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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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R. B. Carson was born October 15, 1828, in Haywood County, N. C., and is a son of Shadrick and Mary (Turner) Carson. The father was born in Tennessee before it became a State, and when eighteen went to North Carolina to live with relatives, where he afterward married. The mother was born in Haywood County, N. C., received a common-school education, and was a school-mate of Gen. Thomas, and of her thirteen children five are now living: Robert B., Lucinda, James, Joseph and Angeline. Those deceased are Martha, Adeline, Jane, Samuel, Margaret, William, John and Harriet. Mr. Carson was a man of means at the time of his death. He and wife died in Georgia, but were buried in Tennessee. Robert Carson, the grandfather, was a native of France, who settled in Tennessee at an early day and there passed her life. His wife was born in Tennessee, and afterward married Sam Williams. She died in Nashville, Tenn. The maternal grandparents of our subject, Robert Turner and his wife, were natives of North Carolina, where they passed their lives. Mr. R. B. Carson lived in Georgia until thirteen, being reared on a farm, and having but limited educational advantages. When nineteen he started to join the Mexican War, but was dissuaded by an uncle and returned home. July 27, 1849, he married Mary P. Louallen in Tennessee. This lady was born in North Carolina, and bore him six children, all save one now living: Shadrick M., Frank, Robert A., Charley and Martha. Hannah H. is deceased. Mr. Carson removed to Georgia from Tennessee, and twenty years after came to Arkansas, where he lost his wife in 1872. A year later he married Mrs. Eliza Fuller, by whom he has two children: Mary A. and Joseph H. Mrs. Fuller had one child, William, when she married our subject, October 30, 1873. Mr. Carson served six months during the war in Company G, Fifth Georgia Regiment, during that time experiencing all the hardships of war. After returning home he resumed farming and ran a dairy part of the time. When Mr. Carson first came to Arkansas he rented land for three years and then bought his present place, giving in part payment a span of mules. Since his second marriage he has lived upon his present place, which contains 310 acres, 130 being under cultivation. He has been a member of the Missionary Baptist Church for thirty-eight years, and his wife belongs to the Methodist Episcopal Church. Mr. Carson has served the community as constable, and is now director of the district schools. He is a Democrat in politics, and belongs to the Masonic fraternity, Knights of Horse and Farmer’s Alliance and Wheel.

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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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