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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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I. C. Jeffers, Greene County, Ark., ranks among the first in the State in regard to its manufacturing interests, and Mr. Jeffers is one of its foremost lumber manufacturers. He engaged in business for himself in 1888, his mill being at South Miser; it was previously known as Miser’s Mill, and has a capacity of 10,000 feet per day. Mr. Jeffers was born in Clark County, Ill., in 1851, and was the third in a family of seven children born to Thomas and Julia Ann (Lafferty) Jeffers, natives, respectively, of Kentucky and Illinois. The father was a tiller of the soil and opened up several large farms, and is now residing in Edinburgh, Ill. In 1881 he enlisted from Moultrie County, of that State, in Company C, One Hundred and Twenty-sixth Illinois Infantry, and was wounded at Devall’s Bluff, Ark., receiving a gunshot wound by the bushwhackers, and was confined in the hospital for some time, obtaining his discharge in May, 1865. His wife died in Shelby County, Ill., at the age of fifty-six years, February 19, 1878. I. C. Jeffers spent his early life on his father’s farms and attended the common schools, supplementing this by one year’s attendance at St. Mary’s, Indiana. When about seventeen years of age he began learning the miller’s trade in Moultrie County, Ill., and has followed that occupation with success ever since. He was married there, in 1877, to Miss Frances Anna Jones, a native of Illinois, and a daughter of Amos and Mary Ann (Steele) Jones, the former having been born in South Carolina and the latter in Illinois, both of whom are still living. After his marriage Mr. Jeffers remained in Illinois until 1881, when he came to Corning and embarked in the timber business, moving thence to Rector, where he was foreman four years for W. G. Hutchings’ saw mill; since 1888 he has been engaged in operating his mill at Rector, and now ships from four to five carloads per week. He has always supported the Democratic party, and although having resided in Greene County only a few years has become well and favorably known. His children are Marietta, Charles Albert, Clara Ethel and Julia Cora.

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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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