Selected Families and Individuals


John Rutledge RILEY [Parents] [scrapbook] 1 was born 2, 3 on 12 Nov 1851 in Ashley Co., Arkansas. He died 4 on 19 Apr 1927 in El Paso Co., Texas. He was buried 5, 6 on 24 Apr 1927 in Mt. Olive Cemetery, Ashley Co., Arkansas. John married 7, 8 Martha S. CONE "Martie" on 26 Jan 1890 in Ashley Co., Arkansas.

Other marriages:
TAYLOR, Georgia Carry

   John Rutledge Riley, Sr. was the oldest child of James and Elizabeth Riley.  He was a Bible teacher at Mount Olive Baptist Church, and carefully prepared each Sunday's lesson.  He frequently used "Peloubet's Notes" for his teaching preparation, and the next issue of this reference was always requested by him for a Christmas present.
   John and his second wife Martha moved to Montrose for a time prior to moving to the El Paso, Texas, area in late 1926 with their children Dr. Jesse Dean Riley and Hattie.  John would die in Texas, at the time of the 1927 floods, but his sons managed to go from Arkansas to western Texas and back over difficult roads to see that his body was brought back to Mount Olive Baptist Church for burial.
   John is noted to have joined Mt. Olive Baptist Church in August, 1869.  Over the next ten years the church minutes record some a few colorful entries showing his rebellious side with accusations of "drinking too much" and "profanity," which was always reconciled with John asking forgiveness of the congregation.  John's membership at Mt. Olive ended in May 25, 1912--it is hypothesized this is when he and Martha moved to Montrose. [Mt. Olive Records, p. 111]
   Much of this biography is adapted from those by Blanche Riley Douglas and W. B. Riley, as recorded in "Reflections of Ashley County," pp. 372-373 and p. 374.

Martha S. "Martie" CONE [Parents] [scrapbook] was born 1 in May 1855 in Arkansas. She died 2, 3 on 23 Dec 1931 in Santa Rosa, Texas. She was buried 2, 4 in Mt. Olive Cemetery, Ashley Co., Arkansas. Martie married 1, 5 John Rutledge RILEY on 26 Jan 1890 in Ashley Co., Arkansas.

Other marriages:
SULLIVAN, David E.

They had the following children.

  M i Jesse Dean RILEY was born on 10 Nov 1890. He died on 14 Jan 1964.
  M ii David Cooper RILEY was born on 8 Feb 1892. He died on 24 Oct 1963.
  F iii Hattie Elizabeth RILEY was born on 11 Sep 1896. She died on 7 Apr 1932.

John Rutledge RILEY [Parents] [scrapbook] 1 was born 2, 3 on 12 Nov 1851 in Ashley Co., Arkansas. He died 4 on 19 Apr 1927 in El Paso Co., Texas. He was buried 5, 6 on 24 Apr 1927 in Mt. Olive Cemetery, Ashley Co., Arkansas. John married 7 Georgia Carry TAYLOR "Georgie" on 16 Sep 1877 in Ashley Co., Arkansas.

Other marriages:
CONE, Martha S.

   John Rutledge Riley, Sr. was the oldest child of James and Elizabeth Riley.  He was a Bible teacher at Mount Olive Baptist Church, and carefully prepared each Sunday's lesson.  He frequently used "Peloubet's Notes" for his teaching preparation, and the next issue of this reference was always requested by him for a Christmas present.
   John and his second wife Martha moved to Montrose for a time prior to moving to the El Paso, Texas, area in late 1926 with their children Dr. Jesse Dean Riley and Hattie.  John would die in Texas, at the time of the 1927 floods, but his sons managed to go from Arkansas to western Texas and back over difficult roads to see that his body was brought back to Mount Olive Baptist Church for burial.
   John is noted to have joined Mt. Olive Baptist Church in August, 1869.  Over the next ten years the church minutes record some a few colorful entries showing his rebellious side with accusations of "drinking too much" and "profanity," which was always reconciled with John asking forgiveness of the congregation.  John's membership at Mt. Olive ended in May 25, 1912--it is hypothesized this is when he and Martha moved to Montrose. [Mt. Olive Records, p. 111]
   Much of this biography is adapted from those by Blanche Riley Douglas and W. B. Riley, as recorded in "Reflections of Ashley County," pp. 372-373 and p. 374.

Georgia Carry "Georgie" TAYLOR [Parents] [scrapbook] 1, 2 was born 3, 4 on 13 Nov 1860 in Arkansas. She died 3, 5, 6 on 27 Nov 1889 in Bearhouse, Ashley Co., Arkansas. She was buried 3 in Mt. Olive Cemetery, Ashley Co., Arkansas. Georgie married 7 John Rutledge RILEY on 16 Sep 1877 in Ashley Co., Arkansas.

From the December 5, 1889, Ashley County Eagle:
"Mrs. Georgie Riley, about 28, good wife of Mr. J. R. Riley, died at her home near Bearhouse, of an abscess on her lungs, on Wednesday of last week, November 27th, 1889.  Memoriam in January 9, 1890 issue."

They had the following children.

  M i James Robert "Jimmy" RILEY was born on 29 Feb 1880. He died on 21 Oct 1939.
  M ii Hunter Pryor RILEY was born on 21 Nov 1881. He died on 16 Sep 1967.
  M iii John Rutledge RILEY Jr. was born on 15 Aug 1884. He died on 11 Dec 1957.
  M iv Joseph Patrick "Joe Pat" RILEY was born on 3 Mar 1886. He died in Oct 1971.
  M v Columbus Allen "Charlie" RILEY was born on 12 Mar 1888. He died on 7 Jul 1962.

James Henry "Jim" RODGERS [Parents] was born 1 on 6 Sep 1860 in Louisiana 2. He was baptized in Sep 1884 3 in Central Baptist Church, Berea, Ashley Co., Arkansas 3. He died 1 on 7 Mar 1886. He was buried 1 in Mt. Olive Cemetery, Ashley Co., Arkansas. Jim married 4 Susan Elizabeth RILEY "Susie" 5 on 16 Jan 1883 in Ashley Co., Arkansas.

1880:  residing in home of mother and stepfather in Bearhouse Township, Ashley Co., Arkansas.

Susan Elizabeth "Susie" RILEY [Parents] [scrapbook] 1 was born 2 on 28 Feb 1866 in Arkansas. She died on 1 Oct 1913. She was buried in Hamburg Cemetery, Ashley Co., Arkansas 3. Susie married 4 James Henry RODGERS "Jim" on 16 Jan 1883 in Ashley Co., Arkansas.

Other marriages:
LINDER, Francis Marion
ELKINS, Louis W.

Owned and operated hotels in Hamburg (Reflections of Ashley Co., p. 225).
   From the Ashley County Eagle, January 23, 1908:
"Mrs. S. E. Linder of this city, and Mr. Lou Elkins of Indiana were united in marriage by Rev. F. P. Doak at the home of the bride last Sunday evening at 6:30."

They had the following children.

  F i Ophelia G. RODGERS was born on 23 Feb 1884. She died on 11 Dec 1957.
  M ii
James Henry RODGERS II 1, 2 was born 1 on 17 Nov 1885. He died 1 on 27 Jul 1887. He was buried 3 in Mt. Olive Cemetery, Ashley Co., Arkansas.

James Horace "Horace" RIVIERE was born 1 in 1908 in Arkansas. He died in 1995. He was buried 2 in 1995 in Mt. Olive Cemetery, Ashley Co., Arkansas. Horace married 1, 3 Nora Elsie DOUGLASS "Elsie" on 5 May 1929.

Nora Elsie "Elsie" DOUGLASS [Parents] was born 1, 2 on 7 Mar 1905 in Midway, Ashley Co., Arkansas. She died 2 on 27 Aug 1989 in Hot Springs, Garland Co., Arkansas. She was buried 3 in 1989 in Mt. Olive Cemetery, Ashley Co., Arkansas. Elsie married 1, 4 James Horace RIVIERE "Horace" on 5 May 1929.


William Clifton "Clifton" DOUGLASS [Parents] was born 1, 2 on 7 Sep 1901 in Rains Co., Texas. He died 2 on 7 Mar 1975 in Crossett, Ashley Co., Arkansas. He was buried 3 in Mt. Olive Cemetery, Ashley Co., Arkansas. Clifton married 1 Virgie Mae FERGUSON 2 on 15 Oct 1925.

Headstone in Mt. Olive cemetery has an alternate name of William Clifford DOUGLAS (Clifford instead of Clifton, and only one "s" in last name).

Virgie Mae FERGUSON 1 was born 2 on 12 Sep 1907. She died 2 on 7 Jan 1976. She was buried 2 in Mt. Olive Cemetery, Ashley Co., Arkansas. Virgie married 3 William Clifton DOUGLASS "Clifton" on 15 Oct 1925.


Dr. Barton Pritchard KIMBRO [Parents] 1 was born on 12 Nov 1863 1 in Drew Co., Arkansas 1. He was baptized in Mt. Olive Baptist Church, Ashley Co., Arkansas 2. He died on 27 Dec 1936 3 in Drew Co., Arkansas 3. Barton married Katurah A. WHEAT "Kittie" 1 on 8 Apr 1885 1 in Ashley Co., Arkansas 4.

Barton grew up on the family farm near Midway, Drew Co., Arkansas.  He moved away for one year in 1883 to Monticello, but returned in the fall of 1884.  After marrying Kitty, they remained on the farm only until March 1887, when they moved to Tyro, Arkansas. In January 1892, they moved into a three room house on a lot in Tyro, Arkansas.  Barton attended medical school in Little Rock from October 1892 to March 1893.  In April 1897, the family moved from Tyro (Drew Co.) to Berea, Ashley Co., Arkansas.  In September 1905 the family moved to Monticello, Drew Co., Arkansas [Kimbro autobiography].

1897:  Joined Central Baptist Church in Berea, Ashley Co., Arkansas "by letter".
1905:  Left Central Baptist Church "by letter".

Katurah A. "Kittie" WHEAT [Parents] 1 was born 2 about 1869 in Arkansas. She died after 1929 1. Kittie married Dr. Barton Pritchard KIMBRO 1 on 8 Apr 1885 1 in Ashley Co., Arkansas 3.

From an autobiography by Barton Kimbro:
   "The first time I ever saw Katurah A. Wheat was when she was about four or five years of age. I thought she was the cutest little thing I had ever seen. She had long curly hair and the sweetest smile I ever saw. I saw her many times after that at church, for her people and my people attended Mt. Olive Church."
   Kittie became very ill in 1907, and was not expected to live but recovered.

-1893:  Mentioned in a December 17, 1893 diary entry by Lillie Frank Hundley (Ashley County Ledger web site).
-1897:  Joined Central Baptist Church in Berea, Ashley Co., Arkansas "by letter".
-1905:  Left Central Baptist Church "by letter".
-1908:  From the Ashley County Eagle, July 2, 1908:  "Mr. J. W. Smith and Mr. Henry Wheat went to Monticello last week to visit their sister, Mrs. B. P. Kimbro, who has been very sick for some time."
-1914:  From the Ashley County Eagle, February 5, 1914:  "Mrs. B.P. Kimbro visits her brother, H.F. Wheat."

Marriage Notes:

Married by Brother Allen (presumably Hogan Allen) [Kimbro autobiography].

They had the following children.

  F i
Maud KIMBRO 1 was born on 12 Mar 1886 1.
  M ii
Alvia Roy KIMBRO 1 was born in 1888 1.
  M iii
Elvin Ray KIMBRO 1 was born in 1888 1. He died in 1888 1.

Elvin only lived twelve days [Kimbro autobiography].
  M iv
Carroll Denson KIMBRO 1 was born on 12 Apr 1890. He died 2 on 10 Sep 1905 in Ashley Co., Arkansas. He was buried 3 in Mt. Olive Cemetery, Ashley Co., Arkansas.

Carroll's birthdate per his father's autobiography is 13 April 1890.
From the September 14, 1905, "Ashley County Eagle":
"Carroll, beloved son of Dr. B. P. and Mrs. Kittie Kimbro, died Sept. 10th, 1905, after a few days illness.  Aged about 16.  Buried at Mount Olive Cemetery."
  F v
Hila Azalea KIMBRO 1 was born on 12 Jan 1892 1.
  M vi
Marvin William KIMBRO 1 was born on 27 Nov 1893 1.
  F vii
Louetta Wisloca KIMBRO 1 was born on 22 May 1896 1.
  F viii
Juanita Luvetra KIMBRO 1 was born on 22 Dec 1897 1 in Berea, Ashley Co., Arkansas 1.
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