The Turnbo Manuscripts

by Silas Claiborne Turnbo

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By S. C. Turnbo

Baxter County, Ark. was organized after the close of the Civil War. Part of it was taken from Marion County and part from Fulton County and I think a slice was taken from Izards in its formation.

W. A. (Albertis) Collis a prominent Missionary Baptist minister gives the following reminiscences. "My father, John Collie emigrated from east Tennessee to Baxter County, Ark. in the month of January 1861 and settled on land 5 miles west of the present site of Mountain Home. My parents are both dead now. Their bodies lie buried in the family grave yard on this same land. My grown sister Nancy and my grown brother Jesse Layfayette Collis and my brother in law William Crane also rest here. This land is known now as the James R. Taylor farm. Among the old time people who are not related to me that rest in the Connelly Grave Yard 5 miles north of Mountain Home is James Cooper and his wife and "Wat" Talbert. Grief Tally and his wife who was familiarly known as "Aunt Betsey" rests in the cemetery at Wesleys Chappel 3 miles west of Mountain Home. The remains of Jesse Mooney lies buried in the cemetery at Gassville two miles east of White River."

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