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Robert Dallas Earnest
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Birth: Apr. 18, 1849
Calhoun County
Arkansas, USA
Death: Aug. 30, 1927
Bryan County
Oklahoma, USA

There is much discussion about how Robert Beasley Earnest acquired Robert Dallas. It is widely believed that Robert Dallas is the biological son of Robert Beasley by someone outside the marriage, possibly a field hand (or slave). Although the 1850 Arkansas Census lists him as living in the home, according to court papers, he was not in Robert Beasley's custody until 1851. Also, he is not listed on the 1860 census, but a slave of the same name is listed in the home while all other slaves lived at Moro in another part of the county. The court record is hand-written and difficult to read, so I will transcribe it to the best of my ability.

July Term 1851 - Calhoun County, Arkanasa
Robert Dallas, Poor Orphan

(Unreadable word) Robert C. McCurley and on having asked and obtained parents his petition for letter of guardianship of Robert Dallas, a poor orphan boy. Whereupon It is ordered that said McCurley have (?) to enter into bond with Edmund Tooms and James Gibson his securities in the (pens?) sum of two hundred dollars conditioned according to law; and there upon said Robert C. McCurley, Edmund Tooms, and James Gibson entered into and acknowledged bond accordingly. Whereupon It is ordered that said Robert C. McCurley be appointed guardian of said Robert Dallas. On motion of Robert C. McCurley guardian of Robert Dallas it is ordered that he bind his said ward to Robert Earnest according to law to learn the (business life?) of a farmer. It is ordered that court adjourn until tomorrow morning ten o'clock. (Signed) R. P. Davis Judge, P. C.

Robert Beasley Earnest delivered mail on a route in Fordyce, Dallas County, Arkansas. Family history is that he met a woman there and that they had a son together. FACT is, he did lists his father as Robert Earnest and his mother as unknown. Family history also stated that his father brought him home in his saddlebag.

Marriage to Martha Melvina L. Fritz on 31 Mar 1869 in Calhoun County, Arkansas and they had 7 children known children.

Children with unknown or non connected burials:
William L. Earnest 1869-
Sarah H. "Mattie" Earnest 1871-1902
- Robert Luther Earnest 1872-1943 FAG#30378233
- Thomas A. Earnest 1877-1906 FAG#16154639
- Carrie Florence Earnest Hazlett 1879-1955 died in Vivian Caddo, Louisiana
Family links: 
  Robert Beasley Earnest (1802 - 1888)
  Martha Melvina L. Fritts Earnest (1846 - 1904)*
  George Lawndale Earnest (1873 - 1936)*
  Jennie Earnest (1875 - 1893)*
  William Henry Earnest (1827 - 1910)*
  Mary Jackson Earnest Whitehead (1829 - 1923)*
  Nancy Means Earnest Bingham (1831 - 1863)*
  Elizabeth Jane Earnest Thomason (1836 - 1923)*
  Robert Dallas Earnest (1849 - 1927)
*Calculated relationship
Rose Hill Cemetery
Bryan County
Oklahoma, USA
Created by: mac
Record added: Sep 10, 2012
Find A Grave Memorial# 96819757
Robert Dallas Earnest
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Robert Dallas Earnest
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