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Below is a family biography included in Biographical and Historical Memoirs of Craighead 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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John H. Darr, a prominent farmer of Jonesboro Township, is a native of the county in which he resides, his birth occurring January 1, 1849. His parents, Hiram and Elizabeth (McGown) Darr,were natives of Tennessee, although their marriage occurred in Arkansas, and a portion of their youth was spent there. Mr. Darr was a prominent Democrat, and a zealous member of the Masonic fraternity. He held local positions of honor and trust, and had the respect and confidence of all who knew him. To him and wife were born the following family of children: A. J., a resident of Jonesboro Township; Sarah, wife of T. H. Porter; Elizabeth E., wife of G. W. Wilkerson (both residents of Craighead County); Stephen S., and the subject of this sketch. Hiram Darr died February 11, 1860, and his wife October 11, 1872. John H. Darr was reared upon a farm and has always been engaged in farming and stock raising, being measurably successful at both. He received but a meager education, as his services were required at home on the plantation. He owns 100 acres of land, sixty of which are under a good state of cultivation. November 22, 1871, he was united in marriage to Mary, daughter of Abraham and Martha J. (Cary) McDaniel, early and favorably known citizens of Craighead County. To this union have been born eight children: Martha E., Mary A., Sallie J., John W., Abraham and James G., living; Hiram S. and William D., deceased. In national politics Mr. Darr votes with the Republican party, but in State and local elections he supports men and measures and not party. He is a reader of current literature, is well informed, but has never aspired to any political preferment. He is Past Master and a member of Jonesboro Lodge No. 129, A. F. & A. M., and liberally contributes to all worthy enterprises.

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This family biography is one of 98 biographies included in Biographical and Historical Memoirs of Craighead County, Arkansas published in 1889.  View the complete description here: Craighead County, Arkansas History, Genealogy, and Maps

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