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Below is a family biography included in The History of Madison County, Arkansas published by Goodspeed Publishing Company in 1889.  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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Francis M. Anderson was born in Madison County, February 12, 1842, where he has since lived engaged in farming and stock raising. He began life with no property of his own, but by determined effort is now the owner of 457 acres of land, well improved. In June, 1861, he enlisted in Capt. Boon’s Company I, Sixteenth Arkansas Infantry, Confederate Army, and participated in a number of important engagements, among which may be mentioned Pea Ridge, Farmington, Iuka and Corinth. Later he was wounded by a bursting shell, taken prisoner and held a short time. After his release he served in several skirmishes, and in 1863 was taken prison while on a visit home, but made his escape from the enemy while en route for Springfield. After the war he resumed his farm duties, and October 6, 1867, married Nancy Stewart, daughter of James Stewart. Mrs. Anderson was born in this county, and is the mother of the following children: William R. L., John W., David W., Robert T., Thomas G. and James. Mr. Anderson is a leading man in his township, a member of the Masonic fraternity, and himself and wife belong to the Methodist Episcopal Church. In politics he is a Democrat.

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This family biography is one of 99 biographies included in The History of Madison County, Arkansas published in 1889.  For the complete description, click here: Madison County, Arkansas History, Genealogy, and Maps

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