Benjamin Franklin Meharg (1826) was born in Ohatchee, Calhoun Co., Alabama to Lewis and Sarah Willis Meharg. He was married to Arrena (Irena) Dungey in Limestone Co., Alabama on Aug. 26, 1847. In 1850 he was a ferryman in Giles Co., Tenn. with one child. In 1860 they were in Madison, Okla. with four children. In 1870 they were in Concord Township, Greene Co., Ark. and in 1880 they were in Johnson Township, Clay Co., Ark. Benjamin died in Clay County Feb. 1886 and is buried in Salem Cemetery and has no marker. His death was verified in the 1860 to 1875 History of Ebenezer, a community in the Rector area, by H.M. Manchester, who published the articles in Sept. and Oct., 1935 while he was editor of the Clay County Democrat at Rector, Ark. In the same articles he mentioned that Benjamin’s children (Will, George, Tom, and Susan Meharg) attended Ebenezer School. Benjamin was a Mason. He had several grandchildren, great grandchildren, and great great grandchildren living in Arkansas and other states including the Shannons, Shockleys, Vincents, Hatchers, Heaths, Stories, Visons and Morrises. During this period, Ava Evans taught a school in Benjamin F. Meharg’s tobacco farm which was jokingly called “The Tobacco Barn School.”
Benjamin and Irena Meharg had the following six children: Martha Jane (Mattie), George W., Jada Ann, John Thomas, Susan Iren, and William H. Meharg; and they will be taken up individually).
Martha Jane Meharg (1849-1879) was born in Giles Co., Tenn. and died in Oak Bluff, Ark. She is probably buried in Scatterville in an unmarked grave. She married Thomas Jefferson Ward in 1866 and had these children: Martha Elizabeth (1867), Mary Sarah (1869), Louisa Jane (1971), Minnie Gertrude (1872), George Edward Culine (1874), and Dottie Ward (1876). Thomas Jefferson Ward was married three more times and had other children.
George W. Meharg (1854-before 1896) was born in Tennessee and died in Dunklin Co., Mo. He was married to Mary Elizabeth Hale (1860- ), the daughter of C. D. and Elizabeth Hale of Dunklin Co., Mo. Their children were a daughter Willie, Chattye M., Dewit, and James Meharg. George was appointed postmaster of Hornersville, Mo. in 1879 and postmaster of Kennett, Mo. in 1889.
Jada Ann Meharg (1857-1910) married William T. Patterson (1845-1874) in 1874 in Clay County and their deaths are listed in the Boydsville Christian Church Records but with no dates. William T. was the son of Thomas W. and Elizabeth William Patterson and both father and son were in the Civil War in Alabama. Their children were Thomas Jefferson, William Benjamin, Mattie Bell, Mary Francis, Henrietta G., James Wesley, Effie D., Susan B., Hettie A. E., Charlie C., and Odie F. Patterson.
John Thomas Meharg (1858-1931) was married to Nancy Jane Welmouth Myers in 1877 in Clay County and died in Kennett, Mo. They are buried in Scatterville Cemetery west of Rector, Ark. They were living in Blue Cane, Ark. in 1900-1920. In 1930 they were living in Kennett, Mo. They had three living children out of five in 1900: Irene Elizabeth Meharg (1882-1909); Ellen F. Meharg (1884-1971) married S. B. Vincent in Jan. 1904; John W. W. Meharg (1886-1920) married Virgie Dunlap in Dec. 1908 and May Woods in Sept. 1912. John Thomas Meharg was a farmer and blacksmith in Kennett. He was married a second time to Francis Virginia Brine in 1908 and she died in 1916. HE was married to Mrs. Ardelia Crice in 1916, and she had children; Clancie S. and Virgie A. Crice.
Susan Iren Meharg (1862-1932) married Quincy Oliver Shockley (1852-1889( in 1880 in Boydsville, Clay Co., Ark., and he died in Harrisburg, Poinsett Co., Ark. Susan and Quincy had these children: Ettie Gertrude, Charles Ott was born in Poinsett Co., James Washington died in Henry Co., Oregon, Robert Q. married Eria Castleman and died in Clay Co., and Martin Luther Shockley died in Memphis, Tenn. Susan’s second marriage was to John W. Yancy in 1891, and they had Mary A. E. Yancy who married Fred Ginther and Susie R. Yancy who married O. G. Price in 1913.
William H. Meharg (1865-1929) was born in Nashville, Davidson Co., Tenn. and was married in Rector, Ark. to Isabelle (Bell) Luckey Wickham in 1892. Their children were Fannie Luellian, John B., Rose Irene, Alma Viney, Theodore L., and Edith Ruby Meharg.
Benjamin F. Meharg was a Confederate private in the 50th Infantry Regiment of Alabama in the Civil War.
(Charles Ritchey of Huntingtown, Maryland, the grandson of Thomas Jefferson and Martha Jane Meharg Ward’s daughter Dottie Lee Ward, who married Edgar Adams Nichols, alerted me to Benjamin’s Civil War Service and sent more details of his service: Meharg had a homestead from the Little Rock Land Office from May 10, 1882: Paret 1: SWNW, Sec. 18, 19N, R 7E, 76.99 acres.)