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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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Henry Bordwell, one of the leading citizens of Jacksonport, was born in Ontario County, N. Y. His parents were John and Abigail (Travis) Bordwell, the former a native of Massachusetts, who emigrated to New York at an early age, and located at Chautauqua Lake, where he resided until his death. After the demise of the father his family moved to Ontario County. They were the parents of three children, of whom Henry is the only one living. Henry was reared and received his schooling in Ontario County, N. Y. In 1858 he moved to Arkansas, and located in Jackson County, where he has since resided. When the Civil war commenced he enlisted in Company B, Eighth Arkansas Regiment, and during the battle of Shiloh was severely wounded in the ankle by a rifle ball. To add to his misfortune, he was captured and taken prisoner to Louisville, and from there to Camp Chase, where he was closely confined for about four months. He was then taken to Vicksburg, where he was exchanged and returned home. Mr. Bordwell has been actively engaged in business up to within a few years, and during that time has acquired a comfortable fortune upon which he is entitled to retire. He owns considerable town property in Jacksonport, and, although not in active commercial life, he is wide awake to the interests and development of his county, and is always ready to give his valuable assistance for that cause. He is an old resident of Jackson County, and has watched its growth from infancy up to the present, and can recount many interesting incidents of the various changes that have taken place during his stay.

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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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