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Yvonne (#48282206)
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RE: Ah, amazing... sad...
Dear Yvonne, On Barrester Jordan Reeves memorial page in Find A Grave it says he died in Witter, Madison County, Arkansas. He was born in Tennessee in 1821, possibly McNair County. His parents were Drury and Mary Reeves. The last name of his mother is unknown. His siblings were William, James, Drury, Isabella, DeWitt, Morgan, Francis and Robert. He married Sarah Cantrell in about 1846 in Madison County, Arkansas.

I don't know if you are aware, but when you are on a memorial page of someone in Find A Grave, you can click on any of the names that are posted on the page and it will take you to the memorial page of that person.

Regarding where the murders took place, it appears they happened in Witter, Madison County, Arkansas, according to Barrester's memorial page in Find A Grave. The children's pages say the same place of death. And the children are buried in Captain Smiths Cemetery in Witter.

If you go to "" you may be able to obtain more information from the woman, Sarah O'Shannon, who runs the website. That is where I found out about the Reeves children to begin with. I don't know where she obtained her information about the children and Barrester though. But, she may be able to provide you with more information. There are comment areas on her website you may be able to use to reach her. I'm not sure if you will be able to find out more information from Find A Grave unless you click on the person's name who created the memorial of a specific person. That name is located sort of at the bottom of the memorial page on the left side of the page.

So, good luck with everything! And, if you have any more questions, please do not hesitate to ask. Thank you, Lynnie
Added by Lynnie on Nov 20, 2013 11:13 AM
RE: I'm sorry...
Dear Yvonne, I replied to your last email yesterday after you sent me the names of the people. I've had some trouble with my email & am just wondering if you received it. It was a pretty long email with some pertinent information. Thanks, Lynnie
Added by Lynnie on Nov 20, 2013 9:01 AM
RE: I'm sorry...
Dear Yvonne, I just want to add, Barrester Jordan Reeves was killed because he was a Union soldier. I forgot to write that in my last email to you.
Added by Lynnie on Nov 19, 2013 2:31 PM
RE: I'm sorry...
Dear Yvonne, Yes, I left messages for Sarah Cantrell Reeves Lawson & her husband Barrester Jordan Reeves. I also left messages for Barrester's son James Morgan Reeves (your great grandfather?) & James' sister Belle J. Reeves Tuggle. And, of course, I left messages for all of Barrester's other children who died due to a poisoned well (or spring) when they were very young. Yes, 6 of the 8 children of Barrester & Sarah were murdered by southern sympathizers during the Civil War. The sympathizers poisoned the well (or spring) they drank from. They died in 1863 & have no headstones. Barrester was shot & killed by southern sympathizers and died March 30, 1864. Then his body was covered with furniture & set on fire. Can you believe how horribly unmerciful & cruel they were?!

I originally found out about this through "". But, the story also appears in Find A Grave under the children's names. The children who died are Jane Reeves, William Thomas Reeves, Matilda Marletta Reeves, Mary Polly Reeves, Clinton Reeves & Cynthia Reeves. I don't know how James Morgan Reeves & his sister Belle Reeves Tuggle survived. But, they did not drink from the poisoned well or spring I suppose. Memorial of the Innocent said it was a poisoned well the children drank from. But, Find a Grave said it was a well or a spring.

So, I hope this has answered some of the questions you have about your family as you search. God bless you & may your search be greatly rewarded!
Added by Lynnie on Nov 19, 2013 2:28 PM
RE: I'm sorry...
Dear Yvonne, I just wanted to add that most of the people I have left flowers for in Find a Grave have come from "". God bless.
Added by Lynnie on Nov 19, 2013 7:22 AM
RE: I'm sorry...
Dear Yvonne, I would love to be able to tell you more. But, who is the man you are speaking of, what is his name? Also, did he die in the Holocaust? If he did, I found out about him through the website "Memorial of the Innocent." It is "" It has pictures, with notes attached, of murdered children up to 12 years of age. Many Holocaust victims are honored here. If you have any other questions please feel free to email me. I hope I have helped you. Blessings & peace to you.
Added by Lynnie on Nov 19, 2013 7:11 AM

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