I think I can help.I have no connection to the Mathis family but have an interest in the history of Denver and surrounding areas and the families that lived there.I also do research in Carroll County.In exchange for the following info, I ask that you send your family info to the Carroll County Historical & Genealogical Society at firstname.lastname@example.org or email it to me and I will print and pass it on to them.In doing research on your Mathis family, I find the following:
CARROLL CO, AR PROBATE COURT RECORD Book A September 27, 1871 - James M. Mathis, a minor over the age of 14 years, chooses J. C. Epley as his guardian.Court confirmed.
July 29, 1875 Hon. A. Fanning, Judge - James H. Mathes states he is a minor under the age of 16 but over the age of 14 and is a son of James H. Mathes, deceased, a soldier in the US Army in the late war, and that he is entitled to a pension from the US Government.The petitioner asked that letters of guardianship to Joesphus Epley be revoked and that P. L. Richardson of Carroll Co. be appointed his guardian.So ordered. P. L. Richardson presented his bond with Isaac Standlee and William H. Peters as securities.Court approved.
April 16, 1877 in Berryville, Hon. A. Fanning, Judge - Petition of John M. and James H. Mathis, minors under the age of 21 years, presented to the court showing that they were capable of transacting their own business, and that John's age was 19 years and James' was 17.Court empowers them to transact their own business in general as if they were of full age.
July 17, 1883 - The final account current of Joseph Epley, guardian of William F. Mathis, is ordered filed.
January 22, 1884 - The clerk is ordered to issue a citation to J. C. Epley, guardian of James H. and Wm. F. Mathis to appear at next term of court and make settlement of his account.
July 21, 1884 - The clerk is ordered to issue an attachment for Joseph Epley, guardian of Wm Mathis, to show cause for not making his final account current perfect.
CENSUS RECORDS Here is something very interesting.In the 1870 census Carrollton Township, Carroll County, AR page 9 (or if you have access to Ancestry.com census it is on image 9 of 21) Household and family 80/81 Mathis, John age 12 born AR, James age 10 born AR and William age 4 born AR. These 3 boys (ages 12, 10 & 4) are living by themselves with no adult listed living with them.Families on either side of them are William Bates and Nancy Wilson.I find Joseph Epley who was appointed guardian of John M. Mathis 1 1/2 years later living in Long Creek Township in 1870 with wife Elizabeth, daughter Ashland 3 & son John Thomas 2. In 1880, I found a William Mathis living in Long Creek Township with William Goforth family.I failed to find John or James.
CEMETERY RECORDS In the Denver Cemetery there is a stone with markings E. Mathis (it is a fieldstone) and no dates.Also Joseph and Elizabeth Epley are buried there.
NEWSPAPER ITEMS News items from the Green Forest Tribune, Carroll Co, AR Sat. Sep 26, 1903:Rev. John Mathis returned to Texas Monday after a month conducting Holiness meetings at Denver, Douglas and the public square in Green Forest.Page 3 col 1 Jan 8, 1909:J. H. Mathis has sold his stock of goods to Ellis Beck of Denver.P. M. Shipley has put in a stock of goods and taken charge of the post office.Page 2 col 6Markley community items.*Note of interest - Ellis Beck married Gertie Mathis in 1909 Carroll County.I don't know anything about who Gertie's parents were but Ellis was the son of Sam Peel Beck.Sam ran a general store and post office in Denver for years then his son Ellis took it over and ran this store until in the 1950's.I can well remember Ellis and Gertie.
Hope this information is helpful.If you haven't sent for military pension records of James H. Mathes, you might want to do this.According to the Probate record, Mr. Mathis was a US (Union) soldier and not a Confederate soldier. Remember, please, send your family info to Carroll County. Vineta Terherst Wingate email@example.com