John Dupree Eldridge


Personal and Family Information

John was born on 12 FEB 1876 in Woodruff County, Arkansas, the son of unknown parents.

He died on 3 MAY 1953 in Woodruff County, Arkansas.

He had two marriages/partners. His first wife was Vertie Alexander Bell, who he married on 26 FEB 1896 in Woodruff County, Arkansas. Their two known children were John Rolfe (1896-1968) and Willie Bell (1899-1919).

His second wife was Kate Martin Nowlin, who he married on 16 SEP 1902 in Carroll County, Tennessee. Their three known children were Cora Virginia (1903-1995), John Dupree (1909-2002) and George Paul (1915-1969).


Birth12 FEB 1876
Place: Woodruff County, Arkansas
Death3 MAY 1953
Place: Woodruff County, Arkansas
Census2 FEB 1920
Place: Woodruff County, Arkansas
Age: 43
Address: Point Twp, Eldridge Plantation , farm, dwelling 166, family 172 Eldridge, J. D. head, owns home with mortgage, mw age 43 married born Ark, f Tenn, m Mississippi, farmer __ Kate N, Mrs. wife fw age 38 married, born Tenn, f North Carolina, m Virginia __ Rolfe J, son mw age 23 single, born Ark, f Ark, m Ark, bookkeeper at general store __ Cora Virginia, daughter fw age 16 single, born Ark, f Ark, m Tenn __ John D. Jr , son mw age 10 single, born Ark, f Ark, m Tenn __ George P, son mw age 4 single, born Ark, f Ark, m Tenn
Census23 APR 1940
Place: Woodruff County, Arkansas
Address: Point Twp, Marquerite L Coleman enumenator visit 282, owns home valued $17,000 on farm Eldridge, J.D. head, mw age 64 married, 1 yr high school, born Ark, same house 1935, farmer __ Kate, wife fw age 59 married 2 yrs college, born Tennessee, same house 1935
BurialMAY 1953
Place: Woodruff County, Arkansas
Address: Augusta Memorial Park


Note 1

Rolfe Eldrigde (1 842-1891)
Eldridge was born in Shelby County, Tennessee. His family moved to Woodruff County in 1850. In February 1862, he enlisted in the Confederate Army, under CPT Hooker's Calvary and later the 32 nd Arkansas Infantry Regiment. He participated in the battles of Prairie Grove, Helena, and Pleasant Hill. After the war, he returned to his family farm to grow cotton and corn. In 1869, he married Ella Watson. She passed away in 1880. Eldridge then married Mollie Dawson in 1887. Eldridge was a successful farmer, with four cotton-gins. He was a member of the Methodist Episcopal Church and the Masonic lodge of Knights of Honor. He was also the president of the Augusta and South Eastern Railway Company, with a company office at Lone Grove (later Gregory).

John Dupree Eldridge (1876-1953)
In 1891, J. D. Eldridge inherited the land of his father, Rolfe Eldridge. Around 1923, J.D. Eldridge and family moved to Little Rock. Jn Little Rock, he served as secretary and manager of the Arkansas Cotton Growers Association. A few years later, they moved back to Gregory, Woodruff County. J.D. Eldridge practiced law and was a member of the state legislature. In 1937 he was named "Master Farmer" of Arkansas by the Commercial-Appeal. He was president of the Southern Cattlemen's Association and, at the time of his death, he was president of the Cache River Production Association. The farm lands in Gregory are still owned and operated by Eldridge family members.

National Register of Historic Places, Augusta Memorial Park Historic Section, application dated 4/4/2003, listed 6/6/2003


  1. Historical Southern Families, volume XXII a 29 volume series compiled by John Bennet Boddie
    Source: Historical Southern Families, volume XXII a 29 volume series compiled by John Bennet Boddie
    Authors: John Bennett Boddie and Mrs. John Bennett Boddie Emerson Cornelius Conner (1900-1978) of Augusta and Little Rock, Ark