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Re: Union county Arkansas
Posted by: Juan Reyes (ID *****9881) Date: January 21, 2006 at 17:23:52
In Reply to: Re: Union county Arkansas by Mel Due of 238

If you (or any one else) is still interested in this. Hesekiah Dews was not a Sheriff in Union County but was a sheriff in neighboring Ouachita County at it's inception 1844. A list of Union County Sheriff's can be found at

As to Hesekiah -
“Edwin L. Dews, planter, Mount Holly, Ark. It fell to the lot of Mr. Dews to grow up with a farm experience, and from the very first he has closely and energetically applied himself to the obtaining of a thorough knowledge of agriculture, which, it is almost needles to say, he has successfully acquired, as the surroundings of his place plainly indicate. He was born in Arkansas, July 28, 1843, and his parents, Hesekiah and Ann A. (Smith) Dews, natives of Virginia and Arkansas, and born in 1806 and 1826, respectively. ...etc... ‘
Ouachita County, AR
SOURCE: Chicago: The Goodspeed Publishing Co., 1889.
Contributed by Betsy Mills.

The other officers were Union County men. The records of these days
are still preserved at Eldorado, the second and permanent seat of
justice of Union, when Ecore a Fabre and its name gave way to a new
county and a new county seat. During this scarcely more than decade so
many counties arose that, on November 29, 1842, when Gov. Archibald
Yell affixed his name to the bill, which the Fourth Legislature had
sent to him, he found the new county of Ouachita to be the
forty-fourth. Its capitol was directed to be William L. Bradley's, the
step-father of Mr. Ira Nunn, who then lived in the old Nunn house
before mentioned, at the foot of Washington Street. Here they
organized in 1843, with William Hickman, judge; Philip Agee, clerk; H.
Dews, sheriff; W. L. Bradiey, treasurer; J. W. Smith, coroner, and C.
G. M. Priam, surveyor. It is unfortunate that, in the fire of December
19, 1875, over thirty years of records were totally destroyed, so that
little more than the memory of early settlers can furnish data on this
submect. The remarkable memory of Mr. Ira Nunn, however, has proved
of excellent service.

The sheriff's office--H. Dews, 1843-44; H. W. Ashley, 1844-46; H. Dews,
1846-48; G. L. Grant, 1848-54; R. B. Smith, 1854-58; Henry Ross,
1858-65; R. Beauchamp, 1865-66; N. R. Tribble, 1866-68; R.
Beauchamp, 1868-72; P. L. Lee, 1872-82; A. V. Bragg, 1882-86; and D.
Newton, 1886-90.

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