I hope this is of some relevance to you, or someone doing similar research. The Standlee family had many members who resided in Carroll County. (Catherine Standle was my GGG Grandmother.) Here are part of the notes I saved from a website referenced below.This is for White County, rather than White Township, but it was relevant to my family, so maybe it will be to yours.
This is an excerpt from : History and Architectural Heritage of White County By Steve Mitchell, Jill Bayles and Ken Story
1. The Settlement Era in White County: 1700s - 1835
While wandering through Arkansas during the late 1830s, German writer Frederick Gerstacker recorded this lyrical, yet apt description of the region now known as White County: ... Located in the northeast part of central Arkansas, White County is bounded on the east by the White River and divided into northeastern and southwestern sections by the Little Red River. The eastern section is generally level with the White River flood plain, while the western half, typified by undulating valleys and rolling ridges, is more rugged. The hardwood forests that Gerstacker noted, together with a moderate climate and an abundance of natural springs, made this area particularly enticing to early settlers. ... The American immigrants were also more agriculturally and community oriented than their French predecessors, and they gradually sought ownership of the public domain rather than just a free use of a part of it. While the hunter or herdsman often became a landowner later on, the agricultural immigrants were motivated by land grants and family associations to own land from the beginning. ViiThey often settled in groups of families or in previously established communities, such as Center Hill, Royal Colony, and Georgetown, rather than individually or in single families. For example, John Standlee explored central Arkansas from 1778-80, then returned to his home in Kentucky. In 1811, his sons and son-in-law traveled to the area Standlee had described and settled on the Little Red River below the mouth of Devil's Fork. They cleared thirty acres, built three cabins, then returned for their wives and children. Finally, in 1814, Standlee joined his family in the territory he had visited 34 years earlier.viii
Like Standlee, most of these early immigrants came to White County from Tennessee, Kentucky, and other southeastern states and, according to pioneer settler A. C. Jeffery, consisted of some "good citizens, some outlaws and some refugees from justice."ix In addition, merchants,...
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