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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 Thomas Anderson, one of the most extensive planters of Hempstead County, was born in this county on December 21, 1843, the son of Isaac and Mary (Tarpley) Anderson, natives of Missouri and Virginia, respectively, and both of whom died in Hempstead County, the former in 1877, in his sixty-second year, and the latter in 1853, while still comparatively young. Isaac Anderson located in Hempstead County in 1825, when Washington consisted of but one log store room, in which provisions and whisky were dispensed to the public. He located in Washington, and opened up a farm adjoining the town, on which he lived until his death. He was twice married, first, to the mother of our subject, and after her death he wedded Mrs. Mary Morgan, who survives him and makes her home in this county. There were five children born to his first marriage, our subject being the second in order of birth, three of whom are still living; the last marriage resulted in the birth of four children, but two of whom are now living. The subject of this sketch has spent all his life in Arkansas (with the exception of four years spent in Texas, from 1884 to 1888), and is now one of the most extensive planters in this township, being half owner of 900 acres of as good land as can be found in this county, Judge Conway, of Washington, being his partner. His marriage to Miss Martha A. Sandlin, daughter of Horatio Sandlin, of this county, was consummated on December 20, 1865, and to this union have been born six children, viz.: Edward G., Lelian G., Annie Maud, Thomas and Adele, living at home, and Ella, who died in her second year. Mr. Anderson enlisted in the Confederate cause in November, 1861, joining the Seventeenth Arkansas Regiment of Infantry, in which he served until the close of the war, and during his service he participated in a great many battles and skirmishes, among the principal of which may be mentioned Elkhorn, Corinth, Miss., in the spring of 1802, Iuka and Port Hudson. After this latter battle he was mounted and with Gen. Forrest’s cavalry. He passed through a long term of service very creditably, and at the close of the war returned to his home and engaged in agricultural pursuits on a farm near Washington, in which he has ever since successfully continued. He is a Democrat in his political views, and is one of the most enterprising citizens of this county.


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This family biography is one of 131 biographies included in Biographical and Historical Memoirs of Hempstead County, Arkansas published in 1890.  For the complete description, click here: Hempstead County, Arkansas History, Genealogy, and Maps

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