Selected Families and Individuals


James RAY 1 was born about 1810 2 in South Carolina 2. He died on 25 Jan 1859 2 in Attala Co., Mississippi 2. James married Christian BRASHER 1 on 25 Jan 1827 2 in Shelby Co., Alabama 2.

Christian BRASHER [Parents] 1 was born about 1800 2 in South Carolina 2. She died after 1860 2. Christian married James RAY 1 on 25 Jan 1827 3 in Shelby Co., Alabama 3.

They had the following children.

  M i Elijah Marion RAY was born in 1828. He died on 3 May 1884.
  M ii
Henry RAY 1 was born about 1834 1 in Alabama 1.
  M iii William Andrew RAY was born on 4 May 1838. He died on 10 Sep 1890.
  F iv
Sarah E. RAY 1 was born about 1841 1 in Alabama 1.
  F v
Emaline Ray RAY 1 was born about 1850 1 in Alabama 1.

Samuel CROWLEY 1, 2 was born about 1818 2 in Kentucky 2. He died before 1860 in Mississippi. Samuel married Lucinda M CARROLL 1.

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Lucinda M CARROLL [Parents] 1 was born about 1822 2 in Alabama 2. Lucinda married Samuel CROWLEY 1, 2.

They had the following children.

  M i
William N. CROWLEY 1, 2 was born about 1844 1 in Alabama 2.
  F ii Henrietta Frances CROWLEY was born on 20 Jan 1847. She died on 23 Jul 1915.
  F iii
Nancy E. CROWLEY 1 was born about 1850 1 in Mississippi 1.

James Thomas JUDKINS [Parents] [scrapbook] was born 1, 2 on 27 Jul 1827 in Alabama. He died 1 on 2 Jun 1911. He was buried 1, 3 in Old Gilliam-Cotham Cemetery, Drew Co., Arkansas. James married 4 Colin Catharine MCRAE "Kittie" on 21 Jul 1855 in Perry Co., Alabama.

  James Thomas Judkins (aka Thomas S. or John Thomas-see below) was born 27 July 1827 in Alabama.  On 27 July 1855 he married Colin Catherine McRae, known by "Kittie" in Perry Co., Alabama.  The ceremony was performed by the Justice of the Peace, William D. Washburn.  They left Alabama after 1860 and arrived in Drew County, Arkansas around 1865.
  James Thomas was the first Judkins to settle in the Drew/Ashley County area.  He resided in southeastern Drew County until his death on 2 June 1911.  He is buried in the Old Gilliam-Cotham cemetery, Drew County, Arkansas.  (See headstone photo with the multimedia edition of this report).
  NAME CONFUSION:  Some references have his name as "Thomas S. Judkins" [DeArmond, "Old Times Not Forgotten:  A History of Drew County," p. 254] though census records show either "James" or "Thomas."  His headstone only has "J. T." and some of his children's headstones show him as "Thomas" (e.g., Susan B.).  To make matters more confusing, his wife's headstone states "wife of John Thomas Judkins."  From the census records, his name is given as either "Thomas" (1860, 1880, 1910), "James" (1870) or "James T" (1900).

Father: Ustacea JUDKINS b: 1770/1790 in North Carolina
Mother: Unknown

Colin Catharine "Kittie" MCRAE [Parents] [scrapbook] 1 was born 1, 2, 3 on 14 Sep 1837 in Alabama. She died 1 on 26 Jan 1902 in Arkansas. She was buried 1 in Old Gilliam-Cotham Cemetery, Drew Co., Arkansas. Kittie married 4 James Thomas JUDKINS on 21 Jul 1855 in Perry Co., Alabama.

From the 1900 census it is seen that Catherine has had a total of 11 children, with 6 still living. At this time granddaughter Elsie is living with them (age 16, born Dec 1883).

They had the following children.

  M i Thadeous J. "Thad" JUDKINS was born on 29 May 1856. He died on 14 Jul 1892.
  M ii John L. JUDKINS was born on 23 Oct 1857. He died on 6 Jan 1939.
  F iii
Harriett JUDKINS was born 1 about Dec 1859 in Alabama.
  M iv
Emma JUDKINS was born 1, 2 about 1861 in Mississippi.
  F v Mollie T. JUDKINS was born on 30 Oct 1863. She died on 8 Feb 1892.
  M vi James S. "Jim" JUDKINS was born on 4 Sep 1865. He died on 11 Nov 1938.
  M vii Rufus C. "Ruff" JUDKINS was born on 3 Dec 1866. He died on 10 Nov 1951.
  F viii
Ellas(?) JUDKINS was born 1 in Jul 1870 in Arkansas. She died 2 before 1880.
  F ix
Susan B. JUDKINS 1, 2 was born 1 on 17 Dec 1871. She died 1 on 1 Aug 1878. She was buried 1 in Old Gilliam-Cotham Cemetery, Drew Co., Arkansas.
  F x Caldonia "Callie" JUDKINS was born about 1871.
  M xi
Willis C. JUDKINS was born 1, 2, 3 on 23 Feb 1874 in Arkansas. He died 2, 3 on 12 Oct 1895. He was buried 2, 3 in Old Gilliam-Cotham Cemetery, Drew Co., Arkansas.
  M xii H. Bevlie JUDKINS was born on 12 Aug 1878. He died on 20 Dec 1900.
  M xiii Living.
  xiv Living.

John Wesley SMITH [Parents] [scrapbook] 1 was born 2 on 30 Jan 1833 in Perry Co., Alabama. He died 2, 3 on 3 Sep 1862 in Lonoke Co., Arkansas. He was buried in Camp Nelson Confederate Cemetery, Lonoke Co., Arkansas. John married 1 Henrietta RANDOLPH on 2 Jul 1856.

  John W. Smith was born on January 30, 1833, in Perry County, Alabama and moved to Mississippi with his father in 1844. John married Miss Henrietta Randolph on July 2, 1856. Coming to Arkansas in 1858, he settled in Ashley County, and entered land in Bearhouse Township. (Biographical and Historical Memoirs of Southern Arkansas, Chicago:Goodspeed Publishing Co., 1890, pp 919-920).
  On 14 August 1859 John and Henrietta joined Mt. Olive Baptist Church of Berea, Ashley Co., Arkansas. They joined by transfer of letter from another "Regular Baptist" church. (Mt. Olive Baptist Church Records, p. 2).  It is assumed their prior church was in Mississippi.
  A total of 200 acres was known to have been acquired by John. A patent for 40 acres is recorded from 2 April 1860 (NWSE S3 T16S R6W) with an adjacent 160 acres on 1 September 1860 (E½SW and S½SE S3 T16S R6W). The Berea community is located at the boundary of this land, with much of the land along Ashley County Rd 135 west of Berea. (A photo of a probable homesite on this land is available in the multimedia edition of this report).
  In 1862 John entered the Confederate army and was a private in Company B of the 26th Arkansas Infantry Regiment. He died 3 Sep 1862, but it is likely that John's death was from disease and that he never saw action in battle. He was among men at Camp Nelson, which was hit by a plague of typhoid and black measles. He is buried in an "unknowns" grave at Camp Nelson Confederate Cemetery, Austin, Arkansas. A document giving an account of the events at Camp Nelson is available in the scrapbook section of the multi-media form of this report.  (Arkansas Civil War Soldiers and Sailors, Edward G. Gerdes Civil War Web Site and other sources)

Henrietta RANDOLPH [Parents] [scrapbook] was born on 3 May 1837 in Alabama. She died on 22 May 1892 in Ashley Co., Arkansas. She was buried 1 in Mt. Olive Cemetery, Ashley Co., Arkansas. Henrietta married 2 John Wesley SMITH on 2 Jul 1856.

Other marriages:
WHEAT, William B.

They had the following children.

  M i Samuel R. SMITH was born on 20 Apr 1857. He died on 4 Aug 1924.
  M ii Charles Henry SMITH was born on 14 Jul 1860. He died on 4 Feb 1892.
  M iii John William SMITH was born on 8 Jan 1863. He died on 29 Jan 1936.

Benjamin A. TUBBS [Parents] [scrapbook] 1, 2 was born 1, 3 on 15 Dec 1834 4 in Alabama. He died on 1 Jun 1913 4, 5. He was buried in Morgan Cemetery, Ashley Co., Arkansas 4, 5. Benjamin married 6 Nancy BROWN on 17 Feb 1878 in Ashley Co., Arkansas.

Other marriages:
CASON, Susan

   Ben Tubbs was born 15 December 1834 in Alabama.  He arrived in Ashley County, Arkansas, sometime prior to 1860, when he is noted as being in Egypt Township of Ashley County for the Federal Census.  Also in 1860 a land patent for 160 acres was issued to Ben, which was the northeast quarter of section 33 in Township 19S, Range 7W (see the map associated with the multi-media edition of this report).  He is known to have served in the army of the Confederate States of America, and after his return to Ashley County he married Susan Cason, on 10 July 1866.  Ben and Susan are thought to have had eight children, with at least two dying before reaching adulthood.
   Ben has a well-documented and shall we say a very "unsavory" past.  He was an avid member of the Ku Klux Klan as noted in Y. W. Etheridge's 1959 book "History of Ashley County".  In this publication Ben is described as a "physical giant, long, lank and lean, and a man of high integrity who so conducted himself." [Etheridge, p. 98]  An account is even given of Ben attempting to hang a negro who was "armed with a long saber" and allegedly participating in a "possible uprising of negroes" [ibid, p. 116].  Not surprisingly, Ben was active in the Democratic party who were staunch supporters of the old Confederacy.  Ben served as an Egypt township Committeeman for the Democratic party [ibid, appendix p. xxxvi].  Ben also led an Egypt township committee to raise funds for Confederate Vets, and was among the 3500-4000 present on the Hamburg square on 26 September 1889 at a "dinner-on-the-ground" celebration and barbeque in honor of the Confeterate Vets [ibid, appendix p. xxvii].
    Sometime between 1874 and 1878 Ben's wife Susan died.  On 17 February 1878 he remarried to Nancy Brown, who remained his wife until Ben's death in 1913.  Ben is buried in Morgan Cemetery, Ashley Co., Arkansas along with his second wife Nancy.   

Nancy BROWN [Parents] [scrapbook] was born 1, 2 on 27 Mar 1842 3 in Alabama or Georgia. She died on 4 May 1925 3. She was buried in Morgan Cemetery, Ashley Co., Arkansas 3. Nancy married 4 Benjamin A. TUBBS on 17 Feb 1878 in Ashley Co., Arkansas.


Unknown TUBBS 1 was born before 1820 in Tennessee. Unknown married Unknown UNKNOWN.

Unknown UNKNOWN was born 1 before 1820 in Tennessee. Unknown married Unknown TUBBS 1.

They had the following children.

  M i Benjamin A. TUBBS was born on 15 Dec 1834. He died on 1 Jun 1913.

Buckner DAVIS [Parents] 1 was born in 1762 in Creek, Granville, North Carolina. He died on 27 Jan 1820 in Warren, North Carolina. Buckner married 1 Nancy CHAPMAN 1 in 1800 in Warren, North Carolina.

Nancy CHAPMAN 1 was born in 1759 in Brunswick, Virginia. She died in Warren, North Carolina. Nancy married 1 Buckner DAVIS 1 in 1800 in Warren, North Carolina.

They had the following children.

  F i Elizabeth Chapman DAVIS was born in 1780. She died in 1842.

Peter Oliver DAVIS [Parents] 1 was born in 1727 in Bertie, Isle Wight, North Carolina. He died on 15 Feb 1804 in Creek, Warren, North Carolina. Peter married Hannah TURNER 1.

Hannah TURNER 1 was born in 1727 in Granville, North Carolina. She died in 1772 in Creek, Warren, North Carolina. Hannah married Peter Oliver DAVIS 1.

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They had the following children.

  M i Buckner DAVIS was born in 1762. He died on 27 Jan 1820.

John O. DAVIS 1 was born in 1700 in Isle Wight, Virginia. He died in Virginia. John married UNKNOWN FIVEASH 1.

An alternate person is possible:  Lewis Davis

UNKNOWN FIVEASH 1 was born in 1704 in Wales. UNKNOWN married John O. DAVIS 1.

They had the following children.

  M i Peter Oliver DAVIS was born in 1727. He died on 15 Feb 1804.

William CHRISTMAS [Parents] 1 was born 2 about 1766 in Buffalo, Bute Co., North Carolina. He died 2 on 11 Apr 1804 in Warren Co., North Carolina. William married 2 Jane YANCEY 1 on 28 Dec 1790 in Granville Co., North Carolina.

From Ginger L. Christmas-Beattie, "Eight Generations After Thomas Cross Crhistmas (1690-1796)":
"He was also known as Major William Christmas.  He was Deputy sheriff in May 1780 at Warren Co., NC.  He was mentioned in a court record 'Ordered that John Wortham, William Christmas, and Seymore Ransom, or any two of them be appointed Commissioners to let the repariing of the bridge across Fishing Creek near Warrenton report to next Court' on 26 Feb 1801 at Wareenton, Warren Co., NC. As of 1804, his obituary mentions his rank as Major."

Jane YANCEY [Parents] 1 was born on 17 Sep 1774 in Granville, North Carolina. She died on 1 May 1845 in Warren, North Carolina. Jane married 2 William CHRISTMAS 1 on 28 Dec 1790 in Granville Co., North Carolina.

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They had the following children.

  M i Thomas H. CHRISTMAS was born in 1795. He died in 1842.

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