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why he had such good Negroes, he answered that it was because he used a Negro overseer. Old Pompey, called "Granddaddy" by the children of Simeon English, said that he was the son of an African chief, and was captured and sold as a slave when he was a boy. He did not have the features of the ordinary African. He was not black, but copper colored; had a long face, a straight thin nose and thin lips. Father, Simeon English, has often said that he was dependable, and as honest as a reliable white man.

By his will, Thomas English gave Pompey his freedom. Pompey selected Pa (Simeon English) as his guardian, according to the laws of the Southern States, and moved to Texas with the slaves of Simeon English in 1852. On the English plantation the duties of Pompey, who was then quite old, were to take corn to mill and help about the repairs, etc. Pa, himself, had general charge of the Negroes and used a faithful man, Halsell, as overseer. Just before the war, Pa, who was then past sixty, hired a white man as overseer.


Simeon English was in the Missouri Legislature in 1833 or 1834, later was county judge.

Went to Arkansas to settle the estate of John English. He and Sarah (later Mrs. Phil Duty).

John English was in the Arkansas Legislature.

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The History of Clarksville and Old Red River County
Pat B. Clark   1937