Saturday, April 3, 2010

An Old Farm Near Big Fork

The Fried Family
Moses Benjamin "Mose" Fried with wife, Mary Artemisia "Artie" (Smith) Fried;
children are: 
Elizabeth Lucretia "Bess" Fried
Beulah Fried (baby)
Samuel Washington Fried (on the horse)

   Mose Fried was the son of Daniel Fried, Jr. and Malinda Dilbeck.  Mose Fried's grandfather, Daniel Fried, came to Polk County from Indiana in 1848.   His siblings: John W. Fried (married Kittie Cottman); Benson Daniel Fried (m. Inda M. Standridge); and Martha Salem Fried (m. William E. Burkhart).   His mother, Malinda Dilbeck was the daughter of John Washington Dilbeck and Eliza Selina (Goss) Dilbeck who came to Big Fork in 1851 from Lumpkin Co., Georgia.   They came to Big Fork with Eliza's parents, Benjamin and Martha "Patsy" (Harbin) Goss. 

   Daniel Fried, Jr., according to other family researchers, is the son of Daniel Fried, Sr. and Elizabeth Cutsinger, whose headstones are in the Concord Cemetery at Ink, Polk Co., Arkansas and can been seen online at   One family researcher claims that Daniel Fried Sr. was born in 1806 in Greene Co., Tennessee and married Elizabeth in 1828 in Orange Co., Indiana.   The parents of Daniel Fried, Sr. is thought to be John Freed (or Fried) and Regina Rife from Virginia; who moved to Indiana. 

  Mose and Artie Fried had ten children:  Samuel Washington, Elizabeth Lucretia (Tiller), Beulah (Luttrel), Margaret (Bates), Eula Jane (Hamby), David Daniel, Moses Benjamin, Jr., John, Martha, and Douglas Fried.  

Friday, April 2, 2010

The Abernathy Family

Nathan and Eve (Cline) Abernathy migrated to Cass County, Georgia from North Carolina in 1844.  One source claims they moved there to find jobs in the ironworks.  There were iron mines in Georgia.  They seemed to have lived in the community of Macedonia (also called Abernathyville) which now lies under Lake Allatoona.  Nathan and Eve Abernathy had a son named Phillip who became a blacksmith.  By at least 1848, the Abernathys met the Bates Family.  Phillip Abernathy married Margaret Bates, the daughter of Stephen and Sarah (Cox) Bates.   Phillip had a brother, James Alexander Abernathy, who married Mary Parasina Vandiver, the daughter of Nancy (Bates) and Enoch Vandiver.   These two Abernathy families joined the Bates wagon train and moved to Big Fork in 1852.

Phillip and Margaret (Bates) Abernathy found land on the east side of Big Fork which included the land that is now the Pleasant Grove Cemetery.   Their children were Canzada Abernathy who later married William J. Lewis;  Columbus C. Abernathy; James W. Abernathy; Elizabeth Hortense Abernathy and Minervah Abernathy.  The mother, Margaret, died before 1864 at an early age.  The father, Phillip, then married Mary Lewis and their children were Phillip R. Abernathy, Guilford Abernathy, Thomas Abernathy and either another son or daughter, the name is uncertain.

James A. Abernathy,Sr. and his wife, Mary P. (Vandiver) had a son named Joshua Abernathy.  Joshua married Lucretia E. Goss, the granddaughter of one of the early settlers, Elijah B. Goss.

James A. Abernathy, Jr. married Sarah Jane Standridge. Their daughter, Myrtle Abernathy, married Elijah A. Bates, son of John Calvin and Malinda (Goss) Bates.   Myrtle and "Lige" broke up and some people say she died of a broken heart at the age of 34.  She's buried at Pleasant Grove Cemetery near Big Fork and the name on her gravestone is simply "Myrtle Abernathy".
Abernathy Spring near Big  Fork on Hwy. 8 East


According to Rhoda Vandivier, daughter of Enoch and Nancy (Bates) Vandivier, the Bates wagon train from Georgia to Arkansas brought everything the settlers would need in their new wilderness home, including teachers.

One early school at Big Fork was called "the Shed School" because it was located on land owned by a Mr. Shed.  Remember the Sheds (Shedds) were early settlers from Georgia.   Later this same land was bought by Washington Himer Smith.   Wash Smith was an early schoolteacher.  When a young man he burned and permanently injured his arm fighting fires during the Civil War.  He needed another way to make a living besides farming so his parents sent him to Atlanta for more education.  He had a farm and taught school in Big Fork.  He earned about $30.00 a month for teaching.  He was one of the first to teach at "the Shed School" located southeast of "downtown" Big Fork on what is now Highway 8.  The simple, board building sat on a hill and had glass windows.  The benches were made of split logs.  

Free school was held during three months of summer and sometimes a subscription school was held in the winter.  When it was a subscription school, the parents would pay a certain amount per student. 

A Big Fork School Class about 1893.  The boy on the back row on the far right with the intials, A.B., SR written across him, is Aaron Boston Michigan Dilbeck, known as "Boss" Dilbeck.   The girl in the middle row, sixth from the left, is Alice Smith, daughter of Wash and Sally (Bates) Smith.  "Boss" Dilbeck later married Alice's sister, Nancy Smith.   The fourth person from the left, in the middle row, has a white skirt and someone wrote "Edna"on it.  I don't know who she is.

Dilbeck & Putmans were among this group above taken about 1910.

The Cox, Shedd, Royal, Rider, Head and Jeffrey Families

Many people had settled Northern Georgia and good farming land had become more scarce.  So wagon trains of Georgians moved on west.   George Rufus Cox, who was born in 1811 in North Carolina and migrated to Georgia, married Malinda Findley, thought to be living in Lumpkin County, Georgia.   George and Malinda, along with perhaps the Shedds, Royals, Riders and Jefferys, according one researcher, left Georgia in 1848 and moved to Arkansas.  Their descendants married into more than one Big Fork family.

Another family from Lumpkin County, Georgia that settled on the Caddo River east of Big Fork were the Heads. George R. and Malinda Cox's son, Moses C. Cox married Harriet M. Jeffrey.  Their daughter, Martha Etta Cox married Charlie Jackson Head.  A son of Moses and Harriet Cox, James LaFayette "Fatie" Cox, married Nancy Jane Bates, daughter of John Calvin Bates of Big Fork. Cynthia Malinda Cox, daughter of George and Malinda, married Jackson Dilbeck;  Lucy Minerva Cox, also daughter of George and Malinda, married James Beck. 

 Some of the Shedd (or Shed) family later married into families of Big Fork.  Riley and Malinda Smith's son, Berryman Smith married Ellie Malinda Jane Shedd (aka Alsie), daughter of Martha Ann Cox and John R. Shed,  in 1875.   Elijah Benson Goss married Martha Ann Cox Shedd after his first wife died.  She is said to be the daughter of George Rufus Cox who lived on the head of the Caddo River.  A Mr. Shedd  owned land in Big Fork where a school was built and it was called "the Shed School".

About the Rider family from Georgia , a family researcher on Ancestry. com says that Dicey Rider, who married Thomas Jefferson Bates, was a sister to John Rider who lived in Montgomery County.  John Rider, born 1820 in South Carolina, married Mary "Polly" Beck, born 1815 in South Carolina.    I have tried to find a reason why the Bates family picked Big Fork to settle.  Did John and Polly Rider move from Georgia to Arkansas in 1848 too?  Did the Bates family follow them later in 1852?  Inquiring minds would like to know.

The name "Royal" is of interest to me because the Bates' grandfather, William Bates, of Virginia and South Carolina,  married a widow named Mary Royal Barton.  She was the daughter of John and Susannah Royall.  John Royall's ancestry goes back to Joseph Royall, Sr. who came to Virginia in 1622 from England.   Joseph married Katherine Banks and they had a son, Joseph Royall, Jr. in 1646.  Joseph and Katherine had a large plantation.  After Joseph Royall, Sr. died near Charles City, Virginia in 1654, Katherine married Henry Isham, Sr. who also owned a large plantation.  Henry and Katherine had two daughters.  One of these daughters was Mary Isham who married William Randolph.  They became the ancestors of so many people that they were referred to as "the Adam and Eve of Virginia".
Joseph Royall,Jr. had a son, William Royall, who became the father of John Royall, the father of Mary Royall.  Mary first married a man named Barton.  Later, widowed, she married William Bates.   Around 1800, they moved from Halifax County, Virginia to Pendleton District, South Carolina.  Their son, Stephen Bates, was the progenitor of the Bates family that eventually migrated to Big Fork.  There is a community named "Royal" on Highway 270 in Garland County, near Hot Springs.  Was it named after the Royal family of Georgia?

Stephen Bates married Sarah Cox.  It has been very difficult to learn anything about Sarah's Cox family.  Were they related to the Cox family that moved from Lumpkin County, Georgia to Montgomery County, Arkansas?  Some say George Rufus Cox was Sarah's brother but others do not think so.   A family researcher on Ancestry. com says Sarah's father was Edward Cox.   There was an Edward Cox in the 1790 Pendleton District, SC Census and he had seven girls and three boys.  Sarah would have been five years old in 1790.  There was more than one Edward Cox listed in the 1790 and 1800 Pickens County, SC Census ; Pickens County was part of the old Pendleton District.

Thursday, April 1, 2010

The Dilbeck Family

John Dilbeck, born about 1817 in North or South Carolina, married Eliza Selina Goss, daughter of Benjamin and Patsy Goss, on January 2, 1840   John and Selina moved to Big Fork with her Goss family in 1851.   John Dilbeck was the son of David Dilbeck, born in 1788 in south Carolina.  John's mother was Mary Hampton.  It's thought that David Dilbeck's father was John George Dilbeck, Sr.  Dilbecks are found in the census records of North Carolina, Virginia and Pennsylvania.   David Dilbeck migrated to northern Georgia to land that cornered what is now the Amicalola Falls State Park. 

John and Selina had four children when they moved to Big Fork in 1851.  They were:
Marion Asbury Dilbeck (later married Elizabeth Bates, daughter of William Fleming Bates)
Benson Greenberry Dilbeck
Malinda Dilbeck  (later married Daniel Fried, Jr. and had a son, Moses B. Fried of Big Fork)
Jackson Dilbeck  (later married Cynthia M. Cox)

After they settled near Big Fork, John and Selina had the following children:
John Ben Dilbeck ( married Margaret Huddleston and later married Margaret Pate)
James Washington Dilbeck  (married Susanne Savannah Edwards)
Selina Arminda Dilbeck  (married Hugh Fowler)

               The photo is of James Washington Dilbeck and Susanne Savannah Edwards
               They lived in the heart of Big Fork and had a store for years.   Behind their
                   house was a large, beautiful spring that served the community as a place to
                   get a cold drink on a hot day.    Eventually a concrete box was added to help
                   the water flow up and out and provide clean access.  

The Edwards Family

The Edwards family was from Cherokee County, Georgia. After the father, Charles Edwards, died in September 1865, his widow, Nancy Edwards, and some of her children moved to the Big Fork area.   These children included:
Thomas Jefferson Edwards and wife, Mary Ann Emma (Bates), daughter of William Fleming Bates and Mary (Whisenant) Bates that migrated to Big Fork in 1852.
James A. Edwards and wife, Clarissa (Messer) Edwards and children, including Susanne Savannah Edwards, 7 years old.       
Robert Simeon Edwards
Zachariah Gipson Edwards   (later married Rachel Tursa Bates, daughter of William Fleming    Bates in 1866 in Arkansas)
Rhoda Caroline Edwards  (later married Thomas Jefferson Bates, son of George V. Bates)
Nancy Jane Edwards

This branch of the Edwards family claimed that they were the first wagon train to come through Caddo Gap.  Thomas J. Edwards, son of Charles and Nancy Edwards, is said to have lead the wagon train.

                                Susanne Savannah Edwards 
        Born 1859 in Georgia
        Died October 3, 1943 at the home of her son, "Boss" Dilbeck
        Buried at Pleasant Grove Cemetery, Big Fork
        It was told to me that she used to say that she wanted this old world to come
        to an end because after she was gone she didn't want much to happen.