Lark Allen
I just got my 01/14/2016 copy of the South Missourian News with the article about the unmarked graves on George Martin’s farm. I was raised on the farm adjacent to that farm and there were Civil War-era graves a few hundred feet beyond our property line on property once owned by George Martin. I just asked my brother Mike a few months ago about those graves and he remembers them. Mike and our other brother Harvey played in that area as kids, as did our older brother Dane and our life-long friends Jerry and James Martin. One of the graves had an upright headstone with the name Elizabeth Taylor on it with years in the Civil War era; her birthdate or date of death was November 28.

The “Allen” that Granny Blue was married to for a short time is an ancestor of the Archie Allen family. My brother Harvey has a copy of a letter from Granny Blue that gives a brief summary of her history in the area. The Allen Brothers’ Farm (aka Crow Hill Farm) has a very old log cabin still standing, although barely, that we have always used as a barn. It was the original house at that site. After the current house was constructed, the log cabin was moved from its original foundation to about 300 feet back from the road where it still stands today. I suspect Granny Blue (and one of her three husbands) lived in that cabin at one point. There was another log cabin back on the farm that was dismantled in the ’40’s or ’50’s and I know it was where one of my dad’s great uncles–N.B.Allen’s father, I think–lived.

On Warm Fork River, just upstream from the George Martin/Dan Cover farm, is a long, deep, peaceful water hole we, since the early 1950’s, have known as Granny Blue Hole, an excellent location for fishing and swimming. We kids of the 1950’s almost always had a rope-swing hanging from one tree or another. We frequently floated in a flat-bottom boat from Sloan’s Ford (north of Hwy 19) or Green Lantern Bridge on Hwy 19 to points south: The Old Iron Bridge (recently demolished), N.B. Allen Ford (sometimes referred to as Cover Crossing), Two-mile Creek, Third Cut or Shelby Hole (just upstream from Mammoth Spring.) A few times, we floated on down to Cold Springs, south of Mammoth. (My most recent float trip was in 2014.) N.B. Allen was related to Granny Blue’s husband. He (N.B.) surveyed the area when it was first being settled. The first settlers who actually “settled,” Allens, built a house and lived on the north side of the spring at Mammoth Spring. After finding out they were in Arkansas, they packed up and moved a couple miles up “the warm fork” of the Spring River, permanently settling on Warm Fork River where wagons used to cross the creek on the creekbed instead of a bridge or spillway, at N.B. Allen Ford.

Some information in the previous two paragraphs came to me from my father and grandfather. Some came from the copy I have of Granny Blue’s letter.

This is my first correspondence with your association, so I don’t know how much of this history you are familiar with or how much you know about Granny Blue and the Civil War graves. Pictures on your site seem to be of the Clifton Cemetery, just east of the Green Lantern Bridge, final resting place for several Allens including N.B. (There are also Allens interred at the cemetery located inside Mammoth Spring State Park.) But I did not see pictures of the Civil War graves that I know are located on what is now the Cover farm, although the team from Rolla may have been working at that very site.

If you have any questions you think I could help you with–or have any information you could help me with–I would enjoy communicating with you.

I really enjoy stories about the history of Oregon County, especially those of the Civil War era. I hope OCHS will keep up the good work!

Lark F. Allen


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