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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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George L. Erwin is a well-known resident of Fenter Township, having been a citizen of the county since 1867. Originally from Mississippi, he was reared in Tennessee, the native State of his parents, Nathaniel B. and Susan C. (Mitchel) Erwin. His father moved to Lamar County, Tex., in 1859, and the following year to Lonoke County, Ark., where he lived until his death, which occurred in 1868, his wife dying in 1862. Mrs. Erwin was a member of the Presbyterian Church. George L. Erwin accompanied his parents to Texas, and later to Arkansas, where he lived at home until June 14, 1861, then enlisting in the Confederate army, in the Twenty-ninth Arkansas Infantry, in which he served until the close of the war; he participated in the battles of Prairie Grove, Jenkins’ Ferry, Poison Springs, Helena and a number of others, and at Prairie Grove was wounded by a minie ball in the neck and shoulder. After the war he engaged as a stage driver from Little Rock to Hot Springs, thus being occupied for two years. Coming thence to this county he was united in marriage with Mrs. Mary A. Beauchamp (nee Gills), a widow lady, in 1867. After his marriage Mr. Erwin bought land in Fenter Township and commenced farming, continuing with fair success until his removal to Little Rock in 1871. Three years after he moved back to his farm, and a short time following entered eighty acres under the homestead act, on which he still resides, and which he has improved and added to, so that he now has a fine farm of 120 acres. Mr. and Mrs. Erwin are the parents of eight children, four of whom are living: Needham E. (deceased), George L. (deceased), Herbert F. (deceased), Minnie L. (deceased), James A. (lives at home), Luke, Galdin May and Willie B. (all at home). Mrs. Erwin is a member of the Methodist Church. In his farming operations Mr. Erwin ably demonstrates his acquaintance with agricultural affairs. He is a representative tiller of the soil, and a man who enjoys the respect of all acquaintances.

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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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