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Cozart-Garner family collection

Cozart-Garner Family Collection

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Butler Center for Arkansas Studies
100 Rock Street
Little Rock, Arkansas, 72201
(501) 320-5700

Repository: Butler Center for Arkansas Studies
Creator:Byrd, Florence May Cozart, 1894-1982
Creator:Stevenson, Florence Cozart Byrd
Title: Cozart-Garner Family Collection
Dates: 1702-2005
Quantity: 4.5 Linear feet
Abstract:The collection contains family history, articles, news clippings, legal documents, and correspondence, including from the Civil War period.
Identification: MSS.06.19
Language: English


The collection is arranged alphabetically.

Scope and Contents

The collection contains family history, articles, news clippings, legal documents, and correspondence, including Civil War period.

Biographical Note

Around 1849, Sidney Bumpass (1824-1902) and Martha Harrell Wallace Cazort (1830-1899) left Person County, North Carolina, with friends and relatives for Arkansas. In route, Martha became ill and the family was delayed in Tennessee for six weeks as the rest of the group moved on. After she recovered they departed by boat, finally landing near Spadra Bluff (Johnson County), Arkansas on January 4, 1850. Johnson County located in the northwest part of the state was created in 1833 from a portion of Pope County with the county seat at Clarksville. The Cazorts purchased property on Piney Creek and settled in on Piney Farm (two miles east of Lamar). Their children were James Robert (1849-1935), George Thomas (1850-unknown), Sidney Bumpass Jr. (1852-1867), William Alexander "Dock" (1854-1950), and Valleria Jane Cazort (1856-1873). Sidney Cazort served in the Confederate Army during the Civil War with Company M, 7th Arkansas Cavalry. After rebuilding their destroyed property damaged by the war, the Cazort sons became successful businessmen and increased their land and property to include mercantile, farm, lumber, and other ventures. James Robert and William Alexander Cazort married twin sisters, Belle (1860-1930) and May Garner. William Wakefield Garner (1826-1874), born in Boone County, Missouri was married to Henrietta Humphry Garner (1833-1889). They were the parents of Belle and May Garner who married the Cazort brothers. During the Civil War, Garner, a wealthy merchant, enlisted in a home guard unit before evenutally serving in Company E, 8th Arkansas Cavalry. Although wounded on April 1, 1864, he returned home after the war. His influence and contributions established Quitman College which later evolved into Hendrix College in Conway, Arkansas. The bulk of the material came from the family line of James Robert and Belle Garner Cazort. It was in the possession of their daughter, Florence May Cazort Byrd (1894-1982) until her death and then passed to her daughter, Florence Byrd Stevenson. Both mother and daughter made further contributions to the collection. Florence Cazort was born in Lamar, Arkansas. She was a retired teacher, but once worked for the Red Cross in Helena, Arkansas, where she met her husband Daniel B. Byrd who was serving in the Army. They married June 15, 1920, and had two daughters Florence (1922) and Marybelle Byrd (1924). Florence Cazort Byrd lived in Little Rock from about 1945-1980 before moving to San Antonio, Texas, where she died. She was a member of the Daughters of the American Revolution (D.A.R.), United Daughters of the Confederacy, and Arkansas Pioneers. Over the years, the family was prolific in capturing their history through correspondence, memoirs, journals and news articles. The Cazort family trace their lineage to France and over the centuries, several spellings and name derivatives have occurred including those found in this collection, viz., Cazort, Cozort, Cossart, and Cozzart.

Index Terms

This record series is indexed under the following controlled access subject terms.

Arkansas -- Genealogy -- Sources.
Arkansas -- History.
Cossart Family Association.
Cozart family
Cozort Cemetery Association.
Garner family
Garner-Cazort Family Association.
United States -- History -- Civil War, 1861-1865 -- Correspondence.
United States -- History -- Civil War, 1861-1865.
Women -- Arkansas -- Societies and clubs.


Restrictions on Access

Unrestricted access.

Restrictions on Use

Non-circulating, in-house use only.

Administrative Information

Preferred Citation

Cozart-Garner Family Collection, MSS 06-19, Butler Center for Arkansas Studies, Arkansas Studies Institute

Acquisition Information

Donated by Florence Stevenson, 2006

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