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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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B. D. Bryson. John P. Bryson was born in North Carolina in 1826 and reared as a farmer, and on arriving to manhood married Miss Ollie Jones, and later on emigrated to Georgia, where B. D., our subject, was born June 25, 1840, and in 1857 came to Izard County, this State, remaining here till 1863, when he changed to Yell County, which he made his home till the death of himself and wife, which occurred in 1874, they being at the time of their demise earnest members of the Methodist Episcopal Church. When twenty years of age the subject of this sketch learned the boot and shoe trade, and soon after became proficient as a harness-maker, working at this till the war cry sounded, when he laid down his tools to take up arms in defense of his country. In 1862 he enlisted in the cavalry, joining Company F, known as an independent organization of Confederate soldiers under command of J. H. Jones. Being granted a leave of absence in 1864 he went to Marion County, Tex., where he was united in marriage to Miss Mary E. Warer, and on his return to army life remained in service till the surrender, when he returned to his home and engaged in farming, and now owns 287 acres of fine, fertile land in Gallarock Township, 180 of which are thoroughly worked and improved, and he is known as a practical farmer possessed with broad and progressive ideas, and for two years officiated as constable of his township. In 1885 death robbed him of his worthy consort, who was a member of the Methodist Episcopal Church, and the following year he wedded Miss Sallie A. Lawrence, a native of Tennessee, born in 1856, and they have become the parents of two children: Cora and Jhobery. Mr. and Mrs. Bryson are faithful and errnest members of the Methodist Episcopal Church, where he has been steward for eighteen years.

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