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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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Martin Barker, farmer and stock raiser, was born in LaFayette County, Mo., in 1832, and is a son of John and Sarah (McFarland) Barker, who were born near Lexington, Ky., and East Tennessee, respectively, about 1810. When young they accompanied their parents to LaFayette County, Mo., where they were married. They lived in Platt, LaFayette, Johnson and Barry Counties, Mo., until about 1845, and then removed to Texas. The father died two years later when returning to Missouri, after which the family came to Crawford County, where the mother died. She was a devout member of the Presbyterian Church. Thomas Barker, the grandfather, and his wife, were of Dutch descent, and died in Texas and Missouri, respectively. Martin Barker is the eldest of three sons and four daughters born to his parents, and thus upon the death of his father the main support of the family fell upon him. He received but a meager education during his youth, and lived at home until twenty-one, when he was married to Mary Ann, daughter of Joshua and Lucretia Hargrove, natives of Georgia. Mrs. Barker was born in Tennessee, and in 1850 came to this county, where her mother died. To Mr. and Mrs. Barker six children have been born, of whom two sons and three daughters survive. With the exception of 1859, which was spent in Texas, Mr. Barker has resided in different portions of Crawford County, although he has lived upon his present farm since 1868, which, when he first located upon it, was in the midst of the forest. He now has seventy-five acres of cleared land and owns in all 220 acres. In politics he was formerly a Whig and since the war has been a Republican.

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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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