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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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John V. Landrum, of the mercantile firm of Stallcup & Landrum, Paragould. There are a number of men prominently identified with the mercantile interests of Greene County, but none among them are more deserving of mention than John V. Landrum, who, although not old in years, is a substantial business man. He was born in Weakley County, Tenn., August 18, 1853, and is the son of James and Emeline (Anderson) Landrum, the father a native of Halifax County, Va., and the mother of Dickson County, Tenn. The parents were married in the last mentioned State, and reared ten children, six of whom are living at the present time: Lucy A., widow of Mr. Turner; James M., Edward D., Samuel H., Fannie E., wife of J. N. Wright; and John V. Nancy E. died May 11, 1889. The parents moved from Middle Tennessee to West Tennessee and died in Weakley County, the father in 1862 and the mother in 1874. The former followed agricultural pursuits all his life. John V. Landrum, the youngest member of the family now living, was reared and received the principal part of his education in Weakley County, Tenn. He remained on the farm until twenty-one years of age, after which he completed his education as best he could and then taught school for three years in Gibson County. After this he engaged in the mill business for one year. In 1883 he came to Greene County, Ark., from Carroll County, Tenn., located in Paragould, and immediately embarked in the mercantile business in partnership with his brother, James M., who was the first man to sell goods in Paragould. In November, 1884, he married Miss Ella M. Stalcup, and the fruits of this union are two children: Horace M. and Charles V. Mr. Landrum continued in business with his brother for about two years, after which he sold out to him and formed a partnership with his father-in-law, C. T. Stalcup, with whom he is carrying on business at the present time. They keep a large stock of goods and have built up a good trade. Aside from this Mr. Landrum is the owner of a good farm of 160 acres, also some valuable town property, and has one of the finest residences in Paragould, in fact, one of the best in the county. Mr. and Mrs. Landrum are both faithful members of the Methodist Episcopal Church, South. He served four years as treasurer of Paragould, and is an enterprising and public-spirited citizen. They are members of the Triple Alliance Life Association. His maternal grandfather, Benjamin C. Anderson, was reared and married in the blue grass region of Kentucky. He moved to Dickson County, Tenn., while a young man, where he lived to the ripe old age of eighty-five, and died at his daughter’s, Mrs. Emeline Landrum, in Weakley County, Tenn., at the age of eighty-seven.

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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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