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Below is a family biography from the book,  The History of Crawford 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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Barnett C. Conley is a son of Mason S. and Rhoda (Cheatem) Conley, natives of Georgia and Virginia, respectively. When young they both went to Alabama, where they were married in Jackson County, and lived until 1830. They then settled in what is now Carroll County, where the father was killed about 1837. The mother died in this county when about sixty years of age. The father was a good blacksmith, by which trade he earned his living. The mother was Presbyterian, and the mother of three sons and three daughters. Barnett C. is the third child, and was born July 20, 1828. He was reared on a farm, and received no literary education as he was troubled with weak eyes, which prevented study. In 1850 he married Catherine Shepard, a native of Crawford County, who bore him the following children: William M., Serilda, Julia A., Mason S. Mrs. Conley died in 1857, and two years later he wedded Ann E. Mullen, who was born in Tennessee, December 3, 1838, and reared in Washington County, Ark. She is the mother of eight children: Henry J., James B., John F., Francis C., Mary C., George M., Lydia B. and Edie E. Mr. Conley’s first wife was a Methodist, but he and his present wife belong to the Christian Church. Mr. Conley has lived in this county nearly forty years, and although he began life with nothing, he now has eighty acres of land, sixty of which he has cultivated. He is a Republican and Master Mason.

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This family biography is one of 222 biographies included in The History of Crawford County, Arkansas published in 1889.  For the complete description, click here: Crawford County, Arkansas History, Genealogy, and Maps

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