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My Foster family moved to Arkansas before the Civil War and settled in Ashley County, a county bordering the State of Louisiana. The Wallace family was on the opposite end of the state settling in Marion County, Arkansas, which bordered the Missouri state line.

The Wallace - Foster family connection began in Yellville, Marion County, Arkansas, when Ray Leon Wallace, son of William Harvey & Flossie Mae (Yocham) Wallace, married Rita Elaine Foster, the daughter of Harold Edward & Leona Elizabeth (Sansing) Foster on June 4, 1965, at the Yellville Methodist Church. While attending Yellville-Summit High School, Rita and Leon met in English class.

This branch of the Wallace family moved from Ozark County, Missouri, when William Harvey Wallace married Flossie Mae Yocham settling in Peel, Arkansas. Ancestors of Flossie's family, the Cokers, settled Marion County before the end of the War of 1812.

The Harold E. Foster family moved to Yellville in January, 1952, when Harold became the District Supervisor of the Farmers Home Administration, Department of Agriculture for the counties of Marion and Baxter. Along with him came his wife, Leona Elizabeth; his three children, H. Edward, Jr., Rita Elaine and Frederick Lewis. Another daughter, Cynthia Lee, was born in Yellville.

Photographs: On the banner is the three Foster brothers, James, Jesse, and Will, sons of Simeon Castleberry & Sintha Arilla (Dillon) Foster. Photograph in the body is the three oldest children of Harold Edward & Leona Elizabeth (Sansing) Foster, Harold Edward Jr., Rita Elaine, and Frederick Lewis Foster. They are wearing clothing sewn by their mother.

IMPORTANT NOTE: No work is without errors and this website is no exception. The information on this website has gone from Family Tree Maker to Rootsmagic, before being uploaded to TNG. Each program has different fields and many of the fields don't match. With over thirty years of research, there is much clean up needed in these records. Since so many friends and family members have asked to see what has been found, the decision was made to open the website before it was really ready for viewing. When you see errors, please e-mail me the changes you think need to be made with your proof for those changes and I will gladly correct the errors. All your comments, corrections and new information will be welcome.

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Below are some of the short tales, stories and vignettes that reflect life along the White River Valley in northwest Arkansas and southwest Missouri during the latter half of the 19th century. They were written by Silas Claiborne Turnbo, an early Ozarks storyteller who traveled extensively in the region and wrote down the stories and reminiscenses of the region's pioneers.