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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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Mr. J. W. Burrows, mercantile clerk at Armada, was born in August, 1856, in Washington County, Ark., and is a son of Reuben and Nancy M. (Gilstrap) Burrows, natives of Tennessee and Washington County, Ark., who died in 1862 and 1865, respectively. They immigrated from Tennessee to Arkansas in an early day, and were the parents of three children: J. W., Mary and Locky Jane. In 1861 the father enlisted in a regiment of infantry, which was operated in Western Kansas. He was killed in the battle of Prairie Grove. By occupation he was a farmer. The maternal grandparents, Isaac and Locky Gilstrap, came to Arkansas from Missouri, and died in 1877 and about 1873, respectively. The grandfather was born in 1800, and was a farmer. Our subject has spent his entire life in Washington and Crawford Counties, and at the age of thirteen started in life for himself as a farm hand. In 1877 he married Miss Phemy York, who was born in Kentucky in 1861, and is a daughter of James York and wife. Her father came to Crawford County, Ark., from Kentucky, in 1870, where he engaged in farming. He is the father of seventeen children in all, eight by his first wife and nine by his second. The union of Mr. and Mrs. Burrows has been blessed with five children: Mary Frances, Maud Ellen Sanford, Elasco and Effie Tennessee living and one other now deceased. Mr. Burrows is a Republican, and cast his first presidential vote for James A. Garfield. He belongs to the Methodist Protestant Church and the Masonic and I. O. O. F. fraternities.

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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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