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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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George H. Holder, a farmer of Dutch Creek Township, was born May 12, 1839, and is the fifth child in a family of eleven born to H. H. and Malicia A. (Carr) Holder, also of Alabamian nativity, and now deceased, the mother in 1855 and the father in 1870, both worshiping with the Baptist Church. Our subject received a good business education in Mississippi, and being left to his own resources, at twenty-three, commenced life for himself as a farmer on his own land. He was married, in 1861, to Miss Mary Flott, who was born in Mississippi in 1842, and this marriage has been blessed with nine children: William J., Caladonia (deceased), Bennett L., Walter L. (deceased), Sarah L., Clementine B., Archie C., Minnie J., Georgia H. and one unnamed (deceased). On the alarm of war sounding our subject severed all business connection and home ties to become a defender of his country, and was one of Company B, Twenty-sixth Mississippi Regiment of cavalry (Confederate Army) to participate in the following battles: Harrisburg (Miss.), Cross Roads fight, Athens, Pulaski, and a number of minor skirmishes, and while in a skirmish on the battle ground of Shiloh received a wound in his left hand. After his muster out he returned to his farm in Tennessee, which he conducted till 1878, when he came to this county, and erected for himself and family a comfortable and homelike cottage in the little village of Walnut Tree. His farm lying in Dutch Creek Township comprises seventy-five acres of fertile land, fifty-five of which are highly cultivated and sown to cotton, corn and wheat, which yield a very good harvest. He and wife are members of the Methodist Episcopal Church, and he is an A. F. & A. M., belonging to Dutch Creek Lodge No. 269.

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