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John O. Maberry

John was born November 11, 1832 in Arkansas.

His parents were David Maberry and Nancy Stroud. He was the seventh child of eleven.

John married Mary Jane Pass on November 23, 1854 in Washington County, Arkansas. They had seven children: Thomas Buckner (1855 to February 18, 1931); Anna Nancy (1857 to ?); Elizabeth Alice (1859 to ?); Ava Jane (December 6, 1860 to October 24, 1903); William (abt 1862 to ?); John Abner (Oct 11, 1863 to May 13, 1954); and James Martin (March 30, 1866 to May 7, 1940).

After Mary's death, John married Cora Louisa Lee on October 12, 1899. They had three children: Sara Ruth (1901 to Sep 3, 1988); Logan R. (1903 to ?); and Thomas Jefferson (1905 to ?).

John died in Washington County, Arkansas on May 8, 1910 at the age of 77 years, 5 months, 27 days. He is buried in Mt. View Cemetery in Stone, Arkansas.

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Family history as told by Mary Jane Marr in the spring of 1964

Grandfather Maberry moved from Tennessee to Arkansas in the early days. Grandpa Maberry was with the wagon train that blazed the trail to California in 1849 during the gold rush days. He told of the many hardships they encountered. They had to build the roads and cut logs and fasten them together to float their belongings across the rivers. It took them about four months, I believe, to make the trip from Arkansas to California. He was gone about two years and a half but didn't find much gold. He didn't take his family, but a number of women and children were with the group. Some got sick and died, and they had to bury them wherever they were.

Grandma and Grandpa Maberry had a large farm, a good home, and a real large barn as they grew lots of grain and hay and had stock. He lived to be in his eighties. In all the years I was around him, I never saw him in a colored shirt. My Grandmother made all of his shirts out of white material, pleated the fronts, and they really looked nice. Grandma washed them on a washboard, boiled them, and kept them white as snow. She was a wonderful Grandma. I lived with them so much during the winter as they lived near the school that I attended--the old Mountain View School. Grandpa was a large man and always walked with a cane. He wasn't a cripple, just an Englishman. He wore a mustache and heavy beard--kept it dyed black. He was completely bald except for a little hair in the back from ear to ear. He wore a black hat and never had his picture with his hat off.

Grandpa Maberry had a brother living near him, Uncle Jake Maberry. He had some of the best apples, variety Porters. They hung over the fence where we could reach them. He told us to help ourselves, and we did on our way to and from school. Arkansas apples were so good those days--no spray and no worms. This old uncle got a bad corn on his toe. He was a blacksmith so he went out to his shop, put his foot on the anvil, took a coal chizel and hammer and cut that toe off.

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