The Chieftain Clan O'Flaithbheartaigh {O'Flaherty}

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 I am descended through (Thomas, or, Lon) Lafferty, born 1704 in Donegal, Ireland.  Down through his son, Thomas Lafferty, born 1730/1740 in Donegal, Ireland, then his son, John Lafferty, born 1759, emigrated from Ireland in the 1760's.  I believe Thomas' brother, Patrick, also emigrated with them.  From John Lafferty, through his son, Jacob Binks Lafferty, through his son, Thomas Binks Lafferty, through his son, John Everett Lafferty, to my grandpa, Ernest Binks Lafferty and my mother, Barbara Jean Lafferty.  

I hope to trace the lineage in Ireland, working backwards from Thomas Lafferty born in 1704 in Donegal.  A sept of the O'Flaherty's moved into Donegal after losing their centuries-old battle to retain their kingdom in Connemara.

John Lafferty settled in after fighting in the American Revolution and later fought in the War of 1812.  He was something of a mayor in his county of Arkansas, and Lafferty Creek (since renamed) was where he made his home.  He died sometime after returning home, from battle wounds received in the Battle of New Orleans and was buried near his home on Lafferty Creek.


Thomas Lafferty was born 1704.

Children of Thomas Lafferty are:

 2  i.Thomas Lafferty was born 1730 in Donegal, Ireland, and died Oct 1780 in Kings Mountain, North Carolina.
 3  ii.Patrick Lafferty was born 1732 in Donegal, Ireland.
 4  iii.Andrew Lafferty was born 1734 in Donegal, Ireland.
+5  iv.William Lafferty was born 1738 in Donegal, Ireland

Descendant Register, Generation No. 2

2.Thomas Lafferty (Thomas Lafferty1) was born 1730 in Donegal, Ireland, and died Oct 1780 in Kings Mountain, North Carolina.

Children of Thomas Lafferty are:

+6  i.John Lafferty was born 1759 in Donegal, Ireland, and died 1816 in Arkansas.
 7  ii.Thomas Lafferty was born 1751 in Donegal, Ireland.

Descendant Register, Generation No. 3

6.John Lafferty (Thomas Lafferty2, Thomas Lafferty1) was born 1759 in Donegal, Ireland, and died 1816 in AR. He married Sarah Lindsey 1790 in Cumberland Dist., TN, daughter of Caleb Lindsey and Sonah Carlton. She was born 1770, and died 12 Apr 1832 in Lafferty, Izard Co., Arkansas.

Children of John Lafferty and Sarah Lindsey are:

 8  i.Elizabeth Lafferty was born 1791 in TN, and died ABT 1810 in mouth of White River, Paoli Fields, AR. She married Charles Kelly 11 Jun 1810, and died two months later en route to Arkansas from Tennessee. Charles Kelly was born 1790, remarried after Elizabeth's death, and became Sheriff of the county.
+9  ii.Margaret Lafferty was born ABT 1792 in GA, and died 23 Feb 1868 in Izard Co., AR.
+10  iii.John Lindsey Lafferty was born 20 Feb 1794 in GA, and died AFT 1869 in of Lawrence Co, Arkansas.
+11  iv.Jacob Binks Lafferty was born 7 Mar 1796 in GA, and died 16 Sep 1856 in Harrison, AR.
+12  v.Henderson Lafferty was born 1798 in GA, and died 15 Jun 1870 in DeWitt Co., TX.
+13  vi.Austin R. Lafferty was born 1800, and died 1843.
+14  vii.Lorenzo Dow Lafferty was born 1802 in Sumner Co., TN, and died 1877 in Corpus Christi, TX.

Descendant Register, Generation No. 4

9.Margaret Lafferty (John Lafferty3, Thomas Lafferty2, Thomas Lafferty1) was born ABT 1792 in GA, and died 23 Feb 1868 in Izard Co., AR. She was buried in near Philadelphia Church, Izard Co, Arkansas. She married Criswell 13 Mar 1813. He was born 1791 in South Carolina, and died 31 Oct 1844 in Izard Co, Arkansas.

Children of Margaret Lafferty and Criswell are:

 15  i. Creswell.
 16  ii.Eliza Creswell was born 1814, and died 1853. She married Hill Willian Dillard. He was born 1813, and died 1853.
 17  iii.Lytle B. Creswell was born 1815, and died 1907.
 18  iv.Harriett Creswell was born 1822. She married Hill Willian Dillard. He was born 1813, and died 1853.
 19  v.James Cyrus Creswell was born 1826, and died 1881. He married Martha S. Mann. She was born 1830, and died 1930.
 20  vi.Elva Jane Creswell was born 1828, and died 1882. She married Noah Sheid. He was born 1826, and died 1882.
 21  vii.Henderson H. Creswell was born 1829, and died 1864.
 22  viii.Ambrose Seiver Creswell was born 1833, and died 1918. He married Elizabeth Laurence.
 23  ix. Creswell was born 1830, and died 1840.
 24  x.Hannus B. Creswell was born 1837. He married Carolyn Daniels. She was born 1861.
 25  xi.Cyrus J. Creswell was born 1840, and died 1936. He married Sarah Mann. She was born 1851, and died 1936.
10.John Lindsey Lafferty (John Lafferty3, Thomas Lafferty2, Thomas Lafferty1) was born 20 Feb 1794 in GA, and died AFT 1869 in of Lawrence Co, Arkansas. He married Ivanna Hardin. She died 1825. He married Lucinda Bagley 1817, daughter of Asher Bagley. She was born ABT 1800/1801, and died 23 Apr 1840 in Van Buren Co, Arkansas. He married Mary Woods. She was born 1806, and died 1860. He married No Marriage. He married Joanna Hardin, daughter of Joab Hardin , Sr. and Peel. She was born 1804/1813.

Children of John Lindsey Lafferty and Ivanna Hardin are:

 26  i.Benijah Lafferty was born 1811.
 27  ii.Emeline Lafferty was born 1813.
 28  iii.Vaughn Burr Lafferty was born 16 Aug 1818 in Independence Co, Arkansas, and died 1898.
 29  iv.Wesley Rufas Lafferty was born 1822.

Children of John Lindsey Lafferty and Lucinda Bagley are:

 28  i.Vaughn Burr Lafferty was born 16 Aug 1818 in Independence Co, Arkansas, and died 1898.
 30  ii. Lafferty was born 1825.
 31  iii. Lafferty was born 1825.
 32  iv.John Redman Lafferty was born 1829, and died 1872.
 33  v.Henderson Green Lafferty was born 1831.

Children of John Lindsey Lafferty and Mary Woods are:

 34  i.Austin Dallas Lafferty was born 1843.
 35  ii.Alfred Wright Woods Lafferty was born 1848, and died 1915.

Children of John Lindsey Lafferty and No Marriage are:

 36  i.Elizabeth Ann Lafferty.
 37  ii.Leuany Jane Lafferty.
11.Jacob Binks Lafferty (John Lafferty3, Thomas Lafferty2, Thomas Lafferty1) was born 7 Mar 1796 in GA, and died 16 Sep 1856 in Harrison, AR. He married Sarah "Sally" Miller 17 Aug 1821 in Independence Co, Arkansas, daughter of James Miller. She was born 1801, and died 1861 in Of Independence Co, Arkansas.

Children of Jacob Binks Lafferty and Sarah "Sally" Miller are:

 38  i.Elizabeth Russell Lafferty was born May 25, 1822, and died 1882.
 39  ii.Lorenzo Carnahan Lafferty was born February 17, 1826.
 40  iii.Mary Henderson Lafferty was born February 9, 1828, and died 1913.
 41  iv.Margaret Miller Lafferty was born July 6, 1830, and died May 14, 1917.
 42  v.Austin James Lee Lafferty was born February 10, 1834, and died April 7, 1908.
  1. Eliza Criswell LAFFERTY  was born May 14, 1836.
  2. John Annis LAFFERTY  September 11, 1838 - April 26, 1911.
  3. Ebenezer Seaman LAFFERTY  May 9, 1841 - October 13, 1853.
  4. Sarah Harrall LAFFERTY  May 18, 1843 - September 12, 1844.
  5. Thomas Binks LAFFERTY  August 16, 1846 - April 21, 1936.
   Thomas Binks Lafferty married Arminita Josephine Johnson July 26, 1868.  Together they had 6 children which you can read about below in his bio.  The one which most concerns me, is his 2nd child and first son, John Everett Lafferty, born October 22, 1871.  He died December 21, 1921.   He married Julia Ann Gibney, born 1872, died 1948.  Still researching all children, but one was my grandpa, Ernest Binks Lafferty, born 1898, died 1987. Grandpa married Grandma, Elta Othene Hensley, and had 5 children: John, Evelyn, Patricia, Richard, and Barbara Jean~my mother.  Elta Othene Hensley is a descendant of Namequa, daughter of Chief Black Hawk, leader of the Sauk tribe and noted artist.  One of the last chiefs to surrender.
12.Henderson Lafferty (John Lafferty3, Thomas Lafferty2, Thomas Lafferty1) was born 1797/1798 in GA, and died 15 Jun 1870 in DeWitt Co., TX. He married Nancy Craig 17 Aug 1821 in Independence Co, Arkansas, daughter of Craig. She was born 1804, and died 1880 in Of Independence Co, Arkansas.

Children of Henderson Lafferty and Nancy Craig are:

+43  i.Lucinda Lafferty was born 1821 in Arkansas, and died 1870 in Texas.
 44  ii. Lafferty was born 1831.
 45  iii.M.H. Lafferty was born 1840.
13.Austin R. Lafferty (John Lafferty3, Thomas Lafferty2, Thomas Lafferty1) was born 1795, and died 1843. He married Melinda S. in Independence Co, Arkansas. She was born 1805, and died 1857.

Children of Austin R. Lafferty and Melinda S. are:

 46  i. Lafferty.
 47  ii. Lafferty.
 48  iii. Lafferty.
 49  iv.Jesse H. Lafferty was born 1831.
 50  v.Mary J. Lafferty was born 1833. She married William Hankins. He was born 1820.
 51  vi.Ezra Binks Lafferty was born 1837, and died 1900. He married Mariah J. Tate. She was born 1849, and died 1935.
 52  vii.Austin H. Lafferty was born 1838.
 53  viii.Eliza A. Lafferty was born 1840.
 54  ix.William Lafferty was born 1843.
14.Lorenzo Dow Lafferty (John Lafferty3, Thomas Lafferty2, Thomas Lafferty1) was born 1803 in Sumner Co., TN, and died 1877 in Corpus Christi, TX. He married Elvira Creswell ABT 1827 in Independence Co., AR, daughter of Samuel Creswell and Jane Lytle. She was born ABT 1809 in Montgomery Co., TN, and died 1905.

Children of Lorenzo Dow Lafferty and Elvira Creswell are:

+55  i.Martha Lafferty was born ABT 1830 in Arkansas or Alabama, and died ABT 1858 in Arkansas.
+56  ii.Albert Glenville Lafferty was born 1830, and died 1921.
 57  iii.Matilda Lafferty was born 1832, and died BEF 1874.
+58  iv.Morris Jane Lafferty was born 1835, and died BEF 1874.
+59  v.Burrell (Burwell) C. Lafferty was born Jan 1837, and died 1901.
 60  vi.Emory "Emzy" D. Lafferty was born 1839.
 61  vii.Lousia Lafferty was born 1841.
 62  viii.Sarah Lafferty was born 1843.
 63  ix.Elvira Lafferty was born 1845, and died 1860.
+64  x.Margaret A. Lafferty was born 1 Jan 1845, and died 29 Sep 1882.
 65  xi.Frances Lafferty was born 1850.

Our Patriarch~John Lafferty

John Lafferty:  County’s First Permanent Settler

By Mary Cooper Miller

     The author of this article is a former school librarian who lives in Batesville and is a past president of the Batesville Genealogical Society.

     The first permanent settler in Independence County was John Lafferty, who moved his family here in 1810.  At that time Independence County was part of the New Madrid District of the Territory of Louisiana.

     Born in Donegal, Ireland, in 1759, John Lafferty was one year old when his father emigrated to the United States where the family settled in Rowan, now Rutherford County, North Carolina.  Both father and son fought in the Revolutionary War and Mr. Lafferty was hanged for treason on Kings Mountain, NC, for fighting for the wrong side (the British), for promise of free land upon victory.  John apparently survived the war without a scratch.

     About 1786-1788 John Lafferty married Sarah Lindsey.  Historians believe she was related to Eli Lindsey, the first Methodist preacher in this area, possibly his niece.

     John and Sarah lived a short time in North Carolina before moving to Georgia, where their first three children—Elizabeth, Margaret, and John Lindsey Lafferty—were born.  Then Lafferty’s roving tendencies moved the family to Tennessee, near the Kentucky line, where four additional children were born—Henderson S., Austin R., Jacob Binks, and Lorenzo Dow Lafferty—the latter born in 1800.

     Hunting, trapping, and trading over a vast area, including the present-day states of Missouri, Louisiana, Arkansas, Kansas, and Tennessee, Lafferty provided a livelihood for his family.  He also came to own a fleet of keelboats, and he traded with the Indians who lived along the White River, transporting their furs to New Orleans.  His first visit to this area occurred in 1801 when it was still part of the Osage Indian hunting grounds.

     After the November 1, 1808, Osage treaty and the January 9, 1809 treaty with the Cherokees, Lafferty began planning his family’s move to the spot on the White River he had chosen for his home place.

     Lafferty’s eldest daughter, Elizabeth, had married Charles Kelly, evidently before the family left Tennessee.  The young couple was with the caravan of Laffertys and Creswells traveling down the Mississippi River and up the Arkansas River a short distance to the mouth of White River.  There Elizabeth Lafferty Kelly died and was buried, a bride of less than two months.  Charles Kelly continues up the White River with the party, eventually married a second time, and was elected the first sheriff of Independence County.

     Arriving in 1810, John Lafferty immediately built a log cabin which house his family through several political divisions of the Territory of Louisiana—Missouri Territory in 1812, Lawrence County in 1815, Arkansas Territory in 1819, Independence County in 1820, and Izard County in 1825.  This log cabin was located on the south side of White River in present-day Stone County, east of the St. James community and across the river from the mouth of Lafferty Creek which was named for John.  This area is about one mile above Lock and Dam No. 3.  The river bottomland provided excellent forage for the large herd of livestock Lafferty brought with him from Tennessee.

     During the December 16, 1811 New Madrid earthquake, the most powerful ever to hit the United States, Lafferty felt the enormous shock and witnessed a great explosion which opened a bottomless pit near his landing on the river and caused muddy water to flow across the river for a short time.  He reported the pit to be about the size of a small cabin at the mouth, and it was sounded over 200 feet without finding any bottom.  This pit is still visible, filled with water, more than 175 years later.

     A patriot who valued freedom, Lafferty chose to fight for his country again in the War of 1812.  In his 60’s at the time, he enlisted on December 24, 1814, in the 4th Regiment of Louisiana Militia and was discharged March 10, 1815, according to his service record.

     During the Battles of New Orleans, in January 1815, he was wounded, and complications from the wound eventually killed him.  He did return home after the war, however, and served on the grand jury for the April 1815 term of the Circuit Court of Lawrence County, Missouri Territory.  This was the last event of his life to be recorded.

     The exact date of John Lafferty’s death is not known, but it was sometime between the April jury duty and January 29, 1817, when his son, John Lindsey Lafferty, applied to the Lawrence County Probate Court to be appointed administrator of his father’s estate.

     The widow of John Lafferty is equally famous, justifiably so, for she was the backbone of the family.  She was responsible for raising her children almost singlehandedly, instilling her own moral values and religious beliefs in them and teaching them “reading, ‘riting, and ‘rithmetic.”  A devout Methodist, she attended church services whenever a circuit-riding preacher came through the area.  She is remembered as a pious Christian lady, and her hospitality was legendary.  White and Indian alike were fed and housed.  Surrounded by Cherokee Indians who were family friends, she was unafraid.  On his journey down the White River, Schoolcraft and his partner stopped for the night of January 17, 1819 at the Widow Lafferty’s “on the right bank of the river,” as recorded in his published journal.

     The surviving children of John and Sarah Lafferty made significant contributions to this area.  Daughter Margaret married James L. Creswell in 1813, and they settled at the mouth of Rocky Bayou.  When the Izard County courthouse was moved to Athens, at the mouth of Piney Creek, Creswell was county land commissioner in charge of selling lots in the town of Athens and was a justice of the peace.  He died in 1844, Margaret in 1863.  They left a number of descendants who still live in the original independence County area:  Mary Cooper Miller of Batesville; Linda Carol Cooper and her child, Marvin “Skeet” Cooper, his children, grandchildren, and great-grandchildren; and Lorene Walker Montgomery (all of Izard County); Owen “Bud” Cooper, his children, and Carl Sheid (of Baxter County.)

     John Lindsey Lafferty was instrumental in the creation of Van Buren County where he served as the first county judge, representative to the state legislature for three terms, and as a member of the Constitutional convention in 1836.  He was married at least three times.  Almost 70 when he joined the Confederate Army in the Civil War, he died in 1862.

     Henderson S. Lafferty was ordained a Methodist minister while living in Independence County.  In 1836 he moved to Carroll County, where he opened the first general store and held the first religious service in the town of Carrollton.  The Methodist Church transferred him in 1846 to the Texas Conference, where he served as the first pastor of the church in Corpus Christi.  He died in Texas in 1870.

     Austin R. Lafferty was the only child of John and Sarah to remain in Independence County.  He became a justice of the peace in 1829 and performed many marriages for his friends and neighbors.  The maiden name of his wife, Malinda, is unknown.  Austin Lafferty died in 1843, she in 1857.  Several descendants of this line live in Cleburne County—Thomas Binks Lafferty and his children, Don Lafferty, R. B. Lafferty, and Leland Lafferty.

     Jacob Binks Lafferty married Sally Miller, daughter of Col. James Miller and sister of Gov. William R. Miller, in a double ceremony with his brother, Henderson S. Lafferty and Nancy Craig, daughter of Col. Craig.  This was in 1821.  By 1840 Binks had moved to Carroll County.  Little is known of his activities there, and the date of his death is unknown.

     The youngest son of John and Sarah Lafferty was Lorenzo Dow Lafferty who inherited his father’s roving tendencies.  His playmates were the Cherokee Indians with whom he traveled countless miles on hunting and war parties.  He fought for Texas in the war for independence from Mexico.  After his return to Independence County, he married Elvira Creswell.  In 1855 he left his family and returned to Texas, wandering in exile in that state until his death about 1876 near Corpus Christi.  He left an interesting journal of his adventure-filled life, “The Life and Adventures of Lorenzo Dow Lafferty,” which is available in some libraries.

     A descendant, Lorenzo Dow Lafferty IV, lives in Izard County.


Service records, Indian treaties, and census records from the National Archives, Washington, D. C.

Constitutional Convention records and Territorial Papers of Arkansas from the Arkansas History Commission, Little Rock

Arkansas Land Commission records

Deed, Probate, Tax, and Circuit Court records of Independence and Lawrence Counties.

Personal interviews with Lafferty descendants

Arkansas Gazette, Arkansas Banner, Batesville News, Independence County Chronicle, Izard County Historian, and Arkansas Historical Quarterly

Shinn: “Pioneers and Makers of Arkansas History”

Goodspeed: “History of Northeast Arkansas”

“Schoolcraft in the Ozarks”

Shannon:  “History of Izard County”

Stockard:  “History of Lawrence, Jackson, Independence, and Stone Counties, Arkansas”

L. D. Lafferty:  “Life and Adventures”


 John Lafferty (1759–1816)

John Lafferty was one of the first known white settlers of record in Izard County and an eye witness to the effects of the New Madrid Earthquakes of 1811–1812 along White River. He was once the subject of a dispute between locals of the Cherokee Nation and area settlers when the Cherokee, including Thomas Graves, wrote to Benjamin Howard, the territorial governor of Missouri (of which Arkansas was then a part), to complain of their horses being stolen in 1813.

John Lafferty was born in Donegal, Ireland, in 1759. His father, Thomas Lafferty, brought him to the American colonies in 1760. His mother’s name is unknown. Lafferty grew up in Rutherford County, North Carolina, and fought with the colonials in Colonel Thomas Polk’s regiment during the American Revolutionary War, enlisting on June 10, 1776, and mustering out on June 15, 1779. Lafferty’s father enlisted as a lieutenant with the British Army and was one of nine Tories hanged after the Battle of King’s Mountain in South Carolina.

Near the end of the eighteenth century, Lafferty migrated to the Cumberland District of Tennessee from North Carolina due to his involvement in the Cherokee troubles of that time. Family tradition holds that he was a scout for the Georgia militia from 1792 to 1796 and received his land in Tennessee for his service. There he met his wife, Sarah Lindsey, who was related to a Methodist circuit rider who began preaching along the Strawberry, Current, Black, and White rivers in Arkansas in 1785. The Laffertys had six children.

From his base near the Kentucky state line in Tennessee, Lafferty plied his trade along the Mississippi River and its tributaries as a keel boatman, trapper, hunter, and trader before deciding, in 1802, to settle his family on the White River across from the mouth of what is now called Lafferty Creek, having become enamored of the area during his work. He laid claim to 640 acres of bottomland along the White River, which he lost when he returned to his home in Tennessee to bring his family back with him. In 1807, the family alliance of Laffertys, Trimbles, and Creswells left Tennessee and traveled overland to Poke Bayou, driving their livestock before them. Upon inspection of the bottomlands up river, Lafferty and his family built their cabin opposite the south mouth of Lafferty Creek in modern-day Stone County in 1810.

Because he was familiar with the area, he was able to bring his family and others of his alliance to the Poke Bayou area, where others followed later to build what is Arkansas’s second-oldest city, Batesville (Independence County). Lafferty’s ability to coexist with Native American tribes along the White River bottomland is significant, as the area was well used and often occupied both before his arrival to the area and after his family migrated with him.

Lafferty returned to Tennessee in 1814 to join Andrew Jackson’s army on its march to defeat the British at New Orleans. He was gravely wounded during the battle and returned to his home on the White River in early 1815, where he died from his wounds a year later. Lafferty was buried near his cabin. The location of his grave is now unknown.

For additional information:

Abney, A. H. The Rover: Life & Adventures of L .D. Lafferty. Edited by Bill Dwayne Blevins. Mountain Home, AR: Bill D. Blevins, 2001

Schoolcraft, Henry Rowe. Rude Pursuits and Rugged Peaks: Schoolcraft’s Ozark Journal 1818–1819. Edited by Milton D. Rafferty. Fayetteville: University of Arkansas Press, 1996.

Shannon, Karr. A History of Izard County. Little Rock: Democrat Printing & Lithographing, 1947.

Shinn, Josiah H. Pioneers and Makers of Arkansas. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing Company, 1908.

Denny Elrod
Melbourne, Arkansas

Jacob Binks Lafferty~Bible pages of births/deaths

Family Bible pages of Binks Lafferty (b. 1796 in Georgia) and his wife Sarah Miller Lafferty. Early settlers of Arkansas. It was in the Possession of his son Thomas Binks Lafferty. When Thomas Binks died Roy H. Lafferty gave the Bible to his sister, and kept the records. Copy of these records were sent to me by Dorris Curtis of Conway Arkansas. {Transcribed by Mary Lafferty Wilson, connected through John Annis Lafferty, son of Jacob Binks Lafferty, brother to Thomas Binks Lafferty.}


Jacob Binks Lafferty, 2nd son of John & Sarah was born on the 7th day of March A D 1796.

Sarah Lafferty alias Sarah Miller was born on the 30th day of August A.D. 1801

Elizabeth Russell, first born of Binks and Sarah Lafferty was born on the 25th day of May A D 1822

Lorenzo Carnahan, second born of Binks & Sarah Lafferty was born on the 17th day of February A.D. 1826

Mary Henderson third born of Binks & Sarah Lafferty was born on 9th day of February A.D. 1828

Margaret Miller fourth born was born on the 6th of July A.D. 1830

Austin James Lee fifth born on the 10th day of February A.D. 1834

Eliza Criswell sixth born on the 14th of May A D 1836

John Annis seventh born on the 11th day of September A D 1838

Ebenezer Seaman eighth born on the 9th day of May A D 1841

Sarah Harrall ninth born on the 18 of May A D 1843

Thomas B. Lafferty tenth born August 16 1846.

James Slover was born November the 4th A D 1845

John E B Slover was born March the 14th 1850.


Elizabeth Russell Lafferty was baptized A D 1822 by Rev John Carnihan

Lorenzo C Lafferty was baptized A D 1826 by Rev John Carnihan

Mary H Lafferty was baptized A D 1828 by Rev John Kelly

Margaret M Lafferty was baptized A D 1830 by Rev John Kelly

Austin J L Lafferty was baptized A D 1834 by Rev Burwell Lee

Eliza C Lafferty was baptized A D 1836 by Rev B Lee

John A Lafferty was baptized A D 1839 by Rev John Harrell

Ebenezer S Lafferty was baptized A D 1841 by Rev John Harrell

Sarah H Lafferty was baptized A D 1843 by Rev John Harrell

Thomas B Lafferty was baptized 1846 by Rev Thomas Stanford

James and John E B Slover was baptized Feb 3rd AD 1851 by Rev Thomas Stanford

Austin Lee Maples was baptized on May A 1854 by Rev Lewis P Lively

William A Maples was baptized on May A 1856 by Rev Lewis P Lively


Jacob Binks Lafferty and Sarah Miller was married on the 16th of August, A.D. 1821 by Peytan Tucker esq., in the County of Independence in the Territory of Arkansas

Elbert Slover & Elizabeth R. Lafferty was married on the 18th January, 1849 by Rev. M. Holeford


Sarah Lafferty, mother of Jacob Binks Lafferty, departed this life on the 12th of April A.D. 1832

Sarah H. the daughter of Binks & Sarah Lafferty departed this life Sept 13th, A.D. 1844

Elbert Slover, Father of James & J.E.B. Slover, Departed this life October 3, 1850 (James Slover is son of Elbert's first wife Katrina Jay)

Alfred Slover departed this life December 16th 1850. 2 brothers fell in California.

Ebenezer S Lafferty, son of Binks and Sarah Lafferty departed this life Oct the 13th A. 1853

Jacob Binks Lafferty Departed this life Sept the 16th A.D. 1856

Sarah Lafferty departed this life Jan 11th 1861.

{transcribed by Mary Lafferty Wilson, connected through John Annis Lafferty, son of Jacob Binks Lafferty, brother to Thomas Binks Lafferty}

Thomas Binks Lafferty~biography

Thomas Binks Lafferty & Family

Thomas Binks Lafferty born 16 Aug 1846, in Harrison, Arkansas.  Thomas died 21 Apr 1936, in Claremore, Oklahoma, and was buried in Woodlawn Cemetery, Claremore, Oklahoma.  He married Arminita Josephine Johnson 26 Jul 1868, in Springfield, Missouri.  She was born 19 Dec 1845, in Springfield, Green Co., Missouri. Araminta died 11 Oct 1883, in Dutch Mills, Washington Co., Arkansas.  Arminita's was known for her beautiful long hair that reached the floor.  She was called Minty.
They had children: 1. Laurette Veloni Lafferty, born 6 Jun 1869, died about 1950 2. John Everett Lafferty, born 22 Oct 1871, died 21 Dec 1921. 3. Thomas Edward Lafferty, born 28 Oct 1874, in Green Co., Missouri, died from the croup about 1879. 4. Roy Henderson Lafferty, born 3 Feb 1879, died 27 Sep 1937. 5. Walter Chriswell (Chris) Lafferty, born 6 Mar 1881, in Missouri, died 12 May 1900. 6. Sarah Luerecia May Lafferty, born 30 Mar 1883, Missouri, died 17 Oct 1883.

When Thomas was 14 years old he overheard the Southern soldiers talking in a haystack, threatening to destroy a home and molest the women.  He felt they were foul mouth and wicked and wanted no part of such people.  So he ran away to Missouri where his brother Austin had already relocated to and there he joined the Union Army in Missouri, acting as a waterboy.  This distanced him from his brothers as they chose to side with the South.  He did not have much contact with them after that. (Information from Letter of June 15 1986 written by his granddaughter Dorris Lafferty Curtis).  After the war he settled in the vicinity of Springfield.  Binks met and married Arminita.  His children were all born in Greene County, Missouri.  He relocated his family to Dutch Mills, Arkansas about 1881.  He farmed and there he operated a steam powered threshing machine.  He traveled around the countryside harvesting wheat and oats for the farmers.  His wife died in Dutch Mills and he remained there with his children until 1902 when he moved by rail to Indian Territory (Foyil, Oklahoma).  There he rented land and became a farmer and rancher.  He later bought 1500 acre tract of land from the Cherokees.  {transcribed by Mary Lafferty Wilson, connected through John Annis Lafferty, son of Jacob Binks Lafferty, brother to Thomas Binks Lafferty}



Thomas Binks Lafferty
OBITUARY: April 21, 1936
Thomas Binks Lafferty was born in Harrison, Arkansas, August 16, 1846, and died at Claremore, Oklahoma, April 21st 1936, at the age of 89 years,eight months, and five days. he was the son of Binks and Sarah Lafferty. He was united in marriage with Araminta Josephine Johnson on July 26th, 1868. To this union six children were born, two of whom survive, Mrs Laura Messer and Roy H. Lafferty, of Foyil. The deceased leaves to mourn his death twenty-one grandchildren and 22 great grandchildren. Early in life, Lafferty joined the Methodist church and was a steadfast and diligent worker in connection with all its religious and charitable activities.
He maintained a ridged and systematic discipline in all his activities and relations with his fellow man and his private affairs. He belonged to that fast vanishing race of real and true pioneers. His career was checked by many trials and hardships, but he never wavered or shirked his duty toward his family, his associates, his country or his maker. The most of his life was spent in tilling the soil--a high calling which he loved and pursued successfully. He left no financial, religious, fraternal or other obligations unfulfilled. His life was an inspiration, his passing a benediction and he died quietly and at peace with all mankind and his God whom he loved and trusted supremely.
(Courtesy of Violet Higgins Redman.)

News paper article: The Claremore Progress April 21, 1936
Foyil Octogenarian Passes Away At Local Hospital After A short Illness.
T.B. Lafferty, Foyil octogenarian, who would have been ninety years old August 16th, passed away at 3:15 o'clock Tuesday morning at the Franklin hospital, following a short illness.
Deceased is survived by one son, Roy, and a daughter,Mrs. George Messer 1892. both of whom reside in the Foyil neighborhood, also a host of grandchildren, including Lloyd and Harold, Clayde and Alta Fay Lafferty; Clarence and Amabel Messer, of Foyil; Kara, Ernest, and Juliette Lafferty of Claremore; Mrs Bill Redmond of Tulsa; Mrs. Homer Paul, Pauls Valley; Mrs. Bryan Steiger, Jess Messer and Mrs. Ethel Blankship, of Mount Morris Ill; Luther Lafferty, Visalia, California; Ted Lafferty, Bethleham, Penn; Alice Lafferty, Colorado; Mrs. G.D. Kirtlley, Van Buren, Ark.; Bruce Lafferty, Columbia, Mo.; Joe Lafferty, of Fort Sill, also 22 great grand children. Four children preceded him in death.
Lafferty was pioneer citizen of Rogers county. He moved here in 1900 and has resided on the same farm near Foyil continuously for the past thirty-six years.
He was a loyal and devout member of the Methodist church and an ardent Mason. He was the last surviving charter member of the Claremore Masonic order.
The white-haired pioneer was active physically and mentally within a few days of his death. he was a frequent visitor and familiar sight on the streets of Claremore. Lafferty took a keen interest on the affairs of government and the world and kept himself well informed. he was especially interested in politics although he never sought public office.
In Lafferty's death, The Progress has lost one of its most enthusiastic readers. He was a subscriber for many years and only a few days before he was taken to the hospital, stopped in the Progress office to pay his subscription, at that time expressing his appreciation reading the paper.
Deceased was a civil war veteran serving in the non-combatant division as a wagoner.
Funeral services will be held from the First Methodist church in Claremore, Wednesday afternoon at 3 o'clock, conducted by Rev. Fisher, pastor of the Methodist church at Chelsea. Rev. H.F. Patton, Local Methodist Minister and Rev. James Miller, pastor of the Christian church. Masons will participate and act as pall bearers. The Parker Bernhardt Funeral Home will be in Charge. {Transcribed by Mary Lafferty Wilson, connected through John Annis Lafferty, son of Jacob Binks Lafferty, brother to Thomas Binks Lafferty.}