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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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T. H. Cloud, the son of Jeremiah and Karon (Berry) Cloud, came originally from Bradley County, Tenn., where he was born April 25, 1827. His father’s birth occurred in the year 1787, in North Carolina. Moving to Tennessee, he was elected clerk of the circuit court of Claiborne County in 1812, serving until 1824. In 1852 he removed to Saline County, Ark., and died in August of the same year. His wife was born near Jamestown, Va., in 1792, and moved to Saline County, Ark., in 1852, dying five years later at the age of sixty-five. T. H. Cloud was reared on a farm in Bradley County, Tenn., graduating from the Cleveland Academy. In 1848 he engaged in the tanning business at Benton, Saline County, moving in 1858 to Rockport, Hot Spring County, where he continued the tanning business in connection with farming and tavern keeping. Here he remained for fourteen years, moving in 1862 to Magnet Cove Township, and settling on a farm, his subsequent place of residence. He now owns eighty acres of good farming land. In 1848 he was married to Miss Martha J. Wills, becoming the father of four children: James M. (born in 1850), William N. (born in 1856), Marion T. (born in 1858), Orlando (born in 1862). Mrs. Cloud died in August, 1865. In February of the next year, Mr. Cloud was married to Catherine Henson, daughter of George T. and Elizabeth Henson. By this marriage there were seven children: Karon I. (born in 1867), Thomas B. (born in August, 1869), Sallie E. (born in 1871), T. H., Jr. (born in 1873), Belle (born in 1875), Walter (born in 1877), Minnie V. (born in January, 1884). Mr. Cloud enlisted in the Confederate army in 1862, in Capt. Miller’s company, of Gen. Fagan’s scouts, taking part in the battle at Helena. He was captured in Dallas County, Ark., and taken to Little Rock, in February, 1864, being transferred to the prison in St. Louis, and in August of the same year was taken to Alton. From there, in December, he was removed to Rock Island, remaining till February, 1865, when he was exchanged to New Orleans, being; released in April. Returning home, he was elected treasurer of Hot Spring County in 1850, and served till 1854. He was then elected school commissioner, filling the office for six years. In 1861 and 1862 he served as deputy sheriff of his county, and in 1865 was appointed as sheriff by the Governor to fill the unexpired term of Mr. Clayton, holding the position with credit to his county for the remaining two years. Mrs. Cloud is an active member of the Missionary Baptist Church. In the various capacities to which Mr. Cloud has been called, he has distinguished himself with peculiar care and fidelity, winning the hearty approbation of all.

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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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