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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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Thomas R. Early was born in Whitley County, Ky., June 29, 1848, and is a son of Dr. James H. and Fannie F. (Hammond) Early. His great-grandfather was a soldier in the Revolutionary War, and his grandfather in the War of 1812. The father and mother were born in Whitley County in 1808 and 1809, respectively. Dr. Early represented his county in the State Legislature in 1844, and for forty years practiced his profession in his native county. In politics he was a Whig, and both himself and wife belonged to the Methodist Episcopal Church. Having lost his wife in 1859 he was wedded to Rebecca Sammons, nee Cummings, who had four daughters by her first husband. Mr. Early had six sons and two daughters by his first marriage, and three sons by second. Thomas R. was reared on a farm and educated at the common schools and Williamsburg Academy. At eighteen he began to teach in connection with farming, and has followed that profession since. January 12, 1871, he married Tempy Sammons, daughter of his step-mother. She was born November 21, 1851, in Whitley County, Ky., and is the mother of ten children: Randolph, James H., George W., William H., Willis, Samuel F., John F., Jacob, Fannie F. and Thomas S. Mrs. Early is a Methodist and her husband is a Missionary Baptist. After living in Kentucky until 1880 they moved to Lamar County, Texas, and three years later came to this county. In 1863 Mr. Early enlisted in Company F, Thirty-Second Kentucky Infantry, United States army, serving three months. On the day of his discharge he enlisted in Company G, Forty-ninth Kentucky Infantry, and served until December, 1864. Three brothers also served in the Union army. He is a Republican, served as justice of the peace in Kentucky, and holds the same office here. In 1888 he was the Republican nominee for representative, and ran ahead of his ticket, but was beaten sixty-nine votes. He owns 200 acres of land, 100 being cultivated, and has made his property by personal effort.

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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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