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Below is a sample of a family biography included in the Biographical and Historical Memoirs of Johnson County, Arkansas published by Southern Publishing Company in 1891.  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.

A. B. Hillmantle is a man who is noted for the enterprise and energy he has displayed in the management of his farm, and although it contains only 200 acres, 120 are under cultivation, admirably tilled, and yield abundant and excellent crops. He was born in Shiawassee County, Mich., in January, 1855, being a son of J. N. and Margaret (Clees) Hillmantle, both of whom were native Germans, the father coming to this country alone, and the mother with her parents. At a later period the paternal grandfather came to this country also, and died in Michigan about 1862, his wife having previously passed from life in Germany. A. B. Hill mantle was the third in a family of ten children— five sons and five daughters—and all with the exception of three are living, and are residents of Michigan, with the exception of A. B. One brother, J. M., is a tailor of Traverse City, and another brother, Alex, is farming with his father in that State; Susan is married to Thomas Dyer, a farmer of Michigan; Hannah is the wife of George Wisler, and Louis and Rose are still single. A. B. Hillmantle is the only one of the family in Arkansas, having come here in January, 1878, and was here married to Miss Anna Henry, a daughter of G. C. and Mary Henry, their union taking place in 1879. They now have three children: J. N., Louis H. and Bessie B., who are bright and promising. Mr. Hillmantle is the owner of considerable property, and has done well in his adopted State, so well in fact, that here he expects to make his home for the future. His farm is rented out, and his attention is devoted to merchandising at Hartman, his stock of general merchandise being valued at about $6,000. He also owns residence property in the town worth $500. He is one of the substantial citizens and business men of Hartman, and the post-office, which is kept in his store, is managed by G. C. Henry, who is postmaster, and the father-in-law of Mr. Hillmantle. The latter and his wife are members of the Catholic Church.

This family biography is one of 65 biographies included in the Biographical and Historical Memoirs of Johnson County, Arkansas published in 1891.  For the complete description, click here: Johnson County Arkansas History, Genealogy and Maps

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


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