Arkansas & Missouri 1940 Census Index Released

Ancestry.com has completed and released a searchable index of the 1940 United States Census for the states of Arkansas and Missouri. I did a quick search for Grahams from Searcy County, Arkansas and got a number of good results in both Arkansas and Missouri.  You can search their index for free by visiting http://www.ancestry.com/1940-census.

Silas Copeland & California Cypert

1870 Silas Richard Copeland was born on Friday, 10 February 1871 in Griggs Township, Van Buren County, Arkansas. He was the son of Burgess M. Copeland. California E. Cypert was born circa 1872 in Arkansas. She was the daughter of William and Asenath Cypert. 1890 On Monday, 15 August 1892, Silas Richard Copeland, age 21,…

Ruby Down!

My trip to Arkansas for the Graham reunion is cancelled. My Chevy Equinox, which the kids call “Ruby,” was rear-ended while we were waiting at a traffic light last Friday. Everybody is fine, but Ruby is out of commission.

Rambo School

Here is a collection of photographs of the old Rambo School, located on Searcy County Highway 8, about half a mile southwest of Rambo Cemetery in Arkansas. The school was established circa 1889, according to the faded sign above its door. Many Grahams and Watts attended class here, including my dad! I don't presently know…

Graham and the Wild Lands

An allusion has been made to the Homestead Law. I think it worthy of consideration, and that the wild lands of the country should be distributed so that every man should have the means and opportunity of benefitting his condition. Abraham Lincoln, 12 February 1861 This year will mark the 150th anniversary of the Homestead…