Georgetown AR riverboat, train, old car, tracks, history. Surratt family.

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Well, first of all you need to review the blog that I wrote about Georgetown AR way back in 2009.  Blogs seem to live forever on the internet and this one had some great pictures of the old Georgetown.  Click HERE to read it and then come back.

Now, we are ready for more Georgetown history.  Look at these pictures, in bad shape on the first and last one, but very interesting.  A lady found my blog and sent me the message seen below the pictures about her family.  I love the fact that she treasures the family history and family pictures because so few families do in today's world.  Scroll below and read her comment that she put on my old blog.

Georgetown Ar houseboat old picture

Georgetown AR railroad workers

Train on tracks Georgetown AR long ago

1909 Dora Surratt Georgetown AR old car child

 

 

My great grandparents were William Jefferson & Leona Josephine Haynes, Surratt. They are buried at the Nelson Cemetery, which is located just before you get to Georgetown. Their oldest son Tossaco Surratt, as other Surratt's are buried there, also.
Uncle Toss was the captain of the family's riverboats and some of his siblings were raised on those riverboats. They would tie the riverboats below the hill along the White River at Georgetown when they were not being used for fishing. They would pull them on the bank during the winter months. 
Among those siblings was my grandmother. She was the youngest born in 1909. Her name was, Mary Dorothy, Surratt. She married my grandfather who was William E Taylor.
I have a partially damaged but visual picture of those riverboats, that my Uncle Tommy Taylor gave to me. I would like to try and post it sometime. I have several relatives that lived in Georgetown and are buried at other cemeteries there. 
My grandfather William Taylor worked on the railroad there also. I have an old picture of that in which I would like to post also.
If anyone would have any information on my family, I would greatly appreciate it.

 

Wasn't that interesting? And, by the way, if you didn't read the comments on the earlier blog, go back and read them.

And if any of you have something to contribute to this history, place it here in comments or contact me for the lady who gave me the pictures.

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Diane Taylor, Pieniozek

Don, that is unbelievable what you did in restoring that picture from my father's picture album. I will have a new picture to put with the old one now. This was greatly appreciated.

Feb 01, 2019 04:59 PM #7
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Don Thompson
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Haven't read the book but I just bought the Kindle edition on Amazon.

"A Pearl for Kizzy: A World War II Novel Kindle Edition"

Feb 01, 2019 05:46 PM #8
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Barbara S. Duncan
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It's a good book.  

Feb 01, 2019 05:55 PM #9
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Diane Taylor, Pieniozek

Thank you Keith for your reply, and thank you Barbara for this new blog. This is wonderful.
My Uncle Tommy took us to Georgetown a few years ago, and showed us where Uncle Toss Surratt tied the riverboats, the cemeteries, where our family members were laid to rest. He showed us where the picture of my grandmother is sitting in the old car, and where the railroad tracks were.
I agree with those who have been interested in their family history only to find out that their other close family members are not a bit interested. I can't count on my fingers how many times people have told me that they wish they would have asked more questions when so-and-so was still alive, and now it's gone forever. I do have cousins and extended family members that have showed interest.
I have studied my genealogy since 1991 and I have found out so much information on our family history. I decided to take some DNA tests a year and a half ago, to try to find out who my biological great grandfather was. I found out so much information after that on him. I found many other close family members since the DNA test. THOSE TESTS DO NOT LIE! I have taken 4 different genealogy tests and I sync my DNA to another genealogy site. My great grandfather was a logger and would cut and float the logs down the Mississippi to New Orleans.
All I can say is to keep at it until someone decides to do the same and chances are you will find what you have been looking for and more.
Thanks again to everybody who have answered my posts.
I have contacted one of my cousins and have encouraged him to write about when he lived in Georgetown. I look forward in hearing from him shortly.

Feb 01, 2019 06:05 PM #10
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Diane Taylor, Pieniozek

I purchased that book a few days ago.

Feb 01, 2019 06:07 PM #11
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Barbara S. Duncan
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Thanks, Don and Diane, for helping make this blog interesting by adding information about the past.

Feb 02, 2019 04:34 AM #12
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Diane Taylor, Pieniozek

In a former post I posted a picture of my grandmother (Dorothy Surratt) when she was 3 years old sitting in the old car, I said that she was born in 1909. A correction to that post is that she was born on April 20, 1906 but that picture was taken in 1909 in Georgetown..

Feb 02, 2019 01:44 PM #13
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Don Thompson
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Diane, the car wasn't very old at the time.

Feb 02, 2019 03:37 PM #14
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Diane Taylor, Pieniozek

I see you restored this picture also. You do a great job. It probably wasn't that old back then. I wonder what year it was? It sure would be worth something now.
Thanks so much for the work you did on these pictures.

Feb 02, 2019 05:04 PM #15
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Barbara S. Duncan
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Diane, Don Thompson is a miracle worker!  He can do anything.  But don't tell him I said that or he may become "big-headed."

Feb 02, 2019 06:01 PM #16
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Diane Taylor, Pieniozek

I agree and, I will keep that under my hat.

Feb 03, 2019 06:31 AM #17
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Brian Keith Bradley

I just found out that I knew 2 Surratts very well. I knew them as "Uncle Bill" and "Aunt Biddie". I never even knew their last name since I was a small child. But they lived next door to where I lived in Georgetown. In summer, they set outside on their big porch and I would walk over and chat with them. I was probably 5 or 6 year old bored kid but they put up with me sitting talking. I remember them shelling pecans and selling them. If I went over when they were shelling, I would be given a few samples. Grandmother would take them things and they would bring us stuff. I remember the day Aunt Biddie died because it was the first realization of death for me as a small child. Uncle Bill had health problems and he moved out into a trailer behind Pearl Johnson's house and later into the house when his health got worse. Mother and I rented his trailer for a year or more.

Feb 05, 2019 02:41 PM #18
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Brian Keith Bradley

The website with info on the cemetery that 3 Surratts are buried is: http://www.argenweb.net/white/cems/Georgetown_Cemetery_files/georgetown_cemetery_georgetown.htm

Feb 05, 2019 02:42 PM #19
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Barbara S. Duncan
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Keith, thanks!  Diane, are you seeing these comments?  Keith, as I said on facebook, you need to write a book about Georgetown.

Feb 05, 2019 04:08 PM #20
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Barbara S. Duncan
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GRI, e-PRO, Executive Broker, Searcy AR

Keith, I just went to the site you gave us!  I loved the history at the bottom of the cemetery list.  In fact, I think I sold Dolly Holloway a house one time.

Feb 05, 2019 04:15 PM #21
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Diane Taylor, Pieniozek

Brian, did you know Rod Prouty? He lived around there for 9 years?

Feb 05, 2019 04:54 PM #23
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Letty

I had an Aunt who married a Taylor and they lived in Georgetown for all their lives as far as I can remember. I was born and raised there. 1964 I was born. Moved to Searcy in 1982. I wonder if my aunt married one of your relatives?

Feb 05, 2019 05:01 PM #24
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Diane Taylor, Pieniozek

Was your aunt's name Gretchen Rushin? She was my aunt who married Tommy Taylor

Feb 05, 2019 05:28 PM #25
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Brian Keith Bradley

I don't remember Rod Prouty. That brain cell might have died but he could be after my time or before. I was born in 1964 and moved away from Georgetown in 1984. I still own the family property in Georgetown but don't come back much now because my family has all passed away. They are all in the Nelson cemetery.

Feb 06, 2019 07:34 AM #26
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Diane Taylor, Pieniozek

Rushin was my aunt's maiden name. They lived in Arkansas. I don't believe they ever lived in Georgetown though.

Feb 06, 2019 09:50 AM #27
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