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Early Inhabitants of Stone County Lands

Lands located south of White River approximately 50 miles west of the confluence of Black River
Latitude 35 Degrees 45 Minutes North, Longitude 92 Degrees 15 Minutes West of Greenwich England

Surveyed in the Townships and Ranges of the 5th Principal Meridian:
T17N R11W, T16N R12W, R11W, T15N R13W, R12W, R11W, R10W, R9W,
T14N R13W, R12W, R11W, R10W, R9W, R8W, T13N R13W, R12W, R11W, R10W, R9W, R8W

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This page is for you Sue. I think I would like to keep the pages designed the same so its basically a clone of the Home Page. We'll see if the content allows the same design. For others that would like to contribute, the same courtesies will be extended. I'm always open to suggestions and I am flexible with any designs.

Time Line

  • Native America
  • Spanish Crown
  • French Crown 1802
  • Louisiana Purchase 1803
  • Louisiana District
  • Indiana Territory
  • Louisiana Territory 1805
  • New Madrid County 1810
  • Missouri Territory 1813
  • Lawrence County 1817
  • Arkansas Territory 1819
  • Cherokee Territory 1820
  • Izard County 1830
  • Arkansas Statehood 1836
  • Confederate State 1860
  • Stone County 1873
  • Mountain View 1880

The Federal Census

  • 1830 - Izard County - Stone County Lands are located in Cherokee Territory
  • 1840 - Izard County
  • 1850 - Izard County
  • 1860 - Izard County
  • 1870 - Izard County
  • 1880 - Stone County
  • 1890 - Only certain fragments survived, see this site to learn more
  • 1900 - Stone County
  • 1910 - Stone County
  • 1920 - Stone County
  • 1930 - Stone County
  • 1940 - Coming in 2012

Early Native Americans left their mark on the area

Welcome Sue Foster. Archealogist, Historian, and Early Inhabitants of Stone County Representative.

I use the BLM/GLO site, as well. However sometimes, they don't have all the patent information. I've found a few that don't show up on the web site. I'm using ArcMap for that kind of stuff. Projects it straight on the topo map. I'm kind of the closest thing they have to a GIS "guru" at the time, as well. The phrase "Sue, I need a map" is not unfamiliar. I can make them to letter size, which the scale would be 1:24,000 for specific areas, and export to PDF. That might come in handy for cemetery locations. I have LOTS of cemetery surveys, and GPS points of most. Also, photos as well. Sometimes not of every stone, but it's usually a request that I can do pretty easy. Usually in the smaller cemeteries, I do research on the folks buried there. It is neat to discover everybody's relationships to others in the same place.

I have mine and mining information as well, mostly in the Forest area. I went to Baxter county courthouse, and sneezed over their old dusty books, hand copying a bunch, then went up to Mtn View, and did the same. It would have been a pretty big job to get them all, and I was trying to stay within the Forest boundary. BUT, I do have that information, WITH NAMES. I haven't got the mines on a map layer yet, though. As far as Native occupation, we just did a PIT (Passport In Time) dig at one of the three Shawnee Village sites in the area. True, the Cherokee held a land grant here between 1817 & 1828, but what they did, was let Col Lewis' band of Shawnee live along the White River. Now, I think that was pretty much a tactical move, cause the Osage got booted out, and were none to happy about it. I THINK, (this hasn't been proven, but so far has been an accepted theory) that I have found TWO Osage burial areas. Other research has shown similarity to other Osage sites, and I think I have two. Don't know how many more are out there that I've passed up as "field clear".

The "little known" fact that I mentioned was an African American presence both before and after the war (civil) and lasting through the early 1900's. I'm still researching on that one, but I do believe I have traced one woman and her kids through slavery (1850) into freedom. Pretty cool, huh? As far as Spanish land grants, occupation, etc, I have also done alot of work on the St Francis District, over in Lee & Phillips counties, which I have oodles of info on Spanish/French stuff from down therre. I don't think DeSoto fooled around up here as much, but I seem to remember an account that he may have gotten as far as Batesville, where he saw his first buffalo. I'd have to look that one up to be positive, though. I have heard a story about a Spanish helmet being found on the White, somewhere around Guion, BUT, that's possibly just a story.

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Arkansas Townships of Izard County in lands
that become Stone Co.

The Twps need verification, anybody have the facts?

  • Blue Mountain - Try me!
  • Franklin
  • Hixson
  • Loxust Grove
  • Monroe
  • Richwoods
  • Sylamore
  • Turkey Creek

Stone Co. Townships

  • Blue Mountain
  • Franklin
  • Hixson
  • Loxust Grove
  • Monroe
  • Richwoods
  • Mountain View
  • Sylamore
  • Turkey Creek
  • Wallace
  • Bryan
  • Smartt
  • Chalybeat

When doing all this, sometimes staying within boundaries just isn't possible. Like I said, I am SUPPOSED to be within the Forest, but to pull all the pieces together, I have to go county wide, creep into Izard county for earlier records, sometimes state wide, sometimes in tracing something, I get even farther yet, as migration patterns begin to appear. My grandparents came here in 1940. So, we are pretty much newcomers. They were from the Lawrence/Randolph county area. We aren't supposed to be related to anybody here, but lately I've found a few names that trace back to mine in the general area (Izard county, and west of Stone). Two of my kids, however, have to be very careful about who they date! I'm excited. Does it show?

I have lots and lots of photos. Some just "pretty's", too. Might be good for display purposes. "Scenes of Stone", or something. I noticed you had "Tomatoes and Apples" as industries. I'm not sure about apples here, although tomatoes definately were. I have an area (notice how I personalize the Forest and the sites as MINE, MY, etc. I do get razzed about that alot!) that had a canning kitchen, grist mill and dip vat as well. Many of the mill sites were combination grist mill for grinding corn, and cotton gins. Cattle and hogs were free-range, until laws were passed stopping the practice. Stave mills were a big thing as well. The "log woods" are still a big business here.

Do you have a copy of the book "Home for the 100th"? That has alot of really neat old photos of the area, not sure how copyrights would work on that stuff, though. The Chamber office or the Historical Society might be able to hook you up with one. OK, all you had to do was get me started, and I don't know when to quit. Why don't you just let me know what you need, and I can find it for you, maybe that will work. Because I can rattle on for awhile.........................................

Shawnee Folk in Stone County Lands

Osage Burial Site

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