John Seth Winstead (Sr.) was born May 4, 1836, in Person County, N.C., and married in Obion County, Tenn., in 1860. He came to Greenway, Clay County, Ark., in 1872 and was buried in the Winstead Family Cemetery, west of Greenway, in 1907 on the family farm. He was a farmer and stock raiser, and the third child of 13 born to his parents, Seth M. and Priscilla Hearn Winstead of North Carolina, who moved to Tennessee about 1838 and settled in Weakley County and farmed and died there. John S. Winstead great up in Weakley County and stayed with his parents until 23 years of age.
John S. Winstead married Victoria Rucker, a native of Tennessee and daughter of S.W. And Eda Rucker, in Obion County. He farmed there a number of years until he sold out and moved first to Kentucky, where some of the children were born, then on to Arkansas. From the Little Rock Land Office on Nov. 20, 1884, Document #3583, Misc. Document #7882, he received a homestead Original, Part #1, E SW, Sec 20, Twp. 20 N, R 8E, 80 acres.
In the “Biographical and Historical Memoirs of Northeast Arkansas” (pub 1889) he had bought land in 1874 and settled on his farm, located one mile west of Greenway, and had 100 acres cleared, and 60 in timber, all on one tract. He had fair buildings and a good orchard.
John Seth and Victoria had the following children--(1) Erasmus (1862 in Tenn. - 1900) who was mute and is buried in the Winstead Cemetery in an unmarked grave; (2) Emma Winstead (1865 in Ky. - 1888) was married before she died at the age of 23. He marriage record was burned in the courthouse fire. (3) Charles C. Winstead married Mollie Smith and had Jennie, who married Simon P. Williams; Martha married Charles Bony Loveless in 1907; Zula M. married Luther Williams; Emma married C.J. Joiner and Beulah married Bana Robertson.
(4) Louisa Winstead (1868 in Weakley County, Tenn.- 1880) died at age 12.
(5) Wiley Winstead (1869 in Tenn.) probably died young.
(6) William Winstead (1870 in Tenn. - 1900) married Alta Pride and had Chloie (1896-1900) and is buried in the Mitchell Cemetery at Greenway.
(7) Samuel Winstead (1872 in Tenn. - 1900) is buried in Mitchell Cemetery.
(8) Minnie Winstead (1874 Clay County-1903) married Minace Attwood Palmer in 1887 and died at age 29. Her children were Maggie, Josie Mae, Johnie, Viola, Rufus and James Frank Palmer. Minnie is buried in the Mitchell Cemetery.
(9) James Ballard Winstead (1880 in Clay County – 1955) was a fireman in Paragould for the St. Louis Iron Mountain Railroad. He was married to Fran Finch and Sarah Finch and had Evelyn, James Everett and Nolan Winstead.
(10) John Seth Winstead, Jr., (1882 in Clay County – 1974) married Lydia Deborah Crosley in 1907 and had Lura A., Clyde Woodrow, Lillian Audrey, Lela A., Lois I. And Mary Ruth Winstead.
(11) Zachariah “Jake” Taylor Winstead (1885 in Clay County – 1947) was born in Greenway and died in Greenway. He registered for the draft in both World War I and World War II. In 1905 he married Flora P. “Ora” Denison and had Floyd, Hershel and Cecil.
(12) Anna Victoria Winstead (1888 in Clay County – 1907) married on March 11, 1906 to Joseph “Joe” Jackson. A.V. Jackson is also buried in the Winstead Cemetery. They had one child, Ralph, (1907-1928) before she died, probably from childbirth complications. Joseph married in December of 1909 to Florence Baldwin.
The Winstead family line has been searched back to 1622 in England.
Note—A request has been made for a picture of the First Baptist Church in the town of Pollard, organized Sept. 25, 1923, in a tent meeting. A building was started in 1925. The church no longer exists, and if anyone has a picture to share please contact this writer or take it to the Clay County Times-Democrat office.