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THE BOOKOUT FAMILY The BENHAM family is connected to the BOOKOUT family by the marriage of Robert Benham to Elmira Louise Bookout in 1881. JOSEPH (1) BOOKOUT JOSEPH (1) BOOKOUT is believed to be the first BOOKOUT to come to America. His wife's name is not known. His son was CHARLES BOOKOUT. CHARLES and NANCY ANN (CAGLE) BOOKOUT CHARLES BOOKOUT, son of JOSEPH (1) BOOKOUT, married NANCY ANN CAGLE. Their son was JOSEPH (2) BOOKOUT. JOSEPH (2) and POLLY (OVERSTREET) BOOKOUT JOSEPH (2) BOOKOUT married POLLY OVERSTREET. Their son was JOHN BOOKOUT. JOHN and MALINDA (JONES) BOOKOUT JOHN BOOKOUT, son of JOSEPH and POLLY (OVERSTREET) BOOKOUT, was born about 1822, possibly in Alabama. At about age 18, on 9 July 1840, he married MALINDA JONES in DeKalb County, Alabama. MALINDA was born about 1820. It is believed they moved to Arkansas about 1845. During the Civil War, John enlisted as a Private with Company C, 4th Regiment Arkansas Union Cavalry, on 27 November 1863 at Dardanelle, Arkansas. He died 12 April 1865, at about age 43, in "General Hospital", as the result of wounds received during the War. The children of JOHN and MALNDA (JONES) BOOKOUT 1. MARY ELIZABETH BOOKOUT was born about 1840 in Tennessee. She married BARON DEKALB HICKEY on 13 November 1859 at Dover, Pope County, Arkansas. MARY ELIZABETH named one of her daughters after her sister ELMIRA. BARON DEKALB HICKEY married MATTIE PEARSON on 18 August 1892 at Little River County, Arkansas, after ELISABETH"S death. His parents were JOHN and NANCY (GIBSON) HICKEY. It is not known what happened to MARY ELIZABETH. 2. JAMES HIRAM BOOKOUT was born about 1845 in Arkansas. He married SARA WEATHERS on 19 December 1859. 3. LEVISA BOOKOUT, called "VICEY" was born about 1849 in Arkansas. She married GEORGE A. KINCAID or KINCADE on 26 August 1874 in Pope County, Arkansas. 4. JOSHUA BOOKOUT was born about 1850 in Arkansas. 5. LUCINDA BOOKOUT was born 25 December 1854 in Arkansas. She married JAMES MC COY ON 20 March 1873 at Pope County, Arkansas. JAMES MC COY and his brother in law BEN BOOKOUT were involved in the murder of WILLIAM MC ALISTER in Arkansas in 1874. James escaped, and he and Lucinda hid out in Texas under the names of MC ELROY, maybe MC CAULY, and KINCAID. James was captured in 1885 and returned to Arkansas for trail. Lucinda died in route to Arkansas in 1885. It is believed ROBERT and ELMIRA BENHAM took in the MC COY's daughter ELLEN to raise. James' death sentence was reduced to 21 years in prison. It is believed he died in prison some years later. 6. BENJAMIN BOOKOUT was born 8 March 1856 in Arkansas. Ben Bookout and James McCoy killed William McAlister and wounded Mrs. McAlister in Dover, Pope County, Arkansas in 1874. The murder was so famous in Dover that a play was made up about it. What prompted the killing is not known. Two other men were involved, one was Sam Osborne, and someone else who never came in the house but handed in loaded guns. Both Kincaids and the Mc Coys were witnesses at the trial. Baron Hickey and his wife Mary Elizabeth (Bookout) Hickey both testified at the Mc Coy Trial. Before he could be sentenced, Ben Bookout fled from Arkansas. Soon after, most of the Bookouts, Kincaids and Mc Coys leave Arkansas. Some of them appeared in Indian Territory and Texas near where Robert and Elmira (Bookout) Benham were living. 7. ELMIRA LOUISE BOOKOUT was born 10 January 1859 in Arkansas. MYRA was 6 years old when her father, JOHN BOOKOUT, died. She married Thomas J.E.B. DANIELS on 29 March 1880 in Johnson County, Arkansas. It is not known what happened to THOMAS DANIELS On 22 May 1881, Elmira married ROBERT BENHAM in Denison, Grayson County, Texas. Myra died 22 April 1899 from measles that turned into pneumonia. She is buried near Kingston, Oklahoma. Her son, George William Benham, is buried next to her. 8. MALINDA BOOKOUT was born about 1864. Compiled by: JAMES ROBERT BENHAM, updated: 04/28/2000 E-mail me!
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