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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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Philip R. Craven, retail liquor dealer of Van Buren, was born in Randolph County, N. C., in 1851, and is a son Isaiah K. and Mary (Snider) Craven. The father was born in the same county in 1830, and his father, also, in 1793. The latter was a farmer and distiller, named John R., and his wife, Charity (Lambert) Craven, was born in 1791 and died in 1834. John R. died in 1858. Isaiah K. Craven married the mother of our subject in 1850, and that marriage was blessed with ten children, seven of whom are living: Philip R.; Sarah J., wife of Henry Yeager; Charity, wife of George Bly; Ida, wife of John Bly; Levi, Solomon and Lydia A. In 1869 Mr. Craven moved to Oregon County, Mo., and in 1870 to Randolph County, Ark. Having been left a widower in 1873, he was married in 1875 to Miss Lucinda A. Bly. He died in Randolph County, Ark., in 1876. Philip R. was reared upon the farm, and engaged in agricultural pursuits in Randolph County until 1876, and from that time until 1881 resided in McDonald County, Mo. From 1880 until 1882 he sold goods in Indian Springs, and then went to Washington County, Ark. In January, 1883, he came to Van Buren, and in 1886 established his present retail liquor business. In 1872 he married Miss Tennessee C. Cooper, who was born in Henry County, Tenn., in 1849. Mr. and Mrs. Craven have seven children: Dahlia, Eli H., Serena, Almedia C., Margeret E., Isaiah N. (deceased), Grover A. and Joseph L. F. In politics he is a Democrat, and cast his first presidential vote for Tilden in 1876. He is a member of the K. of P., and his first wife belongs to the Methodist Episcopal Church, South.

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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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