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George W. Arrowood of Iowa

Ralph Dean Clark
P.O. Box 641188
Los Angeles, CA 90064-1188
Ultimate Family Tree, ver 3.0
MARCUM Project Version 1018
May 14, 2000

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First Generation

1. George Washington1 Arrowood,(1) son of John Arrowood and Frances (Fanny) Barrett, (#771) was born in North Carolina January 31, 1842. See his father's family for more information. George died 11 July 1919 at 77 years of age. George was buried at Altoona Cemetery in Altoona, Polk Co, IA.(2)

He married Rebecca J. Shanks April 17, 1866. (Rebecca J. Shanks is #2327.) Rebecca was born 14 June 1848 in Tennessee. Rebecca died 8 June 1914 at 65 years of age. Rebecca was buried at Altoona Cemetery in Altoona, Polk Co, IA.(3)

23 June 1880 George was listed in the 1880 Census as a head of household farming in Polk Co, Iowa.(4) 13 June 1900 George was listed in the 1900 Census as a head of household farming in Polk Co, Iowa.(5)

"History of Polk County, Iowa" (Union Historical Company, Birdsall, Williams & Co., c.1880), contains this biography:

"Arrowood, G.W. - Farmer, section 19, P.O. Altoona. Was born in North Carolina, January 31, 1842, and was raised and lived there until Feb., 1863, when he conscripted into the Confederate army and was assigned to the First Tennessee heavy artillery. He served until July 4, 1863, when, at the fall of Vicksburg, he was captured with many others and greeted Grant with loud cheers as he rode into the city. He would not take a parole but remained and came north, enlisting in August, 1862, in company F, Sixth Indiana cavalry, and served to the close of the war. He was discharged in September, 1865, after which he returned to North Carolina and remained until 1866, when he removed to Tennessee, and from there to Missouri the same year. He remained two years and in 1869 came to this State (Iowa). He has made farming his occupation through life. Was married April 17, 1866, to Miss Rebecca J. Shanks, a native of Tennessee. They have four children living: Fannie E., Hattie, William W. and Rosa B."

George Washington Arrowood and Rebecca J. Shanks had the following children:

Notes and References

1. Nancy Clayton (, email to Ralph Clark, 17 Oct 1996, "Further Arrowood research," quotes the entire biographical article from "History of Polk County, Iowa" (Union Historical Company, Birdsall, Williams & Co., c.1880).
2. Nancy Clayton ( email to Ralph D. Clark, 27 May 1997, Arrowood Genealogy - Burial Information. Burial information from "Burial Records of Polk County, Iowa" (WPA, circa 1938). (hereafter cited as Clayton, 5/27/97, Burial Information).
3. Ibid.
4. G. W. Arrowwood, 1880 US Census, Polk Co. IA (Clat Twp, Altoonay), ED.249 S.8 L.29 H.73 F.76, NA Film Series T-9, Roll 360, National Archives, Washington, DC: Arrowwood G W 36 b.NC f,m.b.NC Farmer; R J wife 30 b.TN fb.OH mb.too dim Housekeeper; Fanny dau 9 col.21, Hattie dau 7 col.21, Wm son 5, Rosa dau 3, all ch. b.Iowa fb.NC mb.TN (hereafter cited as 1880 census, ED.249 S.8 L.29, Polk Co. IA).
5. Washington Arrowood, 1900 US Census, Polk Co. Iowa (Clay Twp), ED.63 S.7 L.26 H.149 F.150, N.A. Film Series T-623, Roll 453, National Archives, Washington, DC: Arrowood Washington Jan 1842 58 m.34 b.NC f,m.b.NC Farmer YYY R F 65; Rebecca J wife June 1849 51 m.34 7/5 b.TN f,m.b.TN YYY; Arthur son Oct 1880 19 Farm Laborer YYY, Grace dau July 1882 17 YYY, Verna dau April 1890 7 At School 4, all ch. b.Iowa fb.NC mb.TN (hereafter cited as 1900 census, ED.63 S.7 L.26, Polk Co. Iowa).
6. Nancy Clayton ( email to, 8 Mar 2000, Iowa Arrowood update. Microfilm, Iowa Vital Statistics, Marriage Records of Polk Co. Iowa. Roll No. 21, returned Jan 25, 1896 (hereafter cited as Clayton, 3/8/00, Iowa Arrowood).
7. Marriage record has age 28, birthplace, parents
8. Polk Co. Iowa Marriage Registers, cited by Nancy Clayton ( in email to Ralph D. Clark, 15 Dec 1999, Arrowood Marriages in Polk County, Iowa, Book 8, p. 115 (hereafter cited as Clayton, 12/15/98, Polk Co. Marriages).
9. Clayton, 3/8/00, Iowa Arrowood, Roll No. 19, returned Jan 24, 1895; and Clayton, 12/15/98, Polk Co. Marriages, Book 7, p. 69.
10. Marriage record has age 20, birthplace, parents
11. Date from tombstone inscription, read as Oct. 22 1830.
12. Clayton, 5/27/97, Burial Information.
13. Email, to Ralph Clark, 9 Oct 1966, "Arrowood research," cites inscription on tombstone at Altoona, Iowa cemetery, from photograph in her possession. He is called "Father"; below on same stone is Ruth A., July 22, 1909 (?), and beside Ruth's name is Glenn W.; dates unreadable in the picture. Adjacent is stone of Dale Arthur Arrowood, March 5, 1931 - Jan. 19, 1948; back says Dale son of Glenn W. and Ruth A.
14. Clayton, 12/15/98, Polk Co. Marriages, Book 10, p. 9.
15. Ibid., Book 12, p. 13.



Arrowood, Arthur J. (i2354), b.1880-d.1915
Arrowood, Fannie E. (i2328), b.1871-
Arrowood, George Washington (i771), b.1842-d.1919
Arrowood, Grace (i2356), b.1882-
Arrowood, Hattie (i2331), b.1873-
Arrowood, Rosa Belle (i2330), b.1877-
Arrowood, Verna (i2357), b.1890-
Arrowood, William W. (i2329), b.1875-


Barton, Frank (marriage to Verna Arrowood) (i8457), b.1890-


Davis, Charley M. (marriage to Rosa Belle Arrowood) (i8455), b.1873-


Hicks, Charles E. (marriage to Fannie E. Arrowood) (i8454), b.1867-


Shanks, Rebecca J. (marriage to George Washington Arrowood) (i2327), b.1848-d.1914


Webster, Allie (marriage to Arthur J. Arrowood) (i8456), b.1885-

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