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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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Elisha Dean (deceased), formerly a farmer in LaFayette Township, was born in Pickens County, S. C., in 1810, and was a son of Elisha and Jemima Dean. Both parents were natives of South Carolina, where the mother died. The father was a son of English parents, who settled in South Carolina in an early day. His death took place in Mississippi. Elisha Dean, our subject, was married, about 1835, to Caroline, daughter of James and Elizabeth Parsons, and a native of Pickens County, born in 1814. In 1837 they moved to Alabama, and from there went to Mississippi about six years later, making that place their home until 1867. They then came to Polk County, but only remained there one year, removing subsequently to Crawford County, and after renting land one year, removing subsequently to Crawford County, and after renting land two years purchased a large farm on the mountains five miles north of Alma, in LaFayette Township. Mr. Dean at once proceeded to improve the place, and engaged in farming there until his death in 1875. He was a successful and good citizen, and his property was the result of his own labor and good management. He had been a member of the Baptist Church many years, and in politics was a Democrat. To himself and wife ten children had been born, of whom five sons and three daughters are living: William J., James M., H. Pinckney, Frank (of Washington Territory), Elisha P., Emily C. (wife of William Davis), Sarah A, (wife of William Sutton), and Margaret (wife of C. A. Bulion). Three of his sons, William J., James M. and Thomas P., served in the Confederate army. The last was captured in Mississippi, and after being held a prisoner some months, died at his home at the close of the war from the effects of army exposure. Mrs. Dean is a member of the Baptist Church. Elisha P. Dean, a son of our subject, was married in 1879 to Jennie Hill, who died four years after. He remained a widower one year, and then married Bettie Overstreet daughter of Mattison Overstreet, and a native of Mississippi. Mr. Overstreet served in the Confederate army, and about 1869 came to Crawford County, where he died. Mr. and Mrs. Dean have two sons. Mr. Dean’s first wife was a daughter of Richard Hill, of Georgia, where she was born. Mr. Hill came to Crawford County in 1869, and lived here until his death. Mr. Dean is a successful farmer of 200 acres of good land, well improved.

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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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