|Death: ||May 16, 1864|
John Stephen Loftin was born in 1818 in Lawrence County, Mississippi, to Giles Thomas Loftin and Delilah Stephens Loftin. It was in Lawrence County in 1840 that Stephen married his first wife, Rachel Dyers (b. 1816 d. 1853). Shortly thereafter, Stephen and Rachel accompanied Stephen's father when he moved their family to Union County, Arkansas. Stephen and family eventually settled near West Fork, where Rachel would later die during childbirth.
After the death of Rachel, Stephen married Matilda Elizabeth Hannah (b. 1834), and a few years later, in 1859, Stephen and Matilda rented a farm 18 miles south of Fayetteville, where they lived together with their children until the War broke out.
Despite the secession of Arkansas, Stephen remained loyal to the Union, serving in Company D of the 1st Arkansas Cavalry. He rode out to battle with his own dark chestnut mare, which eventually died from war-related injuries. So Stephen found himself another horse and carried on with his duties. He was discharged in 1863 due to a disability, and returned to his farm near West Fork. The following year, while visiting a nearby neighbor, he was found by Confederate troops who dragged him outside and executed him on the spot.
His wife later received a small settlement from the Southern Claims Commission for the horses Stephen used during his time in the Cavalry.
In addition to his second wife Matilda, Stephen was survived by eleven children, and many of their descendants still live in Northwest Arkansas to this day.
Giles Thomas Loftin (1795 - 1862)
Giles Thomas Loftin (1840 - 1889)*
Martha Ann Loftin Anderson (1844 - ____)*
Meredith Loftin (1845 - ____)*
Delila Loftin Bloyed (1845 - 1932)*
William Riley Lofton (1855 - 1938)*
West Fork Cemetery
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