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Below is a family biography included in Biographical and Historical Memoirs of Jackson 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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A. P. Bateman, merchant, Elmo, Ark. Nowhere in this section of the county is to be found a more wide-awake, thorough-going business man than the gentleman whose name heads this sketch. Born to the union of Simeon D. and Mary (Connaly) Bateman, on the farm where he now lives, in Jackson County, August 6, 1859, A. P. Bateman has ever since been a resident of this county. His father, Dr. Simeon D. Bateman, was born in Tennessee in 1829, and emigrated with his father to Independence County, Ark., in about 1832. They located seven miles west of Sulphur Rock, and here Simeon D. was reared and educated. At the age of fifteen years he began the study of medicine and graduated at New Orleans Medical College some time later. He first began practicing in Independence County, and afterwards moved to Jacksonport, where he administered to the physical wants of his fellow-men for thirty years. By his marriage to Miss Mary Connaly, a native of Arkansas, he became the father of eight children— six now living: Charles T., Alice J., widow; Albert P., Nora C. (deceased), Savannah, David L., Mary and Susan. The grandfather of these children, Benniah Bateman, died near Sulphur Rock, Ark. He was an old Mexican soldier, and was a military man most of his life. He was also a member of the legislature for several years, and the governor gave him the prize for the nicest suit of jean clothes to be found in the senate. He was a very matter-of-fact, stern man. A. P. Bateman attained his growth and received his education in Jackson County, and, being brought up on the farm, naturally his inclinations turned that way, after he had reached years of discretion. In 1884 he also engaged in merchandising and this business he still carries on. He is successful and is a substantial business man. Charles T. was also reared to farm labor, and received the principal part of his education in the common schools. For several years he was engaged in teaching school, but the balance of his time was occupied on the farm. He was married, in 1877, to Miss Panthia Long, who died in 1882, and the result of this union is two living children: Hattie and Millie. Mr. Bateman was married the second time, in 1884, to Miss Annie J. McGoffin, by whom he has three children: Annie, Emma and Fannie. Mr. Bateman is a member of the Masonic fraternity.

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This family biography is one of 144 biographies included in Biographical and Historical Memoirs of Jackson County, Arkansas published in 1889.  View the complete description here: Jackson County, Arkansas History, Genealogy, and Maps

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