Wednesday, January 14, 2009

The Waylands & McNeils: Family Roots in Baxter County, Arkansas



Above is a picture of my great, great grandfather & grandmother:
Thompson "Henderson" Wayland & Louisa W. Snow


This is a small documentation of some of my family roots in the Ozarks. Hopefully, this will help answer questions for family and friends alike.
My great, great, grandfather & mother:
Thompson Henderson Wayland & Louisa W. Snow
Thompson Henderson Wayland was born on September 16, 1836 in Lawrence County, Arkansas. He died on November 14, 1913 in, Baxter County, Arkansas, and was buried in Norfork Cemetery, Baxter County, Arkansas. A picture is also posted of Henderson Wayland in the Mountain Home City Hall lobby stating he was the Mayor of Mountain Home, Arkansas in 1901.
Henderson married Louisa W. Snow on May 7, 1856, in Lawrence County, Arkansas. Thompson Henderson Wayland, "Henderson" as he was known, was a member of J.R. Shaler's regiment and Capt. R.C. Matthews' Company during the Civil War. He applied for a pension at age 72 and proof of service given.
They had the following children:
    1. Susan Hester Wayland was born on June 26, 1860 in Iuka, Izard County, Arkansas. She died on November 16, 1905, and was buried in Trimble Flats Cemetery, Baxter County, Arkansas. Susan married James Franklin McNeill on June 11, 1877.
    2. Caroline Wayland was born on 10 Feb 1862 in Iuka, Izard Co., Arkansas.
    3. Cynthia "Syntha" Ann Wayland
    4. James Harrison Wayland was born on 1 Oct 1867 in Iuka, Izard Co., Arkansas.
    5. Benjamin F. Wayland
    6. Mary Belsoria Wayland

Henderson & Louisa's Obituaries -Both are buried at Norfork Cemetery, Baxter County, Arkansas.

Baxter Bulletin newspaper September 20, 1912.
Mrs. T. H. Wayland and Mrs. Sarah Cunningham of Norfork, both old and respected citizens of Baxter County died last week. They leave many relatives and a host of friends to mourn for them.
Baxter Bulletin newspaper November 21, 1913

Uncle Henderson Wayland Dead.
Henderson Wayland an old settler in the seventies, for years a justice of peace at Norfork passed away Saturday and was buried Sunday at Norfork. The Waylands were among the first settlers in the west part of Baxter County. Mr. Wayland is survived by a brother, S. J. Wayland of Mountain Home and a married sister who lives in the south part of the state. His wife died about a year ago.
Next, my great, great grandfather & mother:
James Franklin McNeil IV & Susan Hester Wayland

James Franklin McNeil, IV was born on May 8, 1858, in Iuka, Izard County, Arkansas, and died on an unknown date. He married Susan Hester Wayland was born on June 26, 1860 in Iuka, Izard County, Arkansas. She died on November 16, 1905, and was buried in Trimble Flats Cemetery, Baxter County, Arkansas. Susan married James Franklin McNeil IV on June 11, 1877.
They had the following children:
  1. William Frank McNeil was born on July 7, 1879 in Iuka, Izard County, Arkansas and died on June 9, 1948 in Amos, Baxter County, Arkansas.
  2. John H. McNeil was born on Dec. 15, 1877 in Iuka, Izard County, Arkansas and died in May 1920 in Hulbert, Cherokee County, Oklahoma.
  3. Mary (Molly) J. McNeil was born on Nov. 11, 1883 and died on Apr. 19, 1969.
  4. Jesse Hogan McNeil was born on Oct. 25, 1881 and di ed in 1913.
  5. Benjamin A. McNeil was born on Nov. 19, 1887 and died on Feb. 1, 1965.
  6. James Monroe McNeil was born on Nov. 7, 1885 and died on Jul. 2, 1959.
  7. Joseph Henry McNeil was born on May 1, 1890 and died in M ay 1944.
  8. Hester B. McNeil was born on Apr. 1, 1894 and died on Aug. 16, 1894.
  9. Charles W. McNeil was born on Apr. 11, 1892 and died on an unknown date.
  10. Louisa Etta McNeil was born on Jan. 31, 1895 and died in 1915.
  11. Eva “May” McNeil was born in 1898 and died on June1, 1997.
  12. Stephen E. McNeil was born on Feb. 7, 1899 and died on Aug. 31, 1972.


Next, my great grandfather & mother:
William Frank McNeil & Mary "Mollie" Girkin




Picture taken in Flippin, Arkansas, about 1944











Mary "Mollie" Girkin 1900 
Picture taken at Carr Studios in Mountain Home, Arkansas.











                       
                                           Mary "Mollie" Girkin McNeil circa 1957



William Frank McNeil was born on July 7, 1879 in Iuka, Izard County, Arkansas and died on June 9, 1948 in Amos, Baxter County, Arkansas. He married Mary "Mollie" Girkin. She was the daughter of Burton Gerkin and Sarah Martin and was born on July 14, 1875 in East Nelson, Moultrie County, Illinois and died on October 3, 1958 in Theodosia, Ozark County, Missouri. Both are buried at the Trimble Flats / Amos Cemetery in Baxter County, Arkansas.


They had the following children:
  1. Eunice McNeil was born on February 23, 1906 and died on September 30, 1990.
  2. James Bert McNeil died on an unknown date.
  3. Hogan McNeil died on an unknown date.
  4. Lurkie McNeil died on an unknown date.
  5. Susan Geneva McNeil was born on May 10, 1904 and died on Aug. 2, 1904.
  6. Ralph Herman McNeil died in March 1916.

Picture of Uncle Bert & Uncle Hogan McNeil taken in Baxter County, Arkansas, circa 1918.

Next, my grandfather & grandmother:
Mack Anderson & Eunice McNeil
Mack Anderson was born on Feb. 24, 1890 in Mammoth, Ozark County, Missouri and died on May 5, 1962, in Mammoth, Ozark County, Missouri. He married Eunice McNeil. Eunice, daughter of William Frank McNeil and Mollie Mary Gerkin, Eunice McNeil was born on February 23, 1906,in Amos, Baxter County, Arkansas and died on September 30, 1990, in Bull Shoals, Marion County, Arkansas.

Grannie Anderson's house in Mammoth, Missouri, as I
remember it in the fall time of the year.

This picture was taken in November of 1989.





This is a current picture of the old home place taken in June of 2008.


Mack & Eunice Anderson are buried in the Mammoth Cemetery, Ozark County, Missouri.

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