William Trucks, farmer, Kedron, Ark.
There is probably no man within the limits of Bradley County who is deserving of more credit for the interest he has taken in its behalf than Mr. Trucks, and the facts here presented indicate to a more than ordinary degree the relations he has borne to the county's development.
He was born in Bibb County, Ala., in 1824, and is the son of George and Sarah (Johnson) Trucks, the former born and reared in Pennsylvania and the latter in Tennessee, where they were married. From there they emigrated to Alabama, where the father died during the war and the mother afterward. The father was a farmer and carpenter by occupation, and was a man of considerable ability and good, sound judgment. He was a soldier in one of the early Indian wars. Both he and wife were members of the Baptist Church.
Of the fifteen children born to their union, fourteen lived to be grown, but only two, William and a brother, are now living. Three were killed in the same battle while serving in the Confederate army, and one returned. William Truck's time in early youth was divided between assisting on the farm and in attending the common school, where be received a fair education.
He was married in 1849 to Miss Margaret Walker, who was left as an orphan when quite young and was reared by her grandfather, Coddingham. She was a native of Bibb County, and by her marriage became the mother of ten children, six now living: John D., Marion, Sarah (wife of William Meeks), Elizabeth (wife of William England), Mary E. (wife of S. A. Toleson), and Mattie (wife of James England).
In 1850 Mr. Trucks came to Arkansas, settled in his present neighborhood, and just before the war settled on his present farm. He at one time owned about 600 acres, but after giving his children each a good home still has considerable left.
He served about a year in the Confederate army in Capt. Ingram's company of Arkansas Infantry, and was at Little Rock when it was captured. In politics he has been a Democrat all his life, with the exception of a short time after the war, when he voted with the Republican party. He has been a member of the Baptist Church from youth, and is one of the honored and much respected citizens of the county.
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