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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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F. M. Hale, prominently identified with the planting interests of Yell County, was born in McNairy County, Tenn., February 22, 1848. His father, James Hale, a native Virginian, and his mother, Elizabeth, of Tennessee, were married in McNairy County of the latter State, somewhere about the year 1846, and located on a farm, where they lived and died and raised a family of three boys, our subject being a twin and the eldest. The father was a minister of the gospel, having been licensed to preach by the Methodist Episcopal Church South. Being left to his own resources at the age of nineteen, and having gained what little education the common schools of his county could give, engaged as a farm hand, and the succeeding year married Isabel Owens, daughter of James Owens, of Henry County, Tenn., and who bore him six children: John Robert, Mary Susan, James M., William Washington, Sarah Ann and Charles (deceased). In 1877, thinking to better his fortunes, he moved to Faulkner County, Ark., and rented a farm, which he worked for five years, and here was called to mourn the loss of his wife. Moving to Yell County, he rented a farm of John Albright, in Rover Township, then purchased eighty acres from Dr. Clement, in Fourche Valley, and soon married Mrs. Shirley, widow of Milton Shirley, and who died in April, 1889, her two daughters dying while very young. He continued still to farm and increased his eighty acres to 163, with sixty under cultivation. Mrs. Henson, widow of James W. Henson, became his third wife, and they are the parents of one son, Francis. He has been a member of the Methodist Episcopal Church South, for many years, and his wife is a memberof the Missionary Baptist Church. He is an exemplary citizen, and a liberal patron of education and religion, doing much to support schools and churches, and all public interests of his county.

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This family biography is one of 124 biographies included in Biographical and Historical Memoirs of Yell County, Arkansas published in 1891.  For the complete description, click here: Yell County, Arkansas History, Genealogy, and Maps

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