Biographical and Historical Memoirs of Northwest Arkansas

The Goodspeed Publishing Co., 1889

[pg 512][Mississippi County]
J R Hearn. In endeavoring to trace the
genealogy of Mr. Hearn, we find that his paternal
ancestors came originally from the land of thistles
and oatmeal. He was born on Blue Grass soil in
1832, and was the fifth of six children that grew
to maturity, born to Joseph and Rebecca (Austin)
Hearn, the latter being a Kentuckian, in which
State the father was occupied in tilling the soil.
In the fall of 1834 they came to Arkansas, settling
on the Mississippi River below Osceola, which
country was then almost a complete wilderness in-
habited by Indians and wild animals, and here
Mr. Hearn opened a woodyard, and began farming
in a small way. Later he sold this property and
bought some wild land near where Elmot now is, on
which place he died in 1850, before having made
any improvements. The opening of the farm then
devolved upon our subject, who was then about
eighteen years of age, and for five years he strug-
gled manfully to get the property in good shape
for farming, his labors being reasonably successful.
He was married when about twenty three years of
age, at which time Miss Eliza Boyles, a daughter
of W. J. Boyles, became his wife. After the cele-
bration of this event he rented land and continued
farming in this manner until the death of his
wife's parents in 1871, when he moved on their
old homestead, which embraced a tract of 160
acres, only fifteen of which were under the plow.
He has since cleared and put under cultivation
forty acres, and owing to the fertility of the soil
finds no trouble in raising a bale of cotton to the
acre. In his conduct of this estate he gives each
detailed portion of the work his personal close
supervision, and this care and method ever exer-
cised have contributed to place him among the
foremost farmers of this vicinity, as he is one of
the most intelligent citizens. He is not active in
politics, but uses his own judgment in support-
ing the various candidates for office. He is at
present holding the office of justice of the peace.
In 1868 he had the misfortune to lose his estima-
ble wife, she having borne him three children:
Howard Hazzard, William Akin Percy (who mar-
ried a Miss Fleming, and resides on his father's
place), and Thomas Elliot. His union with his
present wife took place in the year 1872, her maid-
en names having been Susan E. Morrow. The six
children which have been given them are Editha
Lee, Joseph Guilford, Luther May, James Hale,
John Franklin and Lillie Bruce.