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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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Robert B. Stone, a prominent citizen and a representative farmer of the county, was born in Perry County. Ala., on January 6, 1840, and his parents, William T. and Martha (Rivers) Stone, were natives of the same State. The father moved from Alabama to Arkansas in 1848, located in Ouachita County, and there remained until his death, which occurred in 1888, when seventy-six years of age. The mother died in 1842, when quite a young woman. The father was a very successful farmer, but in connection with this occupation was also engaged in merchandising. In politics he was a Democrat. By his marriage were born two children: Robert S. and Julia (who was the wife of Rev. Mr. Austin, a Methodist Episcopal minister, who died in Ouachita County). Robert B. Stone was educated in the schools of Union and Dallas Counties, but his studies were interrupted by the breaking out of the late war. He threw aside his books, and on May 2, 1861, enlisted in the First Confederate Infantry, and participated in a number of the principal engagements, viz.: Shiloh, Murfreesboro, and Perryville (Ky.). At the battle of Shiloh he received a severe wound. In 1863 he came home on a furlough, and was soon after transferred to the trans-Mississippi department, and was in Fagan’s advance guard of cavalry. He was in Price’s raid through Missouri, and in most all the battles from Pilot Knob to Webber Station. He was mustered out of service at Little Rock in April, 1865, and returned home, where he remained until 1870, assisting his father to regain some little of the many thousands of dollars’ worth of property he had lost. Since then Mr. Stone has been unusually successful. He was married on September 22, 1863, to Miss Anna E. Avry, a native of Ouachita County, and the daughter of Samuel F. Avry. She died in October, 1880. Six children were born to this union, two now living: Junius and Claude. Those deceased are Willie Samuel, Robbie, Mary Lee and Iva. In February, 1881, Mr. Stone married Miss Katie Holmes, a native of Dallas County, and the daughter of Samuel and Martha Holmes. Two children are the fruits of Mr. Stone’s second marriage: James and Julia Rivers. Mr. Stone is one of the first-class citizens of the county, and is a liberal supporter of all laudable enterprises.

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This family biography is one of 55 biographies included in Biographical and Historical Memoirs of Dallas County, Arkansas published in 1890.  For the complete description, click here: Dallas County, Arkansas History, Genealogy, and Maps

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