Yell County, Arkansas Photos/Identification Help

If you would like to submit any photos for the Yell County, Arkansas web page or have any photos of people with whom you wish to have help identifying, please send them to me with the subject line "ATTN: Yell County Photo".


Contributed by Larry Howard

Issac Wilson Harkey & family (photo taken about 1889).

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Joseph Haston Howard, Sheriff of Yell County from 1890 to 1894 (Color photo).

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Thomas Fain Howard, 1858 to 1929.

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Contributed by Mark Frazier

This shows the Gravelly Sunday School and the $300 cotton crop they raised.

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Contributed by Janet

On the back of this photo is written: Mauhan Ramey, left; Earl E. Ladd, center; E.L. Weatherall, right. E.L. might be Eugene L. Weatherall. Since Earl was the Yell County Sheriff for many years, I'd say they arrested someone for running a still!

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Contributed by Peggy Jokuti

I have a couple of photos to add in hopes of getting some identification. The first one is a photo of Reagan's store. I don't know who any of the people are.

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The second one is a photo of Tom Jeff Williams holding a rabbit and his son, Hilary (or Hilrie) is sitting on top of the building. I don't know who any of the other men are. Tom Jeff, his wife Allie, and their son lived in both Scott and Yell counties. Tom Jeff killed a man by the name of Malachi Thacker in 1929, while he was trying to put handcuffs on Hilary, but that is another story.:-)

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Contributed by Janet Newell

I don't know when or where this was or the occasion. I've added birth-death dates for the three I know. I tried finding some of the ladies on the 1920 and 1930 census records and did see a couple so I think the timing is about right. I looked again this morning and found a John E. Chambers in 1930 who was a Chancery Clerk in Danville, married to a Lydia. There's a Clark, a Keathley, and the Raymond Lewis family on the same page. According to a World War I registration card, John Edward Chambers, married to Lydia, was a lawyer in Dardanelle in 1918. By June of 1919, he was from Danville and was named as being on a centennial committee.

Anna Ladd was my great-grandmother. Bessie Ladd was my grandfather Foss's sister, and Edith Ladd was married to Earl Ladd, Anna's son and my grandmother's brother. Roxie Ladd Foss (not pictured) was my grandmother. By 1928 Roxie and her family had moved to California so she couldn't have been in the picture if it were after that date.

Lower Row: Winnie Horner, Anna (Crosby) Ladd [1865-1947], Mrs. John Millard, Mrs. Rice, Mrs. Pelham Denton, Mr. J.E. Chambers [someone wrote Mrs. J.E. Chambers, but I think that was a mistake], Mrs. Raymond Lewis, Bessie (Foss) Ladd [1889-1963], Mrs. McCray, Julia Keathley, Mrs. Partin

Back Row: Ruth Ashmore, Mrs. Brown, Mrs. Chambers, Mrs. Sloan, Mrs. John Clark, Mrs. Sharpe, Mrs. Norvall Keathley, Edith (Castleberry) Ladd [1891-1976], Mrs. Inglis, Mrs. Gatlin, Mrs. Pruitt

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Contributed by Geraldine Goodin and Lyn Pelt

This picture of an Easter Egg Hunt at W.N. Dickinson's was taken about 1917.

Front Row: 1) Unknown, 2) Unknown, 3) Unknown, 4)Vida Howell, 5) Unknown, 6) Unknown, 7) Unknown, 8) Gladys Pelt

2nd Row: 1) Mr. Dickinson, 2) Everett Pelt, 3) Gerald Evans, 4) Vermon Forrest, 5) Dorothy Howell, 6) Jim Forrest, 7) Unknown, 8) Lessie Elms, 9) Larkin Stahl, 10) Stella Chester, 11) Winnie Russell, 12) Mamie Howell, 13) Kathryn Tate

First Row Seated on porch: 1) Walter Howell, 2) Unknown, 3) Clarence Jones, 4) Luther Carter, 5) Bell Moss, 6) Audrey Carter, 7)Mattie Peeler, 8) Unknown, 9) Sallie Evens, 10) Charley Roberts, 11) Eunice Dickinson, 12) Unknown, 13) Ruth Chester, 14) Dee Peeler

3rd Row standing on ground: 1) Unknown, 2) Maggie Howell, 3) Letha Elms, 4) Minnie Sue Tate, 5) Ida Chester, 6) Lorene Pelt

From Left standing on porch: 1) Preacher Stone, 2) Mrs. Stone, 3) Lolly Stahl, 4) Vada Partain, 5) Carl Partin, 6) Edna Partin, 7) Unknown, 8) Unknown, 9) Mrs. Russell, 10) Mrs. Laura Evans, 11) Mrs. Roberts, 12) Unknown, 13) Unknown, 14) Unknown, 15) Dale Jones, 16) Unknown, 17) Mrs. Lydia Dickinson, 18) Verna Peeler, 19) Unknown, 20) Edna Dickinson, 21) Henry Dickinson, 22) Jewel Forrest, 24) Cora Dickinson, 25) Unknown, 26) Mr. Hunter, 27) Unknown, 28) Three men in back end of porch unidentified

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Contributed by Geraldine Goodin and Lyn Pelt

This is Kingston School from the early 1900s, probably about 1916 or so we would think. Vermon and Charley Forrest were born 1909 and 1911 according to the 1920 Census and they look about 7-9 and 5-7, respectively in this picture.

Top Row: 1) Maggie Howell, 2) Clara Watson, 3) Eula Lewis, 4) Dale Jones, 5) Ila Burnett, 6) Clarence Jones, 7) Letha Lipsey, 8) Unknown, 9) Bert Poteet, 10) Andrew Simmons, 11) James Watson

2nd Row from Top: 1) Jim Forrest, 2) John Mathis, 3) Ray Lipsey, 4) Francis Whitlow, 5) Edna Howell, 6) Lorene Pelt, 7) Ida Patterson, 8) Ruby Bonner, 9) Theo Patterson, 10) Mary Lue Howell

3rd Row from Top: 1) Sallie Watson, 2) Salina Patterson, 3) Gladys Pelt, 4) Unknown, 5) Unknown 6) Unknown 7) Unknown, 8) Velma Mathis, 9) Nola Lipsey, 10) Mammie Howell

4th Row from Top: 1) Unknown, 2) Janice Patterson, 3) Unknown, 4) Inez King, 5) Unknown, 6) Vida Howell, 7) Unknown, 8) Unknown, 9) Neeley Forrest

5th Row from Top (sitting): 1) Dorothy Howell, 2) Hunter Bonner, 3) Robert King, 4) Vermon Forrest, 5) Unknown, 6) Everett Pelt, 7) Willie Howell, 8) Orpha Earls, 9) Howard King (in chair)

Front Row: (sitting on ground Left to Right) 1) Tommy Watson, 2) Fred Lipsey, 3) Leonard Poteet, 4) Glen Poteet, 5)Charley Forrest, 6) Unknown

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Contributed by Geraldine Goodin and Lyn Pelt

This is Salem School, circa 1905. Third from left on next to last row: Dora Peeler. Sixth person in from Dora is Cora Irene Peeler, both daughters of Daniel Jonathan James Peeler and Lucy Vaughan Peeler.

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Contributed by Stephan B. Wolf

I have this shield (medal) that was given to the Yell family after his death. I would like to know who gave it to them and why. I will send you a photo of it. On the back of the medal is written "Archibald Yell Col. 1 Ark. Cav. Killed at Buena Vista"

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Contributed by Harold D. Eidson, Jr.

This is a photo of Frank Grace and Dr. E.M. "Ed" Eidson (my uncle) that I took at this year's Decoration Day, May 1, 2005. Frank and Ed were childhood friends in Yell County. My great-grandparents, John W. and Terila Huckaby Eidson, and my grandparents, Roy E. and Vernie McKenzie Eidson, are all buried at New Hope.

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Contributed by Lyn Pelt

Taken in 1940. Construction crew building Nimrod Dam. Fourth from left seated is J. Dee Pelt.

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Contributed by Karen Tester

Need help identifying - Thanks!

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Contributed by Virginia

This was made in Dardanelle and is next door to Fred Burnett's house - one of the oldest houses still standing in that town. I have no idea who any of the people are.

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Contributed by Linda Hunt Hamlett

This picture is one of Moss Creek School about the time that Alfred Dewey Hunt was about 6 or 7 years old. Dewey was born June 13, 1903. I believe he is the "young looking boy" on second row from the back in front of the young lady with the "checked" hair bow. I do not know names of any others in this group.

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This is Alfred Dewey Hunt, son of Thomas Jefferson Hunt, grandson of James David Hunt of the Moss Creek Community in Yell Co., AR, standing on top of Mt. Magazine. This is two photos, one of the view from the top and on the right the same view with A.D. "Arkie" Hunt born in Moss Creek, AR, to Thomas Jefferson Hunt and Diane Wilson Hunt. In his youth he left the state of Arkansas, but Arkansas never left his heart, hence his family, friends and acquaintances in East Texas always called him "Arkie" Hunt.

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This is a picture of my Dad Alfred Dewey Hunt next to his grandfather's James David Hunt's grave marker, with a larger version of the other side of the same marker which has his father Thomas Jefferson HUNT's information on it. This is two pictures joined together to show both sides.

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This is a picture of my Dad's old home church near Moss Creek Community in Yell Co., Arkansas.

In Opal Ball Powers' book, "All Around About the Camp" (her Herring family history), this was the "Camellia Church" which stands on a hill above Moss Creek. The land was donated by Lafayette Denton and named in honor of his mother, Camellia Herring, the third eldest child of Bryant and Percy Herring who was married to Daniel Denton.

This picture was taken about 1976 on a trip to Moss Creek with my Dad, Alfred Dewey Hunt, son on Thomas Jefferson, grandson of James David.

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Contributed by Karen Tester

Some of the people I have identified on this photo:

Standing: Edna Bogle, Derrick Swaim, unknown woman, unknown man, unknown woman, Bill Ladd, Eulerle Bogle Ladd, Annie Briggs Bogle, unknown woman

Child: Maxine Derrick Gilmore

Front: Earl Bogle, unknown man, Jim Bogle

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The child's name is Maxine. The man's name is unknown.

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The women in this picture are Eulerle & Edna Bogle (my great-great-aunt and great-grandmother). The names of the boys and man are unknown.

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Contributed by Dorotha Phillips

I am sending you a photos of Frank Leslie and Sara Beatrice Willard's family that was taken in Bluffton, Arkansas, in 1935. This was the only time that all of our family was together, as my sister Lena and sister-in-law, Cleo died a little while after this picture was taken.

Back row:
Elton Willard, Arthur Caldwell, Cleo (Ellis) Willard, Oscar Willard, Eliot Willard, Frank Leslie Willard, Roscoe Monroe, James Blain Willard

2nd row:
Sybil Willard, Lena (Willard) Caldwell, Ollie (Smith) Thompson, Sarah Beatrice (Smith) Willard, holding Calvin Glenn Monroe, Hattie (Willard) Monroe, Little boy standing, Wayne Summit, boy on his knees, Arlie Summit

Front row:
Lois Caldwell, Thelma Caldwell, Dorotha (Willard) Phillips, Wanda Caldwell, Mary Helen Summit, Lenart Caldwell, Norman Willard, John Willard

Thank you.

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Contributed by Diana Gale Kite

This is my great-grandmother (left) Stella Bonner (Emery), and her sister (right) Della Bonner (Cooper).

I am searching for any information that will help me trace their parents. I don't have names.

This photo was taken by Bert Willard, a professional photographer in Chula, Yell County, Arkansas. It was taken ca. 1910.

Thank you.

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Contributed by Carole A. Barger

Here is photo of my great-great grandfather, Jesse Hackney Cotton. Jesse was born in Cottontown, Tennessee, Oct. 31, 1816, son of Arthur Cotton and Sally Daniels. He is buried in Brearley Cemetery in Dardanelle, Yell, Arkansas. His wife was Rebecca Jane Ryon/Ryan, born in Franklin, Simpson, Kentucky, April 14, 1822. She died Feb. 6, 1869 and buried in a grave on the family farm out of Dardanelle. The grave is still there, with fence around it, and worn headstone still standing. Jesse and Rebecca Jane Cotton were parents of Leonard, Mary Frances, William Elliot, C.B., Elmora Elizabeth, James Henry, America Vandelia, Susan, Martha Jane, Lucinda, Wiley Daniel. C.B. Cotton's oldest son was Raymond Welch Cotton, born 1882, died 1954 in Fort Smith, Sebastian, Arkansas.


Jesse Hackney Cotton 1880

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Raymond Welch Cotton 1952

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Contributed by Karen Tester

This is a picture of the founder of Briggsville, around the time of the Civil War. One of the children is my great-great-grandmother.

William Dodd Briggs (b. 26 Jun 1818, d. 29 Mar 1895, s/o James & Rebecca (George) Briggs), Felicia Ann (Coleman) Briggs (b. 11 Oct 1838, d. 31 Dec 1917, d/o Patrick & Elizabeth Ann (Boles) Coleman). I'm puzzled over the children, I think the girl is Annie Elizabeth Briggs Bogle (b. 14 Jun 1861, d. 1 Oct 1945) -- my great-great-grandmother. W.D. & Felicia's first child was a boy named James Patrick "Jim Pat" Briggs (named for his 2 grandfathers). I don't know where he was at the time this picture was taken unless they allowed him to look like a girl and he is in this picture. Felicia's 3rd pregnancy produced a set of twins, William Franklin (b. 30 May 1863, d. 6 Aug 1906 -- he was the sheriff when the last hanging took place -- J.W. Ince, who lived in Briggsville and murdered his wife and children). William Franklin was killed by a piece of flying wood at the sawmill. Charles M. was his twin (b. 30 May 1863, d. 19 Sep 1868). Sophronia Louisa (b. 6 Mar 1867, d. 1949, m. Rev. J.B. Stevenson & is buried in Conway, AR). Edna (b. 13 May 1870, d. 17 Jan 1906, married Eli Gladden). Levi L. (b. 24 Mar 1873, d. 17 Jun 1950, married Mary Belle Compton). Wallace D. (b. 3 Apr 1876, d. 13 Sep 1930, never married).

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Contributed by Marjorie Allen Johnson

William Barlow Lemoyne and Sons: Stacy, Ransom, Charmel & Basil. Taken in Dardanelle, Yell County, Arkansas circa 1910.

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Contributed by Jayme Berry

Here are Absolum and Emaline Reyer. This picture was probably taken about 1850. It is my oldest picture. They settled during their later years in Dardanelle, Yell County, Arkansas. They were there in the 1870 census. Both died during the 1870's.

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This is the wedding picture of Dora Jane Reyer and Byrd McElrath - taken in the early 1870's. They lived in Perry County in 1880 and Yell County in 1900. They had six daughters and three sons who survived to adulthood. Their children were: Lily, Daisy, Rose, Violet, Myrtle, Jasmine (Pink) (all of their girls were named after flowers), and Clint, Stanley, and Dane. I have two poems Dora wrote, one about the girls and one about the boys. If you like I will transcribe them for you. Dora was the older daughter of Absolum and Emaline Reyer. Both Dora and Byrd died in 1901.

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This is a picture of Rose Lee McElrath and her husband, Sam Burchard Pierce and their son Clarence. I have a picture of Sam's father, William Thomas Pierce, also, but I don't know if he ever lived in Yell County.

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This is a picture of Lewis and Sarah Reyer Harrison. Sarah Ann Reyer McElrath was the younger daughter of Absolum and Emaline Reyer. She and Dora were young ladies in Yell County in 1870. I believe that Lewis and Sarah settled in Perry County.

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Clint Reyer McElrath, son of Dora and Byrd McElrath, and Charles Chordaski

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Pink McElrath (lighter hair) and an unknown friend

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Contributed by Rainey Ashcraft

My mother's family (Rainey) has connections in Arkansas. I have 2 portraits from my mother's side and the history and origin are totally nonexistent to say the least. The portraits can be seen at: http://www.rashcraft.com/portraits.htm. If anyone has any input on the history of these two children, please email me. Thanks.


Contributed by Vicki

My grandmother gave me this picture years ago. I remember she is second from the right on the back row, and Andrew Walker is the fourth from the right on the back row. (Eva Irene Walker Davis, b. 5-3-1890) She married Lonnie Henry Davis (b. 3-17-1887). Both are from Yell Co, AR and were married 1-8-1908 in Centerville. I believe my grandpa is 2nd from right front row. And I believe Grandpa's sisters are all in this. I do not know any other names from the Walker side. Grandpa had four sisters: Lula Davis Shepherd, Arta Davis Shook, Bernie Davis Maynard, and Clara Davis Womack. Lula's daughter was Margaret Shepherd Eikleberry. She was a school teacher there for several years, and I believe her daughters are still there. If I remember correctly this was a family photo, but I am not sure who they are? Can anyone help?

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Contributed by Juli Morgan

This photo was found with my grandmother's things when she died in 1976. My aunt recently gave it to me. The only thing I know about this picture is that my uncle, Archie Herman Risener, is on the front row, 4th from the left. This school may have been in Yell County, or it might have been in Van Buren County.

My uncle was born in 1909, and the family lived in Van Buren county until 1915 or 1916. I had thought that he looked too young for this photo to have been taken in Yell County, but my dad tells me that my uncle was a sickly child and was small for his age until he hit his teen years. It looks like the other kids are 10 to 12, so if he was small and was really their age, then that would place the photo about 1919/20, which looks more likely to be the time period.

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Contributed by Melanie Atkins

The following photo was found in the possession of a Murdock descendant In Birmingham, AL. This Wamack or Womack man married Virginia "Jennie" Howard around 1890, probably in the Yell County area.

Jennie Howard appeared on the 1880 census of Yell Co. in the home of her parents, Joseph and Sarah Angeline Carson (Murdock) Howard. Sarah was the widow of Daniel Jasper Murdock, Sr., who was killed in the Civil War Battle of Chickamauga, GA.

After Daniel Jasper was killed, Sarah married Joseph Howard and they moved to Carden Bottoms, Yell County, AR, by the 1880 census. One of her Murdock sons was William E. Murdock, who raised his family in Yell County, and his bio is in the Goodspeed Histories for Yell County.

I would like help identifying this man and would like to pass the photo along to them. Thanks.

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Contributed by Larry Howard

Can anyone identify the men in this photo? The only person positively Identified is the second from the left in the last row Joseph Henry Howard (1883-1964).

Updated! by Janet Newell
I believe the last man in the second row from the bottom might be Isaac Foss, my great-grandfather.

Hickory Camp 183, Danville, Arkansas, 3-21-1909

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