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Below is a family biography included in The History of Benton County, Arkansas published by Goodspeed Publishing Company in 1889. These biographies are valuable for genealogy research in discovering missing ancestors or filling in the details of 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.
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Pierce Frank Paul, was born in Upshur County, Tex., October 16, 1861, and is the son of Levi W. and Irena O. (Aldredge) Paul, and grandson of Archibald and Martha (Russell) Paul. The grandparents were natives of Virginia, and were members of the Presbyterian Church. They moved from their native State to Georgia, and from that State to Texas. The father died in 1875, and the mother in 1871. He was a Democrat in his political opinions. The maternal grandparents of the subject of this sketch, Samuel P. and Sarah (Furlow) Aldredge, were born in Morgan and Greene Counties, Ga., in 1812 and 1827, respectively. He was a farmer, also a merchant, was a member of the Masonic fraternity, and a member of the Methodist Episcopal Church. He died June 9, 1888. The grandmother was also a member of the Methodist Episcopal Church, and died in 1844. She was the daughter of David and Sarah Furlow. Levi W. Paul, father of Pierce Frank Paul, was born in Henry County, Ga., April 26, 1828, and engaged in merchandising in 1848, following this business in both North and South Carolina. He moved to Texas in 1856. He was a volunteer in the Confederate army, during the war, was the organizer of one of the first companies in Texas War, was made second lieutenant, and served until the close of hostilities. He was in the battles of Jenkins’ Ferry, Pleasant Hill, Mansfield, New Orleans and a great many other battles. He was once wounded. In 1868 he moved to Benton County, Ark., and here followed agricultural pursuits. He was a member of the Masonic fraternity, an elder and one of the founders of the Cumberland Presbyterian Church, and was a Democrat in politics. He died November 27, 1882. The mother was born in Greene County, Ga., March 25,1838, and was a member of the Ladies Aid Society and also of the Cumberland Presbyterian Church. She was the mother of the following children: James, Pierce F., Hattie M., Leone J., John W., David C. and Sallie A. Paul. Pierce F. Paul moved to Benton County, Ark., in 1868, and attended the high school at Bentonville. He then attended the Trinity University at Tehuacana, Tex., for twenty months, and graduated from the commercial department in 1879, receiving the degree of A. M. He returned to Arkansas in 1880, and engaged in merchandising for five years. He took a general course in the business department of the Kentucky University at Lexington, and graduated, receiving the degree of A. M. He then went to Waxahachie, Tex., and engaged in merchandising, which he continued until 1886, when he moved to Benton County, Ark., and was here married to Miss Etta Burns, October 20, 1887. Mrs. Paul was born in Benton County, Ark., October 20, 1868, was educated at Bentonville High School, and is a member of the Methodist Episcopal Church, South. Mr. Paul has traveled a great deal and has been through sixteen States and Territories, but likes Northwest Arkansas better than any State or Territory visited. He is a Democrat in his political principles.
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