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Terry Mason's Family History Site

Major lines: Allen, Beck, Borden, Buck, Burden, Carpenter, Carper, Cobb, Cook, Cornell, Cowan, Daffron, Davis, Downing, Faubion, Fauntleroy, Fenter, Fishback, Foulks, Gray, Harris, Heimbach, Henn, Holland, Holtzclaw, Jackson, Jameson, Johnson, Jones, King, Lewis, Mason, Massengill, McAnnally, Moore, Morgan, Overstreet, Price, Peck, Rice, Richardson, Rogers, Samuel, Smith, Taylor, Thomas, Wade, Warren, Weeks, Webb, Wodell, Yeiser.

 

Selected Families and Individuals

Source Citations


John Mets Mason

1Arizona State Department Of Health, Arizona Certificate, Birth #274, reg 84, 1911, Arizona Territorial Board Of Health. "John Mets Mason born in Tucson, Pima, Arizona at 9:45 P.M. Male. 26Apr1911. Father: Richard L. Mason, 45, white, of Tucson. Birthplace: Illinois. Occupation: Dispatcher (R.R.) Mother: Catherine Borden (maiden name), 43, white, of Tucson. Birthplace: Kentucky. Housewife.". Image.

2Arizona State Department Of Health, Arizona Certificate, Death # L028491. Image.

3U.S. Social Security Death Index. "Name: John M. Mason
SSN: 526-01-5096
Last Residence: 85710  Tucson, Pima, Arizona, United States of America
Born: 26 Apr 1911
Died: 11 Jan 1998
State (Year) SSN issued: Arizona (Before 1951)
Source Citation: Number: 526-01-5096;
Issue State: Arizona;
Issue Date: Before 1951."

4FindaGrave.com, 15 Jan 1998. Image.

5Arizona State Department Of Health, Arizona Certificate, Marriage License. "MARRIAGE LICENSE: State of Arizona, County of Pima. Authority to join in marriage John M. Mason, age 25 and Ruth A. Thomas, age 22. Witnessed 2nd of May 1936. Lenna H. Burges, Clerk of the Superior Court.
MARRIAGE CERTIFICATE: State of Arizona, County of Pima. I do hereby certify that John M. Mason and Ruth A. Thomas were joined in Marriage by me at Tucson, in the county of Pima, State of Arizona, on the 22nd day of May 1936. Edgar C. Burnz, Minister. Witnesses: Mrs. H.L. Herrmann & R.L. Mason.
Certificate of Record: Filed and Recorded June 8th, 1936 at 4:00 in Book 14 of Marriages, at page 563. Lenna H. Burges, Clerk of the Superior Court.
Registered copy in John Mason file. Issued on 16th day of May 1947 by Belle D. Hall."

6Arizona State Department Of Health, Arizona Certificate, Marriage Certificate. Image.

71940 U.S. Census, T627_113 pg 18B, 19 Apr 1940. "Mason, John Head MW 28 M Arizona R Gila Arizona Book Keeper mine office
-----, Ruth wife FW 26 M Oklahoma R Gila Arizona
Hamer, John Dayton Head MW 27 M Nebraska Omaha Douglas Nebraska Medical Doctor Private Practice
-----, Louise Wife FW 27 M Nebraske R Buffalo Nebraska." Image.


Ruth Allen Thomas

1State of Oklahoma, Oklahoma Certificate, Birth Certificate, Oklahoma State Department of Health, Vital Records Section, 1000 Northeast Tenth Street, P.O. Box 53551, Oklahoma City, OK 73152. Image.

2Department of Health, Utah Certificate, Death # 614592, State of Utah, 610 S. 200 E., Salt Lake City, Utah. Image.

3U.S. Social Security Death Index, Death # 18-3747, 6 Sep 2000. "Name: Ruth A. Mason
SSN: 527-54-0408  
Last Residence: 84115  Salt Lake City, Salt Lake, Utah, United States of America
Born: 21 Jun 1913
Died: 2 Sep 2000
State (Year) SSN issued: Arizona (1956)
Source Citation: Number: 527-54-0408;
Issue State: Arizona;
Issue Date: 1956."

4Arizona State Department Of Health, Arizona Certificate, Marriage License, Arizona Territorial Board Of Health. "MARRIAGE LICENSE: State of Arizona, County of Pima. Authority to join in marriage John M. Mason, age 25 and Ruth A. Thomas, age 22. Witnessed 2nd of May 1936. Lenna H. Burges, Clerk of the Superior Court.
MARRIAGE CERTIFICATE: State of Arizona, County of Pima. I do hereby certify that John M. Mason and Ruth A. Thomas were joined in Marriage by me at Tucson, in the county of Pima, State of Arizona, on the 22nd day of May 1936. Edgar C. Burnz, Minister. Witnesses: Mrs. H.L. Herrmann & R.L. Mason.
Certificate of Record: Filed and Recorded June 8th, 1936 at 4:00 in Book 14 of Marriages, at page 563. Lenna H. Burges, Clerk of the Superior Court.
Registered copy in John Mason file. Issued on 16th day of May 1947 by Belle D. Hall."

5Arizona State Department Of Health, Arizona Certificate, Marriage Certificate. Image.


Richard Lee Mason

1California Certificate, Certificate 1901 # 8390, California Department of Public Health, Pasadena. Indicates he lived in California for 3 years. Social Sec. # 700-12-4288. Was a telegrapher with steam railroad. Death - cerebral hemorrhage. Image.

2California Certificate. Image.

3FindaGrave.com, http://www.findagrave.com/cgi-bin/fg.cgi?page=gr&GRid=85460908. "Forest Lawn Memorial Park (Glendale)
Glendale
Los Angeles County
California, USA
Plot: Graceland, Lot 6044, Space 3

Richard Lee Mason
Birth: Sep. 19, 1866
Death: Jun. 21, 1940
Created by: Chris Mills
Record added: Feb 22, 2012
Find A Grave Memorial# 85460908." Image.

4Bible - Benjamin John Borden family, Case, Tiffany & Burnham. Hartford 1841, https://familysearch.org/photos/images/3387407. Original was in possession of Nell G. Borden, Louisville, Kentucky in 1964.
Typed Certified copy in possession of T.Mason. Image.

51900 U.S. Census, T623_838 pg 27B, 19 Jun 1900. "Mason, Richard L  Head WM Sep 1866 33 M 10 Illinois Kentucky Kentucky Train Dispatcher
-----, Catherine F Wife WF Sep 1868 31 M 10 6 6 Kentucky  North Carolina Kentucky
-----, Benjamin son WM Dec 1890 9 S Kentucky Illinois Kentucky
-----, Elizabeth D dau WF Aug 1892 7 S Kentucky Illinois Kentucky
-----, Sarah Y dau WF Mar 1895 5 S Arizona Illinois Kentucky
-----, Louis L son WM Jun 1896 4 S Indian Territory Illinois Kentucky
-----, Richard L son WM Dec 1897 2 S Arkansas Illinois Kentucky
-----, Catherine F daughter WF Sep 1899 9/12 S Missouri Illinois Kentucky
Borden, Emma  Sis in-law WF Feb 1848 52 S Arkansas North Carolina Kentucky." Image.

61910 U.S. Census, T624_41 pg 265, 15 Apr 1910. "Mason, R. L. Head MW 43 M 20 Illinois unknown unknown Dispatcher RR. Dispatching
-----, Katherine Wife FW 41 M 20 10 10 Kentucky North Carolina Kentucky
-----, Benj Son MW 19 S Kentucky Illinois Kentucky Accountant RR office Machinist RR shop machinist
-----, Elizabeth Daughter FW 17 S Kentucky Illinois Kentucky In School
-----, Sarah Daughter FW 15 S Arizona Illinois Kentucky In School
-----, Lewis Son MW 13 Oklahoma Illinois Kentucky In School
-----, Richard Son MW 12 Arkansas Illinois Kentucky In School
-----, Katherine Daughter FW 10 Missouri Illinois Kentucky In School
-----, Margaret Daughter FW 9 Oklahoma Illinois Kentucky In School
-----, Philip Son MW 6 Texas Illinois Kentucky In School
-----, Emma Daughter FW 4 Arizona Illinois Kentucky
-----, Mary Daughter FW 1 Arizona Illinois Kentucky
Borden, Emma Sister-in-law FW 64 Arkansas North Carolina Kentucky." Image.

71920 U.S. Census, T625_51 pg 11A, 16 Jan 1920. "Mason, Richard L. Head MW 53 M Illinois Kentucky Kentucky Agent R.R. Depot
-----, Katherine Wife FW 51 M Kentucky North Carolina Kentucky
-----, Margaret G Daughter FW 19 S Oklahoma Illinois Kentucky Book keeper - Department Store
-----, Philip G Son MW 15 S Texas Illinois Kentucky Telephone Operator - Long Distance
-----, Emma D Daughter FW 13 S Arizona Illinois Kentucky
-----, Mary P Daughter FW 10 S Arizona Illinois Kentucky
-----, John M Son MW 8 S Arizona Illinois Kentucky." Image.

81930 U.S. Census, T626_63 pg 1A  Dist 10, 7 Apr 1930. "Mason,  Richard L Head MW 62 M 23 Illinois Kentucky  Kentucky Telegraph Operator Railroad
-----, Catherine F Wife 60 FW 60 M 21 Kentucky  North Carolina  Kentucky." Image.


Catharine Fauntleroy Borden

1Bible - Benjamin John Borden family, Case, Tiffany & Burnham. Hartford 1841, https://familysearch.org/photos/images/3387402. Original was in possession of Nell G. Borden, Louisville, Kentucky in 1964.
Typed Certified copy in possession of T.Mason. Image.

2California, Death Index, 1940-1997. "Name: Catharine F Mason
[Catharine F Borden]  
Social Security #: 0  
Sex: FEMALE  
Birth Date: 23 Sep 1868
Birthplace: Kentucky  
Death Date: 7 Nov 1940
Death Place: Los Angeles  
Mother's Maiden Name: Yeiser  
Father's Surname: Borden."

3Bible - Benjamin John Borden family, https://familysearch.org/photos/images/3387409. Image.

4FindaGrave.com, http://www.findagrave.com/cgi-bin/fg.cgi?page=gr&GRid=85460784. Image.

5Bible - Benjamin John Borden family, https://familysearch.org/photos/images/3387407. Image.


Richard Lee Mason Jr.

1FindaGrave.com, http://www.findagrave.com/cgi-bin/fg.cgi?page=gr&GRid=81350662. Image.


Robert Allen Thomas

1State of Oklahoma, Oklahoma Certificate, Death Certificate 006216, Oklahoma State Department of Health, Vital Records Section, 1000 Northeast Tenth Street, P.O. Box 53551, Oklahoma City, OK 73152. Image.

2FindaGrave.com, http://www.findagrave.com/cgi-bin/fg.cgi?page=gr&GRid=50774549. Image.

3State of Oklahoma, Oklahoma Certificate, Marriage License. "Witness my hand and official seal, this 21 day of May A.D. 1896." Image.

4State of Oklahoma, Oklahoma Certificate, Certificate of Marriage. "... certify that on the 31 day of May A.D. 1896 I did duly and according to law, ... solemnize the Rite and Publish the Bans of Matrimony ... .

Filed and duly recorded, this 16 day of June, 1896.

Certificate of True Copy.
In witness whereof I have hereunto set my hand affixed my official seal this 26th day of June, 1963.
Ancel Graham
Court Clerk." Image.

51880 U.S. Census, https://familysearch.org/ark:/61903/1:1:MFNG-6GW. "Name: Allen Thomas
Event Type: Census
Event Date: 1880
Event Place: Precinct 3, Jack, Texas, United States
District: ED 160
Gender: Male
Age: 10
Marital Status: Single
Race: White
Race (Original): W
Relationship to Head of Household: Stepson
Relationship to Head of Household (Original): SSon
Birth Year (Estimated): 1870
Birthplace: Texas, United States
Mother's Birthplace: Kentucky, United States
Sheet Letter: C
Sheet Number: 39
Sheet Number and Letter: 39C
Household ID: 12343422
Person Number: 4
Volume: 1
Affiliate Name: The U.S. National Archives and Records Administration (NARA)
Affiliate Publication Number: T9
Affiliate Film Number: 1313
GS Film Number: 1255313
Digital Folder Number: 005162546
Image Number: 00082

Household Role Gender Age Birthplace
E Sanders      Self M 53 Tennessee, United States
Elizey Samders Wife F 42 Kentucky, United States
Phillip Samders Son M 23 Texas, United States
Isac Thomas      Stepson M 14 Texas, United States
Allen Thomas      Stepson M 10 Texas, United States."

61910 U.S. Census, T624_1252 pg 7A, 3 May 1910. "Thomas, Robert A. Head MW 39 M1 12 Texas Missouri Kentucky Farmer General Farm
------, Ida P. Wife FW 35 M1 12 7 6 Texas Missouri Missouri
------, Buford A. Son MW 10 S Oklahoma Texas Texas
------, Elva Daughter FW 8 S Oklahoma Texas Texas
------, Henry H Son MW 6 S Oklahoma Texas Texas
------, Pauline Daughter FW 4 S Oklahoma Texas Texas
------, John Son MW 3 S Oklahoma Texas Texas
------, Lois Daughter FW 1 S Oklahoma Texas Texas."

71920 U.S. Census, T625_1461 pg 6A, 1920. "Thomas, Robert A. Head MW 44 M Texas Missouri Kentucky Farmer Farming
------, Ida P. Wife FW 40 M Texas Missouri Missouri
------, Elva Daughter FW 18 S Oklahoma Texas Texas
------, Henry H. Son MW 16 S Oklahoma Texas Texas
------, Pauline Daughter FW 14 S Oklahoma Texas Texas
------, John Son MW 12 S Oklahoma Texas Texas
------, Lois Daughter FW 11 S Oklahoma Texas Texas
------, Tom Son MW 9 S Oklahoma Texas Texas
------, Baby R Daughter M(?)W 6 Oklahoma Texas Texas."

81930 U.S. Census, FHL 2341638 roll 1904 pg 5A, 9 Apr 1930. "Thomas, Robert A. Head MW 60 M 25 Texas Missouri Kentucky Farmer own Farm
------, Ida R. Wife FW 55 M 20 Texas Virginia Missouri
------, Henry Son MW 26 S Oklahoma Texas Texas Farm Laborer General
------, Lois Daughter FW 21 S Oklahoma Texas Texas Teacher County School
------, Ruth Daughter FW 16 S Oklahoma Texas Texas student."

91940 U.S. Census, T627_3294, 5 Apr 1940. "Thomas, Robert A. Head MW 70 M Texas operate Farm
------, Ida P. Wife FW 65 M Texas."


Ida Pauline Wade

1State of Oklahoma, Oklahoma Certificate, Death # 001220, 22 Jan 1964, Oklahoma State Department of Health, Vital Records Section, 1000 Northeast Tenth Street, P.O. Box 53551, Oklahoma City, OK 73152. Image.

2FindaGrave.com, http://www.findagrave.com/cgi-bin/fg.cgi?page=gr&GRid=50774456. Image.

3State of Oklahoma, Oklahoma Certificate, Marriage License. "Witness my hand and official seal, this 21 day of May A.D. 1896." Image.

4State of Oklahoma, Oklahoma Certificate, Certificate of Marriage. "... certify that on the 31 day of May A.D. 1896 I did duly and according to law, ... solemnize the Rite and Publish the Bans of Matrimony ... .

Filed and duly recorded, this 16 day of June, 1896.

Certificate of True Copy.
In witness whereof I have hereunto set my hand affixed my official seal this 26th day of June, 1963.
Ancel Graham
Court Clerk." Image.

5fold3, https://www.fold3.com/image/54883817. "M1301
Applications for Enrollment of the Commission to the Five Civilized Tribes, 1898-1914
NARA
Oklahoma
National Archives Catalog ID: 617283
Record Group: 75
NARA M1301: The Dawes Commission negotiated with tribal members who received common property in return for abolishing their tribal governments.
Roll: 0083
Tribe: Choctaw
Group: Mississippi Choctaw
Card Range: MCR 26 - MCR 84
Case Number: MCR 73
Surname: Thomas
Given Name: Ida." Image.


Beula Allice Thomas

1FindaGrave.com, http://www.findagrave.com/cgi-bin/fg.cgi?page=gr&GRid=50774401. Image.


Lewis Lunseford Mason

1Mason- James Family Bible, 1816, Births SFB-1, Elise Browne. "Lewis Lunsford Mason was born May the 16th 1812." Image.

2Mason- James Family Bible, sfb-1-marriages. "Lewis Lunsford Mason & Elizabeth Lee Downing were married the 9th day of January 1844." Image.

31850 U.S. Census, https://familysearch.org/ark:/61903/1:1:M651-TTB.

41870 U.S. Census, https://familysearch.org/pal:/MM9.1.1/M6H5-QYC, 11 Jul 1870. "Mason, L L. 58 MW Farmer Ky
-----, Elizabeth L 48 FW Keeping house Ky
-----, Betsey 24 FW Ky
-----, Molley 21 FW Ky
-----, Lewis L 17 MW Attending School Ky
-----, Marcus 14 MW At home Ky
-----, John G 8 MW At home Ky
-----, Richard L 3 MW Ill." Image.


Elizabeth Lee Downing

11880 U.S. Census, FHL Film 1254053; National Archives Film T9-0053; Page 299B.

2Mason- James Family Bible, 1816, Births SFB-1, Elise Browne. "Elizabeth Lee Downing was born Sept the 24 - 1822." Image.

3FindaGrave.com, http://www.findagrave.com/cgi-bin/fg.cgi?page=gr&GRid=81022698. Image.

4Mason- James Family Bible, sfb-1-marriages. "Lewis Lunsford Mason & Elizabeth Lee Downing were married the 9th day of January 1844." Image.

51850 U.S. Census, https://familysearch.org/ark:/61903/1:1:M651-TT1.

61880 U.S. Census, FHL Film 1254053; National Archives Film T9-0053; Page 299B. "L. L. MASON Self MW S 27  Farmer Kentucky Kentucky Kentucky
Elizabeth MASON Mother FW Wd 57 Keeping House  Kentucky Kentucky Kentucky
Mollie Ann MASON Sister FW 29 S At Home  Kentucky Kentucky Kentucky
Marcus MASON Brother MW 24 S At Home Kentucky Kentucky Kentucky
John G. MASON Brother MW 18 S Laboring Kentucky Kentucky Kentucky
Richard L. MASON Brother MW 13 S At Home Kentucky Kentucky Kentucky
Robt. DIAMOND Other MW 17 S Laborer - Boarder Arkansas Illinois Louisiana."


Betsy Fishback Mason

1Mason- James Family Bible, 1816, sfb-1-marriages, Elise Browne. "Their first child Betsy Fishback Mason was born Feby 8th 1845." Image.

21850 U.S. Census, https://familysearch.org/ark:/61903/1:1:M651-TYM.

31870 U.S. Census, https://familysearch.org/pal:/MM9.1.1/M6H5-QY8.


Joseph Downing Mason

1Mason- James Family Bible, 1816, sfb-1-marriages, Elise Browne. "Joseph Downing Mason second child of Lewis L and E Mason born 23rd Novembr 1846." Image.


Mollie Ann Mason

1Mason- James Family Bible, 1816, sfb-1-marriages, Elise Browne. "Mollie Ann Mason 3rd child of Lewis L and E L Mason born May 18th 1848." Image.

2State of Kentucky, Kentucky Certificate, p.25217. Image.

3Kentucky Death Records, 1911-1962, https://familysearch.org/ark:/61903/1:1:N9DZ-NJX. Image.

41850 U.S. Census, https://familysearch.org/ark:/61903/1:1:M651-TY9.


James Mason

11850 U.S. Census, https://familysearch.org/ark:/61903/1:1:M651-TYS.


Rev. Benjamin John Borden

1Arkansas Historical Quarterly, Volume 17  p. 68, Spring 1958. "ARKANSAS HISTORICAL QUARTERLY, Volume 17 (Spring 1958), p. 68
TULIP IN HER GLORY
by Hershel Kennon Smith, Jr.
Nashville, Tennessee
    Most Arkansans have long forgotten or have never known the glory of antebellum Tulip, once called 'the "Athens of Arkansas." It is the purpose of this article to record some interesting events of its history.
    Tulip is situated in Dallas county, its chief enterprise being that of farming. After Arkansas became a state in the Union (1836) this area was the center of much settlement. About 1841, Tyre (Tarry) Brown from Tennessee, settled and built his cabin on the site. A short time later Moses Overton built a store on Tulip Creek, three miles west of present-day Tulip. It was here that the mail was left and settlers for many miles around came to get their mail.
    Tulip was not a village, but rather the name of a mail-stop. The name had been chosen for the settlement because of the beautiful Tulip trees that abounded there. The scene was soon to change for in the summer of 1843, Colonel Maurice Smith, of Fayette County, Tennessee, had sent an overseer and sufficient slaves to the site of Tulip to make a corn crop, for the Colonel was planning to bring his family to the settlement. In October Colonel Smith, his son-in-law and daughter, Dr. W. B. Langley and Cornelia (Smith) Langley, their overseers and slaves started from Tennessee for Dallas county. It was a hard journey to make across the Mississippi River, through the Saint Francis bottoms, while it rained and snowed upon the little caravan of wagons as they made their way westward.
    After arriving in Tulip Colonel Smith had his slaves build a comfortable dwelling, and he returned to Tennessee before Christmas. The following year, 1844, was spent in disposing of his lands and preparing his family for the movement to Arkansas. In October of that year they started out and got to Tulip before harsh winter came. People generally traveled in the spring and fall seasons of the year to escape the fatigue that they would stuffer from the hot summer and the bitterness of winter. This is what the Smiths did.
    Colonel Maurice Smith encouraged his kin to come to Tulip and many did. For generations the Smiths had been wealthy planters in North Carolina. Colonel Smith had served in the North Carolina Senate in the years 1828-29, as his father had done twenty-five years before. The Smiths were cultured people, accustomed to the niceties of life, and with their stubborn will had accomplished much good for themselves and others. Several of the kin came to look Dallas county over and found, as Reverend J. E. Caldwell wrote in 1907:
    "I hesitate not to say that Tulip Ridge . . . healthfulness of climate, beauty of forest . . . was second to no place in this or any other state."
    In 1845, Samuel Webb Smith, of Granville County, North Carolina, and Dr. Lewis Downey Cooper, a graduate of the University of Pennsylvania, first cousins to the Colonel, came to Tulip and decided to make their permanent homes there. Samuel W. Smith went back to North Carolina and when he returned to Arkansas he had to pay toll tax on a bridge that his own slaves had built on the previous trip. In 1848, Judge Willis L. Somervell and General Nathaniel G. Smith (no kin to Colonel Smith) came from Hardeman County, Tennessee, and were followed by their brother-in-law, Samuel Harrison Smith (brother of Col. Smith), in 1849. In July, 1854, Major Thomas Reid (brother-in-law of Colonel Smith) completed the emigration of the family to Tulip. These people, combining their fortunes, were soon to come into prominence in Arkansas.
    Reverend John Rayor, a Methodist minister, had opened a little school for Tulip children in the 1840 's. In the winter of 1850 several interested citizens of Tulip chartered the Arkansas Military Institute and the Tulip Female Seminary. The names of those incorporators were: Colonel Maurice Smith, General Nathaniel G. Smith, Judge W. L. Somervell, Major George C. Eaton, J. J. Samuel, Dr. William Bethel, Samuel H. Smith, Major B. J. Borden, and Hector McNeill.
    At one of the early meetings of these men, the "Board of Guardians," a visitor was present who recorded his impression of the event in the August 30, 1850 issue of the Arkansas Gazette:
    "It is true, I have seen finer dressed gentlemen, greater display of pendantry and ostentation, more ceremony, etc.; but I have not met any where a set of men of more practical and comprehensive morality, more devotion to the cause of literature, or who seemed to entertain a more enlightened conception of their duty to the rising generations."
    General Nathaniel G. Smith was chosen president of the schools; Thomas O. Benton and George D. Alexander headed the Institute; Ben Watson and J. S. McAlister headed the Seminary. With the new institutions of learning in Tulip its Golden Age was ushered in, for students came from all over Arkansas. The cadets at the military institute were sturdy young men, wearing the same style of suits as the West Point cadets, differing only in the buttons of their uniforms. It was a busy life they led. Among their studies were ancient languages, surveying, military tactics, mathematics, chemistry, and philosophy. The most exciting time at the Institute was parade day. Tulip citizens were proud of their marching grounds and its one hundred and fifty foot flagpole.
    The churches of Tulip played a major part in its development. The strongest of which was that of the Methodist faith. Reverend William Mason helped establish the first Methodist church in Tulip, 1848. The Baptists and Presbyterians had fewer members, but there was co-operation between the churches.
    The houses of Tulip were generally very attractive and sat back from the main thoroughfares and were embraced by tall oaks and mimosa trees. These dwellings had large rooms, wide hallways, deep verandas and luxurious furnishings. Every room had a large fireplace. On long winter evenings families sat contented around the family circle before the great fires that blazed in the fireplaces.
    The children of Tulip were usually very happy little people.  Every few days the great stage coach bearing mail and news from elsewhere came tumbling down the dusty roads to Tulip.
    The riders would blow their great trumpets and people ran out to wave to the rider and passengers. Then, too, there was May Day. It was the duty of children to make little speeches before the people gathered for the May Day ceremony. Of course, noted lawyers and locally prominent men spoke on these occasions, also. Governor John Selden Roane spoke there in May, 1854.
    Revival time was always an active time for people from around Tulip, for they came miles to hear the preaching of the enthusiastic ministers. During one such meeting William Hargrove Smith, one of S. W. Smith's sons, was returning from a horse race, saw that a revival service was being held at the church and he went in. He sat at the back row and listened very intently to the sermon and was greatly moved by it, so much that when the call for the "mourners" was made to come to the front where "repenters" would kneel down and pray for forgiveness, he went with the rest. When he did go, a man who had a personal grudge against him made a show of his having come to the front and Smith just took the spurs from the heel of his shoe and jabbed them into the old brother, walked out of the church never to re-enter it.
    By 1860, Tulip was a well known place, and its wealth was tremendous. It had come a long way since the earlier years when only the Indians had traversed back and forth over the site.
    On May 6, 1861, Arkansas seceded from the Union. The War Between the States had started the previous April. Early in '61 Captain Albert Pike came to Tulip to instruct its young men in the art of war. On June 25, 1861, a company was raised at Tulip under the leadership of Captain George D. Alexander, a leader of the military institute at Tulip which was then closed. This was Company One of the Third Arkansas Infantry. The Smith clan was represented in this company by: Bill Nat Smith, John M. Smith, W. H. Reid, Richard Ivey Smith, John M. Somervell, Willis Somervell, Lemuel P. Smith, and Samuel W. Smith, Jr. These young dandies rode off to Lynchburg, Virginia, where they were mustered into Confederate service on July 5, 1861.
    This little company suffered much during the course of the war, serving in the state of Virginia.
    Dallas Countians had war brought very close to them in 1863. On April 30 of that year the Battle of Saline River was fought a short distance from Tulip. The federals afterwards went through Tulip on their way to Little Rock. The little town was burned and ravaged. Major Tom Reid was almost hanged for "cursing" the soldiers as they ravaged his home, and was saved only by the entreating cries from his wife to the Federal officer for his life. Samuel W. Smith, Sr., was marched with his young son, Bob Smith, to Little Rock and being exposed to the elements contacted pneumonia, returning home by order of the governor, dying soon afterwards. Dwellings were burned and wounded soldiers were brought to several homes to be cared for; many died and were buried in the Tulip cemetery. Corn, meal, and cattle were taken, while the slaves were freed, roaming about at will. During the battle, Colonel Maurice Smith had knelt in sincere prayer asking that God be with Tulip. His home was not ravaged as it was out of the marching path of the soldiers.
    Finally, after four long years of bitter conflict, the war came to an end. Tulip was no more a place of great glory. Its buildings lay in ruin or were in bad need of repair and the fields were barren. Most of all, many of its citizens had died during and soon after those terrible years. Judge Somervell had died a refugee in Texas, 1864; General Nathaniel G. Smith died in 1867; Fanny Smith died in 1862; Gallatin Smith in 1863.
    In the following years the old Tulip citizens moved away to other places, at Camden, Pine Bluff, Malvern, and Little Rock. The last of the founders of Tulip, Colonel Maurice Smith, died in 1871.
    The present-day visitor to the site of Tulip sees rolling fields and forests. The old Tulip cemetery is occasionally visited, and it is here that one can afford to dream of the glory of Tulip when it was the "Athens of Arkansas."." Image.

2Bible - Benjamin John Borden family, Case, Tiffany & Burnham. Hartford 1841, https://familysearch.org/photos/images/3387403. Original was in possession of Nell G. Borden, Louisville, Kentucky in 1964.
Typed Certified copy in possession of T.Mason. "Benjamin J. Borden, son of Dr. L. Borden and Charlotte his wife was born on the 23rd of October A.D. 1812." Image.

3Bible - Benjamin John Borden family, https://familysearch.org/photos/images/3387409. "On the 15th of Sept. 1887 in Somerset Ky. Rev. B.J. Borden aged 75, fell asleep in Jesus." Image.

4FindaGrave.com, http://www.findagrave.com/cgi-bin/fg.cgi?page=gr&GRid=108442740. "Married Sarah Jameson Yeiser Born 10-20-1824 in Boyle Co, Ky and died 09-25-1895 in Pulaski County, Ky.

Son of Levi and Charlotte Caroline Beck Borden.

Children: Daniel Yeister Borden 1845 – 1916 (Buried beside parents.)
Emma (Stem) Borden 1848 – 1926 (Buried beside parents.)
Benjamin John (Little Bennie) Borden 1855 – 1856
Alice Borden 1856 – 1928 Sarah Hunter (Sallie) Borden 1858 – 1929
John Adams Borden 1865 – 1947
Catharine Fauntleroy (Kittie) Borden 1868 – 1940

Following supplied by findagrave contributor 47169641.
Arkansas Gazette, established at Arkansas Post in 1819 by William Edward WOODRUFF (1795NY-1885AR) now owned and edited by Benjamin John BORDEN (1812NC-1887KY) since spring 1843 as a "Whig paper". Dr BORLAND in his Arkansas Banner newspaper and BORDEN, Gazette'z editor/owner, until 1848, exchanged political and personal attacks in editorials resulting in a fist fight January 1844 where BORDEN got his face smashed. Later, BORDEN challenged BORLAND to a pistol duel  and received a carefully placed, non-fatal bullet, passng thrugh his body from Doctor BORLAND's gun. The 1861 Arkansas governor, Henry Massie RECTOR  (1816KY-1899AR) was Solon's second.

The two reconciled, as was one of Solon's charateristics, becoming fast friends for life. Most truthful facts are possibly by Borden's family, to wit: www.tmason1.com (search BORLAND)

The Arkansas Gazette January 31, 1844 No. 8 - Whole No. 1257

A CARD
The difficulty between Dr. S. Borland and B.J. Borden, Esq., Editors of the Arkansas Banner and Arkansas Gazette, has been honorably and satisfactorily adjusted, by the voluntary intermediation of their friends.
F.W. Trapnall
Chas. Rapley
Thos. W. Newton,
William Field
L.J. Reardon
S.H. Hempstead

Little Rock, Arkansas January 17, 1844
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(three whigs, three democrats)

Later, Major B J BORDEN is found at the newly created Arkansas Military Institute in Tulip, Dallas county, Arkansas." Image.

5Kentucky Marriage Bonds, 1842-1879. Image.

6Arkansas Family Historian, Vol 48 Number 3, Sep 2010. "Vital Notices in The Arkansas Intelligencer Van Buren, Arkansas, 1843-1845 Transcribed and annotated by Bill Hanks, page 186:  “30 November 1844, 3:1.  Married in Kentucky, on Tuesday, the 29th of October [by the Rev.] _________Maury, Mr. Benjamin J. Borden, Esq., [of the] Arkansas State Gazette to Miss Sarah, [daughter of] Daniel Yeiser, of the former place.”." Image.

7Bible - Benjamin John Borden family, pg 1. "Married on the 29th day of October, A.D. 1844, Benjamin J. Borden to Sarah, eldest daughter of Dr. Daniel Yeiser, of Danville, Kentucky." Image.

8Boyle County, Kentucky, Kentucky Marriage Bonds 1842-1879, Book 1 Page 63, 28 Oct 1844, State of Kentucky, Boyle County, Kentucky. "Groom: BORDEN, Benjamin J.;  Bride: YEISER, Sarah;  Bondsman: John YEISER;  Person Giving Consent: Daniel YEISER; Consent Code: FB."

91850 U.S. Census, M432_26 pg 54A, 23 Nov 1850. "Benj J Borden 33 M farmer North Carolina
Sarah Borden 24 F Kentucky
Daniel Y Borden 4 M Arkansas
Emma Borden 2 F Arkansas
Margaret Borden 26 F North Carolina
Wm H. Hunter 25 Merchant North Carolina
Jas KIrk 25 Carpenter Virginia
Robt Hunter 23 Clerk Tennessee
Elizabeth Scott 15 Alabama
Maria Fairchild 15 New York
Robt Lea 15 Student North Carolina." Image.

101870 U.S. Census, M593_496 pg 381, 13 Jul 1870. "Borden, Benjamin J 57 MW Prof & Pres of College North Carolina
------, Sarah J 45 FW Keeping house Kentucky
------, Daniel Y 24 MW Book Keeper Arkansas
------, Emma 22 FW Arkansas
------, Alice 12 FW at home Arkansas
------, Sally K 9 FW Arkansas
------, John A 6 MW Arkansas
------, Kate F 1 FW Kentucky
------, Silvia 60 FB Domestic Servant North Carolina
------, Susan 11 FB Domestic Servant Arkansas." Image.

111880 U.S. Census, T9_437 FHF 1254437 pg 3.2000, 2 Jun 1880. "Borden, Benjamine  WM 62 M School Teacher North Carolina Virginia North Carolina
------, Sarah J. Wife WF 55 Keeping House  Kentucky Maryland Virginia
------, Emma WF 24 Daughter S School Teacher  Arkansas Virginia Virginia
------, Alice WF 20 Daughter S at home Arkansas North Carolina Virginia
------, Sally H. WF 18 Daughter S School teacher Arkansas North Carolina Virginia
------, John A. WM 16 Son S at home Arkansas North Carolina Virginia
------, Kitty F. WF 12 Daughter S at home Arkansas North Carolina Virginia." Image.


Sarah Jameson Yeiser

1Bible - Benjamin John Borden family, Case, Tiffany & Burnham. Hartford 1841, pg 1. Original was in possession of Nell G. Borden, Louisville, Kentucky in 1964.
Typed Certified copy in possession of T.Mason. "Sarah - eldest daughter of Dr. D. Yeiser and Catharine his wife, was born, the 29th Oct 1826." CONFLICT: Alternate date of birth in Family Bible doesn't agree with death entry stating Sarah was 71 at death. Am accepting death date as accurate and alternate birth date from Jameson source. To accept bible entry of 1826 would mean that Sarah was born seven months after her sister, Catharine. It would also contradict the statement made in the bible and obituary stating that Sarah was the oldest child. Image.

2Bible - Benjamin John Borden family, https://familysearch.org/photos/images/3387409. Image.

3FindaGrave.com, http://www.findagrave.com/cgi-bin/fg.cgi?page=gr&GRid=16194166. Image.

4Kentucky Marriage Bonds, 1842-1879. Image.

5Arkansas Family Historian, Vol 48 Number 3, Sep 2010. "Vital Notices in The Arkansas Intelligencer Van Buren, Arkansas, 1843-1845 Transcribed and annotated by Bill Hanks, page 186:  “30 November 1844, 3:1.  Married in Kentucky, on Tuesday, the 29th of October [by the Rev.] _________Maury, Mr. Benjamin J. Borden, Esq., [of the] Arkansas State Gazette to Miss Sarah, [daughter of] Daniel Yeiser, of the former place.”." Image.

6Bible - Benjamin John Borden family, pg 1. "Married on the 29th day of October, A.D. 1844, Benjamin J. Borden to Sarah, eldest daughter of Dr. Daniel Yeiser, of Danville, Kentucky." Image.

7Boyle County, Kentucky, Kentucky Marriage Bonds 1842-1879, Book 1 Page 63, 28 Oct 1844, State of Kentucky, Boyle County, Kentucky. "Groom: BORDEN, Benjamin J.;  Bride: YEISER, Sarah;  Bondsman: John YEISER;  Person Giving Consent: Daniel YEISER; Consent Code: FB."


Daniel Yeiser Borden

1Bible - Benjamin John Borden family, Case, Tiffany & Burnham. Hartford 1841, pg 2. Original was in possession of Nell G. Borden, Louisville, Kentucky in 1964.
Typed Certified copy in possession of T.Mason. Image.

2Bible - Benjamin John Borden family, https://familysearch.org/photos/images/3387409. Image.

3FindaGrave.com, http://www.findagrave.com/cgi-bin/fg.cgi?page=gr&GRid=16194153. Image.


Emma Borden

1Bible - Benjamin John Borden family, Case, Tiffany & Burnham. Hartford 1841, https://familysearch.org/photos/images/3387402. Original was in possession of Nell G. Borden, Louisville, Kentucky in 1964.
Typed Certified copy in possession of T.Mason. Image.

2Bible - Benjamin John Borden family, https://familysearch.org/photos/images/3387409. Image.

3FindaGrave.com, http://www.findagrave.com/cgi-bin/fg.cgi?page=gr&GRid=16194160. Image.


Benjamin John Borden

1Bible - Benjamin John Borden family, Case, Tiffany & Burnham. Hartford 1841, https://familysearch.org/photos/images/3387402. Original was in possession of Nell G. Borden, Louisville, Kentucky in 1964.
Typed Certified copy in possession of T.Mason. Image.

2Bible - Benjamin John Borden family, https://familysearch.org/photos/images/3387409. Image.

3FindaGrave.com, http://www.findagrave.com/cgi-bin/fg.cgi?page=gr&GRid=16194143. Image.