Diana, I believe her name was Francis....
following is some of the accounts of what I found in Benton Co. history...
The first settlement on War Eagle Creek, in Benton County, was made by two brothers
known as bear hunters, their names being Isaac and Levi Borne. They came from
Illinois early in the spring of 1832, and settled above the present War Eagle Mills,
and each one raised three acres of corn that year. The following fall Absalom Thomas,
Henry Taber, Lewis Russell, Robert Taber, William Brazeel and a Mr. Nelson all
settled with their families in that neighborhood, and in December of that year
Sylvanus Blackburn, Josiah Blackburn, Julius Kirk and Matthew Brewer with their
families, all from Hickman County, Tenn., settled in the same neighborhood. The
latter party came by way of Springfield, Mo., and, crossing what is now the line
between Missouri and Arkansas, on the old State road passing north and south, they
reached the cabin of John Fitzgerald, then living near the present village of Lowell,
and stayed there over night. The next day, leaving their families at Fitzgerald's,
they [p.25] prospected for and selected their respective locations, and then moved
thereon. Sylvanus Blackburn located on the place, at the present War Eagle Mills,
where he and his estimable wife, who then accompanied him, are still residing, he
being in his eightieth year at this time, and she being about the same age. Julius
Kirk settled on the creek about half a mile below the mill site and Matthew Brewer
about three-fourths of a mile above it. Mr. Blackburn and his wife are the only
survivors of these settlers.
I have gathered more historical accounts of Benton Co. and War Eagle Mill.
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