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Below is a family biography included in Biographical and Historical Memoirs of Lincoln 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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William H. V. Brickley, planter of Bartholomew Township, was born near what is now Lincoln County. August 9, 1858, and is a son of David V. and Ruth (Jeckens) Brickley, the former of whom died while the subject of this sketch was very young. Being left by himself when fourteen years old, an elder brother sent him to college, but he remained there only three weeks, when he left to learn the carpenter’s trade. After reaching his majority he took a contract for and built the railroad of Johnstown, Penn., which suffered such severe damages during the recent flood. In 1852 he came by boat to Arkansas, landing at the Douglas plantation in Lincoln County, where the boat stuck and could go no farther. Mr. Brickley at once made arrangements to build the present levee where the Douglas farm is. He afterward taught school in Drew County. About 1854 he moved to Drew County, where he lived till about 1859, at which date he moved to Jefferson County. Afterward he moved to Illinois and in different points of that State he followed different professions, trying almost everything that promised a handsome income. In the spring of 1867 he returned to Pine Bluff, working at the carpenter’s trade until 1869, and at that time became manager of a mercantile house. In 1873 he commenced farming in Jefferson County, but after a few years returned to Pine Bluff. In 1883 he located at his present home in Lincoln County. He married Miss Jenkins, daughter of Henson and Polly A. Jenkins, natives of Tennessee. Mrs. Brickley died September 11, 1876, and the subject of this sketch was married again in 1880 to Miss Emma C, daughter of James and Emma Colbert. Her parents died while she was quite young, and her life was passed with a brother in Lincoln.

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This family biography is one of 44 biographies included in Biographical and Historical Memoirs of Lincoln County, Arkansas published in 1890.  For the complete description, click here: Lincoln County, Arkansas History, Genealogy, and Maps

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