Selected Families and Individuals


George Washington SMITH [Parents] was born 1, 2 on 23 Oct 1840 in Alabama. He died 2 on 21 Apr 1912. He was buried 2 in Big Creek Cemetery, Hot Spring Co., Arkansas. George married 3 Caroline M. WALKER on 11 Apr 1866 in Ashley Co., Arkansas.

George was counted in a census 4 in 1870 in Bearhouse Twp, Ashley Co., Arkansas.

Other marriages:
CRABB, Barbara Ann

Civil War Service (from Edward G. Gerdes, http://www.texas-brigade.com/3arkcol.htm)
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Smith, George Washington
Private—Enlisted in Co. L, 3rd Arkansas Infantry, at Latonia, Arkansas, July 1, 1861; transferred to Co. A, 3rd Arkansas Infantry, September 25, 1862; paroled at Appomattox, Virginia, April 12, 1865; born in Alabama, October 23, 1840; died in Arkansas, April 21, 1912; buried in Big Creek Cemetery, Hot Spring county, Arkansas; married Barbara Ann Crabb in Hot Spring county, December 22, 1880; filed Arkansas pension application #5408 from Hot Spring county, August 10, 1905; listed in Drew county 1860 census; occupation farmer; brother of Privates Benjamin F. and Reuben M. Smith (both in Co. H).
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   January 1866.  Asked for a letter of dismission from the Mt. Olive Baptist Church (Berea, Ashley Co., Arkansas) [Mt. Olive Baptist Church Records, p 17].

From the April 25, 1912 "Ashley County Eagle":
"Mrs. John Williams, Berea, was called by telegram to her father, Mr. George Smith, of Malvern, who is not expected to live. He once lived in Ashley County."


Caroline M. WALKER [Parents] was born 1 about 1846 in Mississippi. She died about 1880. Caroline married 2 George Washington SMITH on 11 Apr 1866 in Ashley Co., Arkansas.

Possibly died in 1880 as a result of birth complications with Hogan (ref 1880 census).

They had the following children.

  F i
Almedia SMITH was born 1 about 1868 in Arkansas.
  F ii
Vernera SMITH was born 1 about 1868 in Arkansas.
  M iii Val V. SMITH was born in Apr 1869.
  M iv
Veron(sp?) SMITH 1 was born 1 about 1870 in Arkansas.
  M v
Enoch SMITH 1 was born 1 about 1872 in Arkansas.
  M vi
James(?) SMITH 1 was born 1 about 1874 in Arkansas.
  F vii Priscilla J. SMITH was born on 25 Mar 1877. She died on 1 Oct 1924.
  M viii
Hogan SMITH 1 was born 1 about Feb 1880 in Arkansas.

James Z. SMITH [Parents] was born 1 about 1849 in Mississippi. James married Rebecca UNKNOWN.

Rebecca UNKNOWN was born 1 about 1851 in Mississippi. Rebecca married James Z. SMITH.

From the 1870 Federal Census, Rebecca is listed as "insane."


Living.

Elizabeth "Beth" RILEY [Parents] [scrapbook] was born 1 on 20 Dec 1920. She died 1 on 2 Jan 1988. She was buried 1 in Hamburg Cemetery, Ashley Co., Arkansas. Beth married 2 William NORTH on 10 Jan 1948.

1987:  residing in Little Rock, Arkansas (Reflections of Ashley County, p. 376).
Obituary published in the 6 Jan 1988 edition of the Ashley County Ledger.

They had the following children.

  F i Living.

Thomas Miller YELVINGTON [Parents] 1 was born 2, 3 on 24 Jul 1858 in Drew Co., Arkansas. He died 2, 3, 4 on 15 Sep 1931 in Ashley Co., Arkansas. He was buried 2 in Mt. Olive Cemetery, Ashley Co., Arkansas. Thomas married 5 Mary Ann RILEY 6 on 13 Oct 1880 in Ashley Co., Arkansas.

-1930:  residing on Monticello Rd, in White Township of Ashley Co., Arkansas.

Mary Ann RILEY [Parents] 1 was born 2 on 4 Apr 1857 in Ashley Co., Arkansas. She died 3, 4 on 25 May 1930 in Ft. Hill, Ashley Co., Arkansas. She was buried 1, 5 on 26 May 1930 in Mt. Olive Cemetery, Ashley Co., Arkansas. Mary married 6 Thomas Miller YELVINGTON 4 on 13 Oct 1880 in Ashley Co., Arkansas.

July 1870:  joined Mt. Olive Baptist Church by "experience and baptistm" (Mt. Olive records, p. 28).
Apr 1873: member of the "Sabbath School" at Mt. Olive Baptist Church (Mt. Olive records, p. 34a).

They had the following children.

  M i Samuel Wesley "Wes" YELVINGTON was born on 29 Jul 1881. He died on 30 Nov 1941.
  M ii
John Mitchell YELVINGTON [scrapbook] 1, 2 was born 2, 3 on 30 Aug 1883 in Ashley Co., Arkansas. He died 2, 3 on 29 Dec 1959 in Drew Co., Arkansas. He was buried 3 in Mt. Olive Cemetery, Ashley Co., Arkansas.

- From John's 1918 WW I Registration Card, he is noted as being "tall of medium build" and having "blue eyes and brown hair." At this time, he resided in Fountain Hill, Arkansas, and works for his father as an "ice maker." (See the "scrapbook" link with the multi-media edition of this report).
- 1930 Census:  Single, age 45 and living with parents in White Township, Ashley Co., Arkansas.
- Jan 1957:  residing in Fountain Hill, Ashley County, Arkansas.

  M iii George Daniel "Dan" YELVINGTON was born on 22 Aug 1887. He died on 2 Aug 1977.
  F iv Georgia Elizabeth YELVINGTON was born on 2 May 1889. She died on 20 May 1972.
  M v Ruben Alfrord "Rube" YELVINGTON was born on 18 Mar 1892. He died on 13 Feb 1957.
  M vi
Hogan Allen YELVINGTON 1 was born 2, 3 on 3 Jan 1895 in Ashley Co., Arkansas 4. He died 2, 5, 6 on 28 Jun 1915 in Fountain Hill, Ashley Co., Arkansas. He was buried 2 in Mt. Olive Cemetery, Ashley Co., Arkansas.

Died from lightning strike while cutting wood in front of his home.
  F vii Susan Anna "Susie" YELVINGTON was born on 19 Nov 1897. She died on 12 May 1996.
  M viii Thomas Odis "Tom" YELVINGTON was born on 9 Feb 1901. He died on 10 Nov 1982.

Alpheus Joseph LEIGH was born 1 on 6 May 1898 in Charlestown, Mississippi. He died 2 about Jan 1984. Alpheus married Adline Elizabeth SWAN.

Obituary published in the 1 February 1984 edition of the Ashley County Ledger.

Living [Parents].

They had the following children.

  F i Living.

Living [Parents].

Other marriages:
Living

Living.


John Rutledge RILEY Jr. [Parents] [scrapbook] was born 1, 2 on 15 Aug 1884 in Ashley Co., Arkansas. He was baptized in Jul 1899 3 in Mt. Olive Baptist Church, Ashley Co., Arkansas 3. He died 2 on 11 Dec 1957 in Little Rock, Pulaski Co., Arkansas. He was buried 2 in Rose Lawn Cemetery, Little Rock, Pulaski Co., Arkansas. John married 2 India Olive BAKER on 15 Oct 1915 in Little Rock, Pulaski Co., Arkansas.

   John Rutledge, along with brothers Joe Pat and Hunter joined Mt. Olive Baptist Church in July 1899 by "experience and baptism." Rutledge left Mt. Olive via letter in May 1906 (Mt. Olive Records, p. 72).
   In the early 1900's John, along with his brothers, operated J. R. Riley Sons and Co. Dry Goods and General Merchandise Store in Hamburg.  From 1906 to around 1918 he worked as a "drummer", traveling Arkansas, Louisiana and Mississippi selling coffee, flour and molasses in barrels.  He owned and operated an automobile agency in Pine Bluff in 1918-19, after which he entered the brokerage business in Little Rock.
   From his 1918 WW I Registration Card, he is described as being of "medium height and build" with "gray eyes and light hair."  At this time he resides at 1104 W. 6th St. in Pine Bluff, Jefferson Co., Arkansas where he is self-employed as an auto dealer.  (See the "scrapbook" link with the multi-media edition of this report).
   Moving to Little Rock, the young family first lived in at 1616 W. 24th Street in a home built by Hunter Riley.  James Robert and C. A. Riley lived just a few doors down.  In 1930, the family moved to 35th Street.  Finally in 1937, the family moved to 1921 W. 22nd St.  [Patrick Moffeit Riley, via Schatzi Riley]
   John also served as a Deputy Sheriff of Ashley County and City Marshall at Montrose.  John became active in the oil business, and founded the Little Rock Oil Exchange in the early 1920's.  He continued as an independent broker of insurance and oil leases the remainder of his life.
   John was instrumental in establishing a trust fund for the maintenance of the Mount Olive Baptist Church Cemetery near his birthplace in Berea, Ashley County.  John's obituary is published in the 12 Dec 1957 edition of the Pine Bluff Commercial, p. 6.
   (Much of this biography is adapted from that by W. B. Riley in "Reflections of Ashley County," p. 371-372.)

India Olive BAKER [Parents] [scrapbook] 1, 2 was born 3, 4 on 4 Oct 1892 in Union Pa., Louisiana 5. She died 2 on 18 Apr 1979 in Little Rock, Pulaski Co., Arkansas. She was buried 2 in Rose Lawn Cemetery, Little Rock, Pulaski Co., Arkansas. India married 2 John Rutledge RILEY Jr. on 15 Oct 1915 in Little Rock, Pulaski Co., Arkansas.

India was instrumental in starting Second Baptist Church in Little Rock, Arkansas, which is still going strong as of 2006.  She survived two bouts of cancer [Schatzi Riley].

They had the following children.

  M i
John Rutledge RILEY III [scrapbook] 1 was born 1, 2 on 12 Nov 1917. He died 1, 2 on 7 Dec 1922.

John Rutledge Riley III became ill and the doctors could never diagnose the problem.  An Aunt later said that she knew he fell from a tree on his side, hitting a rock.  She thought that might have damaged some inner organs.  After this incident he lived some time, but he had tremendous pain and exacted a very heavy emotional toll on his parents [Patrick Moffeit Riley's memories, as recorded by Schatzi Riley].
  F ii India Baker RILEY was born on 24 Dec 1919. She died on 22 Nov 1979.
  M iii William Baker "Bill" RILEY was born on 6 Jun 1921. He died on 3 Feb 1993.
  M iv Living.
  F v Sarah Elizabeth RILEY was born on 5 Aug 1926. She died on 30 Jan 1999.
  M vi Edward Rutledge "Rutledge" RILEY was born on 16 Jul 1928. He died on 17 Dec 1993.

David E. SULLIVAN [Parents] 1, 2, 3 was born 1 on 8 Mar 1855 3 in Mississippi 3. He was baptized in Sep 1872 4 in Mt. Olive Baptist Church, Ashley Co., Arkansas 4. He died 2 on 16 Jan 1883. He was buried 2 in Mt. Olive Cemetery, Ashley Co., Arkansas. David married 5 Martha S. CONE "Martie".

-1870 census:  15 years old and residing in William Johnson home, near James and Elizabeth Riley's home

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 5 David E. SULLIVAN.

Other marriages:
RILEY, John Rutledge

They had the following children.

  M i Madison Eugene SULLIVAN was born in 1878. He died in 1955.
  F ii Effie Ara SULLIVAN was born on 3 Sep 1881. She died on 9 Jan 1910.

Charles Pink HANSON 1, 2, 3 was born 4 on 27 Aug 1881. He died 1, 4 on 10 Jan 1915. He was buried 4 in Mt. Olive Cemetery, Ashley Co., Arkansas. Charles married 1 Laura Jo STANLEY 1 in Dec 1906.

Charled was a medical doctor.

Laura Jo STANLEY [Parents] 1 was born 1, 2, 3 on 17 Jul 1880 in Berea, Ashley Co., Arkansas. She died 2, 3 on 15 Jun 1968 in Hamburg, Ashley Co., Arkansas. She was buried 4 in Mt. Olive Cemetery, Ashley Co., Arkansas. Laura married 1 Charles Pink HANSON 1, 5, 6 in Dec 1906.

Other marriages:
RILEY, George Thomas

They had the following children.

  F i Living.
  M ii Living.
  F iii Living.
  M iv Living.

John Thomas POWELL Jr. [Parents] 1, 2 was born 2, 3 on 18 Aug 1863 in Arkansas. He was baptized in Sep 1884 4 in Central Baptist Church, Berea, Ashley Co., Arkansas 4. He died 3, 5 on 7 Oct 1937 in Ashley Co., Arkansas. John married 6 Louisa Jane RILEY "Lula" 7 on 29 Dec 1886 in Ashley Co., Arkansas.

Other marriages:
SLOCUM, Mary Tralucia

Louisa Jane "Lula" RILEY [Parents] 1 was born 1, 2 on 9 May 1871 in Arkansas. She died 3 on 21 Apr 1890. She was buried 3 in Mt. Olive Cemetery, Ashley Co., Arkansas. Lula married 4 John Thomas POWELL Jr. 5, 6 on 29 Dec 1886 in Ashley Co., Arkansas.

They had the following children.

  F i Eula Maude "Mossy" POWELL was born on 1 Jan 1888. She died on 23 Apr 1969.

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