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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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John S. Mann, one of the old and prominent citizens of Princeton Township, Dallas County, was born in Robertson County, Tenn., September 2, 1837, and is the son of John and Catherine (Scoggin) Mann, natives of Person County, N. C. Both died on the farm where our subject now lives; he in 1866, at the age of sixty-three years, and the mother when quite a young woman. They left their native State, and moved to Middle Tennessee, remaining in Robertson County until 1846, when they moved to Dallas County, Ark. The county was then a wilderness, and Mr. Mann passed the balance of his days in clearing his farm and improving it in every way. He and wife were members of the Presbyterian Church, and he was a member of the S. of T. He affiliated with the Democratic party in his political views. After the death of his wife, Mr. Mann married Miss Martha Hightower, who died in this county, August 28, 1885, being eighty-two years old. John S. Mann was the fifth of eight children, four now living: Margaret E. (widow of J. T. Taylor), Mary C. (wife of R. H. Harrison), and D. J. (who is a farmer of Owen Township, this county). Those deceased were William P. (died while in the Confederate service), James M. (was also a Confederate soldier, and died while in service), Rachel (died in Tennessee) and Martha Ann (wife of G. W. Green, Sr., died in Dallas County). John S. Mann passed his boyhood and youth in Dallas County, and at the breaking out of the war, or in 1861, he joined the Twelfth Arkansas Confederate Infantry, and after the first year was made second lieutenant. He was afterward promoted to first lieutenant, and was in many battles. He was at the surrender of Fort Thompson, on the Mississippi River, and Island No. 10, when it was taken, and escaped, with fourteen others, by floating down the river in an old coal barge. He was then in the battles of Perryville (Ky.), and Port Hudson, where he was taken prisoner, and retained at New Orleans. On October 16 he was taken to Johnson Island, and in April of 1863 he was taken to Point Lookout, thence to Fort Delaware, where he was released, June 13, 1865. He then returned home, found his parents in an impoverished condition, took charge of the farm, which he managed until after the death of the father, and then took care of his stepmother until her death, also taking care of the rest of the family. January 30, 1868, he married Miss Hepsie Daniel, a native of Arkansas, and the daughter of William Daniel. She died January 30, 1870, and on November 16, 1871, he married Miss Jennie Winstead, a native of Person County, N. C, and the daughter of Capt. Stephen Winstead, who moved to Arkansas in 1857. Four children were born to this union: Minnie B., Charles E., Stephen W. and Albert S., all at home. Mr. Mann is a member of the Missionary Baptist Church, and is deacon in the same. Mrs. Mann is a member of the Methodist Episcopal Church, South. In politics Mr. Mann is Democratic, and socially he is a member of the Masonic fraternity and Agricultural Wheel.

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