Artifact of the Week — March 25, 2021

Posted by on March 25, 2021

Emily Weaver of Batesville, AR, was once sentenced to hang for being a Confederate spy.  The Weaver family had divided loyalties, the father serving as a Union soldier and three sons as Confederate soldiers.  In 1864, Weaver was travelling with companions to Memphis but was re-routed through St. Louis when she became entangled in a legal web.  She was arrested, charged by the Union as a spy, and sentenced to hang.  However, she and her cellmate escaped and the case was eventually dismissed for lack of evidence.  Weaver returned to Batesville, married Isaac Newton Reed, and had twelve children.  She is buried in Oaklawn Cemetery.

On the photo it very faintly says, "Mrs. F. P. Albright, Batesville, Ark."
On the photo it very faintly says, “Mrs. F. P. Albright, Batesville, Ark.”

Photo 1:  On the photo it very faintly says, “Mrs. F. P. Albright, Batesville, Ark.”  Standing, left to right:  Rena Fraley, Winnie Reed, Jessie Fraley Rosebrough, Susie Butler Lawrence, Lulu Fitzhugh Hail, Mr. Weed, E. M. Dickinson, J. (Mrs. E. M. ) Dickinson, Ida Pickett Ferrill, Mrs. Frank Martin, Nona Yancey, Boleyn Pickett Hardy, Emma Coleman.  In chairs, left to right:  Allie Young, Maria Ramsey Albright, Sophia Hynson Lawrence, Sarah Byers Dickinson, Emily Weaver Reed, Mrs. Dunnington, Mrs. Allie Ruddell.  On ground, left to right:  Amy Ferrill, Helen Albright, Emma Stinson, John Ferrill, Stella Hardy.  Williams, Mabel Padgett Sloan

Painting of the Reed-Kennerly House
Painting of the Reed-Kennerly House

Photo 2:  Painting of the Reed-Kennerly House on the corner of 6th and Main streets in Batesville. The house dated from the late 1840s and was built by David C. Montgomery. It was purchased from him by Emily Reed, wife of I.M. Reed, a prominent merchant. Their daughter married H.M. Kennerly, a banker in Batsville. The Kennerlys lived their lives in this home until 1972, when it was razed and a furniture business was built on the lot. Later it became First Baptist Church’s Annex.

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