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Below is a family biography included in Biographical and Historical Memoirs of Yell 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, of the Dardanelle Transfer Company, and a well-known citizen of the town, was born in Nashville, Tenn., in 1848, and is the youngest member of the family born to J. L. and Nancy (Little) Hughes, originally of Tennessee and Virginia. The maternal grandfather was an extensive Virginia planter, and died in that State. The paternal grandfather, David Hughes, was one of the pioneer farmers of Tennessee, and was the proprietor of the livery and transfer business at Nashville, to which his son, J. L., succeeded, and continued in it for ten years, then took up steam-boating, and for five years was captain and owner of the “Kate May,” which ran from Louisville to Nashville. Disposing of this he again established himself in the transfer business, carrying this on till 1855, when death called him to his final home. A. G. Hughes was reared in Nashville, receiving a good common-school education, and when but fifteen assumed the management of a ferry-boat for the Government; later on was pilot on a boat on the Cumberland River. Being a victim of the Arkansas fever, in 1868 he came to this State and accepted a position on the Arkansas River, subsequently going to Gainesville, Tex., he started a business of merchandise, which he closed out in about eighteen months’ time, and again coming to Dardanelle occupied himself with well-digging, farming, and a business which was burned out, then farmed for three years, at the expiration of which time he engaged as traveler and collector for C. M. Freed, in 1888, leaving him to form a partnership with S. N. Evins (see sketch). In 1889 Edward Shinn was admitted to the firm. He is the owner of two large stables, a lot, and a cottage on Mount Nebo. Politically he is a Democrat, and as a citizen is active and energetic, and thoroughly awake to the interests of his townsmen.

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