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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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Seaborn Walters, the son of William and Mary (Fountain) Walters, first breathed the warm zephyrs of the cotton-fields on June 6, 1843, in Wilkinson County, Ga. The father, William Walters, was born March 22, 1815, growing to manhood on a farm in Wilkinson County, where he was engaged in farming and school-teaching until the year 1879. Then he moved to Gifford Township, Hot Spring County, Ark., where he died July 27, 1889. He served his country as assistant enrolling officer of Berrien County during the war. Mary (Fountain) Walters was born in Wilkinson County, Ga., December 28, 1814, living there until her death, which occurred April 24, 1877. Seaborn Walters attained his majority on a farm in Berrien County, Ga.,where he had attended the subscription school, receiving a fair education. He enlisted, during the war, in Capt. Evans’ company of the Fifty-fourth Regiment of Georgia, Confederate army, taking part in the siege of Atlanta and a great many skirmishes. Becoming ill he was sent to the hospital at Columbus, Ga., where he was confined for three months, and then taken to the convalescent camp at Macon, Ga. From here he obtained a sixty-days’ furlough, came home and retired in April, 1865. Settling immediately on a farm in Berrien County, he engaged actively in the cultivation of the soil until December, 1875, when he emigrated to Hot Spring County, Ark., and entered forty acres of land in the forests of Gifford Township, clearing and improving it and making a good farm. He now has 440 acres, with eighty under cultivation, his principal productions being corn, cotton and sweet potatoes. On March 9, 1879, Mr. Walters was married to Manerva L. Bachelor, daughter of Moses B. and Louisa Bachelor. Five children were born to them, all now living and at home: William M., Lacey R., Roena, James A. and Eva I. The father and mother are both active members of the Baptist Church, taking great interest in all matters that tend to elevate humanity.

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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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