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Herbert Shelly
RE: BP Renfroe's Sword

Crawford Co., AR - Biographies - B. P. Renfroe

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SOURCE: History of Benton, Washington, Carroll, Madison, Crawford,
Franklin, and Sebastian Counties, Arkansas. Chicago: The Goodspeed
Publishing Co., 1889.

B. P. Renfroe, general merchant, was born in Summerville, Tenn.,
February 15, 1833, and is a son of Marcus H. and Patsy (Perryman)
Renfroe, natives of Alabama and Virginia, respectively, who immigrated
to Tennessee and from there to Northern Mississippi, where they died
in 1880 and 1869, respectively. The father was of Scotch descent and a
farmer by occupation. For thirty-five or forty years he was a
successful preacher in the Baptist Church, and he was the first
treasurer of De Soto County, Miss. During the war he raised and
commanded a company under Gen. Forrest, in the Confederate army.
Bidkar P., our subject, received a common-school education during his
youth, and in 1857 married Margaret E. Cathey, by whom he has two
children: Thomas H. and Locke. When young Mr. Renfroe taught school
one term in Texas, but since his marriage has been merchandising in
connection with his farming. During the war he served in Company B,
Wirt Adams' company, Confederate army, participated in the battle at
Shiloh, siege of Vicksburg, the battles at Jackson and Meridian,
Miss., but was the greater part of the time on detail service at
headquarters. He was elected to the Mississippi Legislature in 1868,
but the Legislature did not meet. Since 1871 he has been engaged in
the mercantile business in Arkansas with great success, and is also
the owner of a 160-acre fruit farm, seven miles north west of Alma,
and is considered one of the leading citizens of the town. In politics
he is a Democrat, and his first presidential vote was cast for
Buchanan, in 1856. Mrs. Renfroe is an active member of the Christian


Added by Herbert Shelly on Sep 16, 2011 5:27 PM

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