~ The pieces are all sewn together, stitched with love.........and a quilt tells a story and the story is our past ~

The Arrowood family immigrated from England to Maryland in the 1700's. They went south, eventually settling in the mountains of North Carolina. Later , some went further south, into the Piedmont of North Carolina, in search of work and a better way of life.

I am in search of my family.

I search for those that came before me, and lived their lives as best they could. I am in search of their stories, how they lived, and how they loved.

I shared this love of seeking the past with my Dad, sharing each new finding with him, the thrill in his heart intermingling with mine. I continue this search in his honor, and hope to know these people of ours when I join up with them all in heaven.

~ Steve Lewis Arrowood 1932-2008 ~

Come with me, back to a simpler time and place. A place far removed from the hectic pace of today. To a time when life was hard, but the rewards were great. When your quality of life was determined by your own sweat, your own toil, and your own ingenuity.

Would you like a glass of sweet tea? Let's sit out on the porch where we will catch the sweetly scented breeze of summertime. Maybe Grandma will fry up some of her wonderful chicken... Time slows here.


"We shape our lives not by what we carry with us, but what we leave behind."

~You live as long as you are remembered.~

"Our most treasured family heirlooms are our sweet family memories. " Author: Unknown

"But those who came before us will teach you. They will teach you from the wisdom of former generations."


Arrowood Family

Saturday, October 24, 2009

A Brother Named Thomas

Thomas Arrowood, the brother of Samuel Augustus Arrowood. The third child born to John and Frances "Fanny" Barrett Arrowood, he was about 12 years older than Samuel.

Thomas Arrowood was born in Burnsville, Yancey County, North Carolina October 29, 1820. He came with his family to Altoona in the year 1881 where he lived until 1897 when he moved with his family to Des Moines where he resided until death called him to his home above Feb. 1, 1900 at the age of 79 years 3 months and 3 days.

He served his country faithfully during the Civil War. When the war was ended he received an honorable discharge and was given a pension for injuries which he had received in the war. Mr. Arrowood leaves a wife and several children to mourn the loss of a loving, devoted husband and father, also two brothers and two sisters who keenly feel the loss of a kind brother. The remains were brought here last Saturday and were immediately taken in charge by his late comrades in the G.A.R. Post of which he was a member.

He was taken to the Christian Church and after due ceremony from the Post the Stars and Stripes were spread upon the casket which held the form that had so boldly marched forth and fought in the Civil War. Rev. Hastie then took charge and completed the funeral services.

Mr. Arrowood was well known in this vicinity and leave many friends who mourn the loss of an honored citizen, as was expressed by the long procession which slowly wended its way to the City of the dead, to place one more of our respected veterans beside the many who have gone before. In a few years history alone will record the suffering of our old veterans who are leaving us one by one.

Addition Informantion:

Thomas Arrowood, son of John Arrowood and Frances (Fanny) Barrett. He married twice, first to Clarissa Parnell in North Carolina. After her death he married Louisa Stinnett on June 19, 1866 in Greene Co, TN.

Thomas was inducted into the military (Civil War) in Strawberry Plaines, Jefferson County, Tennessee, June 30, 1864. He was released from active duty in Knoxville, Knox County, Tennessee, November 30, 1864. Thomas applied for a military pension in Des Moines, Polk County, Iowa, July 9, 1890. The pension application states "that he is wholly unable to earn a support by reason of lung disease, chronic diarrhea, old age and general debility. That said disabilities are not due to his viscious habits and are to the best of his knowledge and belief permanent."


with Clarissa -

Frances Arrowood (1847- )
Elvira (Arrowood) Johnson (1849- )
John Arrowood (1849-1919)
Fanny Jane (Arrowood) Lowe (1851-1914)

Manson Ervin Arrowood (1852-1922)

Althodrick Elizabeth (Arrowood) Snyder (1856-1932)

William J. McHenry Arrowood (1860-1939)
Alexander Arrowood (Abt 1861- )
David Grant ARWOOD I (1864-1946)

with Louisa -

Clearsey Isobel (Arrowood) Arrowood (1867-1948)

Anna Belle (Arrowood) Riddle (1869-1958)
James Samuel Arrowood (1871-1887)
George Washington Arrowood (1873-1919)
Millie Allis Arrowood (1874- )
Nancy Irmilene (Arrowood) Rassler (1876-1909)
Joseph McHenry Arrowood (1878-1903)
Hattie (T) Clementine Arrowood (1880-1881)
Fleming (1882- )

Louisa Stinnett Arrowood

Birth: Oct. 16, 1843
Greene County

Death: Mar. 22, 1924
Des Moines
Polk County


ARROWOOD - Funeral services for Mrs. Louisa Arrowood, 81,years old, who died yesterday morning at her home, 2518 Lyon Street, will be at held Wednesday afternoon at 1:30 at the residence. Interment will be in the Altoona cemetry.
p.18, c.1


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