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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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Henry C. Biggs has met with well-deserved success in pursuing the calling of a planter, and is now the owner of 440 acres of land. He was born February 11, 1822, and is a son of Elias and Margaret (Guess) Biggs, who were born in Virginia, in 1793 and 1796, respectively. The father was a mechanic by trade, and this occupation received his attention until his death, which occurred in 1852, in the State of Mississippi, whither he had moved in 1847. His widow followed him to the grave in 1878, she being a member of the Methodist Episcopal Church at the time of her death. Mr. Biggs was a soldier in the War of 1812, and he and his wife became the parents of a family of fourteen children: Joseph, William, Delphia, Susan, Elizabeth, Benjamin, Henry C., Mary, Betsy, Malinda, Margaret, Amanda, Alexander and Irvin. Ten of the family are still living, four residing in Arkansas, one in Mississippi, one in Illinois, two in Alabama and two in Texas. Henry C. Biggs received his education in Marshall County, Ala., and in 1847 settled in Drew County, Ark., where he opened up a farm and still resides. He was married to Caroline Berry, in 1852, she being a native of Arkansas, but she died the following year, leaving an infant, Henry. Miss Mary McMurray became his wife in 1855, and by him has become the mother of the following children: Rufus, William, Price, Emma, Street, Joseph, Benjamin, Melviney, Joan and Phelix. The manner in which Mr. Biggs has acquired his present estate denotes him to be an energetic, successful agriculturist, and everything about his place is kept in good condition, all necessary buildings forming a prominent feature of the improvements. Mr. and Mrs. Biggs are worthy members of the Methodist Episcopal Church, South.

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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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