Vol. 25-26 1987-88

Cloie Presley

Who were the nearly settlers of White County? Where did they come? Why did they come?

Frances Francure
& his brothers
These men had Spanish Land Grants.
They were Frenchmen & Francure was here by 1749.
John Magness
& his brothers
John was in White County by 1819 and was in Independence County before coming to White County. He and his brothers settled from Batesville to Little Rock along the old Southwest Trail. They were from Rutherford Co. N.C. but spent some time in Tenn.
William M. & Caroline Magness
Rainey P. Brown
Hiram Peeler
These were here before 1830. They came from Tennessee to Arkansas but Brown came earlier from Virginia. Their wives were three Edwards sisters and were also sister to the wife of John Magness.
James Walker
John Cook
John Howerton
Daniel Pate

Walker and Cook were here by 1830 and Howerton and Pate arrived by 1836 from Jefferson Co. Tennessee. The families were related.

Samuel Guthrie
Frederick Price
John Dunaway
Milton Sanders
Elijah Little
These came from Rutherford N.C. and were here before 1836. They were family, having intermarried for some time before leaving N.C. This made up a large group and they scattered. over the county selecting good locations.
The Royal, Van Winkle,
Winchester families
Byrum Stacy
Gabriel Baker
Martin Jones, Sr
These came to southwest White County the area known as Royal Colony. They came from Jackson County, Mississippi. Martin Jones had been married in 
Jefferson County, Tennessee. It is the Martin Jones family that brings so much of this together and will be the subject of the continued part of this article.

(This is only a list of leading members of groups that came and not a full list of settlers.)