Note: Joshua Leamons by Michael Wayne Leamons
According to an interview with Ena Leamons Selph in September, 1982, her great grandfather, Joshua Leamons, was among the soldiers who escorted the Indians on the Trail of Tears across Arkansas to the Indian Territory. (The US Supreme Court rules in Cherokee Nation vs. Georgia that the Cherokee are not a "foreign nation" within the meaning of the Constitution, but a "dependent nation." Between 1831 and 1839 the Five Civilized Tribes of the Southeast are forcibly relocated to Indian Territory--Oklahoma. From the History Wall Timeline) While making the journey he was drawn to the country around present day Arkadelphia and later settled there. Joshua initially set up his household in Clairborne Parish Louisiana where he was listed in the 1840 Census (was he married at the time, or were those his siblings included in his household?). In 1850, Joshua bought out his mother's and his siblings' interests in Abraham's estate. In 1854, Joshua Leamons was granted 80 acres in Ouachita Parish, Louisiana. Joshua married Jane while in Bienville Parish. Later he moved to Arkansas. He served in the Confederate Army during the War Between the States (styled a "Civil" War by the victors).
from the Southern Standard, December 21, 1911:
Joshua Leamons, one of the pioneers of this section and who has been identified with some part of the state all his life died last Thursday, Dec. 14th at the residence of his son at Hebron, being a victim of cancer, the deceased was born at Bogy Station, May 8, 1820, when Ark. was a terrritory, and though he lived in Louisiana for several years, he was in Union County at the outbreak of the war and served in the Confederate Army with distinction. Mr. Leamons came to Clark County in 1867 where he has resided ever since, having become one of the most influential and widely known citizens of this county. He is survived by three sons: I.B., Abraham, and John all of whom are prominent citizens of Hebron, who have the sympathy of the community in the loss of their family.
Marriage Notes for JOSHUA LEAMONS and JANE BELL:
Found in Book A page 108, Bienville Parish Clerk's office, married 18 Mar 1852 by E.S. Warren, Justice of Peace, Witnesses: Samuel Norrid and Joel Bell. Witnesses: Samuel Norrid and Joel Bell.
1840; Census Place: , Claiborne, Louisiana; Roll: 127; Page: 94.
Joshua Lemmons, 3 under 5; 1, 20 to 30; Females: 1, 20 to 30. No slaves. 1 in agriculture.
Same page with brother-in-laws, James Brown and Samuel Norrid and the Jesy Holder family.
1850 Census of Bienville Parish Louisiana Year: 1850; Census Place: Western District, Bienville, Louisiana; Roll: M432_230; Page: 280; Image: 73.
Jemima Lemons 59 F Kentucky Value of real estate: $700
Joshua Lemons 26 M Arkansas Laborer
Sabrinah Lemons 22 F Louisiana Over 20 and cannot read or write
Eveline Lemons 6 F Louisiana
Levi Holder 44 M Kentucky None (occupation)
Elizabeth E. Holder 31 F Arkansas Over 20 and cannot read or write
Martha J. Holder 8 F Louisiana
John C. Holder 7 M Louisiana
Nathaniel 5 M Louisiana
Joshua 4 M Louisiana
William A. 1 M Louisiana
Sister Tabitha and family in household immediately following.
Was Sabrina Joshua's wife or sister. Was Eveline Joshua and Sabrinah's daughter, or was she born to Sabrinah out of wedlock? Or, was Eveline born to Joshua by a wife now unknown?
Year: 1870; Census Place: Anderson, Clark, Arkansas; Roll: M593_49; Page: 184; Image: 367.
July 20, 1870 Arkadelphia Post Office.
Lemons Joshua 47 M W Arkansas Farmer Real estate value $300
Jane 39 F W Georgia Keeping house Verinca A. 15 F W Louisiana At home Attended school within the year.
Isaac 12 M W Louisiana At home Attended school within the year.
Abraham 8 M W Arkansas Jno 2 M W Arkansas. The Cole family into which Isaac married was listed next.
Year: 1880; Census Place: Anderson, Clark, Arkansas; Roll: T9_40; Family History Film: 1254040; Page: 494.4000; Enumeration District: 34; Image: 0512.
Lemons Joshua 56 M W Arkansas Kentucky Kentucky Farmer Can't rd or wrt.
Jane 57 F W Georgia South C. South C. Keeps house Wf Can't rd or wrt.
John 17 M W Arkansas Arkansas Georgia Son Can't rd.
The Cole and Nash families into which Isaac and Abraham married are listed on the same page.
1900 Census Clark County, Arkansas Joshua was living with his son Abraham.
1910 Census Clark County, Arkansas Joshua, called Josephy, was living with his son John.
Company I was organized in Union county, Arkansas, on December 5, 1863, by Captain Lewis H. Sheppard. The company was composed primarily of men from Union county. On December 30, 1863, upon the organization of Crawford’s Regiment, the company was assigned as Company I. One muster roll for Company I survives. It covers the period January 1 to February 29, 1864, when the company was stationed at Cut Off, Drew County, Arkansas.
Hardin, Alexander Private—Enlisted in Co. I, 10th Arkansas Cavalry, in Union county, Arkansas, December 5, 1863; present, February 29, 1864; name also shown as Harden.
Leamons, Joshua Private—Enlisted in Co. I, 10th Arkansas Cavalry, in Union county, Arkansas, December 5, 1863; present, February 29, 1864; veteran filed Arkansas pension application #3421 from Clark county, August 14, 1901; name also shown as Lemmons.
Clark County History
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From Clark County, Arkansas: Past and Present, published by the Clark County Historical Association. Copies are available for sale at the Clark County Historical Museum, in the train depot on South Sixth Street, and in Special Collections at Ouachita Baptist University's Riley-Hickingbotham Library.VadenThe community of Vaden was established in the late 1800s and was named for a family by that name. Following the turn of the century, a number of families arrived in the area. Among those families were Leamons, Masseys, Hunters, Kirbys, Smiths, Mathis, Poseys, Callaways, Nixs, Hammonds, and Forchts. The H.A. Forchts family was from Germany and operated a store.
There were several churches established early. These included the Union Church, Union Grove Christian Church, and the Baptist Church.There was once a school in the community; it consolidated with the Gurdon School District in 1949.The Vaden Post Office opened in 1888, with Walter P. Vaden as postmaster. The office was closed and reestablished just after 1900.
The principal occupations of the people of Vaden in the early 1900s were farming, logging, and stock raising. The Sparkman Lumber Company built a railroad, called the dummy line for hauling logs to the river. At the river, the company transferred logs across the water by use of an overhead cable. Once across the river, the logs were reloaded onto railroad cars. Several cotton gins have served the area.
Joshua applied for a Confederate Pension in Arkansas. In the Southern Standard, Sept 22, 1910, under the Confederate Pension List, amounts granted soldiers and their widows, Joshua Lemons, Hebron, $67.00 was listed.
On 11/21/1885 Joseph Leamons signed as a witness to a transaction recorded under Homestead Notices in the Southern Standard.
BLM Louisiana land patents: LEAMONS JOSHUA 1854 Ouachita 40.0700 LEAMONS JOSHUA 1854 Ouachita 40.2800
Also an article on the Union Grove Christian Church.
Arkansas Gazette, July through December, 1901---Leamons, Joshua, page 20
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