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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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William H. Adams, active in the affairs of Faulkner County as a farmer and stock-raiser, was born April 29, 1859, his parents being Charles and Ellen (Rankin) Adams. The former was a native of Perry County, Ark., and among the earlier settlers of that part of the country. He delighted in speaking of the early days when the locality was new and the inhabitants scarce; Indians, bears and deer being in the majority. He was also a pioneer in this community. His father coming from old Virginia, and settling here, made the Adams family actively engaged in opening up the country. Charles Adams died March 12, 1884, and his wife died in 1860. William H. Adams, their only child, has lived in the vicinity of his birthplace all his life, following the vocation of a farmer. February 4, 1885, he was married to Miss Maggie Duke, a daughter of J. R. Duke, one of the influential farmers of Faulkner County. Mr. and Mrs. Adams have two daughters: Nancy E. (born December 14, 1886) and Birtie J. (born January 9, 1889.) Mr. Adams is an enterprising young farmer, and has forty acres of land, twenty acres being under cultivation, upon which he raises cotton, corn and oats. He and his wife are active members of the Methodist Episcopal Church, South. Mr. Adams is a member of the Agricultural Wheel, and politically is a firm believer in the principles of the Democratic party.

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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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