Descendants of THE BOOKOUT FAMILY
A special "thank you" to James Robert Benham
and Mary Bookout information.
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
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