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Below is a family biography included in Biographical and Historical Memoirs of Johnson County, Arkansas published by Southern Publishing Company in 1891.  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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A. G. Hughes belongs to that sturdy, independent and honorable class, the farmers of Johnson County, Ark., and as he has been engaged in following the plow from youth up, he has become the owner of 160 acres of excellent farming land, and of the 140 acres that he has under fence he has 125 acres cleared. He was born in Tennessee in 1834 to Sumler and Katie (White) Hughes, the former of whom was born in the Old North State and the latter in Tennessee. After attaining his majority A.G. Hughes continued in his father’s employ until the opening of the war, when he enlisted as a private in Company F, Jackson’s regiment of cavalry, and was afterward a participant in the battles of Corinth, Franklin, Vicksburg, besides a number of other engagements of minor importance. He was captured at Corinth, but managed to effect his escape, and was there also wounded in the knee by a spent ball. After his return from the war he followed farming, first on his father’s land, afterward on rented land, then made a purchase of sixty-five acres, to which he has since added thirty-five acres, and of which he is still the owner. He came to Arkansas in 1880, and purchased the land above mentioned, to which he has since added forty acres of fine and fertile bottom land. He raises, corn, wheat, cotton, oats and red top grass, and is now giving considerable of his time and attention to the culture of fruit. He has averaged on his land thirty-five bushels of corn and 1,000 pounds of seed cotton to the acre, a fact that speaks well for the fertility of his property. He was married in 1862 to Miss Sallie Smothers, a native of Tennessee, born in 1843, a daughter of Tom and Sallie (White) Smothers, the former a native of North Carolina and the latter of South Carolina. Mr. Hughes and his wife have four children: John W., Thomas S., Katie and Malinda, all of whom are at home with their parents. The entire family are worthy members of the Cumberland Presbyterian Church, in which Mr. Hughes is a deacon. He at all times takes a great interest in church and educational matters, and for many years has been a teacher in the Sunday-school, and for the past three years has been assistant superintendent. He is a man of unblemished reputation, and is well known for his shrewd and practical views of life and for his many amiable traits of character. Socially he is a member of the K. & L. of H.

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This family biography is one of 65 biographies included in Biographical and Historical Memoirs of Johnson County, Arkansas published in 1891.  For the complete description, click here: Johnson County, Arkansas History, Genealogy, and Maps

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