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

Robert R. Adams has been intimately and prominently identified with the interests of Jefferson County for a period of time sufficiently long to have acquired extensive acquaintance. He is a native of Twiggs County, Ga., being a son of Donald Adams, who was born in South Carolina, November 23, 1801, but who removed to Georgia in 1824, where he married Miss Elizabeth Ellis. The latter first saw the light of day in Georgia in 1807, and there Robert was born February 26, 1842. Mrs. Adams died in her native State in 1883, her husband having preceded her about three years. In this family were nine children, four of whom are now living. Young Robert received his education in private schools, and on the breaking out of the war entered the army in 1861, under Col. Anderson, in Company K, Eleventh Georgia Regiment. He participated in the battles of Second Manassas, Thoroughfare Gap, Richmond, Yorktown, and several others, being finally honorably discharged, and he has now in his possession his discharge and furlough papers and numerous others, mementoes of an experience severe but honorable. In 1875 he came to Little Rock, where he became engaged as a planter. His possessions have increased most perceptibly, until, besides owning valuable property in Hutchinson, Kas., he has about 700 acres in Jefferson County, Ark., in cotton and corn. He is a Mason in good standing, and also belongs to the American Legion of Honor and Royal Arcanum. He is a Democrat, and a man of great public enterprise, keeping thoroughly apace with the progress of the day. Since 1879 he has kept a diary of passing events, in which he takes great pride. October 8, 1863, Mr. Adams married Miss Rebecca Perry, of Haynesville, Houston County, Ga. They have two children, Virginia E. (born October 1, 1864) and Mattie Joe (born April 5, 1866).

This family biography is one of 136 biographies included in the Biographical and Historical Memoirs of Jefferson County, Arkansas published in 1889.  For the complete description, click here: Jefferson County Arkansas History, Genealogy and Maps

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

        

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