Jesse E. Looney (Jan. 1820-Nov. 1905) was born in Kentucky (or Tennessee as some records show) the son of Robert and Susannah Williams Looney, and died in Clay County, Ark. He was married to Manerva (1825-1905?) about 1838 in Tennessee and had eight children. They are probably buried in Gravel Hill here some of the children are buried and was the area where they lived. The children were: John Calvin, Adeline, Wm. Alexander, an Infant, Robert W., an infant, James W., and W. Rice Looney.
John Calvin Looney (1839-1891), son of Jesse and Manerva, was born in Weakley Co. and married Mary Francis Haglet (1841-1930) in August, 1860 in Weakley Co., Tenn. John is buried in Gravel Hill Cemetery and Mary F., is buried in the Old Fellows part of the Piggott Cemetery. She died at the home of a daughter, Mrs. O. W. McDowell, on the Browns’s Ferry Road and the services were held in the home of the pastor, J. F. Gower, of the M. E. Church South. Their children were (1) William Alexander (1861-1906) married Myra Lea Williams and Lollie Barrett and had Bertha Looney King and Otto Looney. William is buried at Gravel Hill. (2) Mary Ellen Looney (1863-1890) married Thomas Jefferson Magee. (3) Silas Marion Looney (1865-1942) married Sarah Elizabeth Smith and had Jesse Dee who was murdered by J. P. and James M. Vessell in a fight in St. Francis in 1951, and Robert (Short) Looney. They are buried at Gravel Hill. (4) James Calvin Looney (1866-1924) married Sarah ONeal Magee. (5) Susan Ada Looney (1868-1938) married John Lee Magee and had Zelma, Pearl, May, Alvia, Ross Lee, Earl, Johnnie, and Dale. (6) Larkin E. (Bud) Looney (1870- ) married Adeline M. Looney, daughter of Jesse E. and Manerva, and had Darius, Silas A., Oscar J. and Rachel. (7) Jess Edgar (1872-1934) married Pearl E. Looney, daughter of William B. and Elizabeth Pate Looney and had eight children: Jewel, Carl B., Ruby Fern, Mary, Pauline, Elizabeth, Mildred, and unknown. (8) Walter O’Dell Looney (1875-1891) is buried in Gravel Hill. (9) Beulah O. Looney (1877-1882). (10) Buran Claude Looney (1880-1896). (11) Amy Pearl Looney (1882-1968) married Otto Wilbur McDowell and had nine children: Lorene Gordon, Ruth Rogers, Francis Oxley, Betty Lewis, Edgar McDowell, Edwin McDowell, Randall McDowell, John McDowell, and a son died in infancy.
Adeline M. Looney (1841- ) married Larkin Leland Hagler in Weakley Co., Tenn. Nov., 1868 and did not come to Clay County with the family. She had Darkus L., Silas A., Rhael, and James Oscar. James Oscar married Nancy E. and had Ira L. and was on the 1900 Census in St. Francis, Ark. Adeline died between 1870 and 1880. Larkin was in Henry Co., Tenn. in 1880 with the children and back in Weakley Co. in 1910 with James Oscar who had married Sarah F. Elder.
William Alexander Looney (1861-1906) is buried at Gravel Hill. He married Myra Lee Williams and Lolly (Lottie) Williams.
Robert W. Looney (1847-after 1900) signed a will 26 Dec. 1900. He was a widower on the 1900 Clay County Census and was listed as a Constable. His wife Perlina had died before 1900. They are found on the 1870 Greene County Census.
James W. Looney (1851-1873) had daughter, J. Martha, who married William S. Osborn. He died age 22.
W. R. Looney (1853-1899) cane to Clay County with his parents at age 17. He married Susan E. Leigh, daughter of J. H. and Susan E. Long Leigh, and had six children who died in infancy. In 1875 he moved to Dunklin Co., Mo., and engaged in the dry goods business. He had an accident in 1883 that left him with a crippled arm. In May, 1886 he returned to St. Francis and started a drug and grocery store. A year later he closed out the groceries and kept the drug store (W. R. Looney and Co.). He died from Typhoid fever and was buried in Gravel Hill. He is written up in Goodspeed’s 1889 Biographical and Historical Memoirs of Northeast Arkansas. He built a log cabin in St. Francis of sassafras logs.