I am researching my husband's family history. His great-grandfather was John Oliver Perry (JOP) Hargus born @ 1830 in Kentucky, place of birth unknown. By profession, JOP was a blacksmith. We believe that he is shown on the 1850 census in Simpson County, KY in the household of William Roberts.
We feel certain that JOP was married twice, as he indicated on the 1910 census; we have no info on his first wife. His second wife was Nancy J. Myers, born @ 1832 in Tennessee. We suspect that they were married between 1851–1855 in one of the Tennessee counties adjacent to Simpson County, KY, where John Oliver Perry Hargus was enumerated on the 1850 census, possibly Davidson County, TN, but we find no record of their marriage. We show that John's oldest son, Milton Elmore Hargus, was born in 1851 in Tennessee, but he does not appear in later censuses with JOP, Nancy and the other children. J.O.P. and his family were quite well traveled. They are in Bates County, Missouri for the 1860 census and in Johnson County, Missouri for the 1870 census, but Milton is not listed as a family member on either of those two censuses. We don't find JOB & his family again until the 1900 & 1910 census where they are in Arkansas. Milton and his family show up on the 1870 and subsequent censuses in Arkansas.
We also believe that there is a link between the Hargus & Roberts family--in 1850, JOP is in the household of William Roberts. Also included among the family's papers and documents is a newspaper clipping in which a Mr. Green Roberts of Atlanta, GA recounts Sherman's burning of the city of Atlanta.
According to the Goodspeed Biographical and Historical Memoirs of Southern Arkansas, for Cleveland County, Arkansas, Nancy had a brother, Frederic Myers (Meyers), who migrated to Arkansas, where he ran a sawmill, which was later acquired by Milton Hargus, the oldest son of Nancy & J.O.P. The link can be found here:
JOB has been a major brick wall for us. I have researched using the variations on the spelling of Hargus, i.e., Hargis, Hargess, etc. but without a lot of luck. If you would review your information to see if you might have anyone of that name in your records, I would be most appreciative.
In 2003, I had the privilege of interviewing Nancy Thelma Argus Miles, the youngest daughter of Milton Elmore Hargus, and last living granddaughter of John Oliver Perry Hargus. She told us of a supposed Hargis/Hargus "family feud" where the brothers disagreed, changed the spelling of their names, and went their separate ways.
I will be traveling to Little Rock to obtain death certificates next week as well as JOP's Confederate Pension application. I’ve been to Cleveland County, AR, and visited the courthouse where I copied land and probate records as then photographed tombstones at the cemeteries where the Hargus family members are buried.
My sincere thanks for ANY assistance.
Lynn J. Hargus
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