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Below is a sample of a family biography included in the Biographical and Historical Memoirs of Northwest Louisiana published in 1890 by Goodspeed.  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.

H. M. Rogers belongs to the successful general mercantile firm of Rogers & Hartier, of Welchton, La., and as a man of business is keen, shrewd and enterprising. He was born in Rapides Parish, La., in 1845, to David and Clara (Curtis) Rogers, who were born in Ireland and Louisiana in 1812 and 1818, respectively, but when a boy the father was brought to the United States by relatives, his home at first being in the Old North State. He afterward came to the Pelican State, and was here married about 1833, and in this State continued to make his home until his death, which occurred in 1855, he being a member of the Presbyterian Church and the A. F. & A. M. fraternity at the time of his death. His widow, who survives him, makes her home with her son in Alexandria, and is an earnest member of the Episcopal Church. The paternal grandfather was a Presbyterian minister of Ireland, and the maternal grandfather was a cotton planter in Rapides Parish. H. M. Rogers was attending school when the Civil War broke out, and in 1862, when only sixteen years of age, he dropped his books to enlist in the Confederate Army, becoming a member of Company K, Crescent Regiment, afterward taking part in the battle of Shiloh. In the latter part of 1862, under the act excluding all persons under eighteen yearn of age from the service, he was discharged and returned home. He re-enlisted, however, in 1863, in the Second Louisiana Cavalry, and this time was on active duty until the war was practically over, having taken part in the battle of Pleasant Hill and numerous skirmishes. He was at Alexandria at the time of Lee's surrender. The war crippled him badly financially, and after he returned home he secured work as a steamboat clerk. In 1867 he was married to Mrs. Osborne, daughter of Joseph Duval, but his wife died in 1877, and in 1883 he married Miss Fannie, daughter of William and Catherine Mace, natives of Pennsylvania. In 1869 Mr. Rogers first began planting where he now lives, and in 1882 opened a mercantile establishment, forming, in 1884, a partnership with A. Hartier, with whom he has since been associated, their annual business amounting to $15,000. Mrs. Rogers is a member of the Baptist Church. Mr. Rogers is the father of six children: Charles (in Texas), Florence, Daisy, Fannie. Henry and Una, all of whom are receiving excellent educational advantage as they grow up.

This family biography is one of 364 biographies included in the Biographical and Historical Memoirs of Northwest Louisiana published by Goodspeed in 1890.  For the complete description, click here: Biographical and Historical Memoirs of Northwest Louisiana


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