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Below is a family biography included in Biographical and Historical Memoirs of Greene County, Arkansas published by Goodspeed Publishing Company in 1889.  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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C. J. Brinkman, a member of the firm of John F. Brinkman & Son, manufacturers of tight barrel staves, Paragould, is a native of Batesville, Ripley Co., Ind., and the son of John F. Brinkman, who is also of Indiana nativity. The mother, Catharine (Kipper) Brinkman, was born in Bavaria, Germany, and was married to Mr. Brinkman April 28, 1863. The fruits of this union were eleven children, seven of whom yet survive. John F. Brinkman engaged in the lumber business in his youth, and bought walnut lumber for a large furniture factory. In the fall of 1868, he embarked in the manufacture of staves at Jamestown, Ind., and there remained until 1875, when he removed to Indianapolis to educate his children, at the same time running his factory at Jamestown. He made his home in Indianapolis until 1879, and in April of that year, moved to Terre Haute, Ind., where he put up a stave factory and ran it until 1889, when he sold out and is now living a retired life. His wife died in May, 1889. C. J. Brinkman was but four years of age when he moved with his parents to Jamestown. He received a good education in the schools of Indianapolis and Terre Haute, and graduated at the Notre Dame University in 1881. He then started in the stave business with his father, and has since been a member of the firm of John F. Brinkman & Son. In February, 1888, they began the erection of their present factory, and commenced working in the same May 2, since which time they have continued the business successfully. The foreman is W. W. Wilson, who has been with this firm for eighteen years. Mr. Brinkman was married in September, 1888, to Miss Marie C. Vesque, a native of Franklin County, Ind., and both he and wife are members of the Catholic Church.

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This family biography is one of 120 biographies included in Biographical and Historical Memoirs of Greene County, Arkansas published in 1889.  View the complete description here: Greene County, Arkansas History, Genealogy, and Maps

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