Transcribed from "An Illustrated History of The Big Bend Country, embracing Lincoln, Douglas, Adams and Franklin counties, State of Washington",  published by Western Historical Publishing Co., 1904.

     JOSEPH TALKINGTON was born in Hempstead county, Arkansas, August 22, 1831, and is probably as well acquainted with the hardships and trying experiences incident to pioneer life as any man now living.  He lives on a farm three miles southwest of Moscow, Washington.
     Mr. Talkington was the son of Edward P. and Elizabeth (Bland) Talkington, early pioneers of Arkansas.  The father was born in Kentucky but came to Arkansas ten years prior to that state's admission to the union, and was a pioneer in Hempstead county and later in Washington county.  He traced his ancestry back to England, and died at the age of sixty-three in 1870.  The mother was born in Pennsylvania, but was reared in Kentucky.  She went in company with her parents and the parents of her husband to Arkansas, and died in 1872.
     Our subject is the eldest of a family of eleven children, all of whom grew to maturity but only one of them, besides our subject, being now alive.  We refer to a brother, Joel D., of Polk county, Arkansas.
     Until he became twenty-three years of age Mr. Talkington remained with his parents on a farm.  In 1854 he crossed the plains with an ox team to California, in which state he lived for some years engaged in freighting with his headquarters principally at Mariposa and Stockton.  In the fall of 1860 he returned to Arkansas by stage through Arizona, New Mexico and Texas.  He was forced by conscript to join the confederate army, but after a few months of service and many thrilling adventures and narrow escapes from death, he managed to escape from the army.  He was pursued and shot at many times by the rebel troops, but fortunately was never wounded.  After leaving the army he followed farming.
     Mr. Talkington was married February 14, 1861, to Rebecca A. Kirk, in Sebastian county, Arkansas.  His wife was born in Tennessee but was reared in Missouri, and was the daughter of John and Lucy (Long) Kirk.  To this marriage have been born six children, J. Albert, married to Miss Seemore McMillan; Thomas E., married to Belle Long; William E., married to Maggie Moore; Walter L., married to Grace Plumlee; Anna Belle, wife of G. A. Bumpass; and Lillie May, wife of Eli Goodwin.
     The family came to this vicinity in the fall of 1889, and has succeeded, though poor at the time of coming here, in accumulating a vast amount of property.  Mr. Talkington has three hundred and twenty acres of choice school land leased, all tilled and improved according to the most modern methods.  His son Walter lives with him, and he too, is well supplied with land.  He has four hundred and eighty acres, well improved and cultivated.  Mr. Talkington's buildings are modern and convenient, he has an excellent water, system and other improvements in proportion.
     He and his family belong to the Evangelical church.