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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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J. H. Branson, farmer, was born in Crawford County, Ark., in 1856, and is a son of J. W. and Nancy (Francis) Branson. The father was born in Kentucky, September 21, 1829, but was reared in Missouri, where the mother was born, February 18, 1832. Mr. Branson immigrated to Crawford County, Ark., in 1854, and for several years served as justice of the peace. He was a farmer, miller and blacksmith, and now lives in Barton County, Mo. He served for three years during the war as saddler, in the Sixth Kansas Cavalry, and was in the battle of Camlin. He was once wounded through the thigh by bushwhackers. The grandfather, William Branson, was born in 1806, and was married in 1828, the following year moving to Missouri. In 1854 he accompanied J. W. Branson to Arkansas, and has since resided in Crawford County, with the exception of the war period, when he lived in Texas. The maternal grandfather, H. F. Francis, was of Irish descent. Our subject received a good education when young, and when of age began life for himself upon a farm. In 1877 he married Miss Margaret Snider, daughter of James and Talitha (Bethel) Snider, and a native of this county, born in 1861. Mr. and Mrs. Snider were born in Kentucky in 1831, and in Tennessee in 1839, respectively. In 1832 Mr. Snider came to Crawford County, where he afterward engaged in farming. He was a carpenter by trade, and for three years during the war worked for the Government at Fort Smith. He participated in the battle at Prairie Grove and in the skirmish at Cane Hill the previous day. Although he started in life without means, Mr. Branson has, by industry and economy, become the owner of forty acres of land, and has a stock of cattle and mules valued at about $600. He is a Republican, and as such is serving as justice of the peace. He is a member of the Agricultural Wheel, and his wife belongs to the Methodist Church. They have four children.

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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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