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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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William T. Black, farmer, College Hill, Ark. The great-grandfather of our subject, Samuel Black, was born on the Emerald Green Isle about 1756, and came to this country with his parents and settled in Carolina when six years of age. He lived to be over one hundred years of age, his death occurring in Tallapoosa County, Ala., in 1858. His son and the grandfather of William T., Thomas Black, was born in South Carolina, and was of Irish descent. His son, and the father of our subject, Samuel Black, was born in Upson County, Ga., in 1820, and died in his native county in 1889. He was a millwright by trade. He married Miss Nancy W. Cooper, who was born in Upson County, Ga., in 1819, and she is now living in her native county. She is a daughter of Isaac Cooper, who was a soldier in the War of 1812. Their union was blessed by the birth of eight children four sons and four daughters—two sons and one daughter now living. Of these William T. Black was the eldest in order of birth. He was reared in Tallapoosa County, Ala., until eighteen years of age and then entered the Confederate Army in Company A, First Alabama Regiment of Heavy Artillery, serving from January, 1862, until the surrender of Nashville. He was captured there and taken to Chicago, where he remained until April, 1865, in which time his weight was reduced one-half on quarter rations. He then joined the Federal army and went to Leavenworth, Kas., in the interests of the Federal Government. In 1866 he came to Cleveland County, Ark., where he has since resided on his fine farm of 400 acres with 100 acres under cultivation, situated thirteen miles north of the county seat. He was married in 1862 to Miss Dora Walker, who was born in Upson County, Ga., in 1842, and this happy union resulted in the birth of five sons and three daughters: Samuel L., William T., Jr., Benjamin F., Luther H., Jesse C., Anna M., Dora F. and Matilda. In politics Mr. Black is a Jeffersonian Democrat, and his first presidential vote was for H. Seymour. He is a member of the Wheel.

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