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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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John G. Dodd is one of the successful small farmers of the county, and although his property only comprises eighty-seven acres of land, it is exceedingly fertile and well tilled, and consequently yields a larger annual income than many larger farms. He, like his father, John Dodd, was born and reared in Greene County, Tenn., the latter’s birth occurring on the 15th of April, 1801, and his on the 16th of June, 1841. John Dodd was reared and educated in his native State, and was there married to Miss Catharine Girdner, who was also a Tennessean, and to them a family of four sons and four daughters was given. The living members are: Martha M., William W., John G., Mary L., Catharine L. and Samuel R. Mr. Dodd was a successful farmer, and continued to follow that occupation until he was called to his long home, on the 12th of March, 1860, followed by his wife on the 18th of January, 1878. The elementary schooling of John G. Dodd, our subject, was received in Greene County, Tenn., and he was there also initiated into the mysteries of farming on his father’s plantation. Concluding that he could do better at that occupation in some other locality, he moved to Independence County, Ark., in 1870, and here he has continued to make his home, his land, which is not under cultivation, being devoted to propagating the usual farm stock. He was married in Baxter County, Ark., August 16, 1875, to Miss Juliette S. Horton, also a native of Greene County, Tenn., and the two children which have been given them are William E. and Orpha C., both of whom reside with and assist their parents. Mr. Dodd has manifested his social spirit by joining the Masons, and has served as secretary of his lodge for about six years. He was president of the Agricultural Wheel one year, and has held the office of justice of the peace six years. He and wife are connected with the Baptist Church, and he has been a liberal contributor to all worthy enterprises, and is especially interested in the cause of education. In 1862 he joined the Confederate army, and served under Gens. Wheeler, Pegram, Vaughn, Morgan, Breckinridge and Early until he was honorably discharged, on the 27th of April, 1865.

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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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