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Below is a sample of a family biography included in the Biographical and Historical Memoirs of Lonoke 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.

William G. Adams, who was the seventh son in a family of sixteen children, born to John W. and Sarah J. (Duran) natives of Virginia and Tennessee, respectively, is a prominent farmer and fruit grower of Caroline Township, Lonoke County. His father was born December 1, 1809, and was at one time sheriff of Tipton County, Tenn. Removing to Arkansas in 1852, he was one of the early settlers of this county. He afterward went to Texas and bought a farm, and returned home in 1880, expecting to move to that State, but died here in that year. His wife still survives him and resides with a daughter. She was born July 13, 1813. John W. Adams was postmaster for several years, and also kept a tavern, conducting in addition to it a drug store in Pope County, Ark., for three years. William G. was born in Tipton County, Tenn., November 22, 1840, and was educated in Austin College, of Austin, Lonoke County. At the age of twenty he enlisted in the Confederate service, in Company A, under Capt. Scott, of the First Battalion of Arkansas Cavalry, in which he served four years. He was in the battles of Pea Ridge, Corinth and Helena, where he was captured and carried to Alton, Ill., there being kept nine months. While confined at Alton he had the smallpox and lost one of his eyes. He was then taken to Fort Delaware, being held a prisoner of war until the close of the struggle, after which he returned home and began farming for his father. December 13, 1866, he was married at Opelousas, La., to his cousin, Miss Fannie Adams, who was born in Tipton County, Tenn., January 6, 1843, and who died June 25, 1887, leaving six children (five of whom are still living): Nora L., Albert (deceased), Roberta, William B., Fanny and Dudley G., all residing at home with their father. Mrs. Adams was a member of the Methodist Church, as are also three of her children. Mr. Adams is a Democrat in politics, and has held the office of justice of the peace in this township for two years, serving in an acceptable manner. He has a fine farm of 110 acres of land, sixty acres, under cultivation, with about 600 bearing apple trees and a fine peach orchard, also a large fig tree which bears plentifully. Besides these interests he owns a house and lot in Austin. He takes active part in all public improvements, and educational matters.

This family biography is one of 143 biographies included in the Biographical and Historical Memoirs of Lonoke County, Arkansas published in 1889.  For the complete description, click here: Lonoke County Arkansas History, Genealogy and Maps

 View additional Lonoke County, Arkansas biographies here: Lonoke County, Arkansas Genealogy


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