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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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Thomas B. Carpenter, A lifetime devoted with perseverance and energy to the pursuits of agriculture have contributed materially to the success which has attended Mr. Carpenter’s efforts. He was the fourth of six children born to Jesse and Polly A. (Sidwell) Carpenter, and was born on the 2d of October, 1828, in Alabama. His father, who was a native of Virginia, came to Arkansas while it was still a territory (about 1833 or 1834), and located in St. Francis County, where he followed carpentering, and was a general worker in wood, and at the same time conducted farming. Thomas B. Carpenter was brought to Arkansas in his early youth, and was educated in the subscription schools of his adopted State. In 1853 he was united in marriage to Miss Tabitha A. Tuggle, a native of the Blue Grass State, and their family now consists of five children: Margaret L., born in 1855; James T., who died at the age of six months; Dicie, who was born in 1861; Jesse Lee, whose birth occurred December 7, 1864, and Polly Alice, born February 26, 1868. In 1854 Mr. Carpenter made his first purchase of land, which consisted of 197 acres, and by hard work, managed in a few years to put forty acres under the plow, and to erect a good double log house, barns, etc., also a cotton-gin. In 1877 he sold this farm and purchased a tract of 211 acres in Christian Township, and has made some valuable improvements on this farm, also, improving seventy-five acres. After making this his home for twelve years, he sold it in July, 1889, for a consideration of $3,000, and now thinks of giving up farm life, and engaging in mercantile pursuits. He is a Democrat in politics, and he and wife are members of the Missionary Baptist Church. He has given his children good educational advantages, and they are now well qualified for any commercial position or pursuit. The youngest son, Jesse, has for some years been engaged as clerk in the mercantile house of a Mr. Van Ronkle, of Newport, Ark., and is now the trusted manager of his employer’s business. With this son, Mr. Carpenter contemplates embarking in business. Richard, the eldest son, is a successful farmer of Jackson County; Margaret is the wife of W. P. Young, and resides in the county; Polly A. is still at home.

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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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