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James W. Norwood (1836-1902)
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Born: 3 Dec 1836 Tennessee. 1
Married: Elizabeth J. Norwood (1843-1909) the daughter of Wesley Norwood (1818-1869) and Elizabeth Blassengine (1816-1879) on 8 Nov 1866 in Hempstead County Arkansas. 4 5
Died: 22 Mar 1902 Howard County Arkansas. 1 2
Buried: Nashville City Cemetery Nashville Arkansas. 3
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William Norwood
Abt 1788-Bet 1850 and 1860
John Norwood
9 Jan 1807-9 Feb 1889
Married: 10 May 1806
Nancy Kissiah Langham
Abt 1789-Bet 1860 and 1870
James W. Norwood
3 Dec 1836-22 Mar 1902
Married: 16 Sep 1830
Civil War - Confederate Robert O'Neal
Matilda O'Neal
Abt 1809-Aft 1890
Married: 19 Dec 1792
Sarah Elizabeth Davis
1772-Nov 1849

Spouse and Children

       Elizabeth J. Norwood

Brothers and Sisters

James W. Norwood, farmer, Nashville, Ark. The parents ofMr. Norwood, John and Matilda (0' Neal) Norwood, werenatives of Tennessee, but moved to Arkansas from that Statein 1870. Here the father died in 1889, at the age of eighty-two years. The mother is still living, and makes her homein this county. James W. Norwood was reared in Tennessee,where he received a limited education, and when twenty -oneyears of age, started out to fight life's battles forhimself as a tiller of the soil. This he still continuesto follow, and has made a success of the same. He is theowner of 444 acres of land, with about 218 acres undercultivation, and raises on this about twenty -five bushelsof corn and one- half bales of cotton to the acre. He cameto Arkansas in 1860, and one year later enlisted as aprivate in the Confederate army, Company B, Fourth ArkansasRegiment, in which company he served until the close of thewar, He was in eleven hard fought battles, and was also innumerous skirmishes. He was slightly wounded three times,and was with Johnson in North Carolina when he surrendered.In 1866 Mr. Norwood was united in marriage to Miss E . J.Norwood, his cousin, who is a native of Arkansas, born July14, 1843, and the daughter of Wesley and Eliza(Blassengine) Norwood, both of whom were natives ofTennessee, and early settlers of Hempstead County, Ark.,having settled there as early as 1838. Although Mr. andMrs. Norwood have no children of their own, they havereared five orphan children. Mr. Norwood cultivates hisfarm with white labor, and his commodious house and otherbuildings indicate a progressive owner. He is a Democrat,and is active, politically, but is not an office seeker.

JAS. W. NORWOOD Died at His Home Near This City Saturday.

Mr. James W. Norwood died at his home two miles south ofthis city Saturday, and was buried in the Nashvillecemetery Sunday afternoon. Rev. G. W. Spurlock, of Hope,conducting the services. Deceased who 65 years of age. andhad resided in Arkansas since 1861 coming to this statefrom Tennessee, he leaves a widow and many friends to mournhis death. Mr. Norwood was one of the best citizens ofHoward county and had the respect and esteem of all whoknew him. He was not a member of any church, but was anhonorable gentleman, and good husband and neighbor and oneof the most charitable citizens in the county. His death isa severe loss to this community, and his bereaved widow hasthe sympathy of all our citizens.6 4 7


  1. Howard County Cemtery Inscriptions by Helen Lightfoot &Carolyn Griffin
  2. Arkansas Probate Records, 1817-1979
  3. Headstone, Nashville City Cemetery, Nashville Arkansas
  4. Biographical and Historical Memoirs of Southern Arkansas.Chicago, IL, USA: Goodspeed Publishing, 1890.
  5. Arkansas County Marriages, 1837-1957. index and images,FamilySearch (https://www.familysearch.org)
  6. Civil War Service Record, James W. Norwood, Fold3.com
  7. The Nashville News, 26 Mar 1902, Wed Page 1

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