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

John M. Plunkett, a resident of Calhoun County, Champagnolla Township, Locust Bayou post-office, was born in Perry (since Decatur) County, Tenn., on April 3, 1832, first child of H. W. and Dicey Plunkett, natives of North Carolina. They moved to Tennessee while quite young, and here the father died in 1849. The mother then moved to Union County, Ark., in January, 1851, and lived there until 1856. She then moved to Calhoun County, where she resided until her death, which occurred in 1863. Our subject was principally raised in Tennessee, where he obtained a limited education in an old log school-house among the hills of Tennessee. At the death of his father he began doing for himself and mother. July 8, 1858, he was united in marriage to Miss Mary H. Hollis, daughter of Jeremiah and Sarah Hollis, an old and respected family of Calhoun County. To this union were, born eleven children: Dicey E. E., Lou M., Jerry, John H., an infant (who died be fore naming), William G., Charles M., Lewis, Mary A., and James N. and Harriet H. (twins). Jerry is unmarried; William G. and Harriet H. are dead; Emma married Mr. John Midlay, and Lou married James H. Neeley, and are living near their father. Mr. Plunkett enlisted in the Confederate army in 1862, in Radford County, and served about three weeks, when he was discharged. He then returned home, where he remained about twelve months, when he re enlisted in Company H, Second Arkansas Cavalry, and continued to serve as a private until the close of the war. He was in several skirmishes; also in the famous Missouri raid under Gen. Fagan. Mr. Plunkett takes an active interest in politics, and is an Independent. He is a member of the Farmersí Union, which he joined in 1886. He is a farmer by occupation, and owns 280 acres of land, ninety acres of which are under cultivation, and has erected a cot ton-gin on his farm, and does his own ginning.

This family biography is one of 67 biographies included in the Biographical and Historical Memoirs of Calhoun County, Arkansas published in 1890.  For the complete description, click here: Calhoun County Arkansas History, Genealogy and Maps

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

        

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