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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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Joseph H. Howard. Among the official representatives of Yell County is Joseph H. Howard, who was elected to the office of sheriff September 1, 1890, and although a resident of Magazine Township was a native of Van Buren County, Tenn., born January 31, 1849. His father, William Howard, a gunsmith by trade, was also born in this State April 15, 1816, and married about 1842 Melinda Haston, a native Tennesseean, being born December 26, 1815, and they were the parents of nine children. Here the father died July 25, 1859, a member of the Presbyterian Church, and his widow, seventy-four years of age and in full fellowship with the Christian Church, lives in this county with her youngest son, Thomas F. Our subject began supporting himself at the early age of fourteen, remaining under the parental roof till his marriage, December 18, 1873, to Miss Samantha J. Campbell. She was born in Tennessee December 2, 1853, a daughter of Willis N. and Louellyn E. Campbell, who were born and married in this State. Her father participated in the late war, and departed this life April 15, 1875, a member of, and an elder in, the Presbyterian Church; his widow, also of like faith, lives with her daughter, Mrs. Miller, of this county. To our subject and wife were born five sons and three daughters, four of whom are living: Johnnie E., Joseph H., James W. and William J., and they have had under their care for many years an orphan to whom they are giving a parents’ loving watchcare, and a good home. He owns 100 acres of very valuable land, with forty under cultivation, and has a most magnificent orchard of many of the sterling varieties of fruit, and altogether enjoys the fruits of his hard labor in a prolific farm and comfortable home. For four years he served as deputy sheriff, and was elected constable of his township for a like period of years. Mrs. Howard is a member in good standing in the Presbyterian Church.

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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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