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Below is a family biography included in Biographical and Historical Memoirs of Howard 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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Barnwell R. Anderson was born in Holmes County, Miss., December 5, 1854, in which State he continued to live until twelve years old. At that age he moved with his parents to what is now Howard County, Ark., where he attended school and also spent one term in Judsonia College in White County, in 1875. At the age of twenty-one he commenced to work for himself, and success has at all times crowned his agricultural pursuits, he at present owning the valuable farm which his father settled in 1868. He is a very advanced farmer, making it a study to improve his 254 acres of land, and consequently has one of the most valuable farms in Arkansas. Having been always successful himself, he has been able to contribute liberally to enterprises of a worthy nature. Mr. Anderson was married December 24, 1879, to Miss Dolly Whitemore, of Arkansas, who was the daughter of Thomas and Nancy Whitemore. She is still living and has had four children: Thomas Oliver (who was born October 23, 1879, died July 18, 1880), Nora Bell (born February 18, 1881), Clara (born September 21, 1885) and Clemen M. (born August 21, 1888) are still living. Mr. Anderson is not a member of any secret society. His parents and his wife belong to the Methodist Episcopal Church. His father, Oliver P. Anderson, was born in Waterloo, S. C, and died June 29, 1887. His mother, Arabella Brown Lee, was born in Waterloo, S. C, and is still living. They were married in Mississippi, and their five children, Aurelia S., Vivien R., Sarah, Eliza A. and Barnwell R., are all living.

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This family biography is one of 116 biographies included in Biographical and Historical Memoirs of Howard County, Arkansas published in 1890.  For the complete description, click here: Howard County, Arkansas History, Genealogy, and Maps

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