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Below is a family biography included in Biographical and Historical Memoirs of Hot Spring 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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Charles C. Vantrease, one of the younger citizens of Social Hill, Hot Spring County, was born September 20, 1865, of the marriage of John C. and Nancy (Hicks) Vantrease. Growing up on a farm in this county he was favored with good educational advantages, which he improved. August 4, 1888, Miss Ada Stribbling, a native of Hot Spring County, and a daughter of R. M. Stribbling, an old settler of the county, became his wife. Mr. and Mrs. Vantrease have one child, Lucy, an infant. Mr. Vantrease owns a fine farm of over 162 acres, which he cultivates in an energetic, successful manner. His father, John C. Vantrease, was born in Tennessee, in about 1827. Leaving home at an early age, he was married in Tennessee to Nancy Hicks, in 1848. In 1851 he moved to Hot Spring County, Ark., and settled at Social Hill, where he bought a piece of wild land. Being of generous and hospitable tendencies, although an extensive trader, he perhaps fed more men and horses than any other man in Hot Spring County, and rare, indeed, was it that one left him without first having made a trade of some kind. In a few years his little log house gave way to a fine residence, and he found himself with a well-improved farm, surrounded with many comforts and luxuries of life, with his barns always full and stables well stocked. He was the father of eight children, two of whom were drowned, in 1874, while rescuing stock in an overflow of the Ouachita River. Mr. Vantrease was a member of the Methodist Episcopal Church, South, for over twenty years, and was always a liberal donator to all religious and educational enterprises, and a leader in the community in which he lived.

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This family biography is one of 52 biographies included in Biographical and Historical Memoirs of Hot Spring County, Arkansas published in 1889.  For the complete description, click here: Hot Spring County, Arkansas History, Genealogy, and Maps

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