William D Whitney, 47 Year Old Brickwall

William D Whitney, 1821-?

William D Whitney was born about 1821 in Ohio. Parents unknown. The first official record of him is a marriage record. He married on 1 April 1841 in Athens County Ohio to a Emily (or Mary) French. She went by Amelia on most records.

Amelia French, 1822-1906(?)

William and Amelia are next found on the 1850 US Federal Census, Section 10, Van Wert County, Ohio in the same home as the family of Sarah Brees Cline. Relationship unknown. Amelia’s sister Sarah French is living with them. William and Amelia have three children: John, Miriam, and Henry L.

In 1860, the family had moved to Lake, Logan County, Ohio and there are six children: John, Henry, Charles, Mathew, David and Sarah.

Miriam is not listed with the family in 1860 and there is a Miriam Whitney, daughter of W D and A Whitney, that is buried in Spoon Cemetery, Wharton, Wyandot, Ohio. The dates on Find-A-Grave don’t quite match but the tombstone image is not legible. Amelia’s sister Nancy M French Case lived in Wyandot County. I believe there is an error on Find-A-Grave and that the Miriam listed actually died in 1857 and that would line up to be the correct Miriam.

By 1870, William, Amelia and six children: John, Henry, Martha (?), David, Sarah and James are in Meramec, St Louis, Missouri. The whereabouts of Charles and Mathew are unknown.

The 1880 US Federal Census lists, William and Amelia living with two of their children: Sarah and James as well as a 6 year old granddaughter, Levina F. (parents unknown). They are in Ramsey, Fayette County, Illinois.

Nothing is known of William D Whitney after that. By 1900 his wife is listed on the census, living with her daughter, as a widow.

A 1891 plat map of Fayette County Illinois shows his sons, David Case Whitney, owning 120 acres and Henry Louis Whitney owning 40 acres. By 1900 David and Henry are living in East St Louis, St Clair, Illinois. Sarah, with Amelia, are living in Edwardsville, Madison County, Illinois.

Amelia is listed on the census as being the mother of 9 children, 4 living. The four are Henry, David, Sarah and Unknown. James died about 1897 and the nothing has been found about the other children. Nothing is known about the granddaughter on the 1880 census.

G. W. Adkisson of Conway

The Adkisson Family Farmhouse on Palarm Creek

George Washington Adkisson, was born 5 July 1864 in Mount Vernon, Faulkner County, Arkansas. His parents were Sampson “Sam” Adkisson and Martha W. Butler Adkisson of Mount Vernon, Arkansas.

He married Claudia Clara Lay on 11 February 1892. They had two children, Elsie Adkisson in 1892 and Samuel R. Adkisson in 1906. Sadly, Claudia Clara died 27 October 1909.

George married again on 12 January 1913 to Mary L. Robinette. They had four children, daughter Mary Margaret Adkisson in 1913, twin girls Ruth and Rubye in 1915 and son, George Washington Adkisson, Jr. in 1917.

Mary L Robinette (second person, top row) pictured with parents and siblings.

The family lived in Conway but also loved spending time between on the “family farm,”aka Adkisson Plantation near Mayflower. The plantation was once the largest in the area and encompassed nearly 3000 acres in Faulkner and Pulaski Counties.

On 27 March 1934, George was working at the plantation when he suffered a stroke and was transported back to his home in Conway. His health continued to decline so he was sent to a Little Rock hospital. Unfortunately, he passed that night. Survivors included his wife and six children.

After her husband’s death, Mary took over managing the plantation and properties which she did until her death in 1969.

In 1965, George, Jr officially incorporated the Adkisson Plantation as Palarm Creek Plantation, Inc.

The family owned and continued to operate the farm until after the death of G. W. Adkisson, Jr. in 1996 and was sold in 1997 to investors.

Just a little side note, George Jr. worked for Winthrop Rockefeller and was a manager of Winrock Farms on Petit Jean Mountain.

Another home on the Adkisson homesite.

Life Is A Carousel

“Carousel horses are not just made of wood, they are painted with memories.” Bette Largent

The Herschell-Spillman Carousel, aka The Over-the-Jumps Carousel has been at the Little Rock Zoo since 2007.

It was first exhibited at the 1924 Arkansas State Fair and it is believed to be the last operating “Over-The-Jumps” type of carousel in the world.

More information on this historic carousel can be found on the zoo’s website:

https://www.littlerockzoo.com/visit/over-the-jumps-carousel/

The Roberts/Brown Kids

Fanny Susanne (1895-1981), John Newton (1892-1954), and William Vincent Roberts (1898-1994) with baby sister Clara Elizabeth Brown (1903-1988).

Circa 1904, Houston, Texas County, Missouri.

The youngest three children of David D Roberts and Laura Belle Gentry Roberts. Their father died about 1899 in Oklahoma (?) and the mother remarried in 1902 to William J Brown. A year later Clara was born.

Descendants of Marion Oliver England and Ada Levina Whitney England

First Generation

Marion Oliver England son of William Thomas England and Elizabeth Harris on 26 Aug 1897 in Ramsey, Fayette, Illinois. Marion was born on 4 Jan 1876 in Ramsey, Fayette County, Illinois. He died on 27 Nov 1963. He was buried in Taylorville, Christian County, Illinois.

Marion married Ada Levina Whitney daughter of David Case Whitney and Elisabeth Ann Linder on 26 Aug 1897 in Ramsey, Fayette, Illinois. Ada was born on 8 Sep 1880 in East St. Louis, St. Clair County, Illinois. She died on 18 Sep 1953 in Taylorville, Illinois. She was buried in Taylorville, Christian County, Illinois

They had the following children:

+ 2 F i. Rachel E. England was born in 1898. She died on 1 Feb 1979.

+ 3 M ii. Earl Leroy England was born on 25 Aug 1900. He died in Jan 1972.

+ 4 M iii. William David England was born on 24 Mar 1910. He died on 4 Jul 1996.

Second Generation

2. Rachel E. England (Ada Levina) was born in 1898 in Ramsey, Fayette, Illinois, United States. She died on 1 Feb 1979. She was buried in Decatur, Macon County, Illinois, United States of America.

Rachel married Noah Edward Keith son of William H Keith and Minnie M in 1924. Noah was born on 4 Nov 1896 in Martinsville, Clark, Illinois, United States. He died in Mar 1979. He was buried in Decatur, Macon County, Illinois, United States of America.

They had the following children:

5 F i. Esther Keith was born about 1928 in Illinois. She died on 18 Apr 1936 in Decatur, Macon, Illinois. She was buried on 21 Apr 1936 in Decatur, Macon, Illinois.

3. Earl Leroy England (Ada Levina) was born on 25 Aug 1900 in Ramsey, Fayette, Illinois, United States. He died in Jan 1972 in Taylorville, Christian, Illinois, United States. He was buried in Taylorville, Christian County, Illinois, United States of America.

Earl married Eloise M Franklin daughter of James Franklin and Ellen Prether in 1924 in Taylorville, Christian, Illinois, United States. Eloise was born on 30 Aug 1908 in Illnois. She died in Apr 1989 in Taylorville, Christian, Illinois, United States. She was buried in Taylorville, Christian County, Illinois, United States of America.

They had the following children:

6 M i. Franklyn O England was born on 19 Nov 1932 in Taylorville. He died on 2 Feb 2015 in Springfield, Sangamon County, Illinois, United States of America.

Franklyn married Mary Jean Mellenberger daughter of Elizabeth Kuntz and Francina Kuntz on 21 Apr 1956 in Springfield. Mary was born about 1933 in

Illinois. She died on 13 Jun 2015.

4. William David England (Ada Levina) was born on 24 Mar 1910 in Ramsey, Fayette, Illinois, United States. He died on 4 Jul 1996 in Marshall, Calhoun, Michigan, USA. He was buried in Augusta, Kalamazoo County, Michigan, United States of America.

William married (1) Anna .

They had the following children:

7 F i. Viola England .

8 F ii. Anna England.

William married (2) Fanny Janette.

50th Wedding Anniversary Celebration

Cothams Mercantile 1917 – 2017

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Cotham’s June 23, 2015

Built in 1917 Cotham’s has been a treasured Arkansas landmark for the past 100 years. Once used as a general store, Army commissary and as jail for those awaiting trial it has been a restaurant since 1984. Down home cooked plate lunches, it’s famous “Hubcap Burger” and everyone’s favorite Mississippi Mud Pie are always on the menu.

Unfortunately, the historic Cotham’s was completely destroyed by fire on May 30, 2017. It’s legacy lives on however as it’s sister restaurant, Cotham’s in the City, has been serving customers in Little Rock since 1999.

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Cotham’s May 30, 2017