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

Richard A. J. Moore although now a well-known resident of Union County, Ark., was born in Perry County, Ala., on June 12, 1831, and in 1845 was brought to Arkansas by his parents, Alexander and Lydia (Tubb) Moore, whose native State was South Carolina. In 1856, when sixty-nine years of age, the father passed from life, the motherís death occurring in 1864, at the age of sixty nine years. The former was a soldier in the War of 1812, was a Democrat in politics, and he and his wife were members of the Missionary Baptist Church. Richard A. J. Moore was the ninth of their ten children, and was principally reared in Union County, where he obtained a good practical English education in the country schools. His occupation has been farming since his twenty second year, and he now owns about 1,700 acres of land, some 200 acres being under cultivation, yielding the average amount of grain. A considerable portion of his land is heavily covered with fine timber, such as walnut, oak, pine, hickory, etc. Miss Sarah M., the daughter of William G. and Amanda (Neal) Gresham became his wife in 1854, and to them this family was born: Susan I., William A., Ella J. (who died in 1887), Richard P., Lydia A., Sophronia F., Robert E. L. and John A. The mother of these children died in 1875, mourned not only by her immediate family, but by all who knew her. In 1862 Mr. Moore joined the Confederate army as a private, but was soon promoted to sergeant in Company I, Nineteenth Arkansas Infantry, and served with the same until after the fall of Vicksburg when he was transferred to Harrison's cavalry, and served in the same capacity until the close of the war. He was in numerous battles in which may be mentioned Corinth, Baker's Creek, Big Black, Grand Gulf and numerous others. He was wounded at Corinth, receiving a shot in his right leg, which was quite serious and still causes him much trouble at times. He returned to his home in Arkansas after the war was over, resumed the occupation of farming, and has since taken an active part in politics, being a stanch Democrat. He joined the Masons in 1856, is a member of the Wheel, and since 1850 has been a member of the Missionary Baptist Church.

This family biography is one of 84 biographies included in the Biographical and Historical Memoirs of Union County, Arkansas published in 1890.  For the complete description, click here: Union County Arkansas History, Genealogy and Maps

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


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