Date Original



This account book contains records of Cargile and Asbury dry goods store, of Springfield, Union Township, Conway County, Arkansas.

Biographical/Historical Note

Robert Lewis Cargile was born December 7, 1814, in Kentucky, the son of John Cargile, Jr. and Nancy Elizabeth Lewis. Robert Cargile married Margaret Plant on February 7, 1837, in Hickman County, Kentucky. Margaret was born about 1815, the daughter of W. H. Plant. Robert and Margaret moved their family to Arkansas with several other families about 1837. Margaret died about 1848. Cargile moved his family to Conway County prior to 1850, and married Hannah (probably Livingston) about 1850. Hannah was born October 7, 1824, in Alabama. He moved his family to Union Township of Conway County about 1852. He served as Sheriff of Conway County, 1854-1860. The family settled at Springfield, where Cargile became a prosperous landowner and businessman. Cargile owned and operated a dry goods store at Springfield, beginning in the early 1860s. He and a Mr. Moses became partners in the business, which at one time was known as Cargile & Moses. The store closed for a time during the Civil War, but reopened after the war ended. Cargile apparently purchased Moses' interest in the business around 1870. In 1874, Mildridge L. Asbury, a former clerk in the store, became a partner in the business and the name was changed to Cargile & Asbury. Cargile was still a partner in the business when he died in 1880.

Physical Description

Document, 8.5" x 11"

Geographical Area

Springfield, Conway County (Ark.)





Resource Type



Cargile and Asbury account book, MS.000041


Arkansas State Archives

Contributing Entity

Arkansas State Archives

Recommended Citation

Cargile and Asbury account book, Arkansas State Archives, Little Rock, Arkansas.


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