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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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Dudley S. Jones is a native of Person County, N. C., born on April 14, 1830, but is now one of the first citizens of Stonewall Township, Johnson County, Ark., where he is actively and successfully engaged in agricultural pursuits. His parents, Clayton and Mary (Johnson) Jones, were born in North Carolina and reared a family of three sons and three daughters, of whom Dudley S. was the eldest, five being now alive. When he was twenty-one years of age Dudley S. Jones rented part of his father’s farm, but at the end of two years moved to Arkansas, purchasing a farm of eighty acres near Spadra, which he improved and upon which he remained until February, 1860, when he sold out and bought his present farm of eighty acres, of which he has fifty acres improved and under cultivation. He continued to make purchases of land at different times, so that he was enabled as his four children married, to give each forty acres, and is now the possessor of 260 acres, his home farm consisting of 160 acres. He has 200 acres improved with substantial buildings and has 100 acres near Clarksville. His land is devoted to the raising of cotton, corn and oats, forty acres being this year given to cotton, and twenty-eight acres to corn. He is also interested in raising horses of a good grade, and in fact, is thoroughly up with the times in every branch of his business. Near his residence is a good apple and peach orchard which is well kept, and everything about his place indicates thrift and energy. Mr. Jones was married August 19, 1855, to Miss Elizabeth Dunning, a daughter of John Dunning, this county, and the result of their union is three sons and one daughter: John T., Henry W., Mary R. H. and James C., all of whom are married and settled on adjoining farms. Mr. Jones is a member of the Presbyterian, and his wife of the Methodist Episcopal Church. He has been a deacon of his church for twenty-two years, and socially is a member of the A. F. & A. M., and in his political views is a Democrat. He has always been noted for his liberality, and for his broad and comprehensive views on all subjects.

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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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