|Birth: ||Jan. 3, 1826, USA|
|Death: ||Mar. 23, 1875, USA|
The Springdale News
September 10, 1909
During a recent visit of undertaker J.G. Putman of the city, at Winslow, the popular resort in the Ozarks, he had an occasion to ramble through a little cemetery located near that place. The cemetery is one of the oldest in that section of the country and bodies of prominent and well-known early settlers rest beneath the soil. One grave in particular is marked by a large stone designed and engraved after rude methods used in the days of the border. This is the epitaph that appears on the stone:
Alfred W. Caughman, Born in Izard County, Arkansas January 3, 1826, died March 23, 1875.
The following poetry appears beneath the announcement of the birth and death:
He was a man who in early day,
Killed over 1000 deer; he did truthfully say.
He was born and raised a frontiersman'a son,
But at last he had to give up life and his gun.
After reading the headstone, Mr. Putman desired to learn more of the strange grave and interviewed an old mountaineer who for more than half a century has lived in the Ozarks. Although the old fellows hair has long been white, the man is actively engaged on his farm and remembers incidents well of long ago. He says that Alfred Caughman had the reputation of being the greatest deer hunter in all of Arkansas. The deceased made a practice of scratching a notch on his gun every time he killed a deer and after his death, when the notches were counted, they totaled more than 1000. The gun is still retained by the family according to the mountaineer's statement. This information was sent to me by Jennifer Horner.
Another sent to me by Thomas Chambers.
Sharing with you an interesting newspaper article located while researching other news. We have transcribed the article from the newspaper published in the North Platte, Nebraska.
The North Platte Semi-Weekly Tribune, July 18, 1899
A Missouri traveling man, during a recent trip in Washington county, Arkansas noticed the following inscription on a tombstone in a local cemetery:
"Alfred W. Caughman, born Izard county, Arkansas, Jan. 23, 1826. Died March 23, 1875. He was a man who in his early day killed over 100 deer. He did truthfully say he was born and raised a frontiersman's son, but he had to give up his life and his gun."
Nathan William Caughman (1792 - 1870)
Matilda Bloyed Caughman (1807 - 1870)
Rachel Anderson Caughman (1830 - 1905)*
Nathan Alfred Caughman (1847 - 1940)*
Lucinda Caughman (1849 - 1864)*
Finis B. Caughman (1854 - 1855)*
Lourinda Caughman Gilstrap (1856 - 1917)*
Matilda Caughman Center (1864 - 1942)*
William Sebourn Caughman (1866 - 1944)*
John L. Caughman (1869 - 1899)*
Edward W Caughman (1871 - 1933)*
Alfred William Caughman (1826 - 1875)
Elizabeth Ann Caughman Anderson (1832 - 1859)*
Mary Ann Caughman Winn (1835 - 1910)*
William Henry Harrison Caughman (1840 - 1921)*
Seaborn Andrew Caughman (1843 - 1897)*
Nelson B Caughman (1845 - 1864)*
Taylor Isaac Caughman (1849 - 1862)*
Nancy Ann Caughman Davis (1852 - 1941)*
Created by: Shelba
Record added: Mar 14, 2008
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