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Francis Marion Cherry

Birth
Tennessee, USA
Death 1890 (aged 71–72)
Independence County, Arkansas, USA
Burial Newark, Independence County, Arkansas, USA
Memorial ID 76708192 · View Source
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Francis Marion Cherry was born about 1815/1819 in Tennessee, the son of Benjamin Franklin Cherry IV and Charlotte Walker. In 1851 he married Elizabeth Jones, who was born in 1836. They would move from Franklin County TN to Independence AR, traveling with the Beverly Basil Owens family and possibly others before settling in the Whitewater Township in the Independence County Arkansas. Francis Marion who referred to himself as F M, practiced farming, as well as being a Preacher, and as a Justice of the Peace, performed many marriages in the area.
In 1854 their first daughter, Sarah E Cherry was born, followed by the arrival of a second daughter Susan in 1855. Later three more Daughters were born, Emily F Cherry in 1864, Tennessee L Cherry in 1868, and Charlotte "Lottie" Cherry in 1871, and finally a son, William Beverly Cherry in 1874, named for the good friend of F M Cherry, Beverly Basil Owens, who also named one of his sons Francis Marion , after F M Cherry.


The two oldest daughters, Sarah b 1855 and Susan b 1856 married two of Beverly Basil Owens's sons, Sarah married Francis Marion Owens in 1875, and Susan married Henry Owens in 1877.Both of these families would move to Texas around 1880.Taking with them siblings of Sarah and Susan. Emily F Cherry b in 1864, Tennessee L Cherry b in 1868, and Charlotte "Lottie" Cherry b in 1870, and William Beverly Cherry in 1875.Also, a brother of Francis Marion Owens and Henry Owens, George Owens would settle in Texas.


Benjamin Franklin Cherry - b 1851 TN
Benjamin Franklin Cherry lived for a while with his sister Sarah and her husband Francis Marion Owens in Big Bottom Township, AR. Benjamin would move to Saline County Arkansas and marry Mary Cole. Ben and Mary had Millie Adeline Cherry . They would leave Saline and move to Logan County Arkansas, where another daughter was born, Tennie Julia Ann Vashti Cherry was born in 1892. Not long after the birth,Mary Cole died. Benjamin married Anna unk.

Sarah Ellen Cherry - b 1855 AR
Wife of Francis Marion Owens.Married 1875 in AR.Would move to Young and Collingsworth Texas. Children were Lula Lee b 1876 m Walton W Neeley, Susan Frances b 1878, Arthur Emmett b 1882,Thomas A b 1889, Edith Esther b 1893 m Farrish Carter Murray,and George Terrell Owens b 1897 m Dovie unk. By 1910, Francis and Sarah were raising the 7 yr old twins, Ruby & Ray,children of Tennessee (Cherry) Donnell. Sarah died Jan 16, 1934 Collingsworth County, TX and is buried next to Francis in Quail Cemetery, Quail, Collingsworth Texas.Also at Quail: Lula, Edith Esther, Susan Frances,Thomas A, and Ruby T Donald, who by time of death in 1924 , was list as Ruby Owens in cemetery records but as Ruby Donald on death certificate. George is buried at Memorial Garden in Wellington, Collingsworth TX , next to Dovie.

Susan Cherry - b 1856 AR
Wife of Henry Owens.Married 1877 in AR.In 1900 they are living in Denton Co Texas. Would move to Tarrant and Victoria Counties of Texas. In 1910, Henry , Susan and Carrie are in Victoria Co Texas . Their children were Sarah E 1878 AR, George W 1880 AR, Norman 1882 AR, [Allie] Cleveland 1884, Clara? (male, son) 1886 TX and Carrie/Cora 1894 TX.George W would marry Minnie unk.He was father to Cleo, b 1905. Carrie/Cora would marry George Underwood. Cleveland would marry Mollie unk.Susan would die Oct.13,1911 Fort Worth ,Tarrant County, Texas.Two death certificates were prepared for Susan.The first states suicide by ingesting poison(lye). The second leaves out word suicide and states death by ingesting poison(lye).Death certificate of Susan states body removed to Hicks Station Texas for burial.Before the 1940's, Tarrant County was a rural community consisting mostly of farmers and ranchers.Hicks was 12 miles northwest of Ft. Worth. It was a community built around a railroad siding - constructed from a huge ranch owned by Charles E. Hicks.

Emily F Cherry - b 1864 AR
Wife of Thomas Lee Ross.They married 21 Aug 1888 Denton Texas.Their children were Minnie May, Mattie E,and Myrtle. Emily would die Dec 25 1908 and is buried near her daughters, Mattie and Myrtle, and Mattie's infant child, in Hamilton Beeman Cemetery Retreat (Navarro County) Texas. Mattie May would marry Thomas Russell. Mattie, age 17, would die in childbirth Aug 1910. Her child would die at age 10 months, 1911. Minnie would marry Otis Foster. Thomas Lee Ross would remarry to Rosa Creasy Murphy. Thomas Lee Ross was buried at Hamilton Beeman Cemetery in 1939.

Tennessee l Cherry - b 1868 AR
Wife of John Donnell.They married in Denton County Texas.Their children were Lulu(Charlotte)1894,Maude 1896,Monroe(Marion)1897, Esther 1900, and twins, Ruby and Roy 1903. By 1900, the family is in Chickasaw Nation township 7 south range 7 east Oklahoma.
Tennessee died betw 1903 & 1910.Tennessee possibly died after birth of twins, Ruby & Ray
in 1903.Then , likely the children were scattered out.By 1910,Lulu at age 14 as boarder in Rise household,Marshall, Oklahoma.Esther, Lulu's younger sister, was with another Rise family in 1910 ,Johnston, Oklahoma.The twins ,age 7, living with their Aunt Sarah (Cherry) Owens and Francis Marion Owens by 1910.Cannot locate 13 yr old Maude, Tennessee, or John Donnell on 1910 census.

Charlotte 'Lottie" Cherry - b 1870 AR
Wife of Joseph Lewis Chapman. They married 17 JAN 1897 in Denton, Denton County, TX.He was son of John Marion Chapman and Isabella Helen Cook of Kentucky.Charlotte and Joseph would move and settle in Wise County Texas.Children of Joseph and Charlotte were Marion and Elizabeth. Charlotte would die Feb 22 1957 Fort Worth Tarrant Texas and is buried next to Joseph in Oak Lawn Cemetery Decatur Wise County Texas .

William Beverly Cherry -b June 13 1873
He married Sudie/Sarah Butcher Nov.19,1902,in Wichita Co.,TX. before moving to New Mexico.On the 1910 census, they are in Wise Co Texas.William, age 35, Sudie, age 27, is list as mother of 1 child. No children names list. On the 1920 census New Mexico, William, 47 is living in Willard,Torrance Co New Mexico ,list as widower.Sarah "Sadie" Butcher Cherry, died Aug 14 1940 and buried in Wheatland Cemetery, Tarrant Co Texas,-buried n/her parents, Elizabeth Gladden and George A Butcher.She is list as divorced.William would remarry Mary Olive unk. They would move to Arizona.William died on Nov.6,1940 in Maricopa County-buried in Glendale Arizona.Olive Cherry died Nov.1986 also in Maricopa County.

1870 -
Name: F M Cherry - farmer
Estimated Birth Year: abt 1819
Age in 1870: 51
Birthplace: Tennessee
Home in 1870: White River, Independence, Arkansas
Race: White

Elizabeth 33, TN
Susan E. 15, AR
Susan 14, AR
Benjamin 10, AR
Emily F. 6, AR
Tennessee 2, AR - dau.

1880 -
Name: F. M. Cherry
Home in 1880: White River, Independence, Arkansas
Age: 62
Estimated Birth Year: abt 1818
Birthplace: Tennessee
Relation to Head of Household: Self (Head)
Spouse's Name: Elizabeth
Father's birthplace: Pennsylvania
Mother's birthplace: South Carolina
Occupation: Farmer
Marital Status: Married
Race: White
Gender: Male

F. M. Cherry 62, TN
Elizabeth Cherry 36, TN - cannot write
Benj Cherry 20, AR
Emily F. Cherry 16, AR - cannot write
Tennesee L. Cherry 12, AR - cannot write
Charlotte Cherry 9, AR
William Beverly Cherry 5, AR
G. William Richardson 4, AR - nephew




Francis Marion Cherry was born about 1819 in Tennessee, the son of Benjamin Franklin Cherry IV and Charlotte Walker. In 1851 he married Elizabeth Jones, who was born in 1836; due to the difference in their ages it is possible that this was his second marriage; however no record of a prior marriage exists. Their first child Benjamin Franklin Cherry was born there in 1852 shortly before they started their migration from Franklin County Tennessee to Arkansas. They traveled with the Beverly Owens family and possibly others before settling in the Whitewater Township in the Independence County Arkansas area where Francis Marion who referred to himself as F M practiced farming, as well as being a Preacher, and as a Justice of the Peace, performed many marriages in the area. In 1854 their first daughter, Sarah E Cherry was born, followed by the arrival of a second daughter Susan in 1855. Later three more Daughters was born, Emily F Cherry in 1864, Tennessee L Cherry in 1868, and Charlotte "Lottie" Cherry in 1871, and finally a son, William Beverly Cherry in 1874, named for the good friend of F M Cherry, Beverly Basil Owens, who also named one of his sons Francis Marion after F M Cherry.
Other Cherry/Owens connections back in Tennessee are:
Williamson Brannan(in-law to Owens), married Cassandra Cherry.
Thomas Jefferson Owens married Rhoda Ellen Keeney ,
whose mother was Louisa Cherry. Both Cassandra and
Louisa were daughters to Benjamin Cherry IV and
his first wife, Charlotte Walker, and sisters of Francis Marion Cherry
Sarah and Susan Cherry ,married two of Beverly Owens's Sons, Sarah married Francis Marion Owens in 1875, and Susan married Henry Owens in 1877.
In June of 1880 Benjamin Franklin Cherry at the age of 25 decided to leave home. He lived for a while with his sister Sarah and her husband Francis Marion Owens in Big Bottom Township, and finally went to The Benton Area of Saline County Arkansas to work in a Sawmill. In 1885 he met and married Miss Mary Mollie Cole Who was born in Texas in 1857. Her family which consisted of her Father, William Cole born in Tennessee in 1823, whose parents were born in France, and Mary Unknown born in Alabama, in 1827 whose parents were also born in Alabama Thought to be of Cherokee Indian descent, A sister Ellen born in Texas in 1861, and a Brother George, born in Texas in 1871. Also living with the family was a nephew Frank Bradbury born in 1867 in Arkansas, whose Father was born in England, and whose Mother was born in Arkansas. But his exact relationship to the Cole family is unknown. The Cole family was living near an elder daughter, Marena/Irena Cole Lovell who had married William Lovell in Texas as his second wife.
The work in the Sawmill began to dwindle, and after the birth of their first child, a daughter, Millie Adeline Cherry in 1890 they decided to remove to the B I T (Big Indian Territory.) After disposing of their property and securing a suitable wagon and Oxen they started the trek up through the present day Ouachita area National forest and finally arrived in Magazine, Logan County Arkansas



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  • Created by: Jude
  • Added: 18 Sep 2011
  • Find A Grave Memorial 76708192
  • Find A Grave, database and images (https://www.findagrave.com : accessed ), memorial page for Francis Marion Cherry (1818–1890), Find A Grave Memorial no. 76708192, citing Dugger Cemetery, Newark, Independence County, Arkansas, USA ; Maintained by Jude (contributor 46974697) .