Date Original



This deed was issued to William Strong of St. Francis County, Arkansas.

Biographical/Historical Note

William Strong was born December 10, 1791, in Franklin County, Georgia. He was one of the first residents of St. Francis County, Arkansas, which was established in 1827, and his home served as a temporary county seat. Strong was the first postmaster and served as the first county sheriff from 1827 to 1832. In 1836, he was a delegate to the Constitutional Convention, and in 1840, he served in the Arkansas General Assembly. He was the largest landowner in the area, owning a twenty-room mansion that overlooked Crowley's Ridge. Matilda Hampton was his first wife, with whom he had one daughter, Evaline. After Matilda's death, he married Mourning Cooper, widow of Jonathan Filling in. They had two children, Erastus Burton and Juliet. Strong later moved to Tunica County, Mississippi, and then Shelby County, Tennessee. While in Shelby County, he established the business Dixon, Strong, and Company, in Memphis. He died June 29, 1863, in Shelby County, and is buried in Elmwood Cemetery in Memphis.

Physical Description

Document, 8.5" x 11"

Geographical Area

St. Francis County (Ark.)





Resource Type



William Strong deed, SMC.018.006


Arkansas State Archives

Contributing Entity

Arkansas State Archives

Recommended Citation

William Strong deed, Arkansas State Archives, Little Rock, Arkansas.


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