The influx of settlers resulted in the formation of the Alabama Territory in 1817. Andrew S. JOHNSON (Feb. 14, 1821 - Dec. 25, 1903) wed Durenda A. MERRITT (1825 - Feb. 23, 1888) in Alabama, where they both were born. Another land boom occurred in Mississippi in 1837, when the last of the Indian lands were opened up to settlement. They had moved to Holly Springs, Mississippi, about 1845. Mississippi's white population in 1850 was mostly of British extraction, with a few small colonies of Greeks and Italians. At the opening of the Rebellion, Andrew first hired a substitute, but afterwards entered the service himself, becoming a member of a company in the cavalry. Upon the cessation of hostilities, he returned to his old home in Mississippi until 1871.It was then that they moved to Columbia Co., Arkansas, where they immediately purchased a farm where he and his wife, Durenda, made their home. William Marshall JOHNSON (Mar. 4, 1851 - Dec. 27, 1940; fifth of the nine children born to Andrew & Durenda) came to Columbia Co., Arkansas, in Feb. 1871 and began farming for himself in Buena Vista twp., on land which he had purchased on time.By strict attention to details of his calling, he had placed himself in independent circumstances.He now owned 435 acres of land, with 120 acres in cultivation.He also owned an excellent steam cotton gin, which turned out about 300 bales of cotton annually. The number of bales of his own raising amounted to 25 or 30.William purchased his first horse in the fall of 1872 and at that time also owned one cow, this constituting his livestock. On July 3,1873, William was married to Miss Sara Addie CHERRY, daughter of Hansford & Eveline Hawkins CHERRY. William Marshall JOHNSON also purchased 40.25 acres in Columbia Co., Arkansas, on November 13,1885.
Charles Albert JOHNSON (Apr. 8, 1843 - Jan. 20, 1885; child of Andrew & Durenda) lived in Mississippi until the breaking out of the Civil War.Charles served as a soldier in the Confederate Army until the battle of Murfreesboro, Tenn., where he was wounded. After the war he went to Indiana, where he was married to Miss Matilda DAVIS in 1865. In 1871 theymoved to DeWitt, Arkansas Co., Arkansas, were they resided until his death in 1885. Charles was a deacon in a church there in DeWitt.
William Marshall and Sara Addie JOHNSON, my great grandparents, had nine children of their own. Almost all of these siblings married and stayed in and around Columbia Co., AR. Their children, however, married and slowly moved off to other states.
Many families were drawn to Georgia in the early 1800's by land lotteries. Families who had lived in the territory for at least one year were allowed to draw for land areas as large as 400 acres. These lotteries were held in 1803, 1806, 1819, 1827 and 1832. This could be what brought one BARTON family to Georgia. William G. BARTON (born in Georgia about 1814) wed Elizabeth MURPHY (1820 - 1860) on November 19,1838 in Upson Co., Georgia. William and his wife, Elizabeth, and their five children left Georgia sometime after 1852 only to settle in Columbia Co., Georgia township, Arkansas, by 1860.Elizabeth died shortly thereafter (possibly from the hardships at the time). Of these five children, only one do I have information about. My great-great grandfather, Larkin S. BARTON (Nov. 23, 1840 - Jun. 3, 1889) wed Priscilla Jane BOYETT (born in Alabama on Dec. 5, 1842 - Feb. 22, 1884). They had seven children, most of which stayed in Columbia Co. after growing up.
Another branch of this tree started with Isaac Simpson HAYES (Dec. 14, 1812 - ?) who married Judea (Judith) VARNER (April 6, 1823 - May 3, 1859) on June 17, 1840. Between 1846 and 1850 they moved near Athens, Claiborne Parrish, LA, where they then resided. To that marriage were born nine children from 1841 until her death in 1859. Judea may have died in childbirth with her last child(George Henry), at the age of 36 years.
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Names listed; Barton, Doehring, Boyett, Davis, Griffin, Hayes, Hindman, Hudgins, Hunt, Johnson, Lamar, Manley, Mason, Meadows, Merritt, Mitchell, Nipper, Peace, Peery, Pope, Smith, Souter, Thornton, Tutt, Varner, Watson, Yates and many more. Over 6,700 individuals linked together in one tree.