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Below is a family biography included in Biographical and Historical Memoirs of Little River 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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Henry M. Sandefur, merchant of Peytonville, is a native-born resident of Franklin Township, Little River County, being a son of P. J. Sandefur, a worthy pioneer of this county, a sketch of whose life appears elsewhere in this work. He opened his eyes to the light of this world on September 28, 1856, and was the third of a family of ten children. He was reared on his father's farm, and obtained such an education as the common schools of Little River County afforded. In the fall of I 1885 he embarked in mercantile pursuits, the scene of his operations being Peytonville, and in this he has continued very successfully ever since. He does a large and paying business, carrying a stock of general merchandise valued at $2,000. In 1887 he was appointed postmaster of Peytonville, and is now very satisfactorily discharging the duties of that office, in connection with his store. His marriage to Miss Belle Goodfellow, a native of Missouri, was consummated in 1886, and their union has been blessed in the birth of one child. In connection with his interests in Peytonville, Mr. Sandefur is the owner of 370 acres of choice land, about 215 of which are under cultivation, and very valuable. In his political views he affiliates with the Democratic party, and cast his first vote for Hancock. He is a jovial, good-hearted fellow, and has the confidence and esteem of his associates, and all with whom he does business. Mrs. Sandefur is a member of the Presbyterian Church.

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This family biography is one of 38 biographies included in Biographical and Historical Memoirs of Little River County, Arkansas published in 1890.  For the complete description, click here: Little River County, Arkansas History, Genealogy, and Maps

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