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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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William L. Coble, a highly-respected and well-known farmer and stock raiser of Independence County, is a son of Anthony and Nancy (Barris) Coble, of North Carolina and Virginia, respectively, whose marriage occurred in the latter State. The parents emigrated to Indiana about the year 1820, where their children were born, and in 1849 moved to the State of Arkansas, locating near the town of Sulphur Rock, in Independence County, where the father purchased a small tract of land and commenced farming in connection with his trade as a carpenter. He remained here until 1860, contracting for and building a great many houses in that time, and then sold his farm and moved to Jackson County, where he rented some land. He resided in Jackson County for three years, but finding the desire to return to Independence County too strong to resist, he moved back to that place and purchased 160 acres of land, upon which he erected a dwelling, barns and all necessary adjuncts to a well-regulated farm, and resided there until his death, January 8, 1881, at the age of ninety-one years. Mrs. Coble died in 1866, and was buried in what was then McGuire’s cemetery, while her husband lies in Surrounded Hill cemetery. His son, William L. Coble, was educated at private schools in Sulphur Rock, and in connection with his brother, F. A. J. Coble, cleared, improved and put the farm on a paying basis long before the father’s death. In 1864 he enlisted in the Forty-sixth Arkansas Volunteer Cavalry, Col. Baber’s regiment, and served as a courier for almost the entire time. After peace had been established, in 1865, he returned to his home, and was shortly afterward married to Miss Mary J. Hinkel, a daughter of Selsor and Sarah E. (Hopkins) Hinkel, of Missouri. Nine children were born to this union, which was a very happy one in every way, and four are still living: Laura, born March 2, 1875; Cordelelia, born September 4, 1879; Edna Asia, born July 13, 1883; William L., born November 7, 1888; all of whom are bright children, and Mr. Coble intends to give them the best education obtainable. At the time Mr. Coble came in possession of his farm, it consisted of 320 acres, with 160 acres under cultivation. He now owns 480 acres, with 200 acres cleared, and under good cultivation. He is a Democrat in politics, and a strong supporter of that party and its men, and in religious and educational matters he is one of the county’s most liberal contributors, as also one of its most progressive. Mr. and Mrs. Coble are both members of the Christian Church.

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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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