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Below is a family biography included in Biographical and Historical Memoirs of Faulkner 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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Thomas B. Adams is possessed of sterling qualities and progressive ideas and is therefore entitled to a representation in this place. Born in Louisville, Ky., October 25, 1864, his parents were T. T. and A. M. (Holder) Adams, natives of Virginia and Pennsylvania, respectively. They were married in Alabama in April, 1863, and spent a short time in that State, afterward going to Kentucky, then returning to Alabama where they lived until 1866. In 1881 they came to Faulkner County, Ark., and here still reside. T. T. Adams has spent several years in commercial pursuits. In 1881 he purchased a farm of forty acres, thirty-five acres under cultivation. Politically he is not an active man, but casts his votes with the Union Labor party, having formerly been a Democrat. Himself and wife are of English descent, and reside in Tupelo Township, three miles west from Conway. Thomas B. Adams was reared to farm life, and spent much of his time in North Alabama where he attended school, acquiring a practical education in the English branches. Since his school days he has not been content to let some other person do his reading and studying, but has been an earnest student, keeping himself informed on all the important topics of the day, also following the occupation of a farmer. In November, 1883, he became a member of Salem Agricultural Wheel No. 116, and was appointed recording secretary, which office he held until the summer of 1888, when he transferred his membership to Cadron Gap Wheel No. 117. In July, 1889, he was elected president of this order, and is the present incumbent. On October 13, 1887, Mr. Adams homesteaded eighty acres of land, and has about seventy acres under cultivation, taking a great pride in keeping everything in good repair. He manifests much interest in politics, and is an earnest advocate of the principles that govern the Union Labor party, casting his vote with that party, and using all his influence in convincing others in their behalf. He is a member of the Methodist Episcopal Church. Mr. Adams is an enthusiastic supporter of the free-school system of this State, and all other enterprises that are conducive to their welfare. He is a Prohibitionist and is not afraid to express his opinion upon that subject. He is a member of Conway Lodge No. 16, I. O. G. T.

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This family biography is one of 40 biographies included in Biographical and Historical Memoirs of Faulkner County, Arkansas published in 1889.  For the complete description, click here: Faulkner County, Arkansas History, Genealogy, and Maps

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