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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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Emma (Anthony) Buford, of Union Township, Jackson County, resides three miles south of Newport, upon the farm which her husband owned and improved, and upon which he died, May 28, 1889. Mrs. Buford is a native of Madison County, Mo., of which State her parents were also natives. September 4, 1873, she married William Buford, and the same year they located on the farm in Jackson County, Ark., which has ever since been her home. They had four children, viz.: May Buford, born July 21, 1874; Maud Buford, born September 29, 1877; Bertha Buford, born July 26, 1882, and Homer, born February 5, 1886. The maternal grandfather of Mrs. Buford was of German descent, and Mr. Buford’s maternal grandfather, George Nifong, lived to be eighty-eight years of age, retaining to the last full possession of all his faculties. Mr. Buford projected many plans for the improvement of his farm, which his sudden death prevented him from carrying out, but Mrs. Buford has taken up the management of the farm, and is completing her husband’s plans. The place now contains 420 acres. Mr. Buford was an enterprising farmer, a kind neighbor and affectionate husband, and in his death the county was deprived of a most exemplary man. The following preamble and resolution was adopted by the White River Stock Breeders’ Association, at a meeting in June, 1889, and appeared in the columns of the Newport News, issued June 7, 1889: “William Buford died at his home, May 28, 1889, and it becomes our duty to give formal expression to the sorrow of our association at the loss of so valuable a member. The mere mention of his name is sufficient to recall to the minds of surviving members more vividly than any words the uprightness and rectitude of his conduct, which earned for him the high standing he enjoyed as a citizen, and as a valued member and acquisition to the White River Stock Breeders’ Association. Plain, sincere and honest was William Buford, and as treasurer of the association, to which position he was elected one year ago, he was prompt and fully alive to its interests. Dead — and where now are those earnest, loving eyes, which kindled in so many eyes the light? Have they departed from our earthly skies and left no ray to illuminate the night? Shall man thus die and waste away and no fond hope be left? Is there no sweet, confiding ray for bosoms all bereft? Yes, yes, an earnest trust. Resolved, That a page of our records be suitably inscribed and set apart, sacred to his memory, and that a copy of this memorial be furnished his family, with our deepest, warmest and most loving sympathy.” The resolution was unanimously adopted by a standing vote.

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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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