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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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Dr. Beal, colored, farmer and stock raiser of Richland Township, was born near Raleigh, N. C., in 1822, and is a son of Lewis Hinton, who was the property of William Hinton. The latter took them to Alabama, and there they were sold to John S. Beal, with whom our subject remained, after he obtained his freedom, until 1871. He then went to Lawrence County, Kas., and the following year came to Crawford County, Ark. He soon after homesteaded forty acres of his present farm, which now contains 120 acres in the home place and 150 acres of bottom land. He is one of the most successful farmers and well-to-do citizens of the township, and his property is all the result of his own labor and business ability. In 1872 he married Millie Smith, who was reared in Alabama and Texas, and died in 1878 leaving two children. In 1880 Mr. Beal married Ellen Stowe, who was born in South Carolina, and came to this county in 1875. Mr. Beal and wife are members of the African Methodist Church. He is also a member of I. O. O. F., and in politics is a Republican, having cast his first presidential vote for Gen. Grant.

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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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