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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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John B. Mann is the well-known proprietor of a flourishing livery stable in the town of Clarksville, and his birth occurred in this county in 1846, and he has resided here all his life the people have had every opportunity to judge of his character and disposition, and naught but praise has ever been said in regard to either. He is the second of six children born to C. B. and Elizabeth (Collins) Mann, who were born in Virginia and Tennessee, respectively. The father came to Arkansas at an early day and followed farming for several years. He was very successful in politics, and served as sheriff of the county, which office he was holding at the time of his death in 1856. He had been twice married, his first union resulting in the birth of two children, both of whom are living. His second wife bore him three children and died in 1881. John B. Mann was reared in Johnson County, and after attending the common schools until he was sixteen years of age, he, in 1863, enlisted in the Confederate Army in a company organized by his brother, A. T. F. Mann and A. D. King, the latter being chosen captain and the former second lieutenant, and with this company he participated in the battles of Poison Springs and Mark’s Mill, being at Marshall, Tex., at the close of the war. The summer following the surrender of Lee, Mr. Mann spent in Texas, but in the fall returned to Arkansas, and at once began farming. In 1870 he married Miss Lizzie King, a native of the State and a daughter of Reuben King, an old pioneer still residing in this section. Mr. Mann is the owner of 160 acres of land in Spadra Township, of which 100 acres are under cultivation, but since 1885, when he moved to Clarksville, he has devoted his attention to the livery business. His barn is 70x100 feet, and is well fitted up with good horses and vehicles, the former numbering twelve. He does a general transfer business in connection, and is one of the pushing and wide-awake men of the place. He is now engaged in erecting a fine residence on the hill in East Clarksville. To his union with Miss King seven children have been born: William C., Mary Virginia, Margaret Estella, Charles Buchanan Ella, Emma and Harley. Mrs. Mann is a member of the Cumberland Presbyterian Church, and Mr. Mann is a member of Calantha Lodge No. 38, of the K. of P., Ezel Lodge No. 45, of the I. O. O. F., and the K. of H. He is an active worker for the Democratic party, and as he has always been interested in educational matters, he has been a school director for several years.

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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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