Marion Co TOC
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Vol. 5, No. 1 January 2000 Yellville, Arkansas 72687
A GLIMPSE INTO THE PAST
River Boats and Teamsters
Steamboats loaded and unlocked at McBee's Landing during the 1800s, bringing such cargoes as salt, whiskey and household items. They returned downriver with cotton, furs and lumber. Records dated May 1886 say Captain Stallings, of the riverboat "Home." Was the only man to bring a boat to McBee's Landing on 20 inches of water. In April of that same year he brought in 20 tons of freight. The largest shipment of cotton, 800 bales, was taken down the river in 1891 aboard the "Tompkins" with Captain Stallings again at the helm. He was considered a brave and daring riverboat captain, hauling items no other captain would contract for, like the crusher used at Musick Creek Mine, owned by Joe S. Lemon.
Churches and Cemeteries
W. B. "Bill" Flippin and Bill Jenkins were noted preachers at the Christian Church in Flippin Barrens during the mid-1800s. They were considered "nesters of the Christian Church" (History of the Ozarks, W. B. Jones). In the Church History of the Ozarks by Earl Sechlet, it is said of W. B. Flippin that "no other man in the north part of Arkansas did as much work preaching the gospel, baptizing people and establishing churches." Meetings were held in homes, brush arbors and schools until 1903 when the Union Church was built where the First Baptist Church stands today. It was use by all congregations until the 1920s.
During the Civil War, life in the Barrens is depicted as being cruel and bitter. Mary Jenkins relates some accounts during this time.
Flippin Barrens barely lived into the Twentieth Century. Lee Hayes moved his store to the railroad site, and soon other businesses were established. The Marion County Town Company purchased 20 acres and platted streets and lots but, shortly thereafter, went out of business.
The 1930's and 1940's effected Flippin as it did the rest of the United States. When the war began in the '40's the town was stripped of many able-bodied young men. Several of them lost their lives including James Clart, Burt and Glen McCracken, Donald Padgett, and Claude Garrigus.
In 1945, the U. S. Government supplied the funds and hired the contract labor to establish a quarry on Lee's Mountain where a conveyor belt form the mountain to a site at Bull Shoals was to be erected for the construction of Bull Shoals Dam. They condemned 60 acres of farmland on the mountain to set up the conveyor belt that was used to haul crushed rock to the dam site.
During the 1930's through the 50's Marion County was then "wet" (Liquor was legal), gambling was legal, and with the influx of so many new people from all walks of life moving into the county, sometimes things got a little out of hand. Fightings and several killings helped to gain Flippin a reputation as being a fairly tough town. It had several taverns, one downtown, one on Hwy 62 south, and the Silver Star Night Club located where Ranger Boats Company sits today.
After Bull Shoals Dam was completed in 1952, citizens voted to "dry up" Marion County. The Silver Star Night Club was purchased by Karl Marshall and several other business men for industrial use. Several years later, Forrest Wood purchased that building and modestly began to build the empire that Ranger Boats is today. The old wood frame Silver Star. Some say they can still hear its music on a quiet night.
FROM THE EDITOR
It would seem that, in spite of all the warnings about and predictions of disasters on every front, 1 January 2000 came and went without a hitch. We at the Bramble Bush are still going strong and looking forward with great anticipation to our fifth year in publication. Sure doesn't seem that long, probably 'cuz we've been having so much fun every quarter.
A collection of research materials was begun that now numbers well over 700 items including books, newsletters, CD's, and microfilm. Around 25 or 30 events such as ancestors fairs and Shawnee Days and Turkey Trot have seen our tables or booth filled with our wares and smiling faces. We've talked at schools, historical societies, and libraries, telling the story of Marion County. Genealogies of Marion County Families 1811-19900 (nickname "Big Blue" because of its size and color) was compiled and published. Just under 500 copies have been sold and we've gone into our second printing already. Bramble Bush got off the ground which increased our membership as well as helped spread the story of Marion County and made us some wonderful friends. Early Days and War Times in Northern Arkansas by Thomas Jerome Estes was reprinted and we've already gone into our second printing on this book too. When we learned that over 100 years of county records were about to be destroyed, we petitioned Quorum Court to turn them over to the Society. As a result, the Real Estate Tax Assessment books which begin in 1887 are now safe and sound. Gladys Horn Brown gave to the Society all rights to her transcription of the 1880 census for Marion County. This, too, is selling well. A torn and tattered ca 1916 plat map of Marion County was given to us - and we promptly had it repaired, preserved, and framed for all to see and use. The electronic age has been joined with the installation in the Research Room at the library of a computer and a growing collection of CD's just jiam crammed full of information. The Marion County web site on the Internet is growing by leaps and bounds with new thing being added almost daily.
The next ten years promise to be equally as busy and fulfilling. First off with the second "Big Blue" with lots and lots of new information and several more families. Deadline for contributions for this book is 1 June 2000 so dig down deep in those piles of family history, folks and get that information to us. After a short breather from this effort, we're planning to publish a Pictorial History of Marion County and her People. This will take lots of sharing on your part so get ready. We hope for it to be a collection of both places and people from the past, but we don't have access to enough pictures to do a book. We're definitely going to need your help on this one. You can be sure we'll bombard you with reminders every quarter so dig out those old tintypes and photos, get them copied, make a notation of who and what they are, and get them to us.
GENEALOGY OF THE McBEE FAMILY
The McBee Family came to Marion Co. in 1857. There is a story in the family that three brothers came together. One was a doctor, one was a lawyer, and one was a stockman and trader. One brother went to Oklahoma or Texas, one settled in the Monarch area of Marion Co., and the third settled on the White River. Two descendants of the McBee who settled in the Monarch area are Jim and Walter McBee of Harrison, Boone Co. AR (Billie D. [McBee] Robertson)1 WILLIAM McBEE b. VA ca 1699 m SUSANNAH VARDREY.
3 VARDREY McBEE Sr. b VA ca 1730 was of Lincoln and Tryon Counties in North Carolina. He settled at Watauga Valley NC 1780. On 27 May 1782 a deposition was taken in a lawsuit that included William Saffold and M. Gale. The deposition was made by Vardrey McBee and two others. He served in the Revolutionary War.
5 WILLIAM McBEE.
6 GANNUM McBEE.
7 VARDREY McBEE Jr. m NC ca 1790 Jane Alexander.
9 SILAS L/E. McBEE B KY 1792 d MCAR 1875 m/1__ d 1840; m/2 LUCY BLACKBURN b KY (1870 census says SC) 1818 d Flippin 1873. They emigrated from MO in 1857, settling at Talbert's Ferry. In White River Township 1860, 1870, and 1880. The White River Township 1860 census lists Malinda Graves b MO aged 15 and Joseph C. Harper b SC aged 50 as living in the Silas McBee household. The White River Township 1870 census lists Bird F. Ross b TN aged 20 (insane) and James Smith b AR aged 13 as living in the Silas McBee household.
10 LUTHER MARTIN McBEE b TN.
11 HANNAH ECHOLS McBEE b TN.
12 MARTHA ADALINE McBEE b TN.
13 VARDREY A. McBEE 3rd b TN.
14 WILLIAM PICKNEY McBEE b TN.
15 ALEXANDER McBEE b TN.
16 (son) McBEE B TN m EVELINE __ b TN ca 1823. She is a widow aged 57 living with her son James in Sugar Loaf Township in 1880.
18 RICE F. R. McBee b TN 1852.
19 VARDREY McBEE b TN 3 March 1853 d Baxter Co. AR 10 May 1904 bu Conley Cemetery, Baxter Co. AR m MCAR GIVENIA SIRENA HOGAN b MCAR March 1852. In White River Township 1860, 1880 and 189; in Flippin 1870; in Logan Township, Baxter Co. AR 1900. Moved to Baxter Co. AR.
20 (daughter) McBEE m ___ CRAVENS.
23 WILLIAM VARDREY McBEE b MCAR Dec 1877/9 m MCAR 5 Sep 1897 DELLA MATTHEWS (daughter of M.D.L. & Matilda J. "Matt" [Bains] Matthews) b MCAR 20 July 1881 d 18 Sep 1904.
24 ERNEST C. McBEE b MCAR Jan 1877 d 1940 bu Flippin Cemetery m/1 1899 ALICE WOOD (daughter of Nivenard "Nin" & Mary E. [Weast] Wood) b MCAR 2 Nov 1883 d 22 Dec 1969 bu Aurora MO, divorced; m/2 MCAR 30 May 1914 EMMA ZIEGLER b GA ca 1877. In White River Township 1900. Alice m/2 MCAR 3 Dec 1910 Henry Newton Brooks.
25 MAUDE A. McBEE d MCAR 1899/1900 m MCAR 11 March 1899 LEE W. WOOD (son of Nivenard "Nin" & Mary E. [Weast] Wood, widower of Betty Talbert) b Flippin 29 July 1880 d 9 Oct 1957. No children.
26 Victor McBEE.
27 Myrtle McBEE.
29 MALINDA McBEE b MCAR 1870 m MCAR 23 Dec 1888 M. JAMES PERRY.
30 WILLIAM SILAS McBEE b MCAR 1 Feb 1874 d MCAR 18 March 1916 bu Flippin Cemetery m 18 Nov 1894 ELZADA REYNOLDS (daughter of Edwin/Edward & Millie L/S. [Burch] Reynolds) b MCAR 24 July 1873 d. Flippin 5 April 1943. Worked for his uncle. In Logan Township, Baxter Co. AR 1900.
31 LANDES TILLMAN McBEE b MCAR 13 Dec 1976 d Baxter Co. AR 28 Feb 1897 bu Trimble Flats Cemetery, Baxter Co. AR. Never married.
32 YOUNG H. McBEE b MCAR Dec 1878 m CORA __ b MO Jan 1883. In Logan Township, Baxter Co. AR 1900.
33 Mary McBEE b July 1889.
34 DELLA McBEE b Sep 1893.
35 JOHNIE McBEE b 22 Dec 1888.
36 WALTER HAMILTON McBEE b MCAR June 1884 d 10 April 1964 bu Keesee Cemetery m THELMA __ B MCAR 13 Nov 1895 d 8 Feb 1973 bu Keesee Cemetery
37 CALVIN V. McBEE b MCAR 18 March 1881 d Baxter Co. AR 1908 bu Conley Cemetery.
39 VIOLA McBEE b MCAR Sep 1883 m MCAR 7 Feb 1907 J. C. TOMBERLIN b 1881 of Indian Territory.
40 (Child) McBEE died young.
41 WALTER McBEE b MCAR Dec 1888 m Ruby __ b OK 1896.
42 BULAH McBEE b MCAR March 1893.
43 WILLIE B. McBEE (f) b MCAR June 1896.
45 MARY AGNESS McBEE [BROOKS] b MCAR 15 Sep 1902 d 6 Feb 1950.
46 CARL REGINAL McBEE [BROOKS] b MCAR 7 July 1905 d 14 Feb 1956 m THELMA ___.
48 EWING McBEE b MCAR Oct. 1898 d MCAR 1980 bu Flippin Cemetery m MCAR 18 April 1917 DELLA LAVISA PANGLE (daughter of George & Martha (McCracken) Pangle) b MCAR 22 Feb 12900 d MCAR 23 July 1975 bu Flippin Cemetery.
49 WILLIAM HERBERT McBEE (twin) b MCAR 25 March 1901 d MCAR 13 Nov 1953 bu Flippin Cemetery m 10 May 1924 BITHA GALLWAY b 15 June 1905 d MCAR 30 Dec 1986 bu Flippin Cemetery as Bitha Davis. MCAR Deputy Sheriff.
50 JAMES BRADFORD McBEE (twin b MCAR 25 March 1902 d 25 Jan 1975 m MCAR 26 June 1920 UNA MAE REYNOLDS b MCAR 8 April 1904 d MCAR 5 Dec 1952 bu Flippin Cemetery.
51 VARDEREY D. "Mac" McBEE b MCAR 21 March 1905 d MCAR 7 May 1961 bu Flippin Cemetery m ALLLIE (REYNOLDS) TREAT (daughter of John A & Julie [Spears] Reynolds, widow? of __ Treat) b Western Grove, Boone Co. AR 9 May 1898 d 25 Nov 1988 bu Pleasant Ridge Cemetery.
52 CARMINE McBEE (m) b MCAR 11 Dec 1912 d New Shannon IA 9 May 1972.
54 NEVA NELL McBEE b MCAR 12 Oct 1920 d 3 June 1945 bu Oakland Cemetery, Little Rock AR m 12 Nov 1938 GARY/GRADY WOOTEN d 1945 bu Oakland Cemetery, Little Rock AR.
55 AVIS LEE McBEE b MCAR 15 Aug 1923 d MCAR 16 Aug 1923.
56 GEORGE WAYNE McBEE b MCAR 5 June 1927 d 26 Sep 1994 m 16 Sep 1951 DOROTHY SUE McGOWNE b 23 Oct 1930.
57 EWING WARD McBEE Sr. b MCAR 4 Aug 1928 d 9 July 1994 bu Flippin Cemetery m MCAR 9 March 1946 RUBY MARION ALLEN (daughter of Jesse James & Eliza Izelia [Richardson] Allen) b MCAR 5 April 1927.
58 BETTY DELL McBEE b MCAR 21 Aug 1930 m1 LOWELL COOPER; m/2 JIM YOST.
59 HAL DEAN McBEE b MCAR 5 Oct 1932 m/1 MARGIE GAUTRAUX; m/2 MARILYN SLIMAN.
60 BILLIE DARLENE McBEE b MCAR 1 Nov 1934 m MCAR 30 July 1954 M. D. "Rob" ROBERTSON b 10 Feb 1929.
62 BILL McBEE.
63 WILLIE McBEE.
64 CONNIE McBEE.
65 MAXINE McBEE m WILLIAM J. CURRAN.
66 TOMMIE SUE McBEE.
67 ILA JOY McBEE.
68 CARL McBEE. MCAR Sheriff.
70 JUANITA McBEE.
71 CLAUDIA ELOISE McBEE.
72 MARY DELL McBEE.
73 ANNA SUE McBEE b MCAR 28 Jan 1932 d MCAR 29 Dec 1933 bu Flippin Cemetery.
74 SHIRLEY ANN McBEE.
76 EDDIE McBEE b MCAR 28 June 1954.
77 MICHELLE ANN McBEE b MCAR 1 May 1965 m/1 __ VAN TYNE, divorced; m/2 24 May 1986 MARTIN D. BENSON.
78 MELINDA McBEE b MCAR 6 Feb 1968 m DAVE JACKSON.
80 EWING ALLEN McBEE Jr. b MCAR 13 Sep 1948 d MCAR 13 Sep 1948 bu Lee's Mountain Cemetery.
81 RHONDA SUZANNE McBEE b MCAR 1 May 1959 m Wichita KS 4 Dec 1988 FREDERIC EARL BOEGER (son of Palmer & Grace [ __ ] Boeger) b 18 Feb 1960.
84 STERLING RAYMOND McBEE Jr. b 30 July 1947 m BARBARA A. PARROT.
85 MARIE ANNETTE McBEE b 21 Sep 1949 m DAVID B. BURNS.
86 THOMAS BRADFORD McBEE b 2 Aug 1951 m MARY C. HUEY.
87 JOHN EDWARD McBEE b 15 Nov 1953.
88 PAMELA DEAN McBEE b 1 March 1959.
89 JACKIE MAE McBEE b 21 May 1967.
SOURCES: "Reminiscent History of the Ozark Region" by Goodspeed; "Marion Co. Marriages Records 1887-1896" by Marian Burnes & Vicki Roberts; "Marion Co. Marriage Records 1896-1905" by Marion Burnes & Vicki Roberts; "Marion Co. Marriage Records 1905-1917" by Marian Burnes & Vicki Roberts; "Marion Co. AR census 1860, 1870, 1880, 1890, 1900, 1910, 1920; "History of Marion Co.," by Earl Berry; Billie D. (McBee) Robertson.
1840 CENSUS STUFF Compiled by Mysty McPherson, 35 MC 6023, Yellville AR 72687
In Marion County in 1840 there were six townships:
Four years after Arkansas became a state and Marion became a county, there was a total of 649 males, from newborns to one nearing a century, and 572 females, from newborns to two around three-quarters of a century. Not including the free coloreds, there were 649 males and 572 females for a grand total of 1221 people. Or, in other words, there were 779 children and 442 adults for a grand total of 1221 people.
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