William Riley Bateman (1847-1929) was born in Carroll County, Tenn., to William and Mary Bateman, and came with his large family to the Ebenezer Community, near Rector, in 1893. He married Elizabeth "Betsy" R. Pruett, daughter of John E. and Elizabeth Ann Hampton Pruett, in 1870 in Carroll County. These children have been found on Census and other records--John W., Addison Burr, Mary Elizabeth, James David, Eliza M., Ninnie M., Jessie Martin, Hayward Harrison, Dora Florence and Sidney Mark Bateman. William Riley, and his wife, Elizabeth, are buried in the Woodland Heights Cemetery at Rector.
William Riley Bateman was a private with Co. K, 2nd Regiment, Mounted Infantry, Tennessee Volunteers in the Civil War. He was discharged at Nashville, Tenn., on June 27, 1865, at the age of 18. John E. Pruett (1822-1899), the father of Mrs. William Riley Bateman, fought with the Union Army with the 7th Regiment, Tennessee Cavalry, Co. D as a private. He is buried in the Pleasant Grove Cemetery in Greene County, near Rector. His widow filed for a pension in Arkansas. (John was a new one for my growing Clay County Civil War Soldiers list)
John William Bateman (1871-1938), son of William Riley, died at the home of his brother, Harrison Bateman, at age 67. He was a member of the Hopewell Baptist Church. Services were held at the First Baptist Church, Rector, with nephews as pallbearers and nieces were flower girls. Burial in Woodland Heights.
Addison Burr Bateman (1872-1961), son of William Riley, married Sarah Elizabeth Vaughn and Lavonne Houston, and had Nora A. Doyne Franklin, Gladys B. Wood, Mary, who married Zenith Dees and an Underwood and Agnes who married Lynn Anderson and a Thornbury. Addison is also buried in Woodland Heights.
Mary Elizabeth Bateman (1873-1940), daughter of William Riley, married Zenith Dees on March 26, 1898, in Clay County and had Carmel Dees, who married Viola Travillion in 1921, Edna Dees Underwood, Charles A. Dees and Meda M. Dees, who married W.C. Long in 1925.
James David Bateman (1878-1959) son of William Riley, married Francis Benson, daughter of Marshall and Sarah Benson, and a sister to Crawford Benson of Piggott, and lived in Rector for many years. Their children were Cecil Omer, Claud, Lee Allison, Ninnie Irby, Vera Burton and Geneva Bearden. James David's second marriage was to Rebecca Johnson.
Eliza "Lizzie" Magdaline Bateman (1880-1940), daughter of William Riley, was born in Carroll County, Tenn., and died in Rector. In 1903 she married R. Luther Taylor and had Ola Louis, Elza Ora, Donald Hasket, Larence, Mary A., Oscar, William Glen, Orvil and Fred Taylor.
Nannie M. Bateman (1884-before 1836) daughter of William Riley, married J.T. Hicks in Clay County in 1905 and did not show up on the 1920 Census.
James Martin Bateman (1886-1957), son of William Riley, was a retired sawyer for Hartsell Brothers Wood Products, Co., and moved to Memphis from Rector in1914 to work for the company--retiring after 30 years. He was married to Gertha Yates and Lillie B. ? and left two daughters--Mrs. Jack W. Rogers, with whom he made his home, and Mrs. Lyndon Allen.
Hayward Harrison Bateman (1889-1980), son of William Riley, was born in Tennessee and died in the Paragould Community Hospital. He married Zoe Hardin and had Maurice, who married Ethel Beulah Benson, and Waukeen, who married Mary Lee Mann of Piggott. Hardin, who died young; Marie, who died young; Hope Martha Matthew and Glory Golden. Harrison and Zoe are buried in the Mary's Chapel Cemetery north of Rector.
Dora Francis "Bonnie" Bateman (1890-1941) is buried in the Salem Cemetery, south of Boydsville, and her stone has no dates. The Arkansas Death Index has her listed as Bonnie B. Graves, 42, who died September of 1941. She married Foster B. Graves on Aug. 18, 1910, in Clay County, and had Herman, Leslie Leon, Beatrice, Dora Margaret Milburn and William Herbert.
Sidney Mack Bateman (1898-1982), son of William Riley, married Stella Mae Morley and had Ann Hudspeth Kang, Bonnie Davis, W.R. (Dub), Vellis Ray (Tootie), Harrison "Harry" Euvon, Jerry, Darrell, Wallace and Myrtle Bernice Morris.
(Correction--Deloyd Edwards called in to say his great-grandmother, Eliza C. Seal Bateman (1855-1910) was left off the listing of Charles Jefferson and Hester Seal's children in the column printed back on Nov. 27, 2013. Another child, Lorenza Seal, (1857-?), was also left out and probably died young. They are not listed in the files in the Piggott Library. Eliza was found in Weakley County, Tenn., 1860 Census with her parents. The family moved to Clay County in 1872. She is not listed on the 1880 Census because she had married Joe Bateman (1854-1910) and had her own household in the Haywood Community and had one child, Mary H. Bateman. The Joe Bateman household is also listed for 1900 and 1910. Her marriage record was burned in the courthouse fire. Joe and Mary both died in1910. The Piggott Banners were destroyed before 1942, so no obituaries were found for these two. The 1900 Census showed Eliza with these children--Alice, Arrah L., Anna C., Nancy E. and Virgie L. Bateman)