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Below is a family biography included in Biographical and Historical Memoirs of Independence 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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Christopher Case, farmer, Batesville. No name is justly entitled to a more enviable place in the history of Independence County than the one which heads this sketch, for it is borne by a man who, though young in years, has yet been honorably identified not only with the agricultural interests of this county, but with its advancement in every worthy particular. He was born in the city of Batesville, Ark., on the 4th of December, 1851, received his education, and passed his youth in that city. He learned the harness-maker’s trade, and followed this in Batesville until his marriage, after which he engaged in agricultural pursuits. In 1883 he moved to where he now resides, and has since been engaged in tilling the soil and stock dealing quite extensively. He owns over 268 acres of good land, with 200 under cultivation. He deals principally in cattle, is at present engaged in the dairy business, and has forty head of good milch cows. He makes two trips a day into Batesville, and is doing a good business. He was married, in 1880, to Miss Cora Knowles, a native of Missouri, and they are the parents of three children: Eva, Henry K. and Robert R. Mrs. Case is a member of the Methodist Episcopal Church. Mr. Case’s parents, George and Sarah (Ridgeway) Case, are both natives of Pennsylvania. The father emigrated to Mansfield, Ohio, thence to Illinois, and to Independence County, Ark., in about 1837. While in Illinois he met and married Miss Ridgeway, who had moved with her parents to that State. After coming to Arkansas, Mr. Case located in Batesville, where he carried on the mercantile business for some time. He died at Hopefield, Ark,, in 1864. The mother is yet living, and resides in Batesville. They were the parents of seven children, now living: Mrs. Eliza Joblin, Mrs. Mary Maxfield, Mrs. M. A. Joblin, Robert R., Christopher, Dr. J. W. and George R.

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This family biography is one of 158 biographies included in Biographical and Historical Memoirs of Independence County, Arkansas published in 1889.  View the complete description here: Independence County, Arkansas History, Genealogy, and Maps

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