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Near Walnut Hill in Lafayette County, Arkansas — The American South (West South Central)
 

James Sevier Conway

December 9, 1796 - March 3, 1855

— Surveyor • Politician • Planter —

 
 
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Photographed By Jason Armstrong, April 25, 2021
1. James Sevier Conway Marker
Inscription.  
A founder of Lafayette County
First governor of Arkansas


In 1823 James Sevier Conway began a successful plantation in the rich soils near the Red River. In 1826 he married Mary Jane Bradley, a beautiful young women who had moved to the area as a child. In 1828 he built a plantation house, boat landing, and commissary at Port Conway on the Red River, and was named postmaster. From 1836 to 1840 he served as Arkansas's first governor; after which he built a plantation house here, and named it Walnut Hill.

When the Conway's young daughter died of pneumonia in 1845, he chose this quiet spot near his home for the family cemetery so he could be close to his daughter. Just two weeks later his young son was also laid to rest here. Today, more than forty members of the Conway and Bradley families are buried here.

The plantation was later sold, but the family retained the cemetery. In 1977 the ten acre cemetery was added to the National Register of Historic Places. In 1984 it became part of the Arkansas State Park System, and in 1986 Conway Cemetery State Park was dedicated in honor of Arkansas's first
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James Sevier Conway
• 1796 - born in Greene County, Tennessee
• 1820 - arrived in Arkansas to make land surveys
• 1823 - settled in the Lafayette County area and began acquiring what eventually would become a large cotton plantation
• 1825 - President John Quincy Adams chose him to survey the state's western boundary between the Red River and the Arkansas River
• 1831 - President Andrew Jackson appointed him Commissioner of the Arkansas Territory to identify and survey the state's southern boundary
• 1832 - appointed to the newly created office of Surveyor General for Arkansas Territory
• 1836 - elected the first governor of Arkansas, served a four-year term, then returned to Walnut Hill

 
Erected by Arkansas State Parks.
 
Topics and series. This historical marker is listed in these topic lists: AgricultureCemeteries & Burial SitesSettlements & Settlers. In addition, it is included in the Former U.S. Presidents: #06 John Quincy Adams, and the Former U.S. Presidents: #07 Andrew Jackson series lists. A significant historical year for this entry is 1823.
 
Location. 33° 6.113′ N, 93° 41.001′ W. Marker is near Walnut Hill, Arkansas, in Lafayette County. Marker
James Sevier Conway Marker image. Click for full size.
Photographed By Jason Armstrong, April 25, 2021
2. James Sevier Conway Marker
can be reached from County Road 9, half a mile south of State Highway 160, in the median. The marker stands at the entrance to the Conway Cemetery Historic State Park. There is a parking area and a walkway to the entrance. Touch for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 1175 Lafayette 9, Bradley AR 71826, United States of America. Touch for directions.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 4 other markers are within 16 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. The Old Walnut Hill Schoolhouse (approx. 1.4 miles away); The Spring Bank Ferry (approx. 10.3 miles away); Brief Moments in Fouke History (approx. 16 miles away); a different marker also named Brief Moments in Fouke History (approx. 16 miles away).
 
State Park Sign located at Parking Area image. Click for full size.
Photographed By Jason Armstrong, April 25, 2021
3. State Park Sign located at Parking Area
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on September 15, 2021. It was originally submitted on September 10, 2021, by Jason Armstrong of Talihina, Oklahoma. This page has been viewed 272 times since then and 15 times this year. Photos:   1, 2, 3. submitted on September 10, 2021, by Jason Armstrong of Talihina, Oklahoma. • Devry Becker Jones was the editor who published this page.

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