The only land owned by him found in the records of Union County was in
Section Three, Township Seventeen South, Range Seventeen West (47).
When William Russell Black returned to Alabama, he related that Arkansas
was the richest land he had ever seen. Land was to be had for the asking,
wild game of all kinds was plentiful and the sweetest water he had ever
tasted came from the wells. His enthusiasm was contagious and soon Robert
Johnson Black, his brother born May 20, 1800 (48), was thinking about Arkansas.
He consulted members of the family and they decided to take their slaves
and move. The zeal of the Black family for coming to Arkansas interested
many others in the venture and before the wagon train left there was assembled
for the journey to Arkansas not only the Black clan, but the Perrys, the
Wallaces, the Connors, the Rayfords, the Munfords and the Davises. Dr. Thomas
Reed Williams, William Carter, and Sanders Norris were three of the young
men who joined the wagon train.
- The Blacks who made this journey were Robert Johnson Black, the oldest
man in the family and leader of the group; Isabella Johnson Black, his
mother; Araminta Mathilda and Oliver Hazard Perry Black, his two children;
William Russell and Samuel Frank Black, his only two brothers; Catherine
S., Rebecca, Isabella, and Martha Black, his sisters; William S. Black,
James M. Black, John C. Black, J. F. Black and Francis P. Black, all relatives.
Among the Connors were Charles Frank and Jane (Black) Connor with their
children, Simon F. Connor and perhaps the babies of the family Narcissa
L. Connor, born April 22, 1835, and Charles S. Connor born March 7, 1838
(49). It has been impossible to determine the exact year they came. They
were in Alabama in 1833 (50) and they were in Arkansas in 1839 (51).
- 47. Union County Land Entry Book "2" p. 419, El Dorado, Ark.,
- 48. Robert Johnson Black Papers, c1840. Owned (1939) by Dr. O. H. Thompson.
- 49. Robert Johnson Black Papers, c1840. Owned (1939) by O. H. Thompson,
- 50. Land Certificate No. 1167, Dated September 16, 1833, issued to
Robert J. Black of Wilcox County,
- 51. Union County Court Book "A", p. 88, El Dorado, Ark.,
1952. Hereafter the abbreviation UCCB will be