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

Thomas R. Lane. Among the early settlers in Madison County, between the years 1829 and 1840, may be mentioned the Lane family, who left Warren County, Tenn., in 1829, and located near New Salem. Ill., but finding the climate much colder than they had been accustomed to, in 1882 left their farm in Illinois and settled on Richland Creek, Madison County, Ark. The second eldest son, Samuel Lane, was born in Warren County, Tenn., December 16, 1817, and was of great assistance to his parents in making a home in a new country. Losing both parents soon after coming to Arkansas, he was left to carve his own fortunes, and beginning to work on a farm for $4 per month, he started in life for himself. In 1841 he married Nancy Vaughn, and owning nothing but one span of ponies and their household goods, the young couple began married life, finally accumulating 700 acres of land, which they have divided among their nine children. They are now living with a daughter. The father is a member of the Little Spring Lodge No. 230, at Hindsville. Thomas R. Lane, one of the leading merchants of Madison County, was born here February 6, 1854, and received his early education in the country schools. In 1875 he married Maggie Berry of Madison County, and located on a farm in Prairie Township. He soon had his eighty acres of land well under cultivation, to which he has added until he now has 191 acres of fine land. In 1887 he sold his farm and went into the mercantile business with Thomas W. Berry, at Hindsville, where they have a fine stock of general merchandise and are doing a good business. Mrs. Lane was born near the scene of the Mountain Meadow's massacre, while her parents were on their way to California, August 28, 1859. She is the mother of two children, Robert L, and Nellie M. Mr. Lane is an active member of the Baptist Church, and belongs to the A. F. & A. M. He is an enterprising man, and having formed a partnership with his brother-in-law, J. C. Harris, in 1887 purchased a grist-mill, which was repaired and refitted with new machinery, now doing an extensive business in the surrounding country.

This family biography is one of 99 biographies included in the History of Madison County, Arkansas published in 1889.  For the complete description, click here: Madison County Arkansas History, Genealogy and Maps

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


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