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Below is a sample of a family biography included in the Biographical and Historical Memoirs of Pike County, Arkansas published by Goodspeed in 1890.  These biographies are valuable for genealogy research in discovering missing ancestors or filling in the details in a family tree. Family biographies often include far more information than can be found in a census record or obituary.  Details will vary with each biography but will often include the date and place of birth, parent names including mothers' maiden name, name of wife including maiden name, her parents' names, name of children (including spouses if married), former places of residence, occupation details, military service, church and social organization affiliations, and more.  There are often ancestry details included that cannot be found in any other type of genealogical record.

Loderick R. Sullivan, merchant, Star of the West, Ark. For a number of years past the town of Star of the West has been noted far and wide for its excellent mercantile establishments, and particularly that conducted by Mr. Sullivan, who is one of the representative business men of that place. He was born in Bedford County, Tenn., May 23, 1849, but was reared in Howard County, where he secured a first class education in the common schools, and later graduated from the Commercial College, of Little Rock (1884). He also took a course in telegraphy. He started out for himself at the age of twenty-one years, as a teacher, and also carried on agricultural pursuits, at which he was quite successful. He is the owner of 147 acres of land, and has about forty acres under cultivation. Aside from this, he is also engaged in merchandising, does an annual business of $8,000, and carries a stock of goods valued at $2,000. He does a general advancing trade. Mr. Sullivan was married in 1876, to Miss Sarah F. Jones, a native of Arkansas, and the daughter of C. W. Jones, who resides in this county. To them has been born one child, Nona Frances. Mr. Sullivan is a member of the Masonic fraternity, having joined Pleas ant Valley Lodge No. 30, at Nashville, Ark., about 1872, and is Independent in his political views. He and Mrs. Sullivan are members of the Christian Church. Mr. Sullivan has served as magistrate in Howard County a number of years, and he is a liberal supporter of all laudable enterprises. He was the sixth of seven children born to Zachariah and Nancy (Rertson) Sullivan, natives of Tennessee, who moved to Pike County, Ark., in 1850. There they still continue to reside, and make their home with their daughter, Mrs. William Dorsey, who resides near the old home. 

This family biography is one of 71 biographies included in the Biographical and Historical Memoirs of Pike County, Arkansas published in 1890.  For the complete description, click here: Pike County Arkansas History, Genealogy and Maps

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