The Turnbo Manuscripts

by Silas Claiborne Turnbo

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By S. C. Turnbo

An early settler who lived in Marion County for a number years was John Estes and his wife "grandma" Estes. They came to Yellville from Cannon County Tennessee in the month of January 1847. Among their sons was Benjamin M. Estes and his brother James Eater both of which served in the same company in the Confederate Army the writer did. Jim died near Yellville several years ago. Ben Estes the subject of this sketch was born in the town of Woodbury Cannon County Tennessee in 1844. In an interview with Ben Estes several years ago he informed me that when they in Marion County that the town of Yellville contained only nine buildings. Jim Wilson a brother of Isaac Wilson was selling goods at Yellville at the time of their arrival in 1847. The village of Yellville was not layed off then in regular town order. The few buildings were scattered here and there among the native growth of timber. Mr. Estes said it was strange and amusing to hear the pioneer residents of Marion County speak of each other as neighbors when they lived 10, 15, and 20 miles apart. In referring to the bloody battle that was fought at Yellville between the Kings and Everettes and their friends he said that Loomis King and Billy King and another man was killed and that during the night following the death of theme men one of Loomis Kings children died and the 4 bodies were buried in a single grave that was dug in what is now the north part of the old town of Yellville. John Estes father of Ben Estes died in the long ago and his body received interment in the cemetery near Flippin. Mrs. Estes widow of John Estes is still living. She was born March 9th 1809. She lives with her son Bill Estes two miles north of Yellville and has over 300 grandchildren and great grandchildren. She walked to Yellville and back occasionally until she was 88 and 89 years old. Up to the present writing she is 98 years 6 months and 22 days old.

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