 1856. Sarah 
Jane Kelley was born July 22, 1859 married John A. Lamb. John Kelley was 
born February 10, 1862 married Alice Kirkham. You can count my age and tell 
how old I am. Here we are 10 in all, all dead and gone. I am left for 
something good. I hope I am able to do my mark yet.
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                                   KELLEY

                           Samuel Hardin Williams

ONE OF THE VERY early pioneers of south-west Arkansas was Elijah Kelley. He 
was born in Jackson county, Tenn., in 1803 (sic), and came to Arkansas with 
his father in November, 1815. They located on Wolf Creek, in what is now 
Pike county, but all that country was embraced within the geographical 
limits of Hempstead (and Clark) county when the Territory was organized. 
Their stopping there was purely accidental. They started out from 
(Illinois) to go to Texas, but they became water-bound at Wolf Creek. It 
was a beautiful valley - a modern Arcadia - and old man Kelley, believing 
that he might go further and fare worse, gave up all idea of pushing on to 
Texas and located there. A man by the name of Halifield, who was then 70 
years old, and had been living there several years, sold the Kelleys the 
first corn they consumed in their home. They paid 12 1-2 cents a pound for 
bacon the first year of their residence. There were then (1815) just six 
settlers on Wolf Creek and the Antoine, and the same number in what is now 
Clark county. At that time Christopher Anthony, William Grayson and Stephen 
Vaughan were the only settlers in the country west and south of the Little 
Missouri. There is today a stream near Prairie d'Ann know as Vaughan's 
Creek, which was named after Stephen Vaughan. He was the first white 
settler in that whole region, and must have located there somewhere about 
1810.

Elijah Kelley had (sixteen) children born to him, (most) of whom grew to 
maturity and married. He has living seven or eight grand-children, and over 
two hundred descendants. He was for more than fifty years a minister of the
Campbellite or Christian church. He occupied many positions of trust. He
was a delegate to the Constitutional Convention of 1836, and outlived every 
member of that body except Gen. G.D. Royston. He also served in the State 
Legislature, and was for several years County Judge. He was a man of great 
personal dignity, and was endowed with the strictest integrity and the 
purest and simplest christianity. He was plain and unassuming in his 
manners and simple in his mode of living. While he was a man of no great 
acquirements in learning, Elijah Kelley possessed an extraordinary fund of 
common sense, and was always an ardent Democrat. His brother, William 
Kelley, who was his senior in years, settled and lived within a few hundred 
yards of Elijah. He, too, was a Campbellite preacher for more than a 
half-century. He was County Judge of Pike for several years. He was gifted 
with phenomenal memory, and possessed the extraordinary acquirement of 
being able to recite by heart the entire New Testament. William Kelley also 
raised a numerous family, and his descendants are scattered throughout 
Southwest Arkansas. William J. Kelley, who was a lawyer, and for a long 
time Clerk of Pike county, was his youngest son. All of the younger Kelleys 
were proverbial for their probity and many of the male members of the 
family were preachers. Rev. Samuel Kelley, at present, I believe, living in 
Howard county, who served in the Legislature in 1852, and in the 
Constitutional Convention which passed the ordinance of secession in 1861, 
was the eldest son of William Kelley. He, too, is a Campbellite minister, 
and has preached the Gospel for more than forty years. He is a man of 
strong practical sense and sterling integrity, and commands much respect. 
Until within a few years he lived in Pike county.

Sam Williams: Printer's Devil, Memorabila, Mary Medearis, editor (Etter 
Printing Company: Hope Arkansas 71801), 1979, page 288-289.
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                               RICE STRINGER

                Commissioner to locate the seat of justice 
                  in 1834; County treasurer, 1842-1854.

Rice Stringer born 1799 in North Carolina, married in then Clark, Pike
county, Arkansas to Rachel Davis about 1826, born 1809 in Illinois the
daughter of Jeremiah and Stacia Davis; settled near Murfreesboro on the
Clear fork of the Little Missouri river and was one of the commissioners
elected to select and locate the seat of justice for Pike County, Arkansas
in 1834. He served as county treasurer, 1842-1854. He died in Pike County,
Arkansas in 1858. He and his wife had several children all born in Pike
County, including: Emily Stringer, married Ashley R. Jackson; Joseph 
Stringer born December 6, 1830, married Cassandra Campbell; Mary Angeline
Stringer born April 24, 1835, married John D. Hancock and died September
19, 1913 and is buried in the Parker cemetery, Rockwall, Texas; Abijah 
Stringer born about 1837 married, wife not identified, and died March 1860 
age twenty-two, mortality schedule; Rice Stringer born about 1839; Daniel 
R. Stringer born December 25, 1843 married Lurana Dickson and died July 8, 
1889 and is buried in the Cumby cemetery, Hopkins county, Texas; Lucinda J. 
Stringer born about 1845; and Isadora Stringer born about 1847.
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On motion it is ordered that Rice Stringer be and he is hereby appointed
overseer of that part of the public road leading from the crossing of 
Antoine, near the widow Edmiston's, to the forks of the Missouri, as 
aforesaid.

Clark County, Arkansas, Circuit Court Minutes, January Term 1833, page 72.
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On motion of Rice Stringer, it is ordered that he be discharged as overseer 
of that part of the public road leading from the Antoine to the forks of 
Missouri commencing at Saline Creek and ending at the forks of Missouri, 
and that Sion B. Dickson be and he is hereby appointed in his stead.

Clark County, Arkansas, Circuit Court Minutes, July Term 1833, page 116.
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                               JOHN DICKSON

             Commissioner to locate the seat of justice in 1834.

John Dickson was born in Kentucky in 1798 ... removed with his parents to
Tennessee (about 1803) ... and eventually came to Arkansas and settled in 
Hempstead county. In 1833 he entered a tract of land west of Murfreesboro 
on the Little Missouri river, made an improvement, and pursued his vocation 
in farming. In his immediate vicinity lived Absolum White and John Brewer.
In 1834 he was elected one of the three commissioners, with Elijah Kelley 
and Rice Stringer to select and locate the seat of justice for Pike county, 
Arkansas. He had a large family of children, including: Clement Dickson; 
Priscilla Dickson born December 13, 1827, married Elijah Kelley, Jr. in 
1847 in Pike county, Arkansas, and died near Murfreesboro on January 21, 
1892; Sion Bradley Dickson, married Elizabeth Dickson; Lydia Caroline 
Dickson, married G.W. Vickery; Beverly Randolph Dickson, married Prudence 
A. Polk; and Larissa W. Dickson married Christopher C. Fenter. John Dickson 
served as a private in Captain John Cowan's company of Tennessee Volunteer 
Mounted Gunman in 1814. He traveled thirty-five miles from his residence in 
Winchester, Franklin county, Tennessee according to military records to 
Fayetteville, in Lincoln county, where he was mustered into service in the 
war with the Creek or Seminole Indians. He was honorably discharged at 
Fayetteville, Tennessee in 1815. John Dickson died in Pike County in 1867.
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                  Last Will and Testament of John Dickson, 
                     dated October 13, 1867, abstract.

It is my will... the balance of my property be equally divided among my six 
children, namely: Priscilla Kelley, Clement Dickson, Sion Bradley Dickson, 
Lydia Caroline Vickery, Beverly R. Dickson, Larissa W. Fenter.

     Permission of Jimmy L. Featherston, March 1, 1983, "with the 
     understanding that these records will not be used in the abstract 
     or title business."

Pike County Burnt Records, Abstract of Title Book Prior to 1890. Microfilm,
restricted records, Arkansas History Commission. 
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                                  DICKSON

                           Samuel Hardin Williams

Near the Three Forks of the Little Missouri, in the region where 
Murfreesboro now stands, there settled at an early date - previous to 
(1830) - a man named Dickson, who came from Tennessee. He had a numerous 
family, including David, William, Samuel, John and Bradley. All of them 
were industrious, hard-working honest men. They all died there except 
Bradley Dickson, who moved to Texas.

     The "man named Dickson" referred to by Samuel Hardin Williams 
     was ... David Dickson, who settled in Hempstead County, (prior) 
     1830 ... Seeking the identity of the wife of John Dickson 
     1798-1867 of Pike County, Arkansas.

Sam Williams: Printer's Devil, Memorabila, Mary Medearis, editor (Etter 
Printing Company: Hope Arkansas 71801), 1979, page 289.
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                          Pike County, Arkansas *
                          P.O. Box 249
                          Brandywine, MD 20613-8895

Printed in Pike County, Arkansas by Alexander Printing, Delight, Arkansas 
71940  Copyright 1990 by David Kelley. Revised 2000. All Rights Reserved. 

   * The above address was valid from November 1990 until October 1991. 
     Current address 9030 Markville Drive, Box 3617, Dallas, TX 75243.

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