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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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M. M. Hale, one of the many prosperous planters of Yell County, and a citizen of Magazine Township, was born in Georgia, March 6, 1834, his parents, Thompson and Elizabeth (Johnson) Hale, were also natives of this State, and were married in Gwinnett County, where they raised a family of seven children, and here the parents, worthy consistent members of the Baptist Church, died, the mother in 1844 or 1845, and the father in 1890. The principal of this sketch was early trained as a farmer, and when twenty-one rented land in his native State, which he worked for two years and subsequently purchased land. He was united in marriage, December 23, 1856, to Miss Rebecca S. Wright, who was born in the Palmetto State in 1834, the daughter of Berry and Polly (Christopher) Wright, and they became the parents of the following family: Matthew T., Darling P., Sarah E. (wife of William Renington), Irena, James B., Mary E., George A. and Selete O. Our subject served his country faithfully as a soldier in the Confederate Army, enlisting in Company B, Forty-second Georgia Regiment of Infantry, commanded by Capt. Putnam Weaver, and fought in the battles of Vicksburg, Franklin, Chickasaw, Missionary Ridge, Atlanta, Nashville, and a number of minor skirmishes, and was paroled at Atlanta in 1865, and at the close of the war returned to his farm. In 1869 he came to Arkansas, and located in this county, where he bought 160 acres of land, clearing and improving seventy-two acres, which yield an abundant crop, and has a fine orchard of about four acres, and his farm gives evidence that he is a man of thrift, and is possessed of broad, progressive ideas, and is well posted on all methods of modern farming. He and wife are members of the Methodist Episcopal Church South.

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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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