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Memories of Wylie Bearden

Arbuckle Footnotes

My parents were Kenyon Bearden and Elizabeth Black Bearden, both born in Georgia (dates unknown). Father was a farmer. There were six children in our family. I was born in Chattanooga, Georgia in 1842. When the CivilWar began, I volunteered and served in the Confederate Army. My company was nearly wiped out in the Battle of Shiloh, but I escaped, due to the fact that I had pneumonia and typhoid fever and couldn’t fight. They left me at a house to recuperate.

I moved to Thackerville, Indian Territory, Chickasaw Nation in 1893 from Grant County, Arkansas. We came in a covered wagon and were twenty-four days making the trip. We had relatives here and they urged us to come.

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