The Turnbo Manuscripts

by Silas Claiborne Turnbo

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In the cemetery at Lead Hill, Ark. is the following names and figures ingraved on marble slabs: "John F. Brown, born May 11, 1830, died April 21, 1898." To the left is another slab with name and dates "Mrs. Parlee Brown born November 26, 1836, died May 2 1887." Mr. Brown and his wife were early settlers of Boone County, Ark. and lived on the.south side of White River near the Elbow Shoals. His wife was a Maxwell. Her father’s given name, I think, was Tom. Mr. Maxwell lived on the south bank of the river at the foot of the shoals just mentioned. Mr. Brown served in the Confederate Army and was a member of Co. A 27th Arkansas Infantry. The same company and regiment the writer belonged to. He was always cheerful and loved his wife so well that he would often speak of her and say "I would give the world if I owned it to see Parlee". Mr. Brown was a well to do man when the war broke out and after he enlisted in the army he would often hear the boys make remarks about the scanty fare we had to subsist on and he would say "Boys cheer up. This is better than I had to live on at home. All I joined the army for was to get something to eat". This would put a quietus on those that was acquainted with him at home. In another part of this same graveyard, is the name "W. S. Edmonson" out on the head stone. I am told that Mr. Edmonson was a Confederate soldier who lived in Missouri but died in Arkansas. After his death and burial here one of his sisters came from Missouri and had his name cut on the head stone. I was not able to learn the given name of that kind and loving sister nor where she lived and neither could I learn what command of troops Mr. Edmonson belonged to.

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