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Below is a family biography included in The History of Carroll County, Arkansas published by Goodspeed Publishing Company in 1889.  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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Joel G. Breeding, a hardware merchant of Eureka Springs, was born in Overton county, Tenn., on November 11, 1841, and is a son of Stephen H. and Diana Breeding. Stephen H. Breeding was also a native of Tennessee, born in 1818. He was engaged in farming in his native State until 1859, when he removed to a farm near Berryville, Carroll Co., Ark., where he resided until his death in 1879. His widow is still living, and resides with the subject of this sketch. She is now seventy-five years of age. Joel G. Breeding was reared at the home of his parents, and came with them to Arkansas. When eighteen years of age he engaged in farming on his own account, and continued until he removed to Eureka Springs in December, 1879. He then established a general store, but afterward ran it into a grocery store, and continued in that line of business until December, 1887, when he purchased his present hardware store of Mr. M. Childs. Mr. Breeding is a very successful business man, and is one of the prominent and reliable citizens of the county. On September 7, 1865, he wedded Sophia K. Ramsey, who was born and reared in Carroll County, Ark., and is a daughter of Thompson Ramsey. Their union has been blessed by the birth of six children: Margaret J. (married to J. E. Jenks, of Faulkner County, Ark.), Naomi A., Laura L., Winnie a., Albert R. and Ettie P. Breeding. Both Mr. Breeding and his wife are earnest Christians, and members of the Methodist Episcopal Church, South. He is a Mason, and a member of the Knights of Labor. Politically he is a Democrat, and at present he is a member of the town council, and has been for four years.

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This family biography is one of 82 biographies included in The History of Carroll County, Arkansas published in 1889.  For the complete description, click here: Carroll County, Arkansas History, Genealogy, and Maps

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