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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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Clarence E. Haney was born February 9, 1844, in this county, and is the son of Thomas J. Haney, who came to this State in 1842, from Unionville, S. C, and entered 160 acres of land, which he improved at the rate of five acres a year until his death twelve years after, and his widow still owns the land and resides upon it, and here our subject lived,and at the breaking out of the war, being but eighteen years of age, was conscripted into Company F of Col. Hawthorne’s regiment, serving two years and participating in the battle of Prairie Grove, then deserted the Confederate side and joined the Federal Army at Little Rock, and fought in a number of battles and skirmishes and was wounded and taken prisoner at Prairie Grove; was exchanged and given a furlough, and received his final discharge July 18, 1865, at Lewisburg (now Morrillton). He returned to his home and resumed farming, and bought 440 acres of land, paying $3 an acre, and not having a dollar to pay down he gave his note for it, and in 1880 made his last payment, every dollar of which has come out of this land. He has under cultivation 150 acres, forty-five of these being devoted principally to cotton, and the remainder planted to corn and the small grains, and as a usual thing his crops average well, and he also raises some cattle, hogs, and has a fine flock of Cotswold sheep. On his farm is a nicely painted house, a good barn, besides several outbuildings. On September 29, 1870, he brought his bride, Mary J. Madden, daughter of Samuel J. Madden, to reign over this place, and who, after fourteen months of happiness here, died leaving an infant daughter to his care, and on July 30, 1876, married Miss Lovina C. Rounsaville, and they are the parents of the following family: Edwin (born May 26, 1877), Laura (born July 27, 1879), Lydia (born December 31, 1880), Robert E. Lee (born May 11, 1883, died March 2, 1890), Martha A. (born September, 1885), Grover Earl (born March 7, 1888). The family are connected with the Methodist Episcopal Church South, and he is a liberal supporter of churches and schools, and is a Democrat in politics.

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