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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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Z. P. Ford, a prosperous planter of Lamar Township, was born in Lincoln County, N. C, June 22, 1831, and received a limited education in the common schools, and came to Yell County in the fall of 1857, having been married in North Carolina, and to whom a family of nine children has been born: Catharine J., Eli Martin, Jonas Laban, Joseph E., Mary Ann, Susan E., Sarah Lavina and Barbara M. (twins), and William Lee. Catharine, Eli, Susan and Lavina are deceased. Our subject has a very fine tract of land of 320 acres, of which he farms and cultivates 100. Himself and wife are most exemplary members of the Methodist Episcopal Church South, and being a public-spirited man, aids and contributes to schools churches and all worthy enterprises of his township. The Democratic party claim him as one of its stanchest voters, politically. His parents, Isom and Erixna (Beard) Ford, lived in North Carolina for a number of years, and the father was known as a quiet and unostentatious farmer and mechanic, taking no part in the war, and died soon after its close. The maternal grandfather was also of North Carolina, and married a young lady by the name of Martin.

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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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