A COOPER WHO LIVED IN A CAVE
By S. C. Turnbo
One of my old war comrades of the name of John B. Wood, son of old Johny Wood who lived 5 miles west of Yellville, Ark. writes me from Valley Mills, Texas, "I was born in Marion County, Ark March 23, 1838. My mothers maiden name was Mary Hudson. My father was among the earliest residents in Marion County coming to the mouth of Big North Fork with his parents when he was only 3 years of age and stayed there until he was 14 years old and then his father and mother moved to Shawnee town among the Indians." Mr. John Wood wrote that the names of his brothers and sisters were Tom, Bill, Jim, George, Abe, Jeff, Elizabeth, Lucinda, Arminta, and Mary. "My brother Tom who served with me in the Confederate Army died in Texas several years since the war and is buried in the White Rock Cemetery near Waco. The first school I ever went to in Marion County was taught by Tom Carroll in 1848. He had two sons named Joe and Munroe Carroll." Mr. Wood says that he married Miss Nancy Everette on the 13 of January 1867. His wife is a daughter of Thomas Ewell Everette that lived on Hamptons Creek in Marion County. In writing of the days gone by in the long ago Mr. Wood writes, "I remember that when I was a boy I carried the mail and I recollect of seeing a married man of the name of George Workman who lived in a cave on Cave Creek on the south side of Buffalo In Newton County, Ark. He made himself a house in the cave by cutting out windows and a door in the rock and placed window lights in the windows. He was a cooper and made barrels, buckets, piggins, pails and everything that was made of wood that was used in that day and got a ready sale for all the vessels and other wooden things that was needed. I do not know become of him."
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