John B. Bratcher
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John B. Bratcher, a planter living on Petit Jean Mountain, was born in Tennessee August 19, 1838, a son of Charles and Elizabeth (King) Bratcher. His parents were natives of Tennessee, where they were married: they were the parents of six children, four sons and two daughters, three children now living, who are named, John B., the subject of this sketch, Benjamin and Elizabeth. His father emigrated from Tennessee to Arkansas and died in Ouachita County; mother returned to Tennessee, where she is still living, and a member of the M. E. Church, South. Our subject was married in Ray County, Tennessee, in 1867, to Miss Nancy Reed, a native of Tennessee, born in 1836. They are the parents of five children, three sons and two daughters, named John W., General, Charles, Amanda E., and Cora A. Our subject owns 160 acres of good land, with forty acres under cultivation. He enlisted in the Confederate army in 1861, in Company E, 19th Tennessee Infantry, and served until 1863; was wounded in the battle of Chickamauga and was then discharged, when he returnedhome and engaged in farming. He immigrated to Arkansas in 1881 and settled in Conway County; here he has become identified with the interests of this county, and politically he votes with the Democratic party.

SOURCE: Biographical and Historical Memoirs of Western Arkansas. Goodspeed Publishers, 1891.

Submitted by:  Cathy Barnes