Drew County, Arkansas Photos/Identification Help

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Contributed by Robbie McKeage.

This is Charles Gilbert Henry and Effie May Vickers Asher. Effie was the daughter of Erastus "Ras" Vickers. Erastus had a blacksmith shop and gristmill in Selma for several years. Effie and Charles Gilbert lived on Jackson Street in Monticello for many years. This is their wedding picture, they were married on October 7, 1920.They had two children Everett Lavern and Lula Mae Asher Sanson.

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Contributed by Rhonda Erwin Lounello.

Jan Dunham had added a few pics at the bottom of the site that are of my family members so I thought I would send a few that I have of the same relatives. The pic of the house in Monticello belonging to Jack Erwin is the same picture that I have but I didn't know it had burned down. My great-great-grandfather was John Erwin who was brother to Jack Erwin. Jan's grandfather William Hocket Erwin was brother to my great-grandfather Redmon O'donnel Erwin. He is pictured in the chair. The husband and wife pic are of John Erwin and Isadora Morgan Erwin. The family pic is of John Erwin and his 2nd wife Ella Appleberry. The children are Redmon, Claude, William and Eva. Redmon and Claude married sisters Georgia Valley Cloud and Rose Blanche Cloud. Redmon and Georgia moved to Palestine, TX after my grandfather Homer Erwin was born. That is where I am from.

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Contributed by Linda Zolliecoffer.

This is Effie (Vickers) Asher, oldest daughter of Erastus "Rass" Vickers. The Vickers moved to Drew County from Hamilton County, Illinois. Effie married Charles Gilbert Henry Asher.

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Marion Edward Vickers and Lillian Henritta (Kozets) Vickers. Marion was the son of Erastus "Rass" Vickers of Selma, Arkansas.

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Easton Wright Vickers is the son of Erastus Vickers

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Lula Mae and Everett LaVerne Asher, children of Effie and Charles Gilbert Henry Asher.

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Erastus Orlan Vickers & wife Willie Claude Knoblach Vickers. Erastus was the son of Erastus "Rass" Vickers

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Easton Wright Vickers & Alma (Snow) Vickers in Selma, Ar.

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Erastus Vickers, blacksmith in Selma, Ar., Easton Wright Vickers and wife, Alma (Snow) Vickers.

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This is Erastus "Rass" Vickers and Mary Susie Cone of Selma, Ar. Erastus had a blacksmithshop in Selma. Erastus and Mary Susie were married for a short time.

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Contributed by Kaye Evans.

This is a picture of Susan A. (Young) Doss, born in 1856 (husband's name: Robert J. Doss). They moved to Drew County, Arkansas, from Mississippi sometime around 1882, but I'm not sure of the correct date. She was my great-great-Grandmother and the mother of Annie Doss Wilson.

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Contributed by Kaye Evans.

Charlie Pennington

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Contributed by Kaye Evans.

This is the sawmill in Drew County, Arkansas. One of the young boys in dresses may be Charlie Pennington, picture may also contain some Wilsons.

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Contributed by Mary S. Perkins.

This is Henry Osborn Smith and his wife, Deborah Jones Smith. He was a former Wilmar Mayor and Marshall. Dock Smith's gr-grandson had this picture. His daughter, Jenny Smith, sent it to me. Dock was a younger son of Henry and Deborah. Jenny's dad has a cousin with more pictures, and they are going to try and identify them. Henry's only daughter, Mary, resembled him a lot. I would estimate this picture was taken not too many years before they died. That was in 1909.

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Contributed by Wynona Roberts Burgstiner.

This is copy of a marriage license issued from Drew County for my grandparents: Robert Payne Roberts and Jesse Reatha Young. They were married on July 12, 1912 while sitting in a wagon after my grandfather had gone to pick up my grandmother. Her stepmother was unable to continue supporting her. She was 18 years old, he was 22.

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The other is a picture taken a few days after they married. I know they lived in the area for awhile but moved to Lincoln County shortly after that. The 1920 Census records show they were living in Lincoln County at that time and two of my aunt's and my father were born by then.

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Contributed by Jim Joyce.

The people in this picture are Robert A. Bishop and Eddye M. (Joyce) Bishop with their son Bob Ed Bishop. Bob Ed Bishop was born in Wilmar in 1942, and he appears to be 1 or 2 years old in the picture. Robert A. Bishop was superintendent of Wilmar Schools until approxiamately 1948.

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Contributed by Jim Joyce.

These pictures show my father and the members and the coach of the Wilmar High School basketball team. Since my father graduated in 1921, I am assuming this was his senior year however none of the pictures were dated so I can't be sure of this being his senior year. The Wilmar High School 1921 graduating class consisted of 8 members, 3 of which were boys. Their names were Farrel K. Biggs, Marvin E. and Van B. Joyce, my father. Therefore, two of the boys in the pictures could be Farrel Biggs and Marvin Bird. No names were of the backs of the pictures either. The picture of the one boy is my father Van B. Joyce. Looking at the picture with the whole group standing and the coach shown, my father is second from the left with the coach's hand on his shoulder. In the picture with some of the group seated on the ground, my father is second from the left and seated.

Edit: I just noticed that the basketball in the two of the pictures indicates it was the 1920 basketball team. So, my father may have been a junior at the time the picture was taken. Maybe someone will let us know.

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Contributed by Linda Vickers Zolliecoffer.

This is Effie Vickers Asher. She was the daughter of Erastus R. Vickers and Ada Belle Foster. Erastus had a blacksmith shop and gristmill in Selma around the 1930's. She married Charles Gilbert Henry Asher of Selma, Arkansas. She lived on Jackson St. in Monticello for many years. She had 2 children, Lula Mae who married Carl Sanson and a son Everett, who married Mable Smith. Two of her brothers lived with her later on in their lives (Easton Wright and Marion Thomas Vickers).

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This is Erastus R. Vickers. He had a blacksmith shop and grist mill in Selma. He moved to Drew County from Hamilton County, Illinois. Earnestine King and her family now own the property where blacksmith and mill were. We heard that he married a Mrs. R.A. Davis and then a Susie Cone Roberson. He passed away in 1939 at Selma. He is buried in the Selma Cemetery.

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This is Luther Vickers and Effie Asher at her home in Monticello, Arkansas. Luther was her brother. The Vickers family moved to Monticello from Hamilton County, Illinois sometime after 1915. Thomas Jefferson Vickers preceded them by arriving in Arkansas in 1915.

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This is Erastus Orlan Vickers. He lived for a while in Monticello with his sister Effie Asher. He lived in Selma with his father and family most of the time. His father was Erastus R. Vickers. They moved to Arkansas from McLeansboro, Hamilton County, Illinois when he was just a small boy.

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This is where Thomas Jefferson Vickers bought land in Selma

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This is the marriage license of Erastus R. Vickers and Mrs. R.A. Davis of Selma.

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Contributed by Carlton Measels.

Below is a neat picture Melba brought me. On the back it has the following statement: "Aunt Rosey Clanton, grandmother Ada Measeles sister." Ada Measels was my great-grandmother who was a Neilson before she married my great-grandfather John Wesely Measels. Great-grandmother Ada Measels did have a sister by the name of Rosilee, but she married Columbus Measels not a Clanton. Also Rosilee has a son and a daughter not two daughters as the picture shows.

I am at a loss as to who these people are. I am sure they are some of my family. Maybe someone has seen these picture and can help me identifty them.

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Contributed by Carlton Measels.

This is a picture of some students that attended the Allis, AR School. My uncle Bernice Thomasson was born 26 Nov 1906. He looks to be 6 to 8 years old in the picture so I am assuming the picture was taken somtime around 1915. My dad John Hughes Measels was born in 1910 and attended the Allis school. I am assuming also since dad does not appear in the picture that he would have been too young. I would like the identification of more of the students.

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Contributed by Carolyn Haisty.

Wilmar School, Wilmar, Drew County, Arkansas - 6th & 7th Grades - About 1911 or 1912

Back row from left:
Lucille McLeod, Werner Miller, Kyle Dickson, Mr. Horatio Carl Hickman (teacher of 6th & 7th grades), Sammie Price, Ruby Thomasson, Maggie Belle Miller, Grace Rogers

Front row from left:
Harland Kidd, Kirby Smith, Hervy Oslin, Mary Wilson, Corrie Byrne, Janie Huey, Earl Green, Sidney Wise, Herbert Ferguson

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Contributed by Mrs. Wanda Reaves.

Wilmar, Drew County, Arkansas (date unknown)

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Contributed by Harry Keith Wilson.

My grandmother signed an Amnesty Oath after the Civil War. She signed it Jane E. Wilson. Her real name was Elizabeth Jane Morgan Wilson. I don't know if she changed it to reverse her given names as a statement of defiance or some other reason.

Oath of Allegiance by Jane E. Wilson of Monticello, Arkansas, signed at Pine Bluff. The oath was signed before Capt. Jno. W. Hannoh on May 15, 1865.

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Contributed by Cheryl.

Tomb of unknown soldier of Confederate States - Campground Cemetery

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Tillar High School and Tillar Methodist Church

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Tillar Methodist Church

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Tillar Cemetery

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Tillar Baptist Church

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Selma Methodist Church

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Old Tillar Bank

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Old Tillar Bank

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Old Churches

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Campground Methodist Church

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Mt. Zion Presbyterian Church

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Contributed by Harry Keith Wilson.

Bill of Lading for A.P. Wilson for four bales of cotton shipped by Jas. Wheeler on the Steamer called the J.L. Webb now in the port of Longview and bound for New Orleans, G.L. Kouns is Master, dated Longview, January 4, 1851. Shipped to G. Burkes & Co. signed by A. Mason, clk.

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Contributed by Harry Keith Wilson.

Letter to A.P. Wilson from Y.R. Royal. State of Arkansas, County of Drew, You are to hew and mark a road leading from Monticello to the line between the counties of Drew and Ashley, April 28, 1851.

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Contributed by Harry Keith Wilson.

Deed to Abel P. Wilson from Jane Beeson all of Drew County, Arkansas, for 40 acres of land for $425.00, witnessed by George Mines and John S. Royal, dated January 9, 1850. Witness by P.H. Baldy, J.P. Filed in the clerk's office on January 14, 1850 and recorded in Book A, page 308 by Y.R. Royal, clk. on January 24, 1850.

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Contributed by Harry Keith Wilson.

Deed to William B. Jones from Benjamin C. Hyatt and Agnes Lavinia Hyatt in Drew County, Arkansas. Containing 7¾ acres for $73.00. Witnesses were Wm.H. Jarvis and James Dennis. Dated March 22, 1849. Also witnessed by P.H. Baldy, jp. Dated March 26, 1849.

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Contributed by Peggy Hall Calk.

I believe that these are pictures of Mary E. Black who married William T. Miller. If anyone can confirm this, please let me know. Thank you.

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Contributed by Harry Keith Wilson.

I am not sure that this invitation goes with the envelope, but it was in it when I got it. The Cotillion Party is at the Seabrook House. I have never heard of it except on this invitation.

Cotillion Par__

Your Company is respectfully solicited to attend a __________ Party at the "SEABROOK HOUSE,"

Tuesday Evening, Dec 26th, 1865

Managers:

W.P. Burks
J.R. Barry
O.P. Manees
Thos. Nelson
A.D. Wilson
A.C. Blood

Floor Managers:

J.K. Wells
J. Chris. Chesnutt

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Contributed by Harry Keith Wilson.

Cotillion Party.

You are Respectfully invited to attend a "Cotillion Party," to be given at the
McNeely Block, Friday Eve., May 18, 1866.

Committee of Invitation:

Thos. B. Holderness
Capt. H.S. Hudspeth
Thos. Nelson
E.T. Morgan
S.A. Ragland
W.P. Burks, Jr.

Floor Managers:

Dr. W.F. Bessellieu
Maj. S. Little
Capt. T.W. Owens

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Contributed by Harry Keith Wilson.

This is an invitation to a Cotillion Party. I am not sure if the envelope goes with it, but it was in it.

Meritoire Atteindre.

The pleasure of your company is respectfully solicited to attend a Cotillion Party at the "Godfrey Hotel," on Friday evening, Feb 1st

Managers:

J.R. Barry
E.T. Morgan
A.D. Wilson
H.S. Hudspeth
T. Haynes
T.D. Nelson

Floor Managers:

J.K. Wells
Mr. Hollingsworth

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Contributed by Harry Keith Wilson.

This is an invitation to a Cotillion Party. Someone apparently wrote on it at a later date.

Cotillion Party

The pleasure of your company is respectfully solicited to attend a Party at the Monticello House on the 5th inst., at 7 o'clock, P.M.

Managers

Dr. S.E. Cole
Dr. J.A. Owens
G.F. Conly
W.F. Slemons
Dr. H. Wallace
Jas. D. Berry
T.W. Owens
C.L. Burk

February 1, 1858

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Contributed by Jan Dunham.

This photo is of the J.P. Holland family home in Monticello/Greenhill township. It was taken about 1897-98.

Standing at the gate are:
James Pinkney & Mattie Martha (Veasey) Holland with 3 of their youngest children. In Mattie Martha's arms is Dora Lexa Holland (b: 1897), standing between James P. & Mattie Martha is Lottie Dee Holland (b: 1891), standing & holding her arm over her eyes is Alberta Holland (b: 1895).

Standing on the porch are:
(left to right)
two unknown Negro ladies
several people behind torn portion of photo (unknown)
lady on far right on porch is probably Lula Holland (b: 1883)

Man on horse (unknown)

The James P. Holland family did not leave Drew Co. until after 1900 when they migrated to Anderson and Cherokee Counties, Texas. Lottie Dee Holland married William H. Erwin in Jacksonville (Cherokee Co.) in 1911, which explains my interest in both the ERWIN and HOLLAND families.

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Contributed by Jan Dunham.

Here is a photo taken in Monticello, Drew Co. Ark. about 1893. It is of Rev. Richard Marion Holland - age 18. On the back of the photo it says:

Rev. R.M. Holland at age of 18 yrs. Taken in Monticello, Ark. when I first began to preach.

Richard Marion (R.M.) Holland (born 1875) was the 2nd son of James Pinkney & Mattie Martha (Veasey) Holland.

Also - I have his obit from 1957. His death date was Nov. 28th, 1957.

Newspaper obit:
Rev. R.M. Holland, Retired Minister (Gazette State News Service)
Waldron, Dec. 1. - Rev. R. M. Holland, aged 83, a retired Methodist minister, died Saturday at his home here. He is survived by his wife; two sons, Richard Holland of Houston, Texas and Dale Holland of Kansas City; three daughters Mrs. Elsie Wright of Waldron, Mrs. Carol Bitticks of Albuquerque, N.M., and Mrs. Jane Rayford of Little Rock; two brothers, Henry Holland of Jacksonville, Tex., and M.R. Holland of Longview, Tex.; three sisters, Mrs. Lottie Erwin and Mrs. Dora Judd of Houston and Miss Elberta Holland, and seven grandchildren. Funeral will be at 2 pm Monday at First Methodist Church here by Rev. Elmo Thomason, Rev. Ethan Dodgen and Rev. Oscar Evanson. Burial will be at Duncan Cemetery by Rice Funeral Home.

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Contributed by Harry Keith Wilson.

These pictures were found in my father's barn. They came from the Abel Pennington Wilson home that was located on the Old Troy Road southeast of Monticello. I do not know who any of them are. I would appreciate any help.

It is estimated by looking at the type photo and the clothing that these photos were taken between 1850 and 1880.

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Contributed by Carlton Measels.

Below are some old pictures that came from the collection of my great Aunt Annie V. Wilson. I have no idea who these people are but feel they are pictures of people from the Monticello area since Aunt Annie lived there most of her life. I have a number of old pictures of people that I cannot identify that came from her collection.

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Contributed by Jann.

Samuel Aubrey Lynch born at Florence October 8, 1880. He died May 17, 1908 and was buried in Mt. Tabor Cem. Seated with him is his wife, Carralee Whitaker Lynch born January 7, 1883 at Florence. She died March 6, 1957 and was buried at Mt. Tabor. Their daughter, Lillie Iris Lynch was born December 2, 1904 at Florence.


Contributed by Jan Dunham.

The information is as follows: School Photo from Spring Hill, Drew Co., AR circa 1900.

William Hockett Erwin is the young boy standing in the second from the top row and to the left of the girl on the far right on that row. He's just below the young man in the top row who has on the turtle neck sweater & has the mustache. I haven't a clue where this school house must have been. I hope someone can identify the place and the other people.

My grandfather, William Hockett Erwin (son of John A. and Henrietta Isadora Jane "called Dora" Morgan Erwin) was born 1891 in Yell Co., Ark. In the 1900 census he was living in Drew Co., AR with his father and stepmother (Ella Appleberry) in the Springhill Twp. and with his two brothers (Claude b: 1883 and O'Donnel b: 1889) and his sister (Eva b: 1894). William Hockett Erwin would have been about 8 - 10 yrs old when this picture was taken. I don't know the exact year it was taken.

There is no writing on the picture, but he was identified in the picture (to me) by one of my aunts. I don't think any of the older boys were his brothers, but I'm not sure.

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Contributed by Jan Dunham.

Corrected Information Provided by Robert Oberdorf:
Judith Ann Jeter was not born in Mississippi. She was born in Virginia - like her mother, father, and all her many brothers and sisters. The last Jeter child to be born (anywhere) in (Jetersville) Amelia county, Virginia was William Paige Jeter in 1856. The family did not leave Virginia until the opening days of the War Between the States making it impossible that any of the Jeter siblings were born anyplace else. The Federal Census of 1860 (Series: M653 Roll: 1332 Page: 177) lists Judith Ann Jeter as living in Jetersville.

Original Information: Home of Jackson Y. Erwin and family (wife Judith Ann Jeter). Their home was near the county court house. It burned after the death of Jackson Y. Erwin (1907).

Jackson Y. Erwin was the son of John A. and Priscilla L. Erwin (both their last names were Erwin - they were cousins). He was born 1844 in Marshall Co., MS and died Jan. 9, 1907 in Monticello, Drew Co., AR. His wife was Judith Ann Jeter (also born in Mississippi). They were married in Drew Co. in 1871.

Their children were: Willie F. Erwin (married Wm. Pierce); Orion Clyde Erwin (married Cyrus Dowden); Bertie Jackson Erwin (never married) and Jackson Erwin Jr. (died young).

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