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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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J. J. Geiger, a planter living in Herring Township, was born in Alabama, December 22, 1827. His parents, Abraham and Anna W. (Pence) Geiger, were born in the Palmetto State in 1801 and 1812, and were married in 1825, and were the parents of nine children. In 1858 the family came to Arkansas and settled in Yell County, where the father carried on his farm till his death in 1863, his widow surviving him till 1878. Both were members of the Methodist Episcopal Church South. Our subject owns and operates 100 acres of land, seventy-five of which are highly productive, yielding a good crop of corn and cotton each season. He has been twice married, first in 1855 to Miss Mary A. Herrill and who died in 1861, leaving four children to his care: Mary J. (wife of W. A. Sinclair), George O., Anna N. (deceased), and Sarah F. (deceased), and in 1862 Miss Sarah Morse, of Tennessee, became his second wife, and has borne him eight children: Vina (wife of William Crabtree), James A. and Robert (living), Quandary, Polly A., John N., Sandford and Lucy (all deceased). He socially belongs to the Masonic order, having been initiated into the mysteries of Dutch Creek Lodge No. 269.

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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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