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James Sevier Conway
Conway Cemetery Historic State Park
Lafayette County, Arkansas
Last resting place of
James Sevier Conway,
first Governor of Arkansas
Tombstone Inscriptions and Listings
|James Sevier Conway (1798-1855) was the first surveyor-general of Arkansas Territory, 1832-36; the first governor of State of Arkansas, 1836-40; and a plantation owner.|
In 1819, Arkansas became a territory with Arkansas Post as its capital.
Conway Cemetery [ Walnut Hill ]
Arkansas was admitted to the Union as the 25th state on June 15, 1836, James Sevier Conway took office as Arkansas' first governor. This 11 acre historic site preserves Conway's final resting place. The cemetery is the family plot which was located at Walnut Hill, the former Conway homesite and cotton plantation. Forty grave sites lie within the graveyard. (NOTE: There are no camping or visitor services available.)
From Bradley, travel two miles west on Ark. 160 to the community of Walnut Hill. At Walnut Hill, turn south on the county road and go 1/2 mile to the park. This informaton found at http://www.yournet.com/conwceme.html and presented here for informational and educational purposes only.
|The Red Dot
is Walnut Hill, Lafayette County, Arkansas, west of
James Sevier Conway
December 9, 1796- March 3, 1855
First Governor of Arkansas
He was born in Greene County, Tennessee and came to Arkansas in 1820 to make land surveys as a young man of 23. In 1823, he settled at Walnut Hill, Lafayette County and began to acquire a large cotton planation.
President John Quincy Adams, in 1825 appointed him to survey the western boundary of Arkansas from the Red River to the Arkansas River.
President Andrew Jackon in 1831 appointed him Commissioneer for determining the south boundary.
In 1832 when the office of Arkansas Surveyor was created, he was appointed to the post.
In 1836 he was elected Governor of Arkansas and after serving his one trm of four years, he retired to Walnut Hill.
From bronze marker below pictured below
Political Time Line for James Sevier Conway
the link above is off site link use back to return
The Caddo District, Arkansas Society
Daughters of the American Revolution honored him by marking his grave
Goodspeed's History of Greene County
"Green County is the fourth county in size in East Tennessee, having an area of 530 square miles. It lies between the Unaka Mountains on the south and Bays Mountains on the north, and is traversed by a series of valleys and ridges. The principal stream is the Nolachucky River, which receives as tributaries Lick Creek, Little Nolachucky, Horse Creek and Camp Creek. The soil of the county is generally fertile, with the exception of the extreme southern part, and even in this section the lands are found to be well adapted to tobacco culture.................................
Among the other early settlers of the county were James English, on the headwaters of Lick Creek; Joseph Hardin, on the Roaring Fork of Lick Creek; George, William and Henry Conway, at the mouth of Lick Creek.......................
For convenience the county was divided into four civil districts, three of which lay north of the Nolachucky and French Broad Rivers, which the fourth included all the residents south of these streams. For these districts the following assessors were appointed: First -- Lanty Armstrong, Owen Owens and William Stockton; Second -- Gideon Richie, James Dillard and Henry Conway...................
.................At the November session, 1783, the first grand jury was summoned. It was composed of the following men:................. Henry Conway.........
Greene County, Tennessee
1783 Tax List
Nearly all on the list were Revolutionary soldiers. This group of settlers were known as the "Nollichuckey Settlers."
Early land grants included the Nelsons, Vances, Crosbys, Inmans, Casteels, Pates, Jones and Conways. [ Henry and Phillip Conway]
From the Bureau of Land Management- Arkansas entries for James S. Conway-
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From Political Graveyard
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