Family Histories

Family Histories for the Rose and Kirkpatrick Families

Wednesday, June 20, 2012

Madison County, Arkansas


Madison County is in northwestern Arkansas, in the Ozark Mountains.  Some time between Milton Stanfill's death in 1887, Jesse, his mother Rachel, brothers William and James, and sister Louisa and her husband Jasper McCarver, relocated to Madison County.  Jesse and Drusie were married around 1888 or 1889 (their first child's birth is 1888, second is 1889).  Jesse farmed in Madison County for most of his life.  For one period between 1920 - 1925, they lived in Caneyville, Kansas and had a farm there.  Jesse lost a hand in a farm accident.
Jesse & Drusie with children Avery, Delsie, Lechter, Lincoln, Rhoda and baby George, probably 1904


Lincoln & Lechter Stanfill, probably around 1910

Lincoln married Bertha Golden and moved from Arkansas to Oklahoma - first to Tulsa County, then Rogers and eventually Adair County.   He and Bertha had four children; Irvin, Artin, Audrey and Roy.  Lincoln died in 1956, the same year that his barn was struck by lightening and burned down.

Robert Letcher Stanfill married Florence "Flossie" Drake and had two children; Braden and Jesse Carl.  He moved to Cherokee County, Oklahoma by 1920, where the census records list him as being the manager of a hotel and wagon yard.  The 1925 Kansas State Census has him living in Cowley County, Kansas, occupation merchant, and in 1930 he is in Washington County, Arkansas, managing a filling station.  Between 1930 and his death in 1965, he and Flossie moved to San Bernardino, California.

Delsie Stanfill married Andrew West in 1912, had six children, Clifford Fay, Johnnie Kenneth, Otis, Irene, Anna Mae, and  Reba.  They remained in Arkansas, where Andrew was a farmer.  Her obituary from The Madison County Record, August 18, 1960:

Mrs. Delsie West, 66, of Route 6, Huntsville, (Long Valley Community) died Sunday in the Washington county hospital where she had been a patient the past eleven days.

She was born Oct. 16, 1893 in Madison county, the daughter of Jess Stanfield and Drusey Dorsey Stanfield, and had been a member of the Church of Christ for 45 years.

Survivors include her husband, Andrew West, of the home; three daughters, Mrs. Irene Pelfrey and Mrs. Reba Reynolds of Huntsville and Mrs. Anna Mae McLoud of Tulsa, Okla.; three sons, Fay West of Benton, Ark., Kenneth West of Yakima, Wash., and Otis West of Sparks, Nev.; 13 grandchildren and two great-grandchildren; one brother, Lecther Stanfield of California and one sister, Mrs. Rhoda Swain of Oklahoma.

Funeral services will be conducted today (Thursday) at 2 p.m. at the Church of Christ here by Weldon B. Bennett. Burial will be in the Huntsville cemetery under the direction of Brashears Funeral Home.

Pallbearers are: David Griffin, Bruce McMinn, Ewell Easterling, Claude Johnson, Gerald Warren and C. N. Watson.


Rhoda Stanfill married John Swain in 1907.  They moved to Tulsa County, Oklahoma at some point, I lose track of her after 1910.  John died in Tulsa in 1967.  They have one child named Clarence.  Further digging is need to find out more about Rhoda.

James Avery married Cora Sims in 1918, and by 1920 they were living in Orange County, California, where his occupation is listed as laborer for new building.  They had two sons, Earl Clifford and Vernon Eugene.  In 1929, Avery was shot to death in Taft, California.  The following article appeared in The Madison County Record on December 26, 1929:

James Avery & Cora Stanfill


A telegram was received here Tuesday reporting that Avery Stanfill, who formerly lived near Drakes Creek, had been fatally shot that morning at Taft, Cali., but no particulars were given. Another message came later saying that a coroner's inquest was to have been held yesterday, from which it would be inferred that the exact nature of the shooting was not known.

Mr. Stanfill was a son of Mr. and Mrs. Jesse Stanfill of Fayetteville and a brother of George Stanfill of near Huntsville. He is survived by his wife and three or four children. It is understood that his remains will be brought to Drakes Creek for interment.


I have been unable to find out what the results of the coroner's inquest were.  Avery was buried in Madison County.  I lost track of Cora after his death, as well as their younger son.  Cora is buried at the Drakes Creek cemetery in Madison County, but there are no dates given.  Their older son, Earl Clifford, died in 1989.  The following obituary was in the Daily Press in Newport News, Virginia on November 20, 1989:

NEWPORT NEWS - Retired U.S. Army Master Sgt. Earl Clifford Stanfill, 70, died Saturday, Nov. 18, in Mary Immaculate Hospital.

A native of Arkansas, Mr. Stanfill had been a Peninsula resident for 28 years. Mr. Stanfill was a member of St. George's Episcopal Church.

Mr. Stanfill retired from the U.S. Army after 30 years and was a World War II veteran of Korea and Vietnam. He also retired from Metro Machine. He was a member of the Warwick Masonic Lodge No. 336, the Scottish Rite, the Khedive Temple and The Peninsula Shrine Club.

He is survived by a foster daughter, Delores Clark of Yorktown.

A funeral will be conducted at 3:30 p.m. Tuesday at Weymouth Funeral Home Chapel by the Rev. Ross Keener. Burial with military honors will be in Peninsula Memorial Park.

The family will receive friends from 7 to 8:30 tonight at the funeral home.


My grandfather, George Newton, was the youngest of the children and was born eight years after Avery.  

Jesse and Drusie moved to Chelsea, Rogers County, Oklahoma, some time after 1925.  In the mid-1930's, George and his family left Madison County and moved to Nowata, Oklahoma, where he opened a grocery store.  He also had a store in Chelsea and one in Vinita.   Drusie died on August 17, 1945 at the age of 76.  After her death, Jesse moved back to Arkansas and lived for 10 more months, dying on June 15, 1946 at age 83.

Jesse & Drusie's grave at Drake's Creek Cemetery, Madison County, AR
Drusie's obituary from The Madison County Record:

Mrs. Drusie Stanfill, 77, of Broken Arrow, Okla., died August 17 at the home of Mr. and Mrs. I. G. Fullington, Route 4, Fayetteville. She was born near Drakes Creek, the daughter of L. A. and Eliza Boyd Dorsey, and formerly lived in Madison and Washington counties. She was a member of the Baptist church.

Survivors are her husband, J. C. Stanfill of Broken Arrow; two sons, L. W. Stanfill, Broken Arrow, and B. L. Stanfill, California; two daughters, Mrs. Rhonda Swain, Fayetteville, and Mrs. Dulcie West, Huntsville; a brother, J. S. Dorsey of Madison county; three sisters, Mrs. Ruth Hull and Mrs. Eliza Paterson, both of Huntsville, and Miss Mary Dorsey, Fayetteville; 18 grandchildren and 13 great-grandchildren.

Funeral arrangements, under direction of the Nelson-Savage Funeral Home, burial in Drakes Creek cemetery Sunday afternoon, service conducted by Rev. Norman Drake.



Jesse's obituary from The Madison County Record:

Jesse Carl Stanfill, age 83, former resident of Madison county, died Sunday at the City hospital, Fayetteville, after a number of months illness. He was a native of Tennessee. Burial was in the Drakes Creek cemetery Monday, Rev. Jake Drake conducting the funeral service.

Pallbearers were Charley Dorsey, J. M. Goolsby, Doyle McCarver, Olen Swaim, Artis Stanfill and James Edmondson.

Surviving the deceased are two sons, L. W. of Broken Bow, Okla., and B. L. of Pomona, Calif.; two daughters, Mrs. J. W. Swaim of Fayetteville and Mrs. A. J. West of Huntsville; a brother, Lewis J. of Fayetteville; two sisters, Mrs. J. M. Goolsby of Fayetteville and Mrs. Lizzie Lay of Norma, Tenn., 22 grandchildren and 16 great grandchildren.


















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