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From: "Bill Blevins" <>
Subject: Re: [ARIZARD-L] Bill Blevins- Major Jacob Wolf -Indian agent ?
Date: Thu, 24 Jan 2002 07:53:14 +0000

I wrote a book "Jacob Wolf - The Mansion and the Man" back in 1982...The
first and only one that I know that has been written on the history of this
house and Jacob Wolf. I did a great deal research into it, and was amazing
as to just how much of the history that has been written or given in small
articles that just won't pan out. I can't undrstand why they want to make
such a legend out of it based on False Information. The true and factual
information about the house is GREAT...Just that they need to bring him to
this area around 1818-1820 and let him settle on along the White River below
Norfork. He didn't even own the land where the Wolf House presently sets
until shortly before the house was built which was around 1828-1829. One
tale gives of him having a shooting to occur in the Capital Building in
Little Rock when someone wanted to put a bounty on Wolf's. He wasn't in
the legislature when this shooting occured, and it was not over a bounty on
wolf scalps. This shooting occured several years after he no longer served
in the Arkansas Legislature. Just one of several falsifications and stories
that never happened as some would want them to be. THIS IS NOT
HISTORY...And hopefully those who are writing it today will tell it as near
to the truth as possible and accuracy will prevail.

Bill Blevins

>From: "Sandra" <>
>Subject: [ARIZARD-L] Bill Blevins- Major Jacob Wolf -Indian agent ?
>Date: Thu, 24 Jan 2002 01:38:59 -0600
>Thanks, that's the information that I had , but thought I needed to check
>into the possibility of him being one elsewhere too after hearing the
>Someone may have gotten their dates mixed up or someone gave them the wrong
>The article below that I found must not be quite correct either if you go
>the dates it gives?
>White River Valley Historical Quarterly
>Volume 7, Number 3, Spring 1980
>The House that << Wolf>> Built By Maxine Curtis
>Overlooking the White River at Norfork, Arkansas, just twelve miles south
>Mountain Home on Highway 5 stands the house that Major Jacob << Wolf>>
>built in 1809. Major << Wolf>> was appointed by Thomas Jefferson to be
>Indian agent to the Arkansas Cherokee nation. This old two-story yellow
>log house is considered the oldest house in the Ozarks.
>It is a worthwhile place to visit for several reasons. It is the first log
>house occupied by a white family in Arkansas and is the oldest two-story
>mansion west of the Mississippi River. It was the first courthouse in the
>north half of Arkansas Territory back in 1811 and one of the first six post
>offices in Arkansas.
>The house was a stagecoach stop in the days of Daniel Boone and offered
>hospitality to such early American heroes as Davy Crockett and Sam Houston.
>This house was the site of steamboat landings for approximately 50 years,
>between the years of 1845 and 1905.
><< Wolf>> House was built by Indian and Negro workmen who used no nails
>dove-tailed the hand-hewn logs into place. It was home for the << Wolf>>
>family for over one hundred years. The two- story double dogtrot mansion
>served for many years as the business, social, religious and political
>center of a vast and sparsely populated mountainous region.
>Major Jacob Wolf's brother, John, was a Baptist evangelist and the Major's
>family and slaves attended the same religious services. During John Wolf's
>circuit riding absences, the Major did the preaching.
>The Sabbath Day was strictly observed by the << Wolf>> household. One time
>a visiting Cherokee Indian was surprised to find Major << Wolf>> shaving
>the Sabbath. He voiced his astonishment with a gentle rebuke. From that
>on the Major did his shaving the night before so he might teach by practice
>as well as precept.
>Beginning in 1811 court was held in the upstairs south room of the building
>and the old-fashioned camp meeting was held in the yard at the same time.
>This provided refreshment and entertainment for the pioneers on their
>visit to civilization.
>Major Jacob << Wolf>> was an early entrepreneur. Besides the Indian
>he operated a trading post, the Inn, and ferries across White River and
>Norfork. History was it that he never charged a preacher to cross on the
>ferry. This may not sound as if it is any big deal but in one early-day
>preacher's report he wrote: "Preached 65 sermons, traveled 779 miles,
>received $5.00 from churches, paid $3.25 for ferriage.'
>Major Jacob << Wolf>> died in 1863, but the house remained in the <<
>[18] until 1938. At that time the family deeded it to the incorporated town
>of Norfork, Arkansas, and to be known as the Jacob << Wolf>> Memorial. For
>several years the town maintained a small museum in the house. Now it is
>under the administration of a county-wide committee The Baxter County
>Bicentennial Committee provided authentic furnishings appropriate to the
>time when the << Wolf>> House was built and was really the Jacob << Wolf>>
>This old house built by Major Jacob << Wolf>> in 1809, and presumably the
>oldest house in the entire Ozarks, and having served many varied purposes,
>is located in northcentral Arkansas a few miles south of Mountain Home. It
>is open daily, May 1 through September 21, for tours. On the tour through
>the home one can see old kitchen ironware, hats dating from Civil War days,
>an early parlor, << Wolf>> family photographs, Indian artifacts, and a
>spectacular view of White River and Matney Mountain, the north cornerstone
>of Major Wolf's Cherokee nation.
> White River Valley Historical Quarterly
>The Early Settlement of The North Fork Area in the
>Volume 9 , Number 1 , Fall 1985
>The Early Settlement of The North Fork Area in the Eastern Part of Douglas
>County, Missouri Contributed by Ray Lovan
>Some of the first settlers on North Fork River in what is now Douglas
>were the Wood family. Henry Wood settled on this part of the North Fork
>River in 1840. He lived to be 103, as indicated by his stone in Mt. Ararat
>Cemetery, 1795-1898. The Wood family, of English descent first emigrated
>from North Carolina in 1839, settling on the Meremac River in what is now
>St. Louis County. In the spring of 1840 Henry Wood and a friend, Posey
>Freeman explored the North Fork hills in search of land to be homesteaded.
>At that time the Shawnee Indians guarded that stream as their hunting
>ground. There was an abundance of game-deer, bear, elk, wild turkey and
>fish. Returning to the Meremac they loaded their families and household
>goods into oxcarts and headed for the North Fork hills. It took 25 days to
>make their way back through the wilderness to the settlement where they
>established their first camp March 10, 1840. J. H. Wood was born that same
>fall and was the first white child born in that area.
>Other early settlers in this area were Alabeth (Ball) Freeman who with her
>husband Aaron Freeman who were my great, great grandparents. She was a
>half-blood Choctaw and they owned an improvement in Mississippi Choctaw
>Nation. They left Mississippi and went to North Carolina in 1831. In or
>about 1939 they and some relatives came to the Ozarks and located at a
>spring at Topaz on North Fork and put up a grist mill and a distillery.
>William Clinton located at a large spring on the West side of North Fork
>near the mouth of Indian Creek and close to where H. W. Wood settled below
>and on the West side of the same creek.
>A. F. Johnson was another early settler. He moved to the North Fork country
>after the Civil War and remained there until his death January 1, 1905 and
>was buried in the burying ground at Mt. Ararat Church. His children were
>Moses, Henry, Isaac Monroe, Levy Jane, Sarah Clementine and Easter
>Elizabeth. Moses Johnson, the oldest child, was born November 21, 1859 and
>was married May 18, 1893 to Sarah (Cole) Hines, the daughter of Marion Cole
>and Sarah Ailieta Palmer.
>A. F. Johnson's grandfather was born in England, emigrated to Virginia,
>fought with George Washington, then left his home in Virginia and came to
>Eastern Tennessee where he raised a large family and accumulated
>considerable wealth but lost it in a lawsuit over a Spanish Grant. A. F.
>Johnson's wife, Levy, lived until 1877 and died in Douglas County and is
>buried in the burying ground at Fairview church.
>In the early days of the North Fork settlement, before there were any
>sawmills, a young man named Freeman died. His friends cut a large pine tree
>and hollowed it out for a coffin, took part of Henry Wood's wagon bed and
>made a lid for it and buried him at Mt. Ararat, the first person buried in
>that burying ground. He was the son of Aaron Freeman. Aaron died Nov. 3,
>1861 and his wife died about three months later and they were buried at Mt.
>Ararat where their son James was buried. Alabeth and Aaron had thirteen
>children with only twenty two years between the oldest and youngest.
>About the year 1840 a large family moved from Western Tennessee moved to
>Greene County Missouri and about 1843 a part of them moved into Ozark
>County. Their names were Lock Ben and Bill Alsup. They raised quite a lot
>boys. They were shrewd people, friendly but controlled things the way they
>wanted. They had many friends which gave them great strength. During the
>Civil War they were very active, killed a considerable number of people and
>took their wealth to south Missouri and North Arkansas, but the people got
>very tired and angry and watched for an opportunity to let them down. All
>them went out in a mysterious way which brought peace in Douglas and Ozark
>Moses Johnson died at his farm on North Fork Easter Sunday, April 20, 1924,
>leaving his wife Sarah Frances and six children, Sarah Elizabeth, Winnie
>Mae, Easter Cordelia, Elnora Alabeth, Lenzy Theodore, Alfred Lee and
>James Edward Hines.
>Isaac Monroe Johnson died in the fall of 1973, leaving his wife Lizzie and
>three children, Orval, Charles and Erma, he was found dead in his hay loft.
>Easter Elizabeth married a man by the name of Fortune and went to
>Washington, raised a family of four children, Ernie, Ruth, Austin and
>Frances. She died in her rocking chair.
>H. W. Wood died at the home of his son John Henry Wood. He was the first
>white child born on North Fork and lived his entire life, 86 years on the
>same creek.
>Samuel << Morton>> taught the first school in Ozark County and was the
>first County and Circuit Clerk elected in that County.
>Robert Hicks was a very prominent man. He was elected Sheriff and Collector
>of Ozark County. Then he was elected representative at the time Douglas
>County was established. The population was so small
>the law would not allow each county to send a representative so he
>represented both counties at the same time. He died in Jefferson City while
>there attending to his official business. He was badly missed by the people
>of Douglas and Ozark counties.
>Article by Leonard Ross in The Willow Springs
>News, March 12, 1959
>History written by Moses Johnson
>Addition by Alfred Johnson
>Article appearing in Mountain Grove newspaper 1959
>Copyright White River Valley Historical Quarterly
> > >From: "Sandra" <>
> > >Reply-To:
> > >To:
> > >Subject: [ARIZARD-L] Major Jacob Wolf -Indian agent ?
> > >Date: Wed, 23 Jan 2002 21:45:08 -0600
> > >
> > >Has anyone read or know of an article about Major Jacob Wolf being an
> > >Indian
> > >agent in Missouri around the year 1808? Trying to find out what area
> > >Missouri he may have been in, if he was indian agent there.
> > >
> > >Thank you,
> > >Sandra
> > >
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