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Below is a family biography included in Biographical and Historical Memoirs of Dallas County, Arkansas published by Goodspeed Publishing Company in 1890.  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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Augustus H. Kendrick, farmer, Fordyce, Ark. Mr. Kendrick was born in Heard County, Ga., in 1833, and is the son of Hezekiah and Nancy (Cook) Kendrick, natives of Georgia, born in Putnam and Butts Counties in 1803 and 1809, respectively. The parents were married in Henry County, Ga., but removed from there to Heard County, Ga., where they resided a few years and then, in 1847, emigrated to Dallas County, Ark. They settled near where Fordyce now stands, and there the father died in 1851 and the mother in 1857. Both were members of the Methodist Church. Mr. Kendrick was a farmer, and continued this occupation all his life. His father, John Kendrick, was of English descent, and died in Putnam County, Ga. The maternal grandfather, John Cook, of Irish descent, died in Heard County, Ga. Of the six children born to his parents, Augustus H. Kendrick was the fourth in order of birth, and was principally reared in Arkansas, and from the age of thirteen mostly in his present neighborhood. After the death of his father, the support of the family fell on his shoulders, and he learned the tanner’s trade, which he followed for many years. In 1861 he married Miss L. J. Lang, a native of Macon County, Ga., and the daughter of David and A. Lang, who moved to Dallas County, Ark., from Alabama in 1848. Mrs. Lang died in 1818 and Mr. Lang in 1851. To Mr. and Mrs. Kendrick were born four children, one son and one daughter living, viz.: Sarah H. (wife of Albert Fowler), and Hezekiah. Mr. Kendrick has improved one farm in Dallas County, and has followed agricultural pursuits for fifteen years. In politics he was reared a Democrat, casting his first presidential vote for James Buchanan in 1856, but he is now strictly independent. He is a member of the A. F. & A. M., Fordyce Lodge, and himself and wife belong to the Methodist Episcopal Church, of which he has been a member since seventeen years of age.

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