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Below is a sample of a family biography included in the Biographical and Historical Memoirs of Hot Spring County, Arkansas published by Goodspeed 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.

James Alfred Brumbelow was born in Carroll County, Tenn., in November, 1831, as the son of Joshua and Cynthia (Butler) Brumbelow. The birth of Joshua Brumbelow occurred in Robertson County, Tenn., in 1795. He was reared on a farm and obtained his education at the country schools of his native county, and upon reaching manhood emigrated to Carroll County, the same State, and settled on a farm, being very successful in raising grain and stock. In 1847 he removed to Hempstead County, Ark., where he purchased land from the government. Here he lived until 1857, improving his farm for the successful cultivation of cotton and corn. He then moved to Jack County, Tex., where he engaged in farming. The first year the Indians stole all his crops, but thereafter he farmed in peace until his death, in 1865. His wife was born in Murray County, Ky., in 1808, coming to Hempstead County in 1847, where she died in 1852. James A. Brumbelow was reared on a farm in Carroll County, Tenn., there attending the country schools until 1847, when he accompanied his parents to Hempstead County, Ark. He began farming for himself in that county in 1852. Soon leaving this he roved about the State for a few months, finally settling on a farm in Gifford Township, Hot Spring County. Here he now has a fine farm of 160 acres, sixty under cultivation, where he raises cotton and corn, and many head of horses, cattle and hogs. He was married in October, 1855, to Susan E. Pelton, daughter of John Pelton and wife. Ten children were born to them, five of whom are now living: James A., Jr. (died in 1863), Sarah E. (wife of David C. Fenter, died in 1886), Malinda J. (died in 1863), William A. (married to Sarah Sides, living in Grant County, Ark.), Lewis N. (died in 1867), John T. (living at home and farming in Grant County, this State), Susie, Julia and Emily, (living at home). James A. Brumbelow enlisted in the Confederate army in February, 1863, joining Company I, Hawthorne’s regiment. He participated in the battle at Helena, and retired in July, 1863. He and his wife are members of the Christian Church, and esteemed citizens.

This family biography is one of 52 biographies included in the Biographical and Historical Memoirs of Hot Spring County, Arkansas published in 1889.  For the complete description, click here: Hot Spring County Arkansas History, Genealogy and Maps

View additional Hot Spring County, Arkansas biographies here: Hot Spring County, Arkansas Genealogy


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