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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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David L. Baker, farmer and stock raiser, Jamestown, Ark. Still a young man, Mr. Baker has risen to a position in agricultural affairs in this county which many older in years and opportunities might envy. He is a citizen whom Independence County is proud to claim as one of her sons, having been born here November 6, 1851. He is of good old Tennessee stock, the son of John and Annie (Beeler) Baker, both of whom were born in that State. The parents came to Arkansas in 1839, were among the very earliest settlers, and are still residing on their farm, in Independence County, respected and esteemed by all. There has been but one death, and that by accident, on the father’s place during the forty-nine years he has lived there. David L. Baker received a thorough education in the private schools of Independence County, and remained under the parental roof until his marriage, which occurred in Independence County, on the 22d of September, 1874, to Miss Annie J. Pate. Three children are the fruits of this union: John Henry, Margie Lee and Robert Franklin. Mr. Baker is the owner of 203 acres of valuable land in Independence County, and other valuable property. He is a Mason, belonging to Neill Lodge, Jamestown, and also a member of the Methodist Church, as is his wife. In his political views he affiliates with the Democratic party.

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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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