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Below is a family biography included in Biographical and Historical Memoirs of Lafayette County, Arkansas published by Goodspeed Publishing Company in 1890.  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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Boyette Fleming Olive. Although Mr. Olive is still a comparatively young man, he is numbered among the representative farmers of Mars Hill Township. He owes his nativity to Chambers County, Ala.; where he was born August 25, 1856, being a son of Hilliard H. and Sarah E. (Sherman) Olive, a sketch of whom appears on other pages of this volume. Ho has been a resident of this county since he was two years of age, and here he attained his growth, and in the common schools obtained a good education. Upon reaching his majority in 1878, he started out in life on his own responsibility as an agriculturist, and on October 12 of the following year married Miss Maggie Proctor, who was born December 24, 1859, in Dallas County, this State, being a daughter of Andrew Proctor and wife, nee Fanny McKannie, natives of South Carolina and Georgia, respectively, and both of English descent, and six little “Olive branches” have blessed this union: Sarah Elizabeth, Fanny Pearl, Orrin O., Andrew (deceased), Joseph S. and Emma. Since starting out on his own responsibility Mr. Olive has been greatly prospered, and now owns 440 acres of fine farming land which he rents, part of it for cash and part on shares. This land lies in two tracts, one of eighty acres, and the other of 360 acres. The most of the first tract is under cultivation, and about 180 acres of the latter is tilled. Besides this land Mr. Olive owns a half interest in a steam grist-mill and cotton-gin. Both he and wife are earnest members of the Missionary Baptist Church. He belongs to the Farmers’ Alliance, and in politics is a stanch Democrat. In 1880 he was elected justice of the peace, and held that office for four consecutive years. He is now serving as school director, having filled that office for two years. He is one of the leading agriculturists of the township, and in politics, religion and social standing, exerts a great deal of influence.

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