John W. Barnett, b. 1814, Kentucky

John W. Barnett (Samuel 2, James 1)  was born about 1814 in Kentucky.[1]

John married Mary Jacobs on 12 Jun 1834 in Hardeman Co., Tennessee.[2] A John Barnett paid a poll tax in Hardeman Co., Tennessee in 1836 and 1837.[3] So far no other records have been found for this family. They may have moved to a different location or they may have died young.

[1] Freestone County Historical Commission, History of Freestone County, Texas, Freestone County Historical Commission (Texas), c1978, pp. 242-245. Barnett family histories by Mrs. E.F. McEntire (Juanita).

[2] Tennessee, State Marriages, 1780 – 2002. Digital images. (The Generations Network, Inc., Ancestry. http://ancestry : 2009.), Barnett-Jacobs marriage (1834); accessed 13 Feb 2013.

[3] Hardeman County, Tennessee, Trustee Tax Book 1824 – 1880 (Nashville, Tennessee: State Library and Archives, 1975), 1836 and 1837 Taxable Polls and Property, District 13, Tax books 1824-1854 – FHL US/CAN Film [ 989359 ].

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James J. Barnett, b. 1812, Caldwell Co., Kentucky, d. 1880, Parker Co., Texas

James Johnson Barnett (Samuel 2, James 1) or “J.J. Barnett “was born on 16 May 1812 in Caldwell Co., Kentucky, died on 16 Sep 1880 in Hiner, Parker, Texas at age 68, and was buried in Ox Mill Cemetery in Parker County.[1]

In 1820 James was probably living in Caldwell Co., Kentucky with his father Samuel Barnett.[2] By 1830 the family had moved to Hardeman Co., Tennessee and James was probably one of the three males ages 15 – 19 listed in Samuel Barnett’s household.[3] James paid taxes in Hardeman Co., Tennessee beginning in 1834 and appeared in most years until 1850. He paid only a poll tax, suggesting that he had acquired no land.[4]

About 1849 James and his family moved to Freestone Co., Texas. In the 1850 census he was listed as head of household and a farmer in Limestone Co., Texas.[5] About 1857 J.J. Barnett and his family made their way to newly formed Parker Co., Texas which became their permanent home where they settled south of Weatherford in the Hiner area.  J.J. and his family appeared in Parker Co., Texas in the 1860 and 1870 census records.[6] They were not found in the 1880 census, but they were probably still in Parker County.

J.J. Barnett served in the CSA 9th Texas Field Battery during the Civil War. His unit served in the Trans-Mississippi West Theater of the war. They were involved in battles in Louisiana and along the Mississippi River. James’ service records show that he was hospitalized in Aug 1864 in the Shreveport, Louisiana hospital for a fever.[7] Later James encouraged settlement of the area and was known for helping newcomers with transportation and temporary housing. A family story recounts how James traveled to Eastern Tennessee after the war and organized and led local families to new opportunities in Texas. Some of those families became part of his family through the marriages of their children.[8]

James married Elizabeth Wylie (Willie), daughter of Matthew Wiley and Elizabeth Shields, on 27 Mar 1834 in Bolivar, Hardeman, Tennessee.[9] Elizabeth was born on 21 Apr 1813 in Kentucky, died on 9 Apr 1884 in Hiner, Parker, Texas at age 70, and was buried in Ox Mill Cemetery in Parker Co., Texas.[10]

James J. and Elizabeth (Wylie) Barnett were the parents of six children:

  1. John N. Barnett, b. 1836, d. 1927
  2. Sarah Jane Barnett, b. 1839, d. about 1869
  3. George Franklin Barnett, b. 1842, c. 1915
  4. James Madison Barnett, b. 1844, d. 1931
  5. Matilda Ann Barnett, b. 1847, d. 1872
  6. Matthew William Barnett, b. 1850, d. 1930

[1] Parker County, Texas Cemeteries (Weatherford, Texas: Parker County Genealogical Society, 1998), v. 1 Southern Half of the County, p. 36 “Barnett/Oxmill Cem etery.”

[2] U.S. Government, 1820 U.S. Census, Caldwell County, Kentucky, population schedule, Darnell’s P arish, p. 50, line 26, Saml Barnett household; citing NAR A micropublication M33, roll 19; accessed 24 Jul 2008.

[3] 1830 U.S. Census (Digital images. Ancestry.com (http://ancestry.com)), Samuel Barnett household, Hardeman County, Tennessee, pag e 385, line 6; NARA micropublication M19, roll 176; accesse d 15 Nov 2007 online at http://ancestry.com.

[4] Hardeman County, Tennessee, Trustee Tax Book 1824 – 1880 (Nashville, Tennessee : State Library and Archives, 1975), 1834-1849 Taxable Polls and Property, Tax books 1824-1854 – FH L US/CAN Film [ 989359 ].

[5] 1850 U.S. Census, James Barnett household, Limestone County, Texas, populatio n schedule, Precinct 2, page 360 and 364, dwelling 71, fami ly 71; NARA micropublication M432, roll 912; accessed 31 Ma r 2007 online at http://www.ancestry.com

[6] 1860 U.S. Census, Parker County, Texas, population schedule, Beat 1, page 424 , dwelling 66, family 66, J. Barnet household;citing NARA m icropublication M653, roll 1302; accessed 21 Mar 2007 and 1870 U.S. Census, Parker County, Texas, population schedule, Precinct 4, For t North Tarrant post office, page 411, dwelling 773, famil y 773, Jas. Barnett household; citing NARA micropublicatio n M593, roll 1601; accessed 31 Mar 2007.

[7] U.S. Govt, Confederate Veterans Records, medical cards. photocopies in possession of compiler

[8] Jim Taylor, “Descendants of James Kelly,” Jim Taylor.

 

[9] Tennessee, State Marriages, 1780 – 2002. Digital images. (The Generations Network, Inc., Ancestry. http://ancestry : 2009.), Barnett-Willie marriage 1834

[10] Parker County, Texas Cemeteries (Weatherford, Texas: Parker County Genealogical Society, 1998), v. 1 Southern Half of the County, p. 36 “Barnett/Oxmill Cem etery.”

Hiram J. Barnett, b. about 1811, Caldwell Co., Kentucky, d. after 1860, Tennessee

Hiram J. Barnett (Samuel 2, James 1) was born about 1811 in Caldwell Co., Kentucky and died after 1860.[1]

Hiram was probably one of the males under ten listed in the Samuel Barnett household in the 1820 U.S. census;[2] and one of the males ages 15-19 in the Samuel Barnett household in the 1830 U.S. census.[3] In 1833 and 1834 Hiram paid a poll tax in Hardeman Co., Tennessee[4] and in 1840 he was listed as head of household in Marshall Co., Mississippi, near his father Samuel.[5] While most of Samuel’s children moved on to Texas, Hiram returned to Hardeman Co., Tennessee by 1844 when he again paid taxes in that county[6] and where he was living and farming in 1850 and 1860.[7] No death date has been found for Hiram J. Barnett, but he probably died between 1860 and 1870 when his wife and some of his children are listed in the 1870 U.S. census without him in neighboring Tipton Co., Tennessee.

Hiram married Sarah H. Webb on 14 Feb 1832 in Bolivar, Hardeman, Tennessee.[8] Sarah was born about 1815 in Tennessee.[9]

Besides appearing in her husband’s census household in 1850 and 1860, Sarah was listed as head of household in Tipton Co., Tennessee in the 1870 U.S. census. Four of her nine children were living with her; she was keeping house and had personal property worth $100, but no real estate.[10] By 1880 Sarah and some of her children had crossed the Mississippi River and settled in Greene Co., Arkansas. She was living with her youngest children, Benjamin and Florence.[11] No death information has been found for Sarah (Webb) Barnett, but she probably died after 1880 in Greene Co., Arkansas.

Hiram J. and Sarah H. (Webb) Barnett were the parents of nine children:

1. Samuel James Barnett, b. 1835, d. after 1900
2. Jones W. Barnett, b. about 1837, d. 1888
3. Mary S. Barnett, b. about 1840
4. George W. Barnett, b. about 1843
5. Sarah Frances Barnett, b. about 1845
6. Elizabeth Barnett, b. about 1848
7. John N. Barnett, b. about 1851
8. Benjamin M. Barnett, b. about 1856
9. Evaline Florence Barnett, b. about 1859

[1] Maynard, Frances O, “Descendants of James Barnett,” Frances O. Maynard, Cit. ID: Barnett.

[2] U.S. Government, 1820 U.S. Census, Saml Barnett household, Caldwell County, Kentucky, populati on schedule, Darnell’s Parish, p. 50, line 26; NARA M33, ro ll 19; accessed 24 Jul 2008 online at http://ancestry.com.

[3] 1830 U.S. Census (Digital images. Ancestry.com (http://ancestry.com)), Samuel Barnett household, Hardeman County, Tennessee, pag e 385, line 6; NARA micropublication M19, roll 176; accesse d 15 Nov 2007 online at http://ancestry.com.

[4] Hardeman County, Tennessee, Trustee Tax Book 1824 – 1880 (Nashville, Tennessee : State Library and Archives, 1975), 1833 Taxable Polls and Property, Tax books 1824-1854 – FH L US/CAN Film [ 989359

[5] 1840 U.S. Census (Digital Images. Ancestry.com (http://ancestry.com)), Marshall County, Mississippi, population schedule, Northern Division, page 8, line 27, Hiram Barnett household; citing NARA micropublication M704, roll 218; accessed 20 Jul 2011

[6] Hardeman County, Tennessee, Trustee Tax Book 1824 – 1880 (Nashville, Tennessee : State Library and Archives, 1975), 1844 Taxable Polls and Property, District 8, Tax books 1824 -1854 – FHL US/CAN Film [ 989359 ]

[7] 1850 U.S. Census (Digital images. Ancestry (http://ancestry.com)), Hiram Barnett household, Hardeman County, Tennessee, popula tion schedule, page 71, dwelling 44, family 44; NARA microp ublication M432, roll 881; accessed 19 Jul 2008 online at h ttp://ancestry.com and 1860 U.S. Census (Digital image. Ancestry (http://ancestry.com)), Hardeman County, Tennessee, population schedule, District 13, page 179, dwelling 1335, family 1240, H.J. Barrett household; citing NARA micropublication M653, roll 1253; accessed 9 Jul 2012.

[8] Hardeman County, TN-Vitals, list, marriage records 1824-1950.

[9] 1850 U.S. Census (Digital images. Ancestry (http://ancestry.com)), Hiram Barnett household, Hardeman County, Tennessee, popula tion schedule, page 71, dwelling 44, family 44; NARA microp ublication M432, roll 881; accessed 19 Jul 2008 online at h ttp://ancestry.com.

[10] 1870 U.S. Census, Digital images. Ancestry (http://ancestry.com), Tipton County, Tennessee, population schedule, District 12, pages 22 & 23, dwelling 165, family 165, Sarah Barnett household; citing NARA micropublication M593, roll 1567; accessed 10 Jul 2012

[11] 1880 U.S. Census (Digital images. Ancestry.com), Greene County, Arkansas, population schedule, Poland, ED 102, SD 1, page 20D, dwelling 181, family 180, B.M. Barnet household; citing NARA micropublication T9, roll 45; accessed 12 Feb 2013.

Samuel Barnett, b. abt. 1783, South Carolina, d. after 1860, Texas

Samuel Barnett (James 1) was born about 1783-1784 in South Carolina and died after 1860 probably in Collin Co., Texas.[1]

Samuel appeared as head of household in Caldwell Co., Kentucky in 1810 and 1820.[2] Living in western Kentucky, Samuel probably experienced the chaos and destruction of the New Madrid earthquakes in 1811-1812. He may have served in the War of 1812; there is a Samuel Barnett who served in Capt. John C. Dodds’ Company, 14th Regiment, detached militia.[3] In 1815 he submitted a land claim for 400 acres of vacant land in Caldwell County on the waters of the Tennessee River and adjoining the lands of Levi Davis.[4] In 1819 he was ordered to view and mark out a road, along with Levi Davis, Richard Swor, Beamon Fowler and James Barnett, from Osburn’s ferry on the Cumberland River to Pentecost’s ferry on the Tennessee River.[5] In 1824 Samuel sold to Broady Howard 93 acres of land in Caldwell County for $100 and in 1825 he was named in a lawsuit against the heirs of James Barnett.[6]

About this time Samuel and his family left Kentucky and moved to Hardeman Co., Tennessee. He appears as head of household in the 1830 U.S. census in Hardeman County and he paid taxes there from 1826 through 1833.[7] He paid only a poll tax so he apparently did not own property while he lived there. In 1833 Samuel and his family probably experienced one of the largest meteor showers ever seen; eyewitnesses described it as the sky being on fire and many people feared it was the end of the world. By 1840 Samuel had again moved south and he appears as head of household in the 1840 U.S. census in Marshall Co., Mississippi.[8]

By 1850 the family had again moved on and had now settled in Texas. Samuel appears as head of household in the 1850 U.S. census in Limestone Co., Texas and in the 1860 U.S. census in Collin Co., Texas.[9] In 1851 Samuel Barnett paid taxes on one negro valued at $700 and he also appeared in the 1850 Slave Schedule as having one 11-year-old male slave.[10] In 1860 Samuel was 77 years old and he was not found in the 1870 U.S. census, so he probably died between 1860 and 1870 in Collin County.

Samuel married Sarah Goheen or Gheen, daughter of James Goheen, Jr. and Mary Pinkston, on 19 May 1810 in Caldwell Co., Kentucky.[11] Sarah was born about 1790 in North Carolina and died after 1860 probably in Collin Co., Texas.[12] 

Sarah appeared by name in both the 1850 and 1860 U.S. censuses[13] and she is probably the adult female who appears in the Samuel Barnett households in 1810 through 1840.[14]

Samuel and Sarah (Goheen) Barnett were the parents of nine children:

  1. Hiram J. Barnett, b. about 1811, d. after 1860
  2. James J. Barnett, b. 1812, d. 1880
  3. John W. Barnett, b. about 1814
  4. Francis Austin Barnett, b. 1816, d. 1884
  5. George Washington Barnett, b. 1819, d. 1882
  6. Nancy Selina Barnett, b. about 1825, d. before 1879
  7. Evaline Barnett, b. about 1826, d. about 1875/1876
  8. Malinda E. Barnett, b. about 1829, d. 1866
  9. Susan E. Barnett, b. 1833, d. 1919

[1] 1860 U.S. Census (Digital image. Ancestry (http://ancestry.com)), Samuel Barnett household, Collin County, Texas, populatio n schedules, Highland Post Office, page 44 stamped (151 wri tten), dwelling 944, family 997; NARA M653, roll 1291; acce ssed 18 Jul 2008 online at http://ancestry.com.

[2] Kentucky, Caldwell, 1810 U.S. census, Ancestry.com (http://ancestry.com: National Archives and Records Administration, n.d.), M252, roll 9, p. 5 stamped (381 written), line 5, Saml Barn ett, accessed 24 Jul 2008 and U.S. Government, 1820 U.S. Census, Saml Barnett household, Caldwell County, Kentucky, populati on schedule, Darnell’s Parish, p. 50, line 26; NARA M33, ro ll 19; accessed 24 Jul 2008 online at http://ancestry.com.

[3] War of 1812 Muster Rolls, photocopies of military files

[4] Kentucky, Probate Records, 1792-1977, Order Books, 1809-1815, vol. B1, p. 427-428, October 1815, Saml Barnett land claim; digital images, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org : accessed 24 Apr 2015).

[5] Happy Greer, Extracts Caldwell Co., KY, Court Order Bk. A, 1819 (N.p.: US GenWeb Archives, n.d.), Samuel Barnett road order. Cit. Date: 24 Apr 2015.

[6] William P. Oliver, “Selected Caldwell County Deed Abstracts – 1815 – 1853,” database, USGenWeb Archives  (http://files.usgwarchives.net/ky/caldwell/deeds/deeds-001.txt : 6 Mar 2009), accessed 6 Mar 2009), entry for Samuel Barnett to Broady Ho ward; citing Caldwell Co. Deedbook K, p. 342 and William P. Oliver, “Selected Caldwell County Deed Abstracts – 1815 – 1853,” database, USGenWeb Archives  (http://files.usgwarchives.net/ky/caldwell/deeds/deeds-001.txt : 6 Mar 2009), accessed 6 Mar 2009), entry for suit of Jeremiah Rucker aga inst the heirs of James Barnett; citing Caldwell Co. Deedbo ok D, p. 389 – 390.

[7] 1830 U.S. Census (Digital images. Ancestry.com (http://ancestry.com)), Samuel Barnett household, Hardeman County, Tennessee, pag e 385, line 6; NARA micropublication M19, roll 176; accesse d 15 Nov 2007 online at http://ancestry.com.  Cit. Date: 15 Nov 2007 and Hardeman County, Tennessee, Trustee Tax Book 1824 – 1880 (Nashville, Tennessee : State Library and Archives, 1975), 1826, 1828, 1829, 1830, and 1833 Taxable Polls and Property, Tax books 1824-1854 – FH L US/CAN Film [ 989359 ]

[8] 1840 U.S. Census (Digital Images. Ancestry.com (http://ancestry.com)), Marshall County, Mississippi, population schedule, Northern Division, page 8, line 26, Saml. Barnett household; citing NARA micropublication M704, roll 218; accessed 20 Jul 2011

[9] 1850 U.S. Census (Digital images. Ancestry (http://ancestry.com)), Saml. Barnet household, Limestone County, Texas, populatio n schedule, Precinct No. 5 (or 3), p. 364, dwelling 139, fa mily 139; NARA M432, roll 912; accessed 18 Jul 2008 onlin e at http://ancestry.com and 1860 U.S. Census (Digital image. Ancestry (http://ancestry.com)), Samuel Barnett household, Collin County, Texas, populatio n schedules, Highland Post Office, page 44 stamped (151 wri tten), dwelling 944, family 997; NARA M653, roll 1291; acce ssed 18 Jul 2008 online at http://ancestry.com.

[10] 1850 U.S. Census Slave Schedule (digital images online at ancestry.com), Limestone County, Texas, page 89, column 2, line 35, Samue l Barnett entry; citing NARA micropublication M432; accesse d 12 Oct 2010 online at http://ancestry.com and “Texas County Tax Rolls, 1846-1910,” database and images, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org : accessed 24 Apr 2015); Collin County, 1851, p. A, Samuel Barnett entry.

[11] Kentucky. Caldwell County, Marriage Records, 1808 – 1968. Caldwell Co., KY, A, Barnett-Gehen; FHL microfilm 546,371.

[12] 1860 U.S. Census (Digital image. Ancestry (http://ancestry.com)), Samuel Barnett household, Collin County, Texas, populatio n schedules, Highland Post Office, page 44 stamped (151 wri tten), dwelling 944, family 997; NARA M653, roll 1291; acce ssed 18 Jul 2008 online at http://ancestry.com

[13] 1850 U.S. Census (Digital images. Ancestry (http://ancestry.com)), Saml. Barnet household, Limestone County, Texas, populatio n schedule, Precinct No. 5 (or 3), p. 364, dwelling 139, fa mily 139; NARA M432, roll 912; accessed 18 Jul 2008 onlin e at http://ancestry.com and 1860 U.S. Census (Digital image. Ancestry (http://ancestry.com)), Samuel Barnett household, Collin County, Texas, populatio n schedules, Highland Post Office, page 44 stamped (151 wri tten), dwelling 944, family 997; NARA M653, roll 1291; acce ssed 18 Jul 2008 online at http://ancestry.com.

[14] Kentucky, Caldwell, 1810 U.S. census, Ancestry.com (http://ancestry.com: National Archives and Records Administration, n.d.), M252, roll 9, p. 5 stamped (381 written), line 5, Saml Barn ett, accessed 24 Jul 2008; U.S. Government, 1820 U.S. Census, Saml Barnett household, Caldwell County, Kentucky, populati on schedule, Darnell’s Parish, p. 50, line 26; NARA M33, ro ll 19; accessed 24 Jul 2008 online at http://ancestry.com; 1830 U.S. Census (Digital images. Ancestry.com (http://ancestry.com)), Samuel Barnett household, Hardeman County, Tennessee, pag e 385, line 6; NARA micropublication M19, roll 176; accesse d 15 Nov 2007 online at http://ancestry.com and 1840 U.S. Census (Digital Images. Ancestry.com (http://ancestry.com)), Marshall County, Mississippi, population schedule, Northern Division, page 8, line 26, Saml. Barnett household; citing NARA micropublication M704, roll 218; accessed 20 Jul 2011.

Samuel or James? Son of Hiram J. Barnett

Samuel Barnett was born about 1835 in Tennessee, the oldest child of Hiram and Sarah (Webb) Barnett. He is listed in Hiram’s 1850 census household in Hardeman Co., Tennessee as 15 years old, born in Tenn. Hiram’s household (listed as H.J. Barrett) is again found in Hardeman County in the 1860 U.S. census, but Samuel is not listed in the household. A further search of Tennessee marriage records and census records finds no sign of Samuel Barnett. What happened to him, where did he go?

On 24 Oct 1855 in Hardeman County, James Barnett married Narcissa Box. Jas Barnett (age 24, born Ten) and Narcissa Barnett (age 20, born Ten) are listed in Hardeman County in the 1860 U.S. census with two children: Sarah E. Barnett (age 4, born Ten) and Mary J. Barnett (age 2, born Ten). A Box family history stated that Narcissa Box married James S. Barnett (Hardeman County, Tennessee Family History, vol. 2).

Neither Samuel or James Barnett were found in the 1870 U.S. census, but James (age 44, born Tennessee) and Narcissy (age 40, born Tennessee) were listed in Greene Co., Arkansas in the 1880 U.S. census. Included in the household were a daughter, Jane Shelten (age 21, born Tennessee, widowed) and a granddaughter Henry Shelten (age 3, born Arkansas).

S.J. Barnett paid taxes in Greene County in 1877 and 1878 (“Court Records,” Greene County, Arkansas GenWeb, accessed 7 Aug 2012 online at http://www.argenweb.net/greene) and S.J. Barnett was also listed in a reconstructed 1890 census (accessed 7 Aug 2012 online at http://www.argenweb.net/greene).

Samuel J. Barnett (born Oct 1835 in Tennessee, widowed) was listed in the 1900 U.S. census in Greene Co., Arkansas with one grandson: Josiah R. Miller (born Jan 1892 in Arkansas). Mollie Shelton married Jacob M. Miller, 19 Mar 1882 in Greene Co., Arkansas.

No where do Samuel and James Barnett appear in the same records at the same time. These facts taken together seem to point to the conclusion that Samuel Barnett and James Barnett are probably the same person. Samuel James Barnett married Narcissa Box in Hardeman Co., Tennessee in 1855 and had at least two children: Sarah E. and Mary J. Barnett. Mary J. is probably the Jane Shelten in the 1880 census record and the Mollie Shelton who married Jacob M. Miller. Jacob and Mollie (Shelton) Miller may have been the parents of Josiah R. Miller listed in Samuel’s 1900 census household.

James or Jones?

What is the name of the second son of Hiram Barnett? My original information listed him as James W. Barnett, but on closer examination of the 1850 and 1860 census records I have to agree with the indexers and say that his name was Jones W. Barnett. The 1860 census image is faded and a little hard to read. In addition the enumerator’s “a” and “o” look alike. But if you take a close look it looks like the third letter is an “n” not an “m” suggesting that his name was Jones.

Looking at the Hiram Barnett household in the 1850 census however, clearly shows his second son’s name as Jones, not James. This detail is important to help distinguish between Jones and one of his brothers.

Hiram Barnett Update

I was finally successful in finding Hiram Barnett in the 1860 U.S. census. In a line by line search in Hardeman Co., Tennessee, I found the H.J. Barrett household that matches the family of Hiram Barnett. Here’s a summary of what appears on the census:

Barrett, H.J., age 51, M, farmer, personal estate $200, born Ky

Barrett, Sarah H, age 44, F, born Tenn

Barrett, Jones M., age 22, M, farm labor, born Miss

Barrett, Geo W, age 17, M, farm labor, born Tenn

Barrett, Sarah F, age 15, F, born Tenn

Barrett, Elizabeth, age 12, F, born Tenn

Barrett, John N., age 9, M, born Tenn

Barrett, Benjamin M.,age 4, M, born Tenn

Barrett, Evaline, age 1, F, born Tenn

In addition a Public Member Tree (“My Forebears Since Jamestown by meggars55) at Ancestry pointed me in the direction of additional records:

Sarah H. Barnett and some of her children appear in the 1870 U.S. census in Tipton Co., Tennessee and in 1880 they appear in Greene Co., Arkansas.

It appears that Hiram Barnett may have died sometime between 1860 and 1870, probably in West Tennessee and his family went on to settle across the Mississippi River in Greene Co., Arkansas.