Sarah C. Leamons: Birth: 30 Jul 1847 in Union County, Arkansas. Death: 6 Feb 1905 in At sister Mattie's home, Italy, Ellis County, Texas
Note: John Leamons by Michael Wayne Leamons
According to family legend, John fought in the Texas Revolution and was one of five scouts who captured General Santa Anna. Modern histories name four scouts, but the old ones indicate there was a fifth scout whose name was unknown. (An old Mexican officer's knife from that era, purportedly taken from the battlefield, has been passed down through the family. A photo of the knife can be viewed on the memorial for John at findagrave.com)
Other family legends portray John as a Chickasaw Indian Chief.
John first established his household in Claiborne Parish, Louisiana where he is listed in the 1840 census. Sometime during the mid 1840's he moved to Union County, Arkansas. On April 8, 1844 he petitioned the court in Union County, Arkansas for and received "a license to retail spiritious liquor in less quantities than one quarts". In 1846, John Leamons was granted 40 acres in Bossier Parish, Louisiana. A scratched through section of Union County (Arkansas) Court minutes dated Nov. 6, 1849 titled John Lemonds vs the County stated, "It is ordered by the court that John Lemonds be allowed the sum of four dollars for his services in warning hands to work hard & that the clerk issue a warrant for the same." On January 10, 1859 John signed an administration bond as recorded in the Union County records.
Apparently, John's first wife wife Isabella died between 1863 and 1866. John then married Emeline Duke, the widow of Alexander Hardin. Hardin, a confederate soldier, was killed in action near the end of the war. He served in the same company as John's younger brother, Joshua. On Sept. 21, 1874 Emeline Lemmons won a Union County, Arkansas court judgment against the estate of Artemus Brown, dec'd for $38.03 owed on an open account. Sometime prior to 1880, John moved his family to the vicinity of Bright Star, Miller County, Arkansas*. He homesteaded 160 acres there which he proved up on and immediately sold on Aug. 15, 1887 for $125.
UNION CO., ARK., FEDERAL LAND RECORDS This file was compiled from the Bureau of Land Management land records and includes Homestead and Cash Entry Patents before 1908 for what is now Union Co, AR.---LEAMONS JOHN 8 19S 17W 40 1874/12/10 adjacent to this tract was another tract the same size patented to SEAMONS, John 1858/05/03. So it would appear John owned 80 acres in Union County near Three Creeks.
BLM Louisiana land patents LEAMONS JOHN 1846 Bossier 39.9200
(In 1861, John H. Lemmons was granted 300 acres in Rapides Parish, Louisiana. Was this our John?)
Miller County Arkansas Lands from BML LEAMONS JOHN 1 20S 28W 160 1883/04/20
John's son, William Duke Leamons showed his father being born in Iowa in the 1920 census and in Oklahoma in the 1930 Census. Except in the 1880 census, the census records of John's family show him being born in Missouri. In later years, the daughters from John's marriage with Isabella show him being born in Missouri. At the time of John's birth, Iowa would have been part of the Missouri Territory.
Year: 1840; Census Place: , Claiborne, Louisiana; Roll: 127; Page: 98.
John Lemons, Males: 1, 20 to 30; Females: 1, under 5; 1, 20 to 30. Slaves: Males: 1, under 10; 2, 10 to 24; Females: 3, under 10; 1, 10 to 24; 1, 36 to 55. 7 of household employed in agriculture; 1 learned professionals and engineers.
Immediate neighor (old enough to possibly be his father-in-law) Robert Henderson. Other neighbors include Holder, Frank, Lowe, Cammel, and Brown.
Haven't been able to locate John's family on the 1850 Census.
Year: 1860; Census Place: Cornie, Union, Arkansas; Roll: M653_51; Page: 192; Image: 195.
Sept 13, 1860 Three Creeks Post Office
Leamons John 50 M Missouri Farmer Real estate $750; personal $750
Isabella 41 F Mississippi Attended school within the year.
S. R. 21 F Louisiana Attended school within the year.
Mary E. 18 F Louisiana Attended school within the year.
Sarah C. 13 F Arkansas Attended school within the year.
Jemima C. 12 F Arkansas H. E. 9 F Arkansas M. J. 6 F Arkansas Martha J. 5 F Arkansas Year: 1870; Census Place: Cornie, Union, Arkansas; Roll: M593_65; Page: 482; Image: 341.
June 28, 1870 Three Creeks Post Office
Lemons John 60 M W Missouri Farmer Real estate $400, personal $500
Emeline 37 F W Georgia Keeping House Sarah C. 22 F W Arkansas At home Jemima 20 F W Arkansas At home Eveline 18 F W Arkansas At home Attended school within the year.
Margaret 15 F W Arkansas At home Attended school within the year.
Martha J. 12 F W Arkansas At home Attended school within the year.
Nancy A. 7 F W Arkansas At home Harriet S. 3 F W Arkansas At home William D. 4/12 M W Arkansas At home Born February next household:
Hardin Hubbard 18 M W Alabama Farm laborer Married April of this year.
Clara A. 15 F W Alabama Keeping house Married April of this year.
Sarah 12 F W Alabama At home Attended school within the year.
Marion W. 10 M W Louisiana At home Attended school within the year.
Alexander 6 M W Arkansas At home Year: 1880; Census Place: Sulphur, Miller, Arkansas; Roll: T9_51; Family History Film: 1254051; Page: 183.4000; Enumeration District: 198; Image: 0371.
Lemons John 76 WM North Carolina blank blank married Farmer
Mary 50 WF wife Alabama Indiana blank married Keeping house
Margaret 25 WF daughter Arkansas blank blank Susan 13 WF daughter Arkansas blank blank William 10 WM son Arkansas blank blank Luvinia 9 WF daughter Arkansas blank blank John's daughter Martha and her family in second household following this one.
Author: Linda Harris Date: 7 Jul 2000 4:36 PM GMT
In Reply to: Emmaline/Emmeline Duke Hardin Leamons by: katie duke
I just started with my family history this past week so it's exciting to see something that clicks with what I've got even if it's a mixed up version to what I've got. My mom has a Bible that belonged to her mother, my grandmother, Letha Pauline Thomas Huggins. Letha was the youngest daughter of Harriet Susan Leamons and Franklin Alonzo Thomas. Harriet was a daughter of John Leamons and one of his two wives, Emeline or Sarah. This is what's written in the Bible: John Leamons born May 18, 1811 died February 2, 1892. Emeline Duke Leamons born August 5, 1833 died February 21, 1875. Three children are listed that were born to John and Emeline, they are William Duke born February 24, 1870. Octavy L. born November 22, 1871, and Aticus Jackson born February 19, 1875. Another wife was listed as Sarah Leamons. No maiden name was given but she was born July 30, 1847 in Union County, Arkansas, and died February 6, 1905. According to the Bible, Sarah and John had one daughter, Harriet Susan born September 12, 1867 in Union County, Arkansas, died October 19, 1929. And Harriett married Franklin Alonzo Thomas in Miller County (Arkansas I think) on June 7, 1885, and all their children are listed. Inside this Bible was a letter postmarked July 26, 1929 in Texas, addressed to Harriet "Hattie" from her brother W.D. Leamons. We assume W.D. is a brother, probably William Duke, because the saluation says "Dear sister." W.D. talks about his wife Mattie and about a sister still living there in Grapeland, Texas, and that she has two children, Willie Mae Leamons born September 16, 1904, and Johnie Lee Leamons born May 11, 1907. Then he goes on and lists several more names and dates and there's no reference who these children belong to. They are J.D. Leamons born 8/15/1908, A.C. Leamons born 11/29/1909, E.L. Leamons born 1/13/1912, Gertrude Leamons born 3/6/1914, Howard Leamons born 3/20/1916, Silvia Leamons born 1/11/1918, and Marjorie Duke Leamons born 9/27/1924. Then he says something about another brother O.L. Leamons and a year 1889. Maybe he's talking about Octavy L., but according to the Bible he was born in 1871. So, have I confused you yet? I would have emailed all this to you but couldn't locate an address. So I hope I don't bore anyone skimming through the postings. What's confusing to my mom and I are the dates in the Bible for the wives. My mom was always told that Emeline was his first wife and he married after she died. But that conflicts with Sarah's information. As for the rumor/story you were told, well we were told the same. So it's possibly true. I haven't progressed very far with the Duke's since I didn't know Emeline's parents names. John Leamons is my gggrandfather, was a Chickasaw Indian and had at one time been a chief. We were always told that he took an "English" name upon leaving his tribe and it wasn't documented what his Indian name was. I hope you see this posting soon and that you'll email me soon. This is exciting!
Was the mother referenced below one of John's daughters?
Robert M McCutchen Social Security #: 340096376 Sex: MALE Birth Date: 5 Sep 1880 Birthplace: Texas Death Date: 22 May 1968 Death Place: Sacramento Mother's Maiden Name: Leamons. In 1880 found McCutchen's in Falls County. Some from Tennesse and some from Missouri. Most likely, the Leamons is from one of those states.
* from the website: http://grandmaslyesoap.com/genealogy/Bankston/Historybsak.htm
"A History of Bright Star"
by Alta Hicks
The Citizen presents below a clipping from the Citizens Journal, Atlanta, Tex., which will prove of great interest to many in this section. This brief history of Bright Star, Ark., was written by Miss Alta Hicks, daughter of the well known Judge Floyd. C. Hicks, now a resident of ______ Ark. Miss Hicks tells the story well in a few words. It would require volumes to relate the entire history of this once-famous community. Practically, every gray-haired person in this section recalls the fact that Bright Star was once one of the most widely known communities in the South back in its balmy days. Many scenes that would make volumes of hair-raising history were enacted back in the days of the ox-cart and six-shooter law around old Bright Star. We are pleased to offer this bit of interesting reading to our friends. Miss Hicks, in full, here follows: During 1840, when this part of the country was known as the western frontier, many people of all classes and conditions emigrated from Tennessee, Georgia, the Carolinas, and other states to the West, almost every one looking for a new country in which to settle. About this time, some families by the name of Stuckey, following the usual custom of people coming West, settled in a locality about eight miles west of Red River, eight miles north of the Louisiana line, and five miles east of the Texas line. There were other settlers who came to this locality many years before this time, but about the first settlers of whom we have any account were the Stuckeys. After the Stuckeys became permanently settled, the little settlement became known to travelers as Stuckeyville. The Stuckeys being thrifty and industrious people, the settlement grew and became a landmark on the western frontier well known to travelers.
One mild, star-lit night two men traveling on horseback arrived at the little village of Stuckeyville. As they rode near the village one of the men, upon looking up at the stars, observed one of unusual brightness and called the attention of his companion to the bright star, saying that it was the brightest star he had ever noticed. The two travelers, being strangers and not knowing the name of the little settlement through which they had passed, frequently mentioned it as the place they had first noticed the bright star, and finally they simply designated the place in their conversation with each other as "Bright Star," and thus it became known to many travelers as Bright Star
At some time, possibly several years before the Civil War, a post office was established at Bright Star. The mail route which supplied Bright Star extended from Linden, Texas to Lewisville, Ark., via Bright Star and Spring Bank. The mail was carried on horseback and the mail carrier was often encountered by bears and panthers on his journey.
The place gradually grew into a village of importance, and was well known to travelers from eastern states. At the beginning of the Civil War it had grown to be a trading center for a large area of the surrounding country. It contained eight or ten general merchandise stores, and about the same number of saloons. The merchandise was transported from Jefferson, Texas, in wagons drawn by oxen and up Red River, By steamboats which landed at Spring Bank, about eight miles east of Bright Star. It was a frontier town in which liquor traffic was carried on extensively, and a resort for all classes of people, and became known in all parts of the country as a rough and rowdy place. Men frequently fought and killed each other.
At this time the territory now composing Lafayette and Miller counties was all one county, known as Lafayette. The site of government was a t Lewisville, about forty miles from Bright Star. Red River was between the two places and consequently the people were a "law unto themselves," and disputes were usually settled by the use of weapons. However, there have always been some good law-abiding people in and around Bright Star; but during early days they were in a small minority.
At the beginning of the Civil War a young man by the name of Joe Tyson organized at Bright Star a company of volunteers for the Confederate Army. Some of the members of this company at Appomattox Court House, in Virginia at the time of Lee's surrender, and through many hardships retraced their way back to Bright Star, one of whom was my great-grandfather Isaac Kelly. Capt. Joe Tyson came back to Bright Star and spent the remainder of his life as a minister of the gospel
Among the early merchants at Bright Star were: Turk Bailey, S.L. Bailey, S.L. Baker, H.W. Stuckey, John Stevens, and Isaac Kelly. Among the pioneer physicians were: Dr. Stuckey, Dr. Mitchell, Dr. Magee, Dr. Blanton, Dr. Curry, Dr. Jeter, Dr. Dodd and later the Dr. McCaslands, and Dr. Mathis. Patrick Hazel was the first jeweler. He came from Indiana to Bright Star and spent the rest of his life here. His son, J.A. Hazel, is a jeweler here until the present day. James Stevens was engaged in the hotel business. The school houses were of the rude fashion of pioneer schools and among the first teachers was Professor Wooliver, who was totally blind an was also a great musician.
There were pool halls, tenpin alleys, swimming pools, dance halls, and many other places of amusement in Bright Star. Circuses and menageries, with the usual accompaniment of side-shows, were exhibited here.
William Foster operated a saw mill near Bright Star for a number of years. He was the father-in-law of the outlaws, Cullen Baker.
At the advent of the Texas and Pacific Railway trading points were established at Atlanta and Queen City, Texas, which caused Bright Star to begin to decline. Many people moved to new towns on the rail road, and the leading merchants established in businesses in the railway towns. Some years later the Kansas City Southern Railway came through, and all the business concerns left Bright Star and the post office was discontinued. Bright Star was placed on a rural route, and today all these events are merely a memory of the past.
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