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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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James W. Hogan, a wide-awake citizen and successful planter of Rover, was born in Yell County August 13, 1863, and is the son of James W. and Elizabeth (Rounsaville) Hogan. The senior Hogan was a planter owning 160 acres of land, on which he made his home and died in 1863, leaving a widow and two children: (our subject and Martha A., who married Albert F. Humphrey in 1877 and moved to Indian Territory, where they now live). After his mother’s death, which occurred some time in 1877, having survived her husband some fourteen years, our subject made his home with his uncle, Woodson B. Hogan, remaining with him till attaining his majority, when he began the world for himself on a farm lying in the Fourche Valley, and has followed this calling ever since, living a quiet, uneventful life. He was married, October 1, 1885, to Mrs. Margaret A. Purcelly, widow of James S. Purcelly, and they have become the parents of two children: Bertha A. (aged four years) and Anna L. (an interesting child of eighteen months). They are members in good standing of the Missionary Baptist Church. Not having had other than the advantages the common schools afforded for an education, and realizing the importance of having good institutions of learning, he is a liberal contributor to schools and churches and everything that will promote the growth of his community. Politically he is a Democrat, voting always with that party.

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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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