My Genealogy Hound

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.

* * * *

Robert T. Compton. Among the native residents of the State of Georgia was one John Compton, who married Elizabeth Allen, also of Georgia, and who became the mother of six children, of whom Robert T. (subject of our sketch) was the youngest, being born in Hall County, Ga., September 13, 1853, and being left an orphan at the age of nine, made his home with his brother-in-law, L. J. Pugh, and came with him, in 1868, to Yell County, remaining with them till he was nineteen years old, when he hired to a farmer, and followed this occupation till 1874, when, on October 4, of this same year, he married Frances H. Buford, who was born September 13, 1855, and is the daughter of Rev. W. L. Buford, of South Carolinian nativity, being born in that State September 5, 1808, and died in Yell County, September 16, 1884, her mother having died in 1864. To the marriage of Robert Compton and wife were born four boys and four girls: Nancy E. (born October 3, 1875, and died December 13, 1876), Lucy L. (born March 16, 1877, died March 28, 1879), Mary Bell (born January 18, 1879), Robert S. (born April 15, 1881), William G. (born July 8, 1883, died November 15, 1889), Lucinda R. (born April 20, 1885, died September 7, 1889), Reuben Anderson (born May 2, 1887), and Buford (born September 10, 1889). At the time of this worthy couple’s marriage they did not possess a dollar’s worth of this world’s goods, but by determination, industry and economy, they have accumulated a farm of 337 1/2 acres in Fourche La Fave Valley, 175 of which he has thoroughly improved, and are now residents of Rover Township. In politics he is an enthusiastic Democrat, and has served as justice of the peace for eight years on the local ticket. Himself and wife are consistent members of the Methodist Episcopal Church South, and is a citizen deeply interested in the upbuilding of schools and churches, always liberally contributing to these and all things for the benefit of his community’s good.

* * * *

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

To view additional Yell County, Arkansas family biographies, click here

Use the links at the top right of this page to search or browse thousands of other family biographies.