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Below is a family biography included in Biographical and Historical Memoirs of Columbia County, Arkansas published by Goodspeed Publishing Company in 1890.  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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Rev. B. W. Dufur, minister and farmer, Magnolia, Ark. This much revered and esteemed gentleman was born in Jefferson County, Ill., on November 15, 1846, but was reared in Missouri from the age of six years and there received his education. He left home in 1862, enlisted in the Confederate army, and participated in the battles of Prairie Grove, Jenkins’ Ferry and others. He served until the close of the war. His nuptials with Miss Martha Aldridge, a native of Mississippi, born March 11, 1844, were celebrated in 1865, in Columbia County, Ark. They have seven children: William F., Adelia A. (wife of A. G. Gillum), Martha A., Laura J., Mary P., Rosa M., and Edmund D. In 1868 Mr. Dufur moved back to Missouri, thence one year later to Kansas, and in the fall of the same year he moved to Benton County, Ark. In 1871 he went to Washington County, and in the fall of 1872 he went to Hope, Hempstead County, engaged in merchandising, which he continued for two years, and then to Columbia County, where he has since made his home. He has 720 acres of land located about eleven miles northwest of the county seat, and has seventy-five acres under cultivation. He was ordained a minister of the Methodist Protestant Church on October 9, 1871, and has been engaged in preaching the gospel and ministering to the spiritual wants of his fellow-men ever since that time. His wife and family are also members of that church. He was made a Mason at Kilgore Lodge No. 84, in 1884, and is a Master Mason. He has also been a member of the I. O. O. F. since 1880. He erected a cotton-gin, grist-mill, and saw-mill, in 1884, at a cost of $1,500, and he does a general custom business. He is a prominent man and an excellent citizen. His parents, Edmund and Mary (Prewett) Dufur, were natives of Ohio and Tennessee, respectively, the father born in 1818 and the mother in 1817. The father died during service in the late war. The mother is now living in Queen City, Mo.

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