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Below is a family biography included in Biographical and Historical Memoirs of Hempstead 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 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 Adams is one of the prosperous planters of Noland Township, and owes his nativity to Washington County, Ga., where he was born on July 17, 1825, a son of Harmon and Fannie (Hodges) Adams. The father was born in North Carolina, in 1800, and reared on a farm in that State. After reaching years of discretion, he chose that occupation as his calling in life, and followed it with marked success until his death. He was married in Washington County, Ga., in 1823, to Miss Fannie Hodges, a native of Georgia, born in 1790, and their marriage was blessed with two children, the subject of this sketch being the elder, and Lizzie. The father was a soldier in the Indian War. He passed from life in 1873, in full communion with the Baptist Church. His wife died in Georgia in 1844. The marriage of our subject occurred in Pike County, Ark., in 1846, to Miss Mary A. Smith, daughter of Samuel M. and Elizabeth (McClure) Smith, and they became the parents of ten children—five sons and five daughters—nine of whom survive. They are John S., William H., Thomas J., James H., Robert T., Sarah E. (the wife of Samuel Gee, a prosperous merchant at Prescott), Margaret J. (wife of James Purtle, a well-to-do farmer of this county), Mary F. (wife of William Cannon, a successful farmer, also of this county), and Lucrine. When the late war was at its height, Mr. Adams enlisted (in 1863) in Company C, Nineteenth Infantry, and served his cause faithfully until the close of the war, when he returned to his home and resumed his farming operations, in which he has since successfully continued. He owns a valuable farm of 440 acres of good farming land, well improved and under an excellent state of cultivation, and raises cotton and corn principally. He believes in the doctrines of the Baptist Church, of which denomination he is an honored member.


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