Category Archives: from East to West

From East to West

The journey west is the classic American saga of the immigrants. It is the story that frames the lives of the earliest Wooten ancestor (an indentured servant near Jamestown as part of the Virginia Colony) as well as the Sullivans … Continue reading

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Transient Camps

There are two moments in The Grapes of Wrath that I find most arresting. The first one takes place when Ma refuses to turn around and look behind her as the Joad family leaves their homestead located in Cherokee County … Continue reading

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Eliza’s Story: The connection to Rev. David Stripling

A few years ago, I discovered that Jess Cartwright’s great grandmother was the child of immigrants from England. Her name was Eliza Hope Danes Cartwright. The child of a silversmith, Eliza and her family won the land lottery in Western … Continue reading

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Eliza’s story: Part One

In the absence of photographs, it is difficult to know much about our ancestors, the faceless members of whatever family tree we may be exploring. In the absence of names, it is even more difficult to locate our families in … Continue reading

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What Eliza Encountered in Scott County — “The Waldron War”

We know very little about what Eliza Hope Dane Cartwright and her children experienced while living in Carroll County, GA between the end of the Civil War (April 1865) and their move to Arkansas (January 1872).  The very fact that … Continue reading

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Religious Life at Shiloh and Ione — Part One

In his History of Baptists in Arkansas (1818-1978), J. Glenn Hinson uses the title “Gathering Up the Fragments” as a way of telling the story of what happened after the Civil War. “To a people weary of war and economically … Continue reading

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Religious Life at Shiloh and Ione — Part Two

In addition to the five doctrinal statements that members adopted (see Part One), the Spring 1998 ECHOES article by Clyde and Shirley Denney about the congregations of Shiloh Baptist Church and Ione Baptist Church lists four more “articles of faith” … Continue reading

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