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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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James M. Comstock was born February 23, 1860, in McDonald County, Mo., and is a son of Thomas and Miranda J. (Brown) Comstock, natives of Perry County, Tenn., and McDonald County, Mo., respectively. After becoming of age the father immigrated to Missouri, living in McDonald County until after his marriage. He next engaged in farming in Texas three years, returned to McDonald County a year, and then came to Crawford County, renting land of Lee’s Creek a year, and then buying his present place. To himself and wife nine children have been born, six now living: James M., Randolph, Minnie, wife of Edwin McCoy, of Sebastian County; Clinden, Cornelia and Hardy, living, and T. G. and Piney, deceased. James M. worked upon his father’s farm during his youth, as his father needed his services, and thus received a very limited education. When twenty-three he began life for himself, and went to Kansas as agent for a washing machine. In a short time he went on to McDonald County, and six months later returned to Crawford County. He then engaged in the mercantile business in Uniontown, with Mr. Wood, for four years, and then, selling his interest, went into partnership with his brother. They now have an extensive stock of goods and enjoy a good patronage. Mr. Comstock married Lucretia E. Wood, daughter of Joseph O. and Letitia Wood, by whom he has had two children, Kennie M., and an infant, who died unnamed. Mr. Comstock has always voted the Democratic ticket, and is a school director.

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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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