McKissick Marker Dedication Set at Centerton (1977)
McKissick Marker Dedication Set at Centerton The Benton County Democrat, August 24, 1977 - Now the NWA Democrat Gazette
Arund 300 persons, including local and area dignitaries and interested parties from various parts of the country, are expected at Centerton Saturday Sept. 3 for the marker dedication of Revolutionary War patriots Jane and Daniel McKissick.
The ceremony, scheduled for 2 pm at the town cemetery, will be under the auspices of the James Bright Chapter, National Society of the Daughters of the American Revolution (NSDAR), Bentonville
Among those attending will be Dr. M. Graham Clark, president of the School of the Ozarks, Point Lookout, Mo. and past president general of the Natonal Society of the Sons of the American Revolution; Mrs. James Marmouget of Rogers, state regent of the NSDAR and a descendant of Gen. Joseph Dickson; Mr and Mrs. Richard Osborn of Conroe, Tx., who helped trace and prove the McKissick linage; Rev. and Mrs. Roland Murray of San Saba, Tx., who helped dedicate the Gen. Dickson Monument at Murfreesboro, Tn.; Mr. and Mrs. Max Bolar of Little Rock; Centerton city officials; Dr. Neai Compton of Bentonville, president of the Benton County Historical Society; and Raymond Jefferies of Rogers, president of the Northwest Arkansas Genealogical Society.
The public invited.
Centerton, formerly called Centerpoint, was a thriving community with its grist, cider and molasses mills, copper shops, general merchandise stores, hotel, post office and masonic lodge. It was also the apple capital of the world, sweeping prizes at the World's Fair in Paris. The town had several evaporator sheds which dried apples for shipment all over the world.
Today Centerton is comprised of a post office, a volunteer fire department, three churches, Boon Brothers General Store, Thompson Plumbing and Appliance, Bemco Manufacturing, a barber shop, and the Square Deal Machine Shop.
The McKissick linage dates back 228 years. Following is a summary:
Jane Wilson was born in 1755. In 1776, she married Daniel McMissick of Lincoln County, N. C. They were married by Rev. Lyle of the Sugar Creek Presbyterian Church. She was 21 and he was 27.
The McKissicks bore nine children.
Margaret, born in 1777 married John Dickson. Born in 1779, Mary married Ezekiel Dickson, brother of John. Born in 1782, John [should be James] married [Mary] Vance Greer. John, born in 1784, married Miss Brenham. David, born in 1786, married Margaret Robinson.
(Susan Douglas, daughter of Bruce and Orpha Douglas of Gravette, is a decendant of this line and was present when the Benton County Historical Society rededicated the grave of John Robinson at Thornsberry Cemetery, Washington County, last spring. She is also a junior member of the James Bright Chapter.)
Daniel, born in 1789, married Margaret Henderson. Joseph, born in 1791, married Jane Greer. Wilson, born in 1794, married Theodsia Greer. Eliza Louisa, born in 1797, died at about the age of 8.
(Austin Wheeler Smith, dean of the Tennessee Polytechnic Institute at Cookville, has compiled a book, "The Dickson, McEwen, and Allied Famlies Genealogy. " The book contains almost 10,000 names. Each line of the Dickson, McEwen, and McKissick families is traced from the middle 1700s. Many of the names listed are familiar in Benton and Washington counties, since the forefathers immigrated to Arkansas during the 1880s. The names are Wilson, Vaughn, Roughton, Moore, Pettigrew, Wammack (Womack), McKissick, Gamble, Dickson, Callis, Franklin, Clarke, Anderson, Fair, Greer, Troutt and Harrall.)
On June 30, 1780, when Jane McKissick was notified that her husband had been wounded and left for dead at the Battle of Ramsour's Mill, she immediately went searching among the dead and dying. She found Daniel and carried him to the Rhinehart home nearby, where they remained until they could be taken home. A shotgun wound had broken the bone in his in his left arm, the ball entering at the elbow and lacerating the arm to the shoulder. Daniel recovered but had little use of his arm for the rest of his life.
The family moved from Lincoln County to Bedford County, Tn., in 1807. It was at his farm that Daniel died and was buried Nov. 19, 1818.
Col. James McKissick and his wife [Mary Vance Greer] moved to Fayetteville in 1835 where he served as court clerk. He found the beauties and waters of Benton County exciting and induced his mother, along with the children still at home and members of the Greer Dickson, and Robinson families, to move to Benton County later that year.
David McKissick and his wife Margaret made the journey with other family members. In 1837, David, Barnett Forsythe, and Robert Cowan were named to lay out the town of Bentonville.
[Note: I have not been able to find where Jane McKissick is buried. "Find a Grave" shows no stone for her, but we do know her will was filed in Benton County. I believe the marker was placed near her son's grave. When they moved all the other graves from the McKissick Cemetery I wonder if hers got moved also.]