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Below is a sample of a family biography included in the History of Franklin County, Arkansas published by Goodspeed Publishing Company in 1889.  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.

Henry Hiatt, an industrious farmer of Franklin County, was born in Marion County, Ind., September 11, 1830, and is a son of Reuben and Mary (Rogers) Hiatt, natives of Kentucky. The grandparents removed from Virginia to Kentucky in an early day and located on a farm. Reuben Hiatt was born in Garrard County. Ky., where he was reared, and whence, after his marriage, he removed to Indiana, settling in Marion County in 1826; in 1844 he located in Johnson County on a farm, and in 1862 went to Kansas, where he died two years later. To Reuben and Mary A. Hiatt were born five children, viz.: Hawkins, John. Reuben, Henry and Sarah. At the age of nineteen Henry Hiatt went to Texas, returning to Arkansas in 1856 and locating at Fort Smith. He married Angeletta Taylor, daughter of Z. Taylor, and the have a family of eight children, viz.: Mary A., wife of John Rank; William H.; Lillie, now Mrs. O. Pagett; Sarah E. who married Robert Willis; Laura, Charles, Eugene H. and Oscar L. Mr. Hiatt located on the farm where he now lives in 1859. At one time he owned 640 acres, but he has given his sons farms, and he now conducts a well-improved farm. In 1863 he enlisted in the First Arkansas Battalion, United States Army, whose headquarters were at Fayetteville, and served until the close of the war, when he returned to his home. In politics he is a Republican. Mr. and Mrs. Hiatt are members of the Methodist Episcopal Church.

This family biography is one of 163 biographies included in the History of Franklin County, Arkansas published in 1889.  For the complete description, click here: Franklin County Arkansas History, Genealogy and Maps

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