Both my wife and I were born and raised in Heber Springs, a small town in north central
Arkansas. Heber, as it is commonly called, is the county seat of Cleburne County, therefore it is considered
the "big city" by many of those living in smaller rural communities around it.
The families of my wife, Janet, and myself came from Heber or the surrounding communities
of Concord, Wolf Bayou, Snell, or Tumbling Shoals. From this page you will find links to
the stories and pictures of those relatives and ancestors.
My paternal grandfather Hubert Martin migrated to Arkansas,
with his mother and stepfather after, the Civil War. They left North
Carolina looking for a better opportunity. He left home at an early age to seek his
fortune and found it. He was a business man who ran a grist mill, sawmill, and lumber
business. He and my grandmother Maud, raised 7 sons and 3
daughters. This was a close knit family with most of the children settling close to home.
Some of my fondest memories as a child are those connected with summers at my cousins.
Although we are scattered now, I am sure we all carry our memories with us wherever we go.
Grandma Martin's father was Leonard Travis Cranford who
migrated from Alabama right after the Civil War. He fought in the Civil War for 4 years
and was wounded twice.