Family Tree Maker's Genealogy Site: User Home Pages: BARTON/JOHNSON/HAYES Families

Updated July 9, 2007

The influx of settlers resulted in the formation of the Alabama
Territory in 1817. Andrew S. JOHNSON (Feb. 14, 1821 - Dec. 25, 1903) wed
Durenda A. MERRITT (1825 - Feb. 23, 1888) in Alabama, where they both
were born. Another land boom occurred in Mississippi in 1837, when the
last of the Indian lands were opened up to settlement. They had moved to
Holly Springs, Mississippi, about 1845. Mississippi's white population
in 1850 was mostly of British extraction, with a few small colonies of
Greeks and Italians. At the opening of the Rebellion, Andrew first hired
a substitute, but afterwards entered the service himself, becoming a
member of a company in the cavalry. Upon the cessation of hostilities,
he returned to his old home in Mississippi until 1871. It was then that
they moved to Columbia Co., Arkansas, where they immediately purchased a
farm where he and his wife, Durenda, made their home.William Marshall
JOHNSON (Mar. 4, 1851 - Dec. 27, 1940; fifth of the nine children born
to Andrew & Durenda) came to Columbia Co., Arkansas, in Feb. 1871 and
began farming for himself in Buena Vista twp., on land which he had
purchased on time. By strict attention to details of his calling, he had
placed himself in independent circumstances. He now owned 435 acres of
land, with 120 acres in cultivation. He also owned an excellent steam
cotton gin, which turned out about 300 bales of cotton annually. The
number of bales of his own raising amounted to 25 or 30. William
purchased his first horse in the fall of 1872 and at that time also
owned one cow, this constituting his livestock. On July 3,1873, William
was married to Miss Sara Addie CHERRY, daughter of Hansford & Eveline
Hawkins CHERRY. William Marshall JOHNSON also purchased 40.25 acres in
Columbia Co., Arkansas, on November 13,1885.
Charles Albert JOHNSON (Apr. 8, 1843 - Jan. 20, 1885; child of Andrew &
Durenda) lived in Mississippi until the breaking out of the Civil War.
Charles served as a soldier in the Confederate Army until the battle of
Murfreesboro, Tenn., where he was wounded. After the war he went to
Indiana, where he was married to Miss Matilda DAVIS in 1865. In 1871
they moved to DeWitt, Arkansas Co., Arkansas, were they resided until
his death in 1885. Charles was a deacon in a church there in DeWitt.
William Marshall and Sara Addie JOHNSON, my great grandparents, had nine
children of their own. Almost all of these siblings married and stayed
in and around Columbia Co., AR. Their children, however, married and
slowly moved off to other states.

Many families were drawn to Georgia in the early 1800's by land
lotteries. Families who had lived in the territory for at least one year
were allowed to draw for land areas as large as 400 acres. These
lotteries were held in 1803, 1806, 1819, 1827 and 1832. This could be
what brought one BARTON family to Georgia. William G. BARTON (born in
Georgia about 1814) wed Elizabeth MURPHY (1820 - 1860) on November
19,1838 in Upson Co., Georgia. William and his wife, Elizabeth, and
their five children left Georgia sometime after 1852 only to settle in
Columbia Co., Georgia township, Arkansas, by 1860. Elizabeth died
shortly thereafter (possibly from the hardships at the time). Of these
five children, only one do I have information about. My great-great
grandfather, Larkin S. BARTON (Nov. 23, 1840 - Jun. 3, 1889) wed
Priscilla Jane BOYETT (born in Alabama on Dec. 5, 1842 - Feb. 22, 1884).
They had seven children, most of which stayed in Columbia Co. after
growing up.

Another branch of this tree started with Isaac Simpson HAYES (Dec. 14,
1812 - ?) who married Judea (Judith) VARNER (April 6, 1823 - May 3,
1859) on June 17, 1840. Between 1846 and 1850 they moved near Athens,
Claiborne Parrish, LA, where they then resided. To that marriage were
born nine children from 1841 until her death in 1859. Judea may have
died in childbirth with her last child (George Henry), at the age of 36

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