UPDATED: 28 JAN 1998. This Searcy County, Arkansas Home Page is not affiliated with the USGEN WEB. I began with Bill Couch, our Arkansas coordinator, who was bound and determined to get me involved with the Arkansas group. (Don't tell him that I am glad he did). After Bill gave us this wonderful opportunity to bring our research to the world, many have followed his lead. I have three counties on the USGEN WEB in the state of Oklahoma. Please respect the choices that everyone makes, as to, where their pages are and with whom they are affiliated with. We are all striving for the same goal. You are free to download anything I put on the Internet but, please do not attempt to profit from our hard work. Thanks for your continued support and wonderful words of kindness.
If you are searching for your ancestors in Arkansas, you have your work cut out for you. One thing you can be sure of, your ancestors had some degree of Indian blood and the stories you have been told are close to the truth. I know that I have a tremendous amount of records on my family and they could not tell the same story twice. If you have not searched and read the history files located on my NATIVE AMERICAN HOME PAGE (New Address) you will find yourself frustrated and running around in circles. The next step is to search the Dawes Rolls for you direct line. Not just one, but all Five Civilized Tribes, the Shawnee, and the Osage Tribes. Many Cherokees were claimed by the Creek Nation at the time of the Miller Applications. If you are like me, my great grandmother was abducted by the Creek Tribe on the Trail Of Tears and some of my direct line family members were removed because they did not know who had raised them. And as history repeats itself, the Creek Nation stole my grandson in 1994 and we do not have a drop of Creek Indian blood in us. So, another thing that you can do is go back to the 1880 Cherokee and Shawnee Indian Territory Census. There you may find your line and obtain your heritage. Generally, You must have someone on the Dawes Roll to be an enrolled member. The Creek Tribe was on the Road To Disappearance and a dying culture. They enroll anyone they want, whenever they want, and use the Oral Writings of Angie Debot. I wish you success in your search with our, "Don't Trust The Government Cherokee Ancestors." Also, many Cherokee people married whites so they could become white and bring themselves and their families into the white society. The Creeks married their slaves. And the rest, is one big frustration. If you can, go to the Searcy County Ancestor Fair and subscribe to the Searcy County Newsletter. Both are well worth the Genealogy effort. Arkansas is a fun place to do research. If not, I would not waste my time, money, and give up my sleep.
Searcy County is located in the north central part of the state and was formerly a part of Independence County and was later included in Izard County. The United States Census for Izard County for the year 1830 included the residents of the area which later became Searcy County. The area was established as Searcy County on November 5, 1835 and was included in Marion County in 1836, and finally became Searcy County on December 13, 1838. It was named after Richard Searcy, a lawyer at Batesville, Arkansas. When Stone and Baxter Counties which join Searcy County on the east were formed, Searcy County on the east were formed, Searcy County assumed its present outline as two townships, Big Flat and Locust Grove, were lost. This occurred April 12, 1873 and March 24, 1873.
The Buffalo River is fed by Richland Creek, Calf Creek, Bear Creek, and Big Creek from the south and Mill Creek, Dry Creek, Tomohawk Creek and Water Creek from the north.
About 1817 the Government granted the displaced Cherokees a rectangular section including Searcy County as a reservation. This area soon contained some white settlers and when it became necessary to prevent conflicts, the Cherokee reservation was moved to Oklahoma.
Early emigrant roads were no more than Indian trails across the country. The emigration came by two routes: one crossed the Mississippi River near Memphis and continued across the swamp areas of eastern Arkansas, often covered by water and infested with mosquitoes. It was necessary to outline the road by blazing the trees to define the road.
The first County Seat was known as Lebanon. It was located on Bear Creek across the old bridge over the creek on the old Snowball road. Most of the settlement is owned by Carl Ferguson (1972). The well which supplied water for the village could be used until 1972.
The county seat was established at the present location and named Burrowsville, and continued to be the County Seat until after the Civil War. The name was changed to Marshall in honor of John Marshall, one of the commissioners that had selected Burrowsville as the County Seat.
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In November 1861, Confederate authorities in Arkansas learned about an anti-war, perhaps pro-Union, secret organization, located primarily in the north central counties of the state.
There were members from other counties as well. These included: Marion, Newton, Polk, Prairie, Pulaski, and Van Buren.
I have put together a very comprehensive list of resources for you. It will be worth your time. Please check them out at my Native American Home Page listed in my archives. If you can't find it here, I have six more pages on the Internet and many friends listed to aid in your search.
This page is always under construction. Please come back and see what great information is added. Thanks for stopping by!