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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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W. E. Chambers, merchant, Batesville. That the city of Batesville has a bright future before it is beyond all question. Situated as it is, with excellent railroad facilities, it could not be otherwise; noting this fact many wide-awake merchants are locating in this town, which affords the best inducements to energy and enterprise. Among those recently established may be mentioned Mr. Chambers, who, although a young man, is old in his mercantile experience. He was born in Hardeman County, Tenn., July 24, 1866, and his parents, William C. and Fannie M. (Moore) Chambers, are natives of Mississippi and Tennessee, respectively. The father carried on the mercantile business the most of his life at Saulsbury, Tenn. In 1886 he came to Batesville, Ark., and died there January 17, 1887. The mother is still living. Their family consisted of two living children - Mrs. Ella Beane, of Newark, Ark., and W. E. The latter was favored with good educational advantages in Tennessee, and in 1886 came with his parents to Batesville, Ark., and engaged in the insurance and real estate business with T. B. Padgett for some time. He subsequently clerked a short time for O. P. Moore & Bro. In December, 1887, he engaged in merchandising, and has since carried it on. He has a select line of merchandise, and is doing well. He was married, December 14, 1887, to Miss Mattie M. Colton, of Ripley, Miss. Mr. and Mrs. Chambers are members of the church. Mr. Chambers is the owner of considerable property in the State of Tennessee.

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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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