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James W. Norwood (1836-1902)
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Born: 3 Dec 1836 Tennessee. 1
Married: Eliza Jane 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

       Eliza Jane Norwood

Brothers and Sisters

James W. Norwood, farmer, Nashville, Ark. The parents of Mr. Norwood, John and Matilda (0' Neal) Norwood, were natives of Tennessee, but moved to Arkansas from that State in 1870. Here the father died in 1889, at the age of eighty -two years. The mother is still living, and makes her home in this county. James W. Norwood was reared in Tennessee, where he received a limited education, and when twenty -one years of age, started out to fight life's battles for himself as a tiller of the soil. This he still continues to follow, and has made a success of the same. He is the owner of 444 acres of land, with about 218 acres under cultivation, and raises on this about twenty -five bushels of corn and one- half bales of cotton to the acre. He came to Arkansas in 1860, and one year later enlisted as a private in the Confederate army, Company B, Fourth Arkansas Regiment, in which company he served until the close of the war, He was in eleven hard fought battles, and was also in numerous 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 July 14, 1843, and the daughter of Wesley and Eliza (Blassengine) Norwood, both of whom were natives of Tennessee, and early settlers of Hempstead County, Ark., having settled there as early as 1838. Although Mr. and Mrs. Norwood have no children of their own, they have reared five orphan children. Mr. Norwood cultivates his farm with white labor, and his commodious house and other buildings 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 of this city Saturday, and was buried in the Nashville cemetery Sunday afternoon. Rev. G. W. Spurlock, of Hope, conducting the services. Deceased who 65 years of age. and had resided in Arkansas since 1861 coming to this state from Tennessee, he leaves a widow and many friends to mourn his death. Mr. Norwood was one of the best citizens of Howard county and had the respect and esteem of all who knew him. He was not a member of any church, but was an honorable gentleman, and good husband and neighbor and one of the most charitable citizens in the county. His death is a severe loss to this community, and his bereaved widow has the 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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