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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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George A. Gramling is classed among the successful tillers of the soil and stockmen of Cache Township, Greene County, Ark., of which he is a native, having been born in the year 1859. He is the ninth of eleven children born to Richard and Cynthia (Brannon) Gramling, whose birthplace was in South Carolina. They were married in that State, and in 1856 came to Greene County, Ark., settling on the east side of Crowley’s Ridge, where they acquired a large tract of land, 200 acres of which were under cultivation. Here he erected a building, set out orchards, and made many other improvements, his attention being also largely given to the propagation of stock. He had a blacksmith’s shop on his farm and made the most of the farming tools for this section. During his long residence in the county he became well known and highly respected. He died at the age of sixty-three years, in 1882. His widow is still living. The paternal grandfather also came to Greene County, Ark., and became the owner of 200 acres of wild land, which he improved and on which he resided until his death. George Gramling was reared to farm labor, and at the age of twenty-two years began farming for himself, buying, at the time of his father’s death, the interest in the home property of all the heirs except two, and is now the owner of the old homestead, which consists of 640 acres. He has opened about thirty acres, and in partnership with his brother John, in 1888, erected a saw and grist-mill, and a cotton-gin, doing that year an excellent business, which promises to increase as time goes on. He carries on a general farming, and has about seventy acres in cotton, and 100 acres in corn. In 1882 he was married to Miss Lucy Pevehouse, a native of Arkansas, by whom he has three children: Thomas, Bertie and John. The family attend the Methodist 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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