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Mike Burson (#47140546)
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I am a family history researcher, primarily on the BURSON surname, although I frequently get side-tracked!! Findagrave has been a huge help to me on many occasions.

I am also a writer, and have recently published a new history of my hometown, Victoria/Strong in Union County, Arkansas. Hardback, 420 pages. Anyone interested may contact me through my personal email.

I have limited copies available of another of my books, "Red Hill - A Novel Of Alabama," a historical novel of my great great grandparents, David Lawson and Celia Ann McInish Burson.

I have just published another book called "A Bad Day Dawning - A Novel of the Independence Day Murders." A historical novel about a pair of brutal murders which took place in Union County, Arkansas on July 4, 1935.
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Robin Schmidlkofer
Rev. Elijah Alvie Baker
Sorry, I had no idea Mr. Baker was so closely related to you. He is much more distant to me. He is the brother to Elizabeth Ann Baker-Howard. She is my 3rd great grandmother. I have info on his 10 siblings and their descendents as well as his descendents with his other two wives.

I also have a publication called Growing Up In The Long Ago by Etta Baker-Bradshaw which details the above.

We should compare notes sometime. Most of the Bakers I'm familiar with are buried in north-east Mississippi. I live in Wisconsin but plan on heading down there sometime in September.

I might send you a few edit links from time to time. It probably won't be in the very near future but I'm sure that you will be interested in them

Thanks for getting back to me.

Robin
Added by Robin Schmidlkofer on Jul 23, 2014 2:05 PM
David McNally
RE: Una
I know... it's a strange name! Thanks Mike
Added by David McNally on Jul 17, 2014 4:35 PM
Marla Muirbrook
RE: William Shaw
you are welcome, sorry it has taken so long. I visited Union County last June, and took photos of over 18 cemeteries and have been working on indexing them and adding them to findagrave.com. It is taking a long time. I have done 3 in Mississippi and Strong is #4 in Arkansas.
Marla
Added by Marla Muirbrook on May 05, 2014 10:55 AM
Iris Meshell
Lettie Sue McKinney #118206049
Hi, Mike ...

This memorial has been transferred to my management and I have added her obituary. Check it out when you have time.
Added by Iris Meshell on Feb 01, 2014 12:17 PM
Stacy Ann Williams Heslop
Facebook
Hey Mike!

No, I do not have your book (but it does sound interesting!) & you can get me on facebook by my full name:

Stacy Ann Williams Heslop

Added by Stacy Ann Williams Heslop on Jan 21, 2014 12:03 PM
r hudson
RE: Paul Brown
Mike,

Thanks for adding the link. In case you are interested, I have the following about Paul Brown:


PAUL BROWN


Paul Brown, who was born August 20, 1847, Union Co, AR, married 3 times. His first wife was Martha Ann Hudson. They had five children.

(1) Julia, born about 1870, marr. George Radford. They owned the Radford School for Girls, El Paso, Tx and bequeathed a large amount of money to Principia College ( Christian Scientist), Elsa, Illinois. A building there is named in her honor. She died Jan, 1941.
(2) Zelma, born October 12, 1871, died July 17, 1899. She marr. Robert Prutt Wultz and they had one child, Pauline Mildred.
(3)Georgia marr. Louis Blosser. She was crippled and left her home to crippled children of Missouri located at Marshall, Mo.
(4) Robert Marion, who marr. Elleta Brinburg, became an invalid and died March 9, 1928.
(5)Nellie marr. Albert Keller who was involved with the Mercantile Trust Co, Chairman of the Board of Trustees of Barnes Hospital, Vice President of the Boy Scout Council, a trustee of Southern Methodist University ( Dallas, Tx), St. John's Methodist Church - their Orphans Home, Central Institute for the Deaf, and President of the Municipal Opera, St. Louis. Nellie died Feb 18, 1967, age 86.


After Martha Ann died, Paul marr. Clair Floyd. They had one child, Paul Brown, Jr. He died June 1, 1916. His wife ( Katherine) and two children, Dorothy and Paul H. Brown, III, moved out east.

Paul Brown's third wife was the former Mrs. Inez Hereford Clark of Nevada, Mo, and was a direct desc. of Betty Washington, sister to George Washington.

Paul went from being a country boy, beginning his life in El Dorado, to becoming one of the richest tobacco and industrial kings in Missouri. He was Vice-President of the St. Louis Merchantile Bank and Trust Company, head of Paul Brown and Company in St. Louis, and possessed millions in real estate and farm property in that part of Missouri. His success and wealth had not made him forget the city and county in which he was raised. His interests, aside from finance, was in caring for the health and welfare of his home people. He had a desire to erect in El Dorado a monument in memory of his father and it was from this desire that Warner Brown Hospital had its beginning. He donated $77,000 to the founding of the hospital and the other half was to be raised through popular subscriptions among the citizens of El Dorado and Union Co. In 1927, he assumed an additional $68,000 - $70,000 in debts and the hospital was turned over to the Sisters of Mercy.

Paul Brown died Nov 18, 1927, at the age of 80 in Colorado Springs, Co, where he had gone 3 month prior, to rest. He was survived by his third wife ( Inez), whom he marr. in 1924, one son ( Robert), 3 daughters and 28 nieces and nephews. Funeral services were held in St. Louis, Mo.

It has been estimated that he was worth from $35 - $40 million when he died. He had accumulated the bulk of this fortune from the Paul Brown Tobacco, which he sold to the American Tobacco Company in 1898.



Added by r hudson on Jan 16, 2014 9:16 AM
r hudson
Paul Brown
Mike,

You are managing the memorial for Paul Brown. His first wife, Martha Ann Hudson Brown, is a relative of mine. Her grave is listed under 53787487. She is buried in the Wright City MO cemetery in the Hudson family plot.

Randy Hudson
Added by r hudson on Jan 14, 2014 3:27 PM
Skippersgirl
The Town with Two Names
Enjoying my Book !!!

Wish you were able to do more.

God Bless

Ann
Added by Skippersgirl on Dec 12, 2013 6:37 PM
Lillian
RE: Karen Scott
Will try to take a picture when she gets a permanent tombstone.
Added by Lillian on Dec 04, 2013 10:45 AM
Billie T
RE: Hello
Mike, I have looked all around where the ferry was and did not find anything, however I did find where the ferry road run into the river and found son flowers that had come up indicating the approximate location of the house. I have looked in many cemetery's in Tallapoosa, Elmore, and Coosa County's without any results. I will keep looking and hope I can find where they are buried.

Billie
Added by Billie T on Oct 11, 2013 4:20 PM
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