AMANDA PYLAND CORLEY

TRANSCRIBED BY : TINA EASLEY

tina@grnco.net

100 YEARS

JULY 16 , 1958

 

THE CIVIL WAR IS MORE THAN A LESSON IN HISTORY BOOKS TO MRS. AMANDA "AUNT MANDY " CORLEY .SHE WAS THERE WHILE IT WAS GOING ON.

MRS. CORLEY CELEBRATED HER 100TH BIRTHDAY THIS AFTERNOON WITH A PARTY AT HERNDON NURSING HOME IN STRATFORD , WHERE SHE RESIDES. WITH MEMORIES OF SOLDIERS SPENDING THE NIGHT WITH HER FAMILY AND HER CONFEDERATE NEPHEW WHO WAS "LOST IN THE WAR " SHE ENTERTAINED THE MANY GUESTS AT HER PARTY.

"AUNT MANDY " WAS BORN AMANDA PYLAND ON JULY 16 , 1858 , IN FARMINGTON , TENN. SHE WAS ONE OF EIGHT CHILDREN , SEVEN GIRLS AND ONE BOY . THE PYLANDS , WHO WERE FARM PEOPLE MOVED TO GREENE COUNTY , ARKANSAS IN 1861 AND STAYED THERE UNTIL 1867 . IT WAS HERE , RECALLS MRS. CORLEY , THAT SOLDIERS CAME TO STAY OVERNIGHT AND PALLETS WERE MADE FOR THEM . MOST OF ALL SHE REMEMBERS THE BIG WASHINGS THE NEXT DAY BECAUSE "WE WERE AFRAID OF LICE AND WE NEVER GOT THEM EITHER. "

AMANDA'S PARENTS CARED FOR A SICK UNION MAN FOR MANY DAYS ONCE . THE ALERT MRS. CORLEY CAN STILL TELL OF HER NEPHEW WHO WAS "LOST IN THE WAR " AND INCIDENTS PERTAINING TO CARPETBAGGERS AND CUSTER'S LAST STAND.

AROUND 1867 THE PYLAND FAMILY LEFT GREENE COUNTY AND SETTLED IN POLK COUNTY, ARKANSAS. AMANDA WAS NINE YEARS OLD AT THE TIME . SHE GREW INTO A YOUNG LADY AND MET HER HUSBAND , GEORGE CORLEY , THERE , GEORGE CORLEY HAD BEEN REARED IN LOGAN COUNTY AND AFTER MARRIAGE TOOK HIS BRIDE TO SETTLE IN INK , ARKANSAS. THEY FARMED SOME AND RAN THE POST OFFICE UNTIL MR. CORLEY , SICK FOR MANY YEARS DIED IN 1915.

MR. AND MRS. CORLEY HAD NO CHILDREN OF THEIR OWN BUT RAISED AN ADOPTED, A BOY WHO DIED SEVERAL YEARS AGO. HER NEICE , MRS. LOU NALL , 83 , AND GREAT-NIECES AND NEPHEW ARE ALL THAT REMAIN OF HER FAMILY .