Click on pictures to enlarge for viewing.Josiah Littleton Beard was born in Bedford County, Tennessee on 2 March 1828 and named after his paternal uncle. He was called "Cy" by his family and we have found this spelled variously "Cy", "Sy", or "Sie". When his father died in 1845, Josiah and his older brother John, both teens, took on most of the responsibilites of providing for the family. On 14 February 1850 he married Emmaline E. Patterson in Marshall County, Tennessee. She was born 3 May 1827 in Maury County, Tennessee, the daughter of James E. Patterson and his wife, Mary Polly Reed, who had come from North Carolina to Maury County, Tennessee, and then to Marshall County by 1833. On the 1850 census, the newlyweds lived in his mother's household in Marshall County. In 1859, Josiah and Emmaline left Tennessee on a covered wagon journey to . They settled in Biardstown, near Paris, in Lamar County, Texas. Two of her brothers, Newton and George W. Patterson, made the move as well. John Marshall Beard, the eldest child of Josiah and Emmaline, wrote "A True Story" in 1923, the story of his family and their move to Texas when he was just a child of eight. John Marshall was quite the family chronicler, and he obviously loved his family and its history. "Long years ago over in Tennessee near Duck River at the foot of the Cedar Breaks where the scaly bark hickory, yellow poplar, beech and buckeye used to grow, there stood a little log cottage nestled against a hill in which two young people plighted their love, happiness, and hopes for the future, and started out upon life's journey together. They were poor but honorable. They had no home of their own yet a bright hope was entertained in their minds and hearts that sometime, somewhere, something better would develop along the pathway of life that would make their burdens lighter and the future brighter." The family, he says, learned that there were large swaths of rich land in many of the western states lying idle, that could be bought for $2.50 to $5.00 per acre. People who owned no land of their own grew restless thinking about the possibilities. They decided to "go West and grow up with the country". We might interject here that this is exactly what the Beard family had been doing for over a hundred years at this point, continually going west and growing up with the country! The Beards, he said, along with the family of Newton B. Patterson, Emmaline's brother, who had "caught the same inspiration, were not long in gathering themselves together, and with the help of friends the wagons were soon loaded and ready to go." In October of 1859, a large gathering formed at the old home of James E. Patterson, Emmaline and Newton's father, who lived a few miles out from Lewisburg, in Marshall County. Goodbyes were said, kisses were given, and the journey was begun to the great state of Texas. John Marshall Beard recalled that they took a route through western Tennessee in order to visit with Reed relatives, and these must have been the family of Mary Polly Reed, wife of James and mother of Emmaline and Newton Patterson. The travelers stayed several days, then moved on, crossing the Tennessee and Mississippi Rivers and "then, twelve miles through the swamp, over Crawley's Ridge and on to Little Rock, Arkansas, moving on west across the Choctaw Nation, reaching Red River at the mouth of Hill Creek". There were many families from many places already on the few roads available, and he described traffic jams being so difficult that at times it was hard to travel at all. John remembered one incident in which Newton Patterson was driving a wagon down a hill and the team failed to hold it steady, there being no brakes on the wagons then, and the tongue of his wagon soon demolished the hind-gate of the wagon in front. "It was not long until the old gentleman in front lit out of his wagon performing equal to any up to date clown, making the woods ring with his melodious voice. But, peace and quietude was soon restored and all moved on". Crossing the rivers was an adventure unto itself in those old wagons, as most had to be poled across, while a few could be swum across by the teams. The Red River crossing was in driving rainstorms, but "I imagine that when the Pilgrim Fathers landed at Plymouth Rock on December 22, 1620, they never felt prouder than did the writer, for we now had reached the country to which we had been looking for so long." Once in Lamar County, all agreed that this was a good place and unhitched the wagons. The families all started to scout for a good place to locate for the winter. "Soon shelter was procured and all became quiet except when one of those northers would swoop down upon us and cause one to step about lively for a few days." John said that rental houses were not much back then, and that winter they sometimes on awakening found the snow two or so inches deep in the house! Civil War was coming, the countryside was unsettled and no good permanent locations were found. The 1860 census lists them in Lamar County with four young children. Interestingly, next door to them is the Biard family of Washington W. Biard, who was born in North Carolina in about 1803. He descended from a family of a Henry Beard, which has been under some investigation for possible links to our early Beard family. Both Beard families had members in the same northern Alabama counties at the same time. No connection is yet found to this family. There was soon a call to arms in Texas as in the rest of the South, and Josiah joined the 29th Texas Cavalry, Company C, from Lamar County, Texas, and served under Generals Cooper and Gano. As John Marshall Beard, a boy of ten or eleven at the time, plaintively observed, "He bid farewell to home and loved ones and remained away four long dreary years." John Marshall would be a young man by the time his father returned, no doubt in body and soul. Other friends and relatives from Lamar County were in his company, including Patterson brothers of Emmaline's. This unit was organized by colonel Charles DeMorse and assembled at Clarksville, Texas in July 1862. The first part of their duties was to patrol in north central Texas, protecting all from Indian attacks. In February 1863, they were sent to Fort Arbuckle in the Cherokee Nation, to relieve troops already there. Most of their skirmishes and battles were fought in the Indian Territory and in Arkansas, operating against forces of Frederick Steele of the Union. In the Battle at Honey Springs, considered by many to be the Gettysburg of the western Civil War, Josiah's 29th Cavalry stood their ground in front of their own strong artillery battery and bore the full force of the Federal attack. The 29th retreated only when the battery was safely moved away and the units on their flanks had gradually given way under the withering fire. Other action encountered by Josiah Beard and his fellows were the battles of Camden, Munn's Mill, Poison Springs, Massard's Prairie, Fort Gibson, and Cabin Creek. After all was lost, the 29th surrendered their weapons on 26 May 1865 and went home to Texas. All things had been dreary at home, as well. John Marshall again: "The mother, (Emmaline) then strong and full of life, came to the rescue of the family, shouldering the responsibility of home during those dark days of adversity, mingling her tears, prayers and smiles with the trials and difficulties of war, she helped to bridge over until the sun of peace shone again with all of its glory and brightness over this great nation of ours." She had three small boys and a daughter to raise alone, in a terrain that was strange and unfamiliar to her. John Marshall stressed the danger they were in when he spoke of starvation and privation. He said that he often saw the tears tracing down his mother's cheeks. After the long war dragged to an end, Josiah came home to Lamar County to jubilation at his safe return, but not long thereafter he and Emmaline decided to move their family to Benton County, Arkansas, "the hills of northwest Arkansas". It is probable that the men of his unit had seen the beautiful hills of Arkansas during their war travels, or at least heard about them, and in the fall of 1866 the wagons were loaded again and that Red River crossing was made again, only this time the opposite direction. Emmaline had a baby in her arms, another boy, Samuel Franklin Beard, born in July 1866. They traveled two hundred miles over a lonely road through Indian Territory. "There were very few houses along the way, and very few people could be seen, aside from those we met (and then sometimes we would rather not meet them)". Near Fort Smith, the little band detoured. They had heard that all horses with a Confederate brand would be confiscated. They returned to the main road near Van Buren and crossed the Arkansas River. They then went up Cove Creek and crossed it "some twenty five times", then climbed over the Boston Mountains, and reached Prairie Grove, near which there had been a noted battle in 1862. They went on to Mount Comfort in Washingtown County. Newton B. Patterson had just located his family there. However, they would go back to Texas before the 1880 census. Newton's eldest child, James Patterson,would become the husband of Amelia Ann Beard, who was the daughter of John B. Beard and niece of Josiah Beard. The Beards reached the little burg of Cave Springs and decided to unhitch and stay awhile. Even here around Cave Springs the situation was not perfect, for the War had damaged the countryside. There were not many towns, mills and shops were scattered, very few church and schools were there, fences were mostly gone, lone chimneys here and there showed where homes had been destroyed. They lived in Osage township, settling on a farm on Puppy Creek southwest of Lowell. Josiah worked as a blacksmith and farmed. The 1870 census is puzzling for the family, as Josiah Beard, blacksmith, is enumerated on one page with no wife listed and two of his children with him, two year old Jackson and one year old Martha. Both these children were recorded as born in Tennessee, but in every later census they are listed born in Arkansas. Emmaline seems to be nowhere in sight; however, on the very next page of the census, she is found, listed as last name "Henry". She is in the household of Sarah Henry, age 37, born in Tennessee. Sarah is a widow with four sons. "Emeline Henry" is age 43, born in Tennessee, with children Minerva, Thomas, James, Franklin, and Martha Henry listed with her. Martha is the same baby of one year listed also with her father. Perhaps the family was building a home and boarding with Mrs. Henry at the time of the census. In 1880, Josiah and Emmaline lived in Colville, Benton County with three children still at home. At some time, several of the children of Josiah's late brother John B. Beard moved from Tennessee to Benton County and settled near their Uncle Cy. On the 1900 census for Colville, Benton County, his name is almost unreadable but appears to be "Josiae" Biard and is indexed as Jaime Biard! But, this is our Josiah Beard, at the age of 72, married to Emmaline for fifty years. Four of their children are still living. Their daughter Mary E. Hall is a widow who lives with them and she has three children, and another grandson, Alfor? Hamby, lives there as well. They had a full home, as two boarders are also listed. Emmaline Patterson Beard died on 9 Dec 1907 in Benton County, Arkansas, and was buried at Goad Springs Cemetery there. Just over a year later, Josiah died on 17 January 1909 after suffering a broken limb--probably his hip--in Benton County. He was laid to rest next to Emmaline at Goad Springs, under the same headstone. Visitors to the grave will see that it is unusual, as it is engraved on both sides of the stone, with her stone facing west and his facing east. One of the children, probably John Marshall, who had a knack for such things, wrote a beautiful memorial to Josiah in The Springdale News of 22 January 1909: "Recently we recorded the death of a mother, today we chronicle the death of a father, who after ten days of intense suffering on account of a broken limb, quietly passed away at 7:25 on the evening of the 17th inst. Our father, J. L. Beard, was born in Bedford County, Tennessee March 2nd, 1828; was married to Miss E. E. Patterson, our mother, February 14, 1850. To this union eight children were born and the only surviving members of this family now are two sons and one daughter. Father passed through many trials and difficulties during his stay on earth, especially while serving as a soldier during the civil war, yet we remember he often said he trusted in God and he has left evidences so plain that we believe he is now resting sweetly, resting in a Savior's love. He was buried Monday in Goad Springs Cemetery, Elder Ballard of Springdale conducting the funeral service." Note that the three surviving children he mentions would be himself, Minerva Beard Hamby, and Thomas Luther Beard, who were also the eldest three of the eight.
Josiah and Emmaline's descendants would go far and wide into the growing western parts of our country.
The children of Josiah Littleton Beard and his wife Emmaline E. Patterson:
- 1. John Marshall Beard, an avid chronicler of his family history, was born on 18 January 1851 in Lewisburg, Marshall County, Tennessee. He grew up there and in Lamar County, Texas and in Benton County, Arkansas. On 20 March 1870 he married Lucinda Lutiske/Lutitia Hamby in the home of her parents in Benton County, Arkansas. She was the daughter of William Harrison and Mary F. Dixon Hamby, who came to Carroll County, Arkansas about 1851 from Warren County, Tennessee; about 1856, the family moved to Benton County,
- Arkansas. Lucinda, sometimes called "Cindy", was born on 12 November 1847 in Warren County, Tennessee. Her brother George Washington Hamby would marry Minerva Jane Beard, John Marshall's sister, and Lucinda's sister Mary Jane Hamby would marry John Harvey Beard, John Marshall's cousin and son of John B. and Lucinda Beard. In just a few months, "Marshall" and Lucinda Beard appeared on the 1870 census together, farming in Benton County. By 1880, listed in Colville in Benton County, they had four children, and by 1900, living in Washington, Benton County, they listed six of six children living, three still at home. In 1910, still in Washington, John listed himself a dealer in apples and berries. They had no children living at home, but they were raising young Marshall Beard, a grandson who was two years old. John Marshall Beard was elected to the Arkansas House of Representatives in 1913 and he was re-elected in 1919.
- He served as a democrat and he was said to be a supporter of Arkansas road building endeavors. A portrait of him hangs in the Arkansas State Capitol.In 1920, at the age of 68 and 72, John and Lucinda lived in Esculapia in Benton County. John listed occupation as a fruit buyer. Marshall, their grandson, was still in their home at the age of twelve. Lucinda Hamby Beard died on 27 February 1928 in Rogers, Benton County, Arkansas. Her obituary was printed in the Benton County Record & Democrat: "Mrs. J. M. Beard died Monday afternoon at the home of her daughter, Mrs. E. T. Pinkston, on South Fourth Street, at the age of 80 years, three months, and fifteen days. She had been in poor health for a number of years. Funeral services were held yesterday at the family burying grounds at Goad Springs Cemetery, west of Lowell, and were conducted by Elder Floyd Tillman of the Baptist Church at Sonora. Although Lucinda Hamby was born in Tennessee, all but a year or two of her life was spent in Northwest Arkansas, her parents coming to this section in the late '40s and locating in Carroll County. [Editor's note: the family was on the 1850 census in Warren County, Tennessee, so left soon after, it seems.] In 1852 the family moved to a farm west of Lowell and the rest of her life was spent within ten miles of that spot. On March 20, 1870 she married J. M. Beard, who survives her, and to them were born six children, all of whom are living. They are Dr. J. H. Beard of Westville, Oklahoma, Mrs. E. T. Pinkston of Rogers, Mrs. Lee Henry of Joplin, Missouri, Jasper, who lives west of Lowell, and the youngest son, Roy [Leroy], who is in the state hospital. All of the children were here save Roy. Mrs. Beard came of a long lived family, for of the nine children, three have died in the last 16 months, all well advanced in years. She is survived by four sisters, Mrs Amanda M. Giles, Jennings, Oklahoma, Mrs. J. H. Beard, west of Lowell, and Misses Sarah and Clara Hamby of Goodman, Missouri, also two brothers, J. N. Hamby of Lowell and J. M. Hamby of Arkansas City, Kansas."
John Marshall Beard was himself in poor health by this time, and he passed away on 20 May 1928, just short of three months later. His passing was noted in many tributes and obituaries:From The Benton County Record & Democrat & Sun: "J. M. Beard, a former representative of Benton County and a resident of this county for 62 years, died at the home of his daughter early Sunday morning following an illness of several weeks. He was 77 years of age. Fune ral services were held at the Pinkston home Monday, the Rev. Floyd Tillman conducting services. Interment was made in the Goad Cemetery west of Lowell. J. Marshall Beard was born in Marshall County, Tennessee on January 18, 1851 and was the son of Mr. and Mrs. Cy Beard, who came to Benton County in 1866 and took up a homestead west of Lowell. In 1870 he married Miss Lucinda Hamby, daughter of a prominent family of that neighborhood. She died about three months ago. Six children survive their parents: Mrs E. T. Pinkston of Rogers, Jasper Beard of Lowell, Dr. J. H. Beard of Seminole, Oklahoma, Mrs.Adena Henry of Joplin, and Leroy Beard in Southwest Arkansas. [Editor's note, only five named, David Albert is left out of the column] Mr. Beard was widely known in Benton County and served two terms in the Arkansas legislature. He was a prominent Baptist and one of the leaders in the Benton County singing convention. He farmed for several years in Lowell. Mr. Beard retired in 1912 and made Rogers his home." From the Rogers Daily News: '"John Marshall Beard, age 77 years, four months and one day, died at the home of his daughter, Mrs. E. T. Pinkston, on Fouth Fourth Street at midnight Saturday night. Mr. Beard had been in a serious condition for some time and his death was not unexpected. Funeral services were held from the home at eleven o'clock this morning with interment in Goad Springs Cemetery."
- 2. James 'Harvey Beard' was born 11 February 1876 in Rogers, Benton County, Arkansas. He grew up in Benton County and went to the University of Tennessee Medical School. He married Cora E. McCloud on 5 April 1892 in Benton County, but tragedy struck when the young wife died on 2 October 1893 in Benton County, just twenty years old, born 21 August 1873. She is buried at Goad Springs Cemetery. On 12 November 1896, James Harvey married Alice/Allie Robinson. She was born 18 April 1875 in Arkansas. They appear together on the 1900 census in Gentry, Benton County, married four years with no children. In 1910 they were still there, where James practiced as a physician. Between 1910 and 1920, Alice and James Harvey seem to have parted ways. On the 1920 census, Alice R. Beard was listed in the same house, and marked as a widow. But James Harvey was still very much alive and lived in Beggs, Okmulgee County, Oklahoma, where he practiced medicine and had a wife named Cynthia. This was Cynthia Jane Neely, born in February 1878 in Arkansas, who had married Charles G. Slatten in 1894 and had two children, Gladys and Ralph Slatten. The Slatten family were also from Benton County. She and Charles divorced, as he was on the 1920 census divorced, with son Ralph living with him in Kitsap, Washington. By the time his father died in 1928, James Harvey was noted in the obituary as still living in Seminole, Oklahoma. He is not found on the 1930 census, but they must have been either in Oklahoma or back at home in Benton County. Alice Robinson Beard was still living in Benton County and working as the postmistress on the 1930 census. She still reported that she was a widow. By September of 1933, James Harvey and Cynthia lived in Benton County and were mentioned in an article in the Gravette News Herald as attending the funeral of his aunt, Miss Sarah Hamby, in Goodman, McDonald County, Missouri. James Harvey Beard had no children, and he passed away on 8 July 1957. His obituary was in the Gravette News Herald: " Dr. J. H. Beard Dies Monday: Funeral for Dr. J. H. Beard of Sulphur Springs, a practicing physician in Arkansas and Oklahoma for more than half a century, was held at four p.m. at the Callison McKinney Funeral Home in Gravette. The Reverends Kern of Gentry andChambliss of Sulphur Springs officiated. Burial was at Hillcrest Cemetery in Gravette. The Gentry Masonic Lodge conducted Masonic graveside rites. Dr. Beard, who was retired, was born at Rogers, Arkansas. He received his medical education at the University of Tennessee Medical School. He was a member of the Baptist Church and of the Gentry Masonic Lodge. Survivors are his wife, Cynthia, and two step children, Mrs. Gladys Martin of Walla Walla, Washington and Ralph Slatten of Silver Springs, Florida. Cynthia Neely Slatten Beard is also buried at Hillcrest under a double stone with James Harvey. Her dates on the stone are 1877 to 1958. Alice Robinson Beard outlived them all, as she died in May 1969 in Gentry, Benton County, Arkansas and was buried at Bluff Cemetery in Springdale, Washington County.
- 2. Ida Ann Beard was born 15 July 1873 in Benton County, Arkansas. On 2 January 1898, she married Ephraim Turner Pinkston in Benton County. He was the son of A. J. and Susan C. Pinkston of Bedford County, Tennessee, born in May 1868, probably in Williamson County, Tennessee. In 1900, Turner and Ida lived in Washington, Benton County, Arkansas, married three years with a one year old son. By 1910, they lived there still, with three of four children still living, all at home. In 1920 they were still in Washington, Arkansas and Ephraim was listed as a merchant. Next door lived their son Aubrey, a salesman in the grocery business. We know that in 1928, both her parents died at Ida Pinkston's home in Benton County, within three months of each other. Ida's children were all noted as living in Dallas, Texas in the obituaries. The 1930 census finds Ephraim and Ida in Rogers, Arkansas with an empty nest. Eventually they moved to Texas, also, where Ephraim died on 14 February 1945 in Dallas. Ida Ann Beard Pinkston died in Dallas on 1 April 1955 and was buried at Hillcrest Cemetery there; Ephraim is probably there as well.
- :: 3. Aubrey Jackson Pinkston was born on 5 January 1899 in Benton County, Arkansas. He married in September 1918 to Hazel Barr of Benton County. She was the daughter of James Humphrey Barr and wife Willie Franklin Arnold, and she was born on 17 August 1897 in Lowell. In 1920, Aubrey and Hazel lived in Washington, Benton County, next door to his parents. By May of 1928, they had moved to Dallas, as noted in his grandfather's obituary that month. On the 1930 census they were in Dallas and he was a clerk for a sheet metal works. They had no children. Hazel died on 6 November 1977 in Eureka Springs, Carroll County, Arkansas. Aubrey died in June 1979 in Austin, Travis County, Texas. No burial places are known at this time.
- 3. Sylvia Opal Pinkston, born about 1901 in Arkansas, went to Dallas the same time that her siblings did. In 1930, she is listed in Dallas, Texas, boarding with a Lich family. She was 28, single, and a stenographer for an insurance company. On the same census, Fred Aiton was also living in a boarding house in Dallas, a 33 year old widower with a 13 year old daughter. Fred was a printing press operator. He was the son of John Miller Aiton Sr and Ida Theresa Kullenberg, and he had been married to Vera Vardeman, who died in 1928. Fred and Sylvia Opal Pinkston married before 1934, probably in Dallas. They had two daughters, one was Winifred Ann. Fred died on 12 March 1968 in Dallas; Opal died on 12 March 1999 in Sunnyvale, Dallas County, Texas. He was listed as single. No burial records have been found.
- 3. Roland T. Pinkston was born on 8 June 1906 in Arkansas. He also went to Dallas and was on the 1
- 930 census there at age 23, a bookkeeper for a millinery business. By 1944, he had moved to California and married, for he was listed as a California voter at South Mariposa Street in Los Angeles County. His wife was named Georgia. He died on 11 September 1980 in Dallas County, Texas, social security number from California.
- 2. David Albert Beard was born on 6 November 1875 in Benton County, Arkansas. He, like his elder brother James Harvey, became a physician. In 1900, he was listed in Brookston and Ambia in Lamar County, Texas as a single 24 year old physician, boarding with a family there. David married, on 1 May 1901 in Benton County, Arkansas, to Katherine Maude Phillips. She was born on 12 March 1877 in Arkansas, probably in Benton County, the daughter of Abraham and Mary Kansas Christison Phillips. The marriage certificate states that Mr. D. A. Beard was from Ambia, Lamar County, Texas and Maude Phillips was from Lowell, Arkansas. A daughter, Madge, was born in 1902 in Sherman County, Texas, so David was back in Texas shortly after his marriage. The couple moved to Westville, Oklahoma and are found there in 1910 with daughter Madge. The following is a Western Union telegram sent on 21 January 1918 to Lt. David A. Beard, Medical Reserve Corps, Westville, Oklahoma: "You are assigned active duty with Aviation Section Signal Corps. Proceed to fort Sill, Oklahoma and report to commanding officer, United States School for Aerial Observers, Post Field, for duty with four Balloon Companies now organizing that place for overseas duty and by letter to Chief Signal Officer, United States Army, Washington D.C. Leave as directed. Necessary in Military Service." After this service, David was honorably discharged from the U. S. Army at Camp Lewis, Washington on 6 March 1919. He served from 1 February 1918 to 7 April 1918 at Fort Sill, Oklahoma, then to 21 June at Fort Riley, Kansas, then to Washington. In 1920, David and Maude were at M oore, Muscogee County, Okalhoma and he practiced as a doctor there. their only child, Madge, married in 1926 to Daniel Perry. At some point, David Beard was appointed the Public Health Officer for the city and county of Tulsa, Oklahoma. Katherine Maud Phillips Beard died on New Year's Day of 1931 in Tulsa, Tulsa County, Oklahoma. Her death certificate was signed by Hugh Perry, who was the brother of David and Maude's son in law, Daniel Perry. In the 1930 census, David was by himself, listed as a lodger in the home of a county geologist in Tulsa. He was married and a physician. He died on 27 June 1933 in Tulsa. Maude and David are buried at Memorial Park Cemetery in Tulsa, Oklahoma.
- :: 3. Madge Phillips Beard was born on 14 August 1902 in Sherman County, Texas. Madge met her future husband, Daniel Perry, when they were both students at the University of Oklahoma in the 1920s. She taught music for a year at Jenks High School in Oklahoma while David was finishing medical school at Oklahoma. She had majored in music, specifically violin and piano. During that year at Jenks she lived with a local doctor, Bunn Harris, M.D. and his wife Pearl, who lived across from the school. Daniel Lafayette Perry was born 14 March 1900 in Auburn, Lincoln County, Arkansas, the son of John T. and Lela Johnson Perry, who were married in 1897 in Sebastian County, Arkansas. John Perry was also a practicing physican in Tulsa, Oklahoma, so he and David Beard were colleagues. Daniel graduated from medical studies in June of 1924. His military service began on 18 January 1926, as he interned for the U. S. Marine Corps in San Francisco, California. Daniel and Madge married on 5 April 1926 in Tulsa, Oklahoma and they then lived in San Francisco during the internship. They were back in Oklahoma in time for their son's birth in Tulsa on 26 September 1927. On the 1930 census, they are listed at Cushing, Payne County, Oklahoma, an address on Broadway. Daniel must have stayed in the military reserves after his service, for he is listed as a Colonel in the United States Marine Corps. Madge Phillips Beard Perry died on 16 June 1961 in San Diego, California. Daniel Lafayette Perry died on 29 January 1964 in the same place. They are interred together at the United States National Cemetery at Fort Rosecrans in San Diego.
- 2. Jasper Marshall Beard, born 10 March 1879 in Benton County, Arkansas, married Melissa Arabelle Smith on 17 October 1901 in Benton County. She was born 20 October 1883, the daughter of Hardy and Rubana Jones Smith, an old Arkansas family. In 1905, Jasper and Arabelle's first child was born in Arkansas. In 1907, their second child was born in New Mexico. In 1910, Jasper and Arabelle were farming in Muscogee County, Oklahoma with two children. Jasper filed his draft papers in Benton County in 1918, so they were back in Arkansas by then. In 1920, Jasper and Arabelle were listed with their two teenage children at Colville in Benton County, where they lived next door to Thomas Luther Beard and family, Jasper's uncle. In 1930 they were listed in Colville with no children at home. Melissa Arabelle Smith Beard died on 22 August 1941 in Benton County, and she was laid to rest at Hart Cemetery there. Jasper was in California when he died on 3 August 1954 in Modesto, Stanislaus County. He was brought to Hart Cemetery and buried next to Arabelle there in Benton County.
- :: 3. Clyde Cecil Beard was born on the Fourth of July, 1905, in Arkansas. He married about 1927 to Ruby Lucille Daniel, who was born in Arkansas on 26 September 1906, the daughter of Reuben Benjamin Daniel and wife, Ada Virginia Little who were married in 1903 in Scott County, Arkansas. The young couple traveled all the way to Las Vegas, Clark County, Nevada and by 1930 they were living there, where he was listed as a railroad worker. Ruby's father was also a railroad man and lived in California. Of interest is the story of her brother, Gail Daniel. He was a war hero of World War II. While serving in the U. S. Navy, he with eleven others were put ashore at Normandy the night before the invasion landing. They were charged with a mission concerning clearing the bunkers that guarded the beaches. He was awarded the Medal of Honor in a White House ceremony with President Roosevelt. He later served as Chief Master of Arms on the USS Princeton. He retired in California. Clyde Beard, it is said by family, was traveling on a bus to see relatives, when he passed away on the trip, on 6 December 1971, last residence listed Los Angeles County, California. He was laid to rest at Rose Hill Memorial Park in Whittier, Los Angeles County. Ruby died on 2 March 1983 in Placerville, El Dorado County, California. She was laid to rest next to Clyde; her grave is unmarked there. They had two children, Wanda Lucille Beard who married a Langley and died on April 22, 2012, and Danny Clyde.
- 3. Juanita Earlene Beard was born 19 April 1907 in Portalas, New Mexico Territory. According to theArkansas County Marriage Records, on 24 Mar 1927 she married Earl Vernon Giddens in Benton County, Arkansas. He was born on 23 December 1902 in Arkansas. His parents were Joseph L. Giddens and Sallie A. Roberts Giddens. In 1930, Earl and Juanita were in Colville, Benton County, Arkansas with a son. On the same page are listed Earl's parents. Earl and Juanita had one son, Bobby Jo Giddens. At some point the family lived in California for a time. Earl died on 26 September 1994 in Buffalo, Dallas County, Missouri. Juanita Beard Giddens died on 13 March 2007 in Billings, Christian County, Missouri. Both are buried at Hart Cemetery in Benton County, Arkansas.
- 2. Leroy Beard, called Roy, was born on 25 September 1881 in Benton County, Arkansas. He married on 1 November 1904 to Lucy Myrtle Neil, the daughter of James and Catherine "Kate" Christenson of Benton County. Myrtle was born 5 April 1879 in Carroll County, Arkansas. Roy and Myrtle lived in Benton County and had a daughter there, born about 1905. Sadly, Myrtle died three days after the birth of her second child. The baby son was born on 15 February and she died on 18 February 1908 in Benton County. She was buried at Pleasant Grove Cemetery in Benton County. The obituary of Myrtle Neil Beard: "On the morning of the 18th at about ten o'clock the death angel visited our town and claimed as his victim Mrs. Roy Beard. She was the daughter of Mr. and Mrs. J. P. Neil. She and her husband were united in marriage five years ago. This union was blessed with two children, the youngest only two [three] days old. Her death came so suddenly all were astonished. The word soon passed that Myrtle was dead Myrtle? Yes, Myrtle! She was just in the prime of womanhood, 28 years of age in April last. She was a bright, intelligent, tender Christian lady. This good woman is gone, she will visit with us no more but we pray her influence for good may live on and on forever. She leaves a host of friends to join in sympathy with the bereft husband and little daughter in this sad hour." Roy Beard is not yet found on the 1910 census, but his two children are, his daughter was living in the home of her maternal grandmother, Kate Neil, in Washington, Arkansas; his son was in the home of his paternal grandparents, John Marshall and Lucinda Beard, in Benton County. Roy is said by family to have spent some time in Idaho. In 1918, Roy filed his draft papers in Benton County, living at 1021 South 3rd Street in Rogers, employed in Lowell as a laborer. He listed his two children as nearest relatives. We do not find him on the 1920 census. Roy became ill at some point, and in the 1928 obituaries of his father, he was reported to be at the State Hospital and not in attendance at the funeral. In 1930, Roy is listed as a patient at the Arkansas State Hospital for Nervous Diseases. He died on 27 August 1932. Obituary: Leroy Beard: Roy Beard, son of the late J. M. Beard of Lowell and Rogers, died in a Little Rock hospital on Saturday. The body was brought to Rogers for burial on Sunday. He was born and reared in Benton County. Surviving are three brothers, Dr. J. H. Beard of Sulphur Springs, Jasper Beard of Lowell, and Dr. D. A. Beard, Tulsa, and two sisters, Mrs. E. T. Pinkston of Rogers and Mrs. Lee Henry of Kansas City."
- 3. Theda M. Beard was born about 1905 in Benton County, Arkansas. Theda's mother died when she was three, and Theda was then raised by her maternal grandmother, Kate Neil. They lived in Benton County in 1910 and 1920, then in 1930 they lived in Klamath County, Oregon with Kate's married daughter Ora Compton and Ora's husband William. Theda at the time was 25 and worked as a telephone operator. No further records are found.
- 3. Marshall Neil Beard was born on 15 February 1908 in Lowell, Benton County, Arkansas. He was just a few days old when his mother died. Marshall was then raised by his paternal grandparents, John Marshall and Lucinda Beard. In John Marshall's obituary of 1928, Marshall Neil Beard was named as living in Joplin, Jasper County, Missouri. We have yet to find him on the 1930 census. On 31 March 1942, he enlisted for service at Fort MacArthur, San Pedro, California. He stated that he lived in Los Angeles and was married. He is listed on the California Death Index as passing away on 27 September 1969 in Los Angeles. His mother's maiden name was listed as Neil. No burial record is known.
- 2. Adina Beard, called "Dena", was born on 18 November 1884 in Benton County, Arkansas. On 21 November 1906 she married Edward Lee Henry. Lee was born in Springdale, Washington County, Arkansas on 6 September 1878, the only child of James and Eliza Ruth Beal. In 1910, Lee and Dena lived with a young daughter at Prairie Grove, Washington County, Arkansas, where Lee was a druggist. By about 1917, they had moved to Joplin, Jasper County, Missouri and were listed there in the 1920 census with three young children. Lee was a traveling salesman for a drug concern. In 1928 when her parents died, Dena was named as being a resident of Joplin, but by 1930, they were living in Kansas City, Jackson County, Missouri. There, Lee was a druggist and both daughters worked for companies in Kansas City. Adina Beard Henry died on 9 December 1934 in Kansas City. She was buried at Memorial Park Cemetery there. Her husband Lee eventually moved back to Arkansas. In 1942, at the age of 63, he completed draft papers for World War II in Pulaski County, Arkansas, living at 1515 College Street in Little Rock. He worked for Walgreen drugs on Main Street in Little Rock. We have no date of death yet nor a burial place for Edward Lee Henry.
- 3. Dorothy Lee Henry was born about 1908 in Benton County, Arkansas. Family sources say she may have married a Sutton; if so, it was after the 1930 census.
- 3. Ida Ruth Henry was born about 1913 in Benton County, Arkansas.
- 3. Merle Edward Henry was born on 3 January 1917 in probably Joplin, Jasper County, Missouri. He enlisted for service in World War II in Kansas City, Missouri on 23 December 1940 as a private in the Corps of Engineers. He was a high school graduate and civilian occupation was as a practical nurse. Merle is listed on the California Death Index. He died 21 December 1981 in San Diego County, California. His mother's maiden name is listed as Beard.
Muscogee County, Oklahoma and live next door to their son Alpheus Clinton Hamby. In 1920 we find George and Minerva Jane living in Guymon, Texas County, Oklahoma with their grown daughter Lena at home. Minerva died shortly afterwards, on 24 February 1922, in Texas County, Oklahoma, and was buried at Elmhurst Cemetery there. George
lived until 22 October 1926, when he died in Sayre, Beckham County, Oklahoma. He was laid to rest beside Minerva under a beautiful double stone at Elmhurst in Texas County, Oklahoma.
Seven of their sons are pictured together, below. (Click on pictures to enlarge.)
- 2. William Henderson Hamby was born in Benton County, Arkansas on 10 August 1872. About 1904, he married Mary Frances Begley, the daughter of John J. Begley and wife Mary Elizabeth Dawson. Mary was born in June 1872 in Missouri. Her younger sister, Rose Malvy Begley, married the younger brother of William, States Wilson Hamby, on 28 December 1904 in Lowell. William, named on one census as Will, farmed in Bettina, Beckham County, Oklahoma about 1908, and he and Mary had three young daughters on the 1910 census there. In 1920 they were listed in Mountain Grove, Wright County, Missouri, where he worked in sales at a feed store and probably farmed as well. Mary Begley Hamby, the mother of five daughters, died 27 December 1925 in Arkansas. She is probably the Mary F. Hamby listed on a headstone at Goad Springs Cemetery in Benton County, Arkansas; both her parents were buried here as well. Five years later on the census in 1930, William H. Hamby was listed in West Muddy, Richardson County, Nebraska. He was listed as married, but there is no one in the household with him. He was 57 and worked as a laborer. Two of his daughters had married by this census and lived in Missouri. Two others are living with one of the married sisters. On 20 October 1933, Will Hamby married a second time, to a Mrs. Lena Harrah of Stella, Nebraska. She had been previously married and had grown children. Will died on 1 May 1953, in Richardson County, Nebraska and was buried at the Stella Cemetery there. His wife Lena died two years later in 1955 and was buried beside him at Stella Cemetery.
- 3. Zara Pauline Hamby was born about 1906 in Arkansas. On 17 October 1925 in Mountain Grove, Wright County, Missouri, she married a high school classmate, Hugh Clifton Gourley. He was the vice president of his class and on the football team; in their yearbook, Zara is listed as a classmate. Hugh was born on 8 August 1906 in Missouri, the son of John Wesley and Martha Jane Greene Gourley. In 1930, Zara and Hugh lived in Clinton, Texas County, Missouri, where he worked as a cheese maker at a dairy. They had two small children and her two sisters Iola and Irene Hamby both lived with them. Hugh Gourley died on 20 November 1965 in Memphis, Shelby County, Tennessee; we have no record for Zara Hamby Gourley. Their two children were Mary F. and Donald H.
- 3. Theora Belle Hamby was born on 29 April 1908 in Oklahoma. On 23 November 1929 in Howell County, Missouri, she became the bride of Oris Raymond Summers. He was born 13 July 1905 in Missouri, the son of Albert Arthur Summers and wife Della Z. Wilson. In 1930, Theora and Oris got themselves on two censuses. The first, taken on 3 April, is in Clinton, Texas County, Missouri, where Raymond and Theora live next door to his widowed mother, Della Summers. His occupation is sales in oil and gas. The next, taken on 22 April, almost three weeks later, is in Mountain Grove, Wright County, Missouri. Oris is named as the proprietor of a filling station on this one. They must have stayed in Wright County. Theora Hamby Summers died there on 29 December 1954. She was buried at Hillcrest Cemetery there. Oris lived to be 85, passing away on 19 April 1991 in Douglas County, Missouri. He is laid to rest at Hillcrest. We do not yet know if they had any children.
- 3. Iola Hamby was born on 8 January 1911 in Sayre, Beckham County, Oklahoma. She lived in her sister Zara's home in 1920, listed as a 19 year old teacher in public schools. On 29 March 1936, she married Charles V. Roper. He was born 9 June 1909 in Douglas County, Missouri, the son of John Harvey and Matilda Ann Turley Roper. We do not yet know if they had children. Iola died on 22 June 1974 in Mountain Grove, Wright County, Missouri. Charles died 30 January 1977 in the same, and they are buried under a double headstone at Hillcrest Cemetery in Mountain Grove. On it, Charles is honored as a Ssgt, United States Army, World War II.
- 3. C. Irene Hamby was born in Sayre, Oklahoma in 1913. In 1920, she lived with her married sister Zara Hamby Gourley. She married Ernie A. Nichols on 2 November 1936 in Mountain Grove, Wright County, Missouri. He was born on 17 April 1911 in Van Buren, Missouri. Irene died in 1980 in Poplar Bluff, Missouri and Ernie died on 29 July 1984 in Van Buren, Carter County, Missouri. They are both at rest at the Masonic Cemetery at Van Buren, Carter County, Missouri. They had a daughter, Sharon Kay, born in Mountain Grove, Missouri in 1939, and two sons, David Aldon, born 1950, and Kent Hamby, born 1953
- 2. Edward or Edwin Walter Hamby was born on 21 October 1873 in Benton County, Arkansas. He appears in many records, sometimes listed Edwin and sometimes Edward. He apparently went to Texas to work in the oil fields as a young man, and met Zenaida Boyett of Navarro County there. They married in 1894 and late that year had a daughter. On the 1900 census he was named as Walter Hamby and they were living in Navarro County where her family was, married six years with a young daughter. He was working for an oil company. In 1910, still living in Navarro County and listed as Edwin Hawley, he was now the superintendant of an oil mill. They had two daughters. By 1918, he and Zenaida had moved to Harris County, Texas and he filed draft papers there in 1918, on which he was 44 years old, and named as Edwin Walter Hamby. His date of birth is inexplicably listed as the fifth of October in stead of the 21st. He names Zenaida as his wife, however, and he is missing the first three fingers and a thumb, probably a result of a work accident in the oil fields. The 1920 census shows Edwin and Zenaida Hamby in Harris County, Texas, and he is chief engineer for the Gulf Production Company. Something went sideways in the marriage, and in 1930 they are listed separately, Zenaida is in Muscogee County, Oklahoma, listed as a widow and living with a married daughter, and W. Edwin Hamby is remarried to a Maidee, last name unknown, and living in Whittier, Los Angeles County, California. He is a foreman in the oil fields. Zenaida Hamby died in 1952, probably in Texas or Oklahoma, and is buried at the Memorial Park Cemetery in Muscogee, Oklahoma. On the final record for him, he is listed Edward Walter Hamby on the California Death records. He died on 12 March 1957 in Fresno, California. No burial record is known.
- 3. Zella Hamby was born in Navarro County, Texas in November 1895. No record is found for her after she was on the census in 1910 living with her parents.
- :: 3. Grace Truman Hamby was born on 25 June 1903 in Texas. She married in 1920 to Carroll Harvey Erwin, son of Thomas Madison and Clothilde Scherer Erwin. Carroll was born on 22 August 1897 in Texas. They either married in Oklahoma or moved there soon after. In 1930, Carroll and Grace were listed in Muscogee County, Oklahoma with a daughter Ruth, who was born in Oklahoma in 1921. Living with them was Zenaida Hamby, Grace's mother. Carroll Erwin died in Los Angeles County, California on 1 November 1962; Grace died on 9 May 1985, place unknown. their daughter was named Edna Ruth, and she married Robert Revell.
- 2. Ruth Jane Hamby was born on 30 November 1874 in Benton County, Arkansas. About 1892, she became the bride of William A. Langley, who was born on 2 June 1874 in Arkansas, the son of William Jackson and Sarah Elizabeth Caple Langley of Benton County. William the younger was the brother of Martha Angeline "Mattie" Langley, who had married Samuel Franklin "Frank" Beard in about 1888. Ruth and William had four children before 1900, and Ruth died either having the last child, born June 1899, or soon after. She was deceased before the 1900 census. No burial place has been confirmed, but the family burying grounds of both families were at Goad Springs so she is probably laid to rest there. On the 1900 census, the children are split between their grandparents. Ada B. and Sarah Langley, ages five and four, are with their maternal grandparents, George Washington Hamby and Minerva Beard Hamby in Benton County. On the same census page, the other three children, Clarence, 7, Vada B. or Ida B., age 5, and Rutha, age eleven months, are with their paternal grandparents, William and Sarah Langley. The child named Ada may have been enumerated at both homes, it seems. Their father, William, is not found on this census. He died on 26 May 1908 and his headstone is at Goad Springs Cemetery, styled "W. A. Langley" with the dates. In 1910, Sarah Langley is still with her maternal grandparents and their son Alpheus Hamby's family in Oklahoma, while [Theo] Clarence and Ada B. Langley are still with their paternal grandparents in Benton County, Arkansas. There is no sign of the youngest one, Ruth, or Rutha
- 3. Theo Clarence Langley was raised by his Langley grandparents in Benton County, Arkansas. He was born on 13 June 1893 in Washington, Benton County, Arkansas. He married between 1910 and 1914, probably in Arkansas, to Iva Floy Pattishall. She was the daughter of James L. and Lottie P. Davis Pattishall of Benton County, born on 18 September 1894. Theo filed his draft papers in Benton County, where he lived in Cave Springs. By then he was married and had a child. In 1920, Theo and Iva lived at Benton County with their four year old son, William. In 1930, listed at Cave Springs in Benton County, they had added a daughter to the family. They moved eventually to California, where Iva passed away on 9 September 1962 in Los Angeles County and was buried at Green Hills Memorial Park in Rancho Palos Verdes, Los Angeles County. Theo Langley died on 24 October 1965 in Los Angeles County and is also buried at Green Hills. Their son, William Howard Langley, served in the United States Navy during World War II and is buried at Los Angeles National Cemetery. Their daughter Marjorie Eugenia married George Ellis Westbrook; Marjorie died in 1994 and is buried at Green Hills.
- 3. Vada B. Langley was born in February 1895 in Arkansas. She was in the home of her Hamby grandparents in 1900 and with her Langley grandparents in 1910. No further records are found yet.
- 3. Sarah Jane Langley, born 1 November 1896 in Arkansas, married to Isaac Vernon Stamper about the year 1917. He was the son of Isaac M. Stamper and M. Ella McMains and he was born 1 May 1893 in Optima, Beaver County, Oklahoma. The Stampers had moved around the west, as Isaac was with his family in 1900 in Beaver County, Oklahoma, in 1905 in Cowley County, Kansas, in 1910 in Dona Ana County, New Mexico. When he filed his draft card in June of 1917, he was married and farmed near Guymon, Texas County, Oklahoma. We cannot find Isaac and Sarah on the 1920 census yet, but his parents lived in Guymon. In 1930, they are listed in Huntingdon Beach, Orange County, California, at the Union Oil Camp. Isaac worked as a pumper in the oil business. They had a son with them, Louie Fay Stamper. Isaac died on 22 October 1966 in Long Beach, Los Angeles County, California. Sarah Jane Langley Stamper died on 22 June 1987 in Los Angeles County. They are both buried at Pacific Crest Cemetery at Redondo Beach, Los Angeles County, California. Their son, Louie Fay Stamper, died in 1984 in Long Beach.
- 3. Ruth/Rutha Langley was born in June 1899 in Arkansas. She was in the home of her paternal grandparents in Benton County on the 1900 census. She did not appear on the 1910 census, so she may have died young.
- 2. Josiah Littleton Hamby was born on 12 April 1876 and given an old Beard family name, "Josiah
- Littleton", after his maternal grandfather, Josiah Littleton Beard. About 1896, Josiah married Holly Frances Ferguson, who was born on 7 July 1877 in Arkansas, the daughter of Jasper Slicker and Georgeanna Ferguson. In 1900, they lived at Colville in Benton County, married three years with two children. Josiah and Holly apparently moved to Texas from about 1902 until at least 1905, judging by birthplaces of children. By 1907, they lived in Guymon, Texas County, Oklahoma and on the 1910 census there they had six children. Josiah filed his draft papers in Texas County, Oklahoma and stated that he farmed in Guymon, Oklahoma and Hollie was his nearest relative. By 1920, still in Guymon, the family had added another child and they had five children living at home. Josiah and Holly seemed to need another move, and in 1923 they were in Union County, New Mexico. We know this because Holly Ferguson Hamby died there on 8 October 1923. She was buried at Des Moines Cemetery in Union County, New Mexico. Seven years later, his children all grown, Josiah turns up on the census in Rogers Mills, Berlin County, Oklahoma, remarried to Minnie May Entsminger Baker, the widow of Benjamin Franklin Baker. She had a son named Manuel M. Baker in the home in 1920 and he would eventually marry Josiah's niece, Georgia Alta Hamby. We do not know when she died, but it must have been before Josiah died. He lived to be 100 years old. He died in December 1976 in McFarland, Wabannsee County, Kansas, complete with dates on his Social Security death record, styled "Josiah L. Hamby". There is a gravestone at McFarland Cemetery, Wabannsee County, Kansas with "Joseph Hamby", no birth date, "Died 1976" on it. We do not know for certain if this is Josiah but it seems likely.
- 3. Marion E. Hamby was born January 1898 in Arkansas. He does not seem to appear on records after the 1910 census in Guymon, Texas County, Oklahoma when he was twelve years old in his parents' home.
- 3. Bonnie Belle Hamby was born on 8 November 1899 in Lowell, Benton County, Arkansas. She married about 1921 to Francis Morton Jones, called Frank, place of the marriage not known. Frank was the son of Galen B. and Nancy Lee McMillan Jones. When he completed a draft card in 1917, he was in St Joseph, Buchanan County, Missouri, working as a farmhand. His nearest relative was his father in Milo, Vernon County, Missouri. We can find no census record of the family in either 1920 or in 1930. Their children were born in Clinton County, Missouri, so that may be a clue. Frank Jones died on 3 May 1973 in Missouri; Bonnie Hamby Jones died 13 July 1986 in Gower, Clinton County, Missouri. They are buried at Stony Point Cemetery in Clinton County, Missouri, as are some of their children. We have a tentative listing of six children: Ray Walter, who died young in 1924, John James, Roy Judson, Robert Charles, Margaret, and Joseph. Their son John was a sergeant in the United States Marine Corps.
- 3. Roy J. Hamby was born about 1902 in Texas. He married about 1920 to Gladys, last name unknown. She was born about 1902 in Kansas. They may have lived in New Mexico, for their daughter was born there in 1922. (And, Roy's parents were in Union County, New Mexico about the same time.) In 1925, Roy and Gladys were on the Kansas State Census in Jefferson, Delaware County, Kansas. He worked as a laborer and they had two small daughters, the first born in New Mexico, the second born in Kansas in about 1924. On the census form, the family stated that they came to Kansas from Texas. In 1930, Roy and Gladys Hamby lived at Topeka, Shawnee County, Kansas, where he was a foreman at the electric plant. They had just the two daughters, and his brother Vernon lived with them. Vernon also worked at the electric plant. No more records have been found for Roy and his family. The daughters were Mabel Allene/Ailene, who married a Morris, and Nelda.
- 3. Sylvia M. Hamby was born about 1905 in Texas. We have no record of her after her appearance on the 1920 census in Guymon, Texas County, Oklahoma in the home of her parents.
- 3. Jasper Vernon Hamby was born 1 November 1906. In 1930, he was 23 and lived in the home of his brother Roy in Topeka, Shawnee, Kansas. Vernon and Roy both worked as foremen in the electric plant there. Jasper Vernon died on 2 August 1988 in Pensacola, Escambia, Florida. His social security number was issued in Kansas. We have no information about marriage or children.
- 3. Mildred C. Hamby, born about 1910 in Oklahoma, was last found on a census in 1920 with her parents. No further information has been found.
- 3. Cleta V. Hamby was born about 1912 in Oklahoma and is last found on the 1920 census with her parents. No further information has been found.
- 2. Alpheus Clinton Hamby was born on 19 August 1878 in Arkansas. In 1900 he was counted in the household of his grandparents, Josiah and Emmaline Beard. He married in 1901 to Katie J. Graham. She was born 20 July 1883 in Springdale, Washington County, Arkansas and was the daughter of Vachel Clark and Eliza Jane Graham. In 1910, they lived in Muscogee County, Oklahoma, where he was a clerk at a meat market there. His parents George and Minerva were next door. Katie and Alpheus had one daughter. Alpheus' two sisters Lena and Alice Hamby were in his home, as was Sarah J. Langley, the thirteen year old niece of Alpheus, daughter of William and Ruth Hamby Langley, both deceased. He filled out his draft card in 1918 in Muscogee County, where he lived at 1216 E. Okmulgee. His occupation was "groceryman" at Brown's COD Grocery. Alpheus and Katie would make their home here in Oklahoma for the next two census counts. In 1920 they had a son as well as a daughter at their table. In 1930, their daughter had married and she and her husband and son lived in the home. Katie died on 12 February 1953 in Los Angeles County, California. Alpheus died on 30 June 1965 in the same. Both Alfeus and Katie Hamby are buried in Rose Hills Cemetery in California, alongside their daughter Glady Lorene Simmons and son in law Hadley Polk Simmons. Donald Edward Simmons died in Pennsylvania but was later moved to Rose Hills Cemetery to join his grandparents and parents.
- 3. Gladys Lorene Hamby was born 8 August 1902 in Arkansas. She married about 1921 in probably Oklahoma to Hadley Polk Simmons. He was born 11 October 1898 in Lake Charles, Calcasieu Parish, Louisiana, the son of Irvin and Ettie Dyer Simmons. Gladys and Hadley moved to California at some point, where he died on 3 January 1965. Gladys died on 24 September 1997, last address was Bloomington, San Bernardino County, California. They had one known son, Donald E., who was born about 1926 in Oklahoma; Donald enlisted for service in World War II in Los Angeles County in 1943, so the family was probably there by then. Donald Simmons married June Simmons, now deceased. Donald and June had four sons: Dennis Simmons, Walter Wayne Simmons, Donald Simmons, Timothy Simmons. All are living, and make homes in California and in the state of Washington.
- 3. Lucian J. Hamby was born in Oklahoma about 1914. He last appears on the 1930 census with his parents. Nothing further is found.
- 2. Minnie Bell Hamby was born on 2 February 1880 and died on 15 October 1881 at age twenty months. No burial place is known.
- 2. Charles Judson "Jud" Hamby was born on 9 February 1882 in Arkansas. He married on 14 December 1904 to Minnie Mae Ferguson, the daughter of Jarvis and Georgia Ferguson. She was born in 1883 in Benton County, Arkansas. In 1910, they lived in Stratton, Texas County, Oklahoma with two little boys. In the obituary of their son Clifton, it was stated that this Hamby family lived on an original homestead in a half dugout house when Clifton was young. Jud filed a draft card in Guymon, Texas County, Oklahoma in 1918 and stated that he farmed. In 1920, still in Guymon, he and Minnie had five children at home. Minnie Ferguson Hamby died on 9 April 1969 in Eldorado Springs, Cedar County, Missouri and she is buried at Clintonville Cemetery there. Charles died 2 February 1976 in Eldorado Springs at the age of 93. He lies next to Minnie at Clintonville.
- 3. Guy Ronald Hamby was born on 3 November 1905 in Oklahoma and died on 12 October 1934 in Texas County, Oklahoma. He was buried at Elmhurst Cemetery in Guymon, Texas County, Oklahoma.
- 3. Clifton Hamby was born on 13 September 1907 in Texhoma, Texas County, Oklahoma. He married on 9 November 1941 in Garden City, Cass County, Missouri to Annie Fay West. She was born 7 February 1907 to William Eustance and Lizzie Hochlander West. She had been married previously to a McCollom and had children. The obituary of Clifton Hamby says that Clifton was born in a half dugout home on an original homestead in Panhandle of Oklahoma Territory, a few miles northwest of Texhoma. He graduated from Guymon High School in 1926, attended Panhandle State College. He worked on the family farm in Oklahoma and then later on the Missouri farm when his parents left the Dust Bowl in 1935. After his wife died, he lived on his farm with their daughter Ella Mae McCollom. He was a devout Baptist and a Sunday School superintendent, as well as an ordained deacon of the church until the day of his death. "He loved his family very much and dedicated his life to them." Annie died on 6 August 2000 at El Dorado Springs, Cedar County, Missouri; Clifton died 11 November 2001 in Cedar County, at the grand age of 94. They are both buried at Virgil City Cemetery, Vernon County, Missouri.
- 3. Vera Jane Hamby was born 19 November 1910 in Oklahoma. In 1930, Vera lived at a boarding house in Liberal, Seward County, Kansas. She was nineteen, single, and worked as a press girl at a laundry. She married Cyrus Miller Green in California on 19 July 1946. He was born 28 July 1908 in Oklahoma, the son of Louis and Martha Washington Miller Green. Cyrus died on 30 August 1985 in Sacramento County, California and he is buried at East Lawn Memorial Park in that city. Vera Jane died on 16 June 2002 in Rancho Cordova, Sacramento County, California, and she may be buried at the same place. We have no information about children.
- 3. Georgia Alta Hamby was born 19 September 1912 in Buckland, Kansas. She grew up in Guymon, Oklahoma and married on 26 January 1933 in Guymon, Texas County, Oklahoma to Mancel M. Baker. He was born 19 July 1910 in Berlin, Rogers Mills County, Oklahoma, the son of Benjamin Franklin Baker and Minnie May Entsminger. His father died when Mancel was young and his mother, Minnie Baker, married again, to Josiah Littleton Hamby, the uncle of Georgia Hamby. In 1940, Georgia and Mancel Baker lived in Beckham County, Oklahoma with two small sons. Mancel died on 10 December 1966 in Berlin, Oklahoma and was buried at the cemetery there. Georgia worked as a nurse's aide and raised cattle on the family farm. Georgia Hamby Baker died on 11 November 2009 in Cheyanne, Oklahoma and was buried beside her husband at the Berlin Cemetery in Rogers Mills County, Oklahoma. They had two daughters and three sons.
- 3. Lelah Audrey Hamby was born 27 January 1915 in Oklahoma. She married on 24 November 1938 in Cedar County, Missouri to Guy William West. Guy was born in Clinton County, Missouri on Christmas of 1904. We do not know his parents. Lelah and Guy lived in Kansas City for a time; they had a child born there in 1949. Guy died on 25 April 1975 in Kansas City, Jackson County, Missouri, and he is buried at the Virgil City Cemetery in Vernon County, Missouri. Lelah Hamby West died on 23 April 2009 in El Dorado Springs, Cedar County, Missouri; she may be buried at Virgil City Cemetery as well. They had at least five children, and that includes three children who died at birth and are buried at Virgil City Cemetery: Alice Mae in 1942, James William in 1944, and Robert Lee in 1949.
- 3. Jack S. Hamby was born on 7 September 1920 in Oklahoma. He died on 24 September 1988 in Missouri and was buried at Clintonville Cemetery in El Dorado Springs, Cedar County, Missouri. We have no information about a marriage or children.
- 3. George W. "G. W." Hamby, born on 7 September 1920 in Guymon, Oklahoma, was twin to Jack S., above. George was a World War II veteran who served in the Army Air Corps from 1942 to 1945 and attained the rank of staff sergeant. He married Marjorie Scott on 5 June 1949. He taught vocational agriculture classes at Sweet Springs and Green Ridge schools and later served as the district supervisor for agricultural education in southwest Missouri, retiring in 1986. George Hamby died on 4 February 2010 at Higginsville, in Lafayette County, Missouri. He had three children.
- 3. Charles Lee Hamby, born 22 June 1922 in Texas County, Oklahoma, was in the service of his country during World War II, and died on 30 September 1944 in Holland.
- 3. Verdie Glen Hamby was born on 20 February 1926 in Texas County, Oklahoma. He married, wife's name is unknown. Verdie died on 10 May 2006 and is said to be buried at Amsterdam, Missouri.
- 2. States Wilson Hamby was born on 6 July 1884 in Springdale, Benton County, Arkansas. It is possible that he was named "Oather Wilson" or even "States Oather Wilson", as on the 1900 census at age fifteen, he is in his parents' home with a birthdate of July 1884 but named "Oathur W.", a common name in these families at that time. On 28 December 1904 he married Rose Malvy Begley, the daughter of John J. and Mary Elizabeth Dawson Begley and younger sister of Mary Begley, who married the eldest brother of States, William Henderson Hamby. Rose was born on 1 January 1887 in Lowell, Benton County. From the "Panhandle Pioneers" website comes information that States and Rose Hamby came to Texas County, Oklahoma in 1906. But, by 1910, they were listed in Pleasant Valley, Ford County, Kansas with two small children. 1920 found them back in the panhandle of Oklahoma, however, in Frisco, Texas County. They farmed and had five children. After about 1926, they moved to Hansford County, Texas, where they appear in 1930 on the census with six children. States Wilson Hamby died on 21 September 1970 in Texhoma, Texas County, Oklahoma and was buried at Elmhurst Cemetery in Guymon, Texas County, Oklahoma. Rose lived to be 106 years old, passing away on 31 July 1993 in Oklahoma. She is also interred at Elmhurst.
- 3. Ilma Elizabeth Hamby was born about 1906 in Lowell, Benton County, Arkansas. About 1925, she married Charles Harold Tucker, probably in Texas. He was born 2 March 1903 in Oklahoma, the son of Roy Alton and Bertha Hardin Tucker. In 1930, Charles and Ilma had three young children and lived in Follett, Lipscomb County, Texas. the eldest child was born in Nebraska, the second in Oklahoma, the last in Texas, so they had moved around some by then. They were in California when Charles Tucker died on 7 November 1949 in Los Angeles County. Ilma is said to have died in 1964, but no record has been found. We do not know a burial place for either. Their known children were Charlene, June, and Virgil.
- 3. Maurine L. Hamby was born about 1909 in Oklahoma. She married an unknown Davis.
- 3. Paul W. Hamby was born in Oklahoma on 26 February 1913. He died on 11 December 1988 in Dumas, Moore County, Texas. Paul had lived in Colorado at some time.
- 3. Garland J. Hamby was born 11 April 1915 in Oklahoma. He died in Potter County, Texas on 12 February 1986 and was buried at Elmhurst Cemetery in Guymon, Texas County, Oklahoma.
- 3. Truda J. Hamby was born about 1919 in Oklahoma.
- 3. States Wilson Hamby Jr. was born in February 1921 in Texas County, Oklahoma. When he enlisted for service in the United States Army on 4 September 1942, he was living in Texas County, Oklahoma, had finished a year of college, worked as a salesman and had no dependents. He married Edith Pauline Layman on 11 January 1945 in Vancouver, Clark County, Washington. They had a daughter in 1946 in Potter County, Texas. States died on 25 August 2008 in Plainview, Hale County, Texas.
- 3. Ruby Jewell Hamby was born in Oklahoma.
- 3. Leon Darin Hamby was born on 30 July 1925 in Oklahoma. He died on 27 March 1980 in Lompoc, Santa Barbara, California.
- 3. Beulah Hamby
- 2. Lena Lee Hamby was born on 6 April 1886 in Arkansas. In 1910 she lived with her brother Alpheus Hamby in Muscogee County, Oklahoma, next door to her parents. She was 24 and single and worked as a clerk in the telephone office there. In 1920 she lived with her parents in Guymon, Texas County, age 33 and single. According to family information, whe was married first to a man named Harley who died; she married on 8 May 1948 in Seattle, King County, Washington to George Edmund Angelo Gooch. He was born on 25 August 1894 in Washington, the son of Canadian immigrant Alexander Gooch and wife Eliza Smith. According to death records in California, Lena Gooch died on 26 May 1967 in San Jose, Santa Clara County, California. We have found a grave record that the ashes of Lena Lee Gooch were buried at the Mount Pleasant Cemetery in Seattle, King County, Washington, location of the plot of the Alexander Gooch family. George "Ed" Gooch died on 2 July 1973 in Union City, Alameda County, California.
- 2. George Ellis Hamby was born on 19 January 1888 in Lowell, Benton County, Arkansas. In 1909, probably in Benton County, Arkansas, he married Vergie D. Ferguson, the daughter of Jasper Slicker and Georgeanna Ferguson and the younger sister of Holly Ferguson, who married George's brother Josiah Littleton Hamby. She was born in March 1890 in Benton County. George and Vergie married and got right on the trains, it seems, for in the next year, 1910, they were listed on the census in Cascades, Clackamus County, Oregon, where George worked in the sawmills. by 1917 they were in Bannock County, Idaho and George now worked for the Oregon Shortline Railroad as a car inspector. He had a two year old daughter, he stated on his draft card. They lived at 532 Jackson in Pocatello, Idaho. In 1920 they had moved again with his job, it seems, and lived at Tulare, San Joaquin County, California. George was still an inspector for the railroad. We cannot find George in the 1930 census, but he did not die until 7 November 1973 in Sacramento County, California. It is possible that Vergie passed away before the 1930 census, however, since their daughter Doris, age fifteen, was boarding with an Ehrman family in Sacramento, California. In 1942, George listed his full name as George Ellis Hamby, born in Lowell, Arkansas and living in Sacramento, California. No burial place is known for George or Vergie, but they were probably laid to rest in California.
- 3. Doris Lee Hamby was born in Idaho on 3 August 1914. She married an unknown Ahlstedt. Doris died on 7 November 1988 in Sacramento County, California.
- 2. John Alvin Hamby was born on 24 May 1890 in Benton County, Arkansas. He died as a child before the 1900 census. No burial place is known.
- 2. Lilas Alice Hamby was born on 15 January 1895 in Arkansas, and her name is spelled exactly this way on her gravestone. In 1910 she was in the home of her brother Alpheus in Muscogee County, Oklahoma, where she worked as a telephone operator. She married Alvin Guy Grable before 1920 and they had a son Donald on the 1920 census in Pocatello, Bannock County, Idaho. Guy was a foreman with the railroad. They lived just two homes away from her cousin, William Franklin Beard and his family. He was the son of Samuel Franklin Beard and Mattie Angeline Langley and would be Lilas' cousin. In 1930, Guy and "Lela" lived in San Francisco with their two sons, Donald and Lloyd; Guy was a machinist there. In 1940, still living in San Francisco, a third son had been born. Lilas died on 20 December 1942 in San Francisco; she was only 47. Alvin Guy Grable died on 30 December 1949 in San Francisco. They are both buried at Woodlawn Memorial Park in San Mateo County, California.
- 3. Donald Guy Grable was born on 12 February 1918 in Pocatello, Bannock County, Idaho. He died on 4 October 1966 in San Francisco, California and was buried at Woodlawn Memorial Park in San Mateo County, California.
- 3. Lloyd William Grable was born in 1927 in California.
- 3. Richard Wayne Grable was born in 1931 in California.
1. Thomas Luther Beard was born in Marshall County, Tennessee on 18 July 1854. On 2 January 1879 he married Sarah Elizabeth "Betty" Sharp, the daughter of Joseph Nelson and Mary Jane Sowder Sharp. Betty was born on 3 January 1857 in Arkansas. Her family lived next household to the William Harrison Hamby family for over twenty years. In 1880, thomas and Sarah were newlyweds in their own household in Benton County, but by 1900, they were listed in Washington, Benton County, with three children. In 1910 they lived at Colville in Benton County with four of four children living, and they would be listed there in 1920 and 1930 as well. Betty Sharp Beard died on 23 December 1932 in Benton County and was buried at Spring Creek Cemetery there. On 1 September 1933, Thomas Luther Beard passed away in Benton County and was laid to rest beside her at Spring Creek.
- 2. Joseph Littleton Beard, born on 25 August 1883 in Benton County, Arkansas, lived with his parents until they both passed away. In 1918 on his draft papers, he was 35 and a farmer at Lowell. Thomas Beard, his father, was listed as closest relative. In 1942 he was living at Colville and still farming. His closest relative listed on his World War II draft registration was Jeff Brown in Lowell, Arkansas. He appears to have never married. He passed away on 22 April 1959 and he is buried at Spring Creek Cemetery in Benton County amongst scores of family and friends.
- 2. Belle Dona Beard was born on 26 August 1890 in Benton County, Arkansas. She married Raymond Artimus "Ray" Wiley. Ray was born on 1 February 1881 in Clay, Linn County, Missouri, and in 1910 he was listed on the census as single, living in Jasper County, Missouri with his siblings. He and Dona married later that year. They apparently lived in Arkansas for the births of their first three children, moving to Missouri about 1916. In 1918 the couple lived in Alba, Jasper County, Missouri with four children. Ray was a miner at Fort Worth L & Z Company (lead and zinc), based in Ottawa, Oklahoma. We do not find them in 1920, but they had located to Arkansas by 1923 when a child was born there. In 1930 they lived at Colville in Benton County with five children at home. Eventually the Wiley family moved to Tulsa, Oklahoma and they were there when her brother Lawrence filled out his draft papers for World War II and put her down as his closest relative. We do not know where either Ray or Dona died, but we do know dates, as they were buried side by side at Spring Creek Cemetery in Benton County, Arkansas. Belle Dona Beard Wiley passed away on 22 May 1953; Ray died on 1 December 1956.
- 3. Madge Goldie Wiley was born on 26 March 1911 in Arkansas. She married Claude Thelmer Driver on 15 June 1928. He was born on 10 June 1907 in Springdale, Arkansas. His parents were John Carrol and Rachel E. Dorsey Driver. Madge died on 30 July 1971 in Tulsa, Tulsa County, Oklahoma. Claude died on 6 August 1990 in Tulsa. No burial place is yet known.
- 3. Fern Wiley was born in 1913 in Arkansas.
- 3. Herbert Wiley was born in 1915 in Arkansas.
- 3. Rolla Everett Wiley was born 6 November 1916 in Missouri. He died in September 1981 in Claremore, Rogers County, Oklahoma.
- 3. Ida Ruth Wiley was born in 1923 in Arkansas.
- 3. Ruby Rae Wiley was born in 1927 in Arkansas.
- 2. Lawrence Dow Beard, born on 19 March 1895 in Lowell, Benton County, Arkansas, filled out a draft card in 1918 stating that he was 22 and lived in Mondanin, Iowa, working as a farm hand for O. A. Parks. He was single and had no dependents. He claimed a physical disability, a club foot defect. In 1920, he was in Benton County, Arkansas with his parents. In 1930, he was listed in the house of his brother Euel and he was listed as divorced. By 1942, time for another draft registration, he lived at Sunnyside, Yakima County, Washington, age 47, working for Lyle Benning. He stated that his closest relative was Mrs. Ray Wiley in Tulsa, Oklahoma. Lawrence died on 1 March 1958, last residence listed Benton County, Arkansas, and he is buried at Spring Creek Cemetery in Benton County.
- 2. Euel Don Beard was born 27 October 1900 in Arkansas. He married about 1925 to Oma F. Brown, the daughter of John Milton and Minnie R. Kelly Brown. In 1930, they lived at Howard, Elk County, Kansas, where Euel worked as a mechanic in a garage. He and Oma had a young daughter and his brother Lawrence lived with them and also worked as a mechanic in a garage. At some point, the family moved to California. Euel Don Beard died on 26 February 1993, last residence in Washington, Arkansas. Oma Brown Beard died on 5 April 2001, last residence listed Fort Collins, Colorado. They are both buried at Spring Creek Cemetery in Benton County, Arkansas.
- 3. Betty Lee Beard was born about 1926 in Arkansas.
- 3. Lilly Joyce Beard was born 2 February 1935 in Arkansas. She died on 9 April 1935 in Benton County, Arkansas and was buried at Spring Creek Cemetery, Benton County, Arkansas.
1. James E. Beard was born on 6 April 1858 in Marshall County, Tennessee. He died at twelve years of age in 1870 and he is buried at the Sharp Cemetery in Benton County, Arkansas.
1. Samuel Franklin "Frank" Beard was born 15 July 1866 in Lamar County, Texas. About 1888, he married Martha Angeline "Mattie" Langley, the daughter of William Jackson and Sarah E. Langley. She was born 27 February 1871 in Conway, Faulkner County, Arkansas. Mattie's family moved to Benton County when she was about six. They settled on a farm near Goad Springs School. Her brother William A. Langley would marry Ruth Jane Hamby, the daughter of George Washington and Minerva Jane Beard Hamby, about 1892. Frank and Mattie Langley Beard would have two sons and a daughter before 1894, but tragedy struck the family that year. From The Springdale News of July 20, 1894: "Frank Beard, a prosperous young farmer living a short distance west of Lowell, was accidentally shot and killed in the Cherokee Nation Saturday morning. The particulars, as far as we were able to learn, are as follows: Beard and a companion had been to the Territory with stock to attend one of the payments. They were returning home and Friday night camped near a spring in the Territory about 28 miles west of Siloam Springs. Saturday morning, in making preparations to break camp, Beard took one of the horses to the spring nearby for water. Shortly afterwards his companion heard a shot but supposed that Beard was firing off his pistol and thought nothing strange of the occurence. A young Indian girl residing near by soon went to the spring for watere and discovered Beard dead, with a bullet hole through his neck and his pistol on the ground a few feet away. The supposition is that the pistol accidentally fell from his pocket and hitting the ground, was discharged with the above results. A coroner's jury was summoned and returned a verdict that Beard came to his death from the accidental discharge of a pistol. Beard's companion put the remains in a wagon and brought them home and they were laid to rest with appropriate ceremonies at Goad Springs on Sunday. Beard was about 30 years of age and leaves a yong wife and three children who knew nothing of the death of the husband duntil his form, cold in death, was brought to their home. They were looking for his homecoming but it was entirely different from what they expected and their grief was almost greater than they could bear. The deceased was at one time a resident of Springdale and the News unites with his many friends in ffering sympathy to the grief stricken widow and orphans andd loving old parents."
Frank's widow Mattie lived with his parents for a year before she remarried to his cousin, Robert Lee Beard, the son of Josiah's brother John B. Beard. See his history for the rest of her story.
The three children of Frank Beard and Mattie Langley were:
- 2. Otto Marion Beard was born on 4 May 1889 in Lowell, Benton County, Arkansas. In 1910 at the age of twenty, he went with his brother William Franklin Beard to Dimmit County, Texas and hired on as ranch hands at the place of Joseph Caldwell. He married about 1914, probably back home in Arkansas, to Rose E. Kendrick, who was the daughter of William Perry and Mary Augusta Hoggett Kendrick of Benton County. She was born in July 1888 in Arkansas. Rose and Otto hit the road or the trains, and were in Pocatello, Bannock County, Idaho when he registered for the World War I draft. He was 28, lived at 1133 Nour Street in Pocatello, and he was a boilermaker for Oregon Shortline Railroad. He had a dependent wife and two children. We do not yet find the family in 1920. In 1930, they were at Elko, Elko County, Nevada, where Otto was still a boilermaker for the railroad. Their three children all lived in the home. When Otto registered for the next draft, in 1942, they lived at Quincy, Plumas County, California, where he worked for WP [probably Western Pacific] Railroad Company. His closest kin was listed as Rose E. Beard. His social security record gives San Joaquin, California as last residence. He died on 1 February 1967, probably there in California. We have no record for Rose and we do not know a burial place for either one of them.
- '3. 'Kenneth H. Beard was born on 31 March 1915 in Pocatello, Bannock County, Idaho. He died on 17 August 1988 in San Joaquin County, California.
- 3. Samuel Franklin Beard was born 9 December 1916 in Idaho. He enlisted on 3 March 1941 in Sacramento County, California for service in the army as a private, through the National Guard. He worked for the railroads at some point, according to his Social Security. He died on 20 June 1996 in Sacramento County, California.
- 3. Virginia Beard was born about 1919 in Oregon.
- 2. Dora Beard was born in May 1892 in Benton County, Arkansas. She is last found on a census in 1900 with her mother and stepfather Robert and Mattie Beard in Benton County, Arkansas. We have no marriage or death record.
- 2. William Franklin "Bill" Beard was born on 31 January 1894 in Benton County, Arkansas. In 1910 he went with his elder brother Otto to Dimmit County, Texas, hiring on as young ranch hands there. He married about 1913, place unknown, to Mary N., last name unknown. His draft registration in 1918 was in Bannock County, Idaho, living at 713 North Johnson Street in Pocatello, in which town his brother Otto and family also lived. A cousin, Lilas Hamby Grable, also lived there and their homes were close by each other. He was an electric welder for A S L Railroad there. He wa married with a child under three. In 1920, still in Pocatello, and listed as Bairds, William and Mary had two young daughters. By 1930, the family lived at Vancouver, Clark County, Washington and he was now a railroad foreman. They had three children. His half brother, Earl E. Beard, lived with them, working as a riveter, and he had a wife and baby son with him. We have no death record for William or Mary Beard and do not know where they lived later on in life.
- '3. 'Norma Beard was born about 1915 in Idaho.
- 3. Mattie Wilma Beard was born about 1918 in Idaho.
- 3. Bruce Beard was born about 1924 in Washington.
1. Jackson Beard was born in 1868 in Benton County, Arkansas. He died before 1880 in the same. No place of burial is known.
1. Martha A. "Mattie" Beard was born in Benton County, Arkansas on 26 June 1869. She married Robert A. Cowan about 1888 in Benton County. Robert was the son of John and Elvira Cowan of Benton County and he was born 10 March 1859. Robert and Mattie Cowan had a daughter born to them in December 1890 and Mattie may not have recovered well, for she died on 15 March 1891 in Benton County. No burial place is known yet. Robert remarried to a Nannie and had two more children with her. He died in July 1900 in Benton County.
- 2. Mattie M. Cowan was born 2 December 1890 in Arkansas. About 1907, she married and had a daughter named Irene in about 1911 in Arkansas. At some point after 1917 but before 1924, she married Arthur Benton "Artie" Graves, who was born 13 September 1884 in Missouri. He had been married before, as well; there is a Missouri marriage record for an Artie B. Graves who married Emma Davis "Greable" in Cape Girardeau on 22 June 1910. She died in 1912 in the same. When he filed draft papers in 1917 for World War I, he was working as a carpenter in Cleveland, Cuyahoga County, Ohio and his closest relative was Mable Maud Graves, possibly his mother or a different wife. Artie did serve in the army as a private during the war. Neither Mattie Cowan nor Artie Graves are found on the 1920 census yet, but on the 1930 census, they lived in Los Angeles, California with a daughter and a son, both born in California. Irene, who apparently married to a Smith, was also in the household, listed as Irene Smith, step daughter, with an eleven month old son, Ray R. Smith, born in California. The records of veteran's gravesites lists Artie B. Graves, died 28 November 1965, buried at the Los Angeles National Cemetery. His death records lists his mother's maiden name as "Patti". A record of Mattie's death says that she is buried there, as well. She died 26 March 1992 in Los Angeles, and her death record lists her mother's maiden name as Beard and her maiden name Cowan.
- 3. Mabel Gene Graves was born on 15 February 1924 in Los Angeles County, California. She married an unknown Alvarado. Mabel Alvarado died on 19 November 1994 in Los Angeles County, California.
- 3. Robert A. Graves was born in California.
1. Mary E. Beard was born on 29 April 1871 in Arkansas. She married before 1894 to Henry Hall, the son of John and Mary Hall. Henry was born about 1866 in Benton County. He was a minister. Sadly, he died of tuberculosis in 1898 in Benton County, leaving Mary with three very young children. In 1900, Mary Hall was a widow in the home of her parents in Colville, Benton County, with her three children. By 28 July 1901, Mary Beard Hall herself had died at the age of 30, possibly of tuberculosis as well. The three children were:
- 2. Franklin P. Hall was born on New Year's Day 1894 in Arkansas. He seems to be the Frank P. Hall listed in Cook County, Illinois when he filed draft papers in 1918. He was 23, born in Lowell, Arkansas, lived at 2358 Indiana Avenue, Chicago, Illinois, worked at a news stand owned by Fred Harvey, Dearborn Station. No nearest relative was listed. In 1920 in Cook County, Illinois, we find a Frank P. Hall, age 26, a salesman for a tool company, born in Arkansas. He was married to Anne E., age 27, born in Illinois, a hairdresser at a beauty salon. No further information can yet be found.
- 2. Hugh Arlington Hall was born on 17 May 1896 in Lowell, Benton County, Arkansas. When he filed a draft card for World War II in 1942, he was 46, lived at RFD 1 in Pea Ridge, Benton County. His wife was Betty and he farmed. At some point they moved to California and Hugh died there on 28 November 1957 in Tulare County. His mother's maiden name was listed as Beard. Earlier records are hard to find for him, since there were more than a few Hugh Halls in Benton County.
- 2. Beulah Hall was born in Benton County in January 1898. No records are found for her after the 1900 census, when she was with her widowed mother in the home of her parents in Benton County.