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Below is a family biography included in Biographical and Historical Memoirs of Drew 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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Francis M. Bordeaux is one of the successful agriculturists of Drew County, Ark., owning 260 acres of land, and his farm, which comprises sixty acres in cultivation, is very fertile and carefully tilled, and consequently yields a large annual income. He farms on the improved plan, using fertilizing preparations to improve his land, and his operations are being attended with the best results. He was born on July 22, 1842, in New Hanover County, N. C, being a son of Daniel Bordeaux, who resided on the place that was settled by his great-grandfather, a French Huguenot. He remained in his native State until he was twenty-six years of age, then came to Arkansas, and married one of Drew County’s daughters, Miss Rebecca Lamb, after which he purchased eighty acres of fine ridge land, and proceeded to make him a home with the above mentioned results. His union has resulted in the birth of the following children: Ernest E., La Fayette, Marguerite K., Leonora L. Eurenus Julia, Helen F., Alice Rebecca, and Daniel T. In the month of June, 1861, Mr. Bordeaux enlisted in the Confederate army, remaining until after Lee’s surrender under the command of D. H. Hill, commanding division in Company C, First North Carolina State Troops Infantry, but after the death of Gen. Jackson, who commanded the corps, he was under Gen. Ewell. He was in the attacking party in the seven days’ fight at Mechanicsville, remaining all through the battle, and was also in the fight and skirmish in the Shenandoah Valley, at Gettysburg and Harper’s Ferry, being also in the seven days’ fight at Richmond. He was taken prisoner at Spottsylvania and remained a prisoner of war until the cessation of hostilities when he was paroled and returned home, where he has devoted his time and attention to the peaceful pursuit of farming. He has held the office of justice of the peace for six years in succession, and is a man who commands the respect of all who know him. He is a member of the Farmers’ Alliance.

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This family biography is one of 83 biographies included in Biographical and Historical Memoirs of Drew County, Arkansas published in 1890.  For the complete description, click here: Drew County, Arkansas History, Genealogy, and Maps

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