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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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W. H. Collie, farmer, of Fenter Township, has been a resident of this State since December, 1845. He is a native of Tennessee, and the son of Charles and Margaret (Clack) Collie. When their son was only nine years old the parents removed to Mississippi, where they remained four years, coming thence to Hot Spring County, where the father died in 1872, at the age of seventy. He had been a blacksmith and farmer by occupation. The mother, who was a member of the Baptist Church, died in 1865. Of their family of eleven children who grew to maturity, six are now residing in this county: Louis (in Fenter Township), Joseph (in Antioch Township), Mary A. (wife of Quincy Laften, of Fenter Township), W. H. (our subject) and John W. (in Saline Township). W. H. Collie lived with his parents till his twenty-third year, working on the farm and applying himself with assiduity. At that age he was married to Miss Narsissa Wilson, a native of Independence County, Ark. Following this he farmed till the war cloud burst, when he enlisted in the Eleventh Arkansas Regiment, and served till the close of hostilities. His regiment was in numerous engagements, and he was once captured and held about six months. When released he came back home and bought the forty acres on which, with forty acres added, he now lives. He and wife are the parents of nine children: Martha (deceased), Fannie (wife of E. W. McMillen, of this county), George W., Samuel L., William R., James L., Sarah J., Joseph B., Bessie and Effie. Mr. Collie makes a specialty of cotton raising. He and his wife are active members of the Missionary Baptist Church, taking great interest in religious and moral work.

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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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