The Turnbo Manuscripts

by Silas Claiborne Turnbo

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By S. C. Turnbo

The following was contributed by an old pioneer lady, Mrs. Cassia King, daughter of Samuel B. Orr.

"I was born in Hopkins County Kentucky November 17, 1824. My parents came to southern in 1835 but remained here only a short time when they went down into Arkansas and lived a while on White River at the mouth of Big North Fork then returned to Missouri again and lived at Springfield which was only a little country village then. At that time only one house in the village was built of lumber which was occupied by a man of the name of Shackelford who was selling goods in this building. This was the only store house in Springfield at that time. What few residences houses there were were built of logs. While my father lived in Springfield he kept a small hotel which was known then as an Inn. In 1837 the government established a land office at Springfield and I recollect how the settlers who lived far and near rushed there to enter land. It was interesting to note the number of people that were so anxious to secure homes in Southern Missouri. The number of people increased until about a week when the crowd began to diminish and gradually dwindle down from day to day until there were only the usual number of visitors. For several days after the land office was opened to the public the crowd of men there was so great that the employees of the office were compelled to make a fixed rule to accommodate their patrons by having each man to wait for his turn to be waited on. In a few months after the land office was established here we returned back to Kentucky where I married Robert King in the month of October 1840. I was nearly 16 years old at the time of my marriage. We lived together 51 years before death parted us."

Mr. King and his wife lived a number of years in the Sugar Loaf Prairie and also on the farm on West Sugar Loaf Creek known as the Charles Coker land, and while they lived here and on the Prairie Mr. King kept the Lead Hill Post Office for several years before the town of Lead Hill started up. Mrs. King, in refering to, the small cemetery on the old Charles Coker Farm on West Sugar Loaf Creek says that the body of Lenard Coker son of Charles Coker was the second burial there. Mr. Robert King died at Harrison Arkansas in 1891 and his remains rest in the beautiful cemetery there.

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