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Below is a family biography included in The History of Madison 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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John H. Bohannan, a leading citizen and the present clerk of Madison County, was born December 3, 1846, in this county, being a son of William H. and Elizabeth (Harp) Bohannan. The father was born in Tennessee about the year 1823, and came to this county via Missouri, where he remained a short time when a boy. He has lived here ever since, and is a farmer by occupation. Politically he was a Democrat, but since the organization of the Republican he has been a member of that party. The mother was born in Tennessee, also and came to this county at an early day, and died in 1869. Our subject was the oldest of a family of five children of these parents, and was reared upon a farm five miles west of Huntsville. He remained with his parents until the late war, when he went north and engaged in the Government employ, driving a post team. He returned home in December, 1865, and engaged in farming, remaining with his father one year after marrying, and then he located near by and engaged in agricultural pursuits for himself until October, 1882. He then became the incumbent of the office of circuit clerk, which office he has held continuously ever since to the entire satisfaction of his constituents. He has also held minor offices, and has taken an interest in public affairs since a young man. He now holds the chairmanship of the County Democratic Central Committee, and takes an active part in the Democratic politics of the county and State. He was united in marriage November 1, 1866, with Miss Ritta M. Harper, who was born in Tennessee, and came to this county when an infant. His married life has been blessed in the birth of two children, one of whom died in infancy. The other is a daughter, named Stella May. Himself and wife are members of the Missionary Baptist Church. He is a Royal Arch Mason. Personally Mr. Bohannan bears the high esteem of the citizens of the county, and in public enterprises always lends a helping hand.

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This family biography is one of 99 biographies included in The History of Madison County, Arkansas published in 1889.  For the complete description, click here: Madison County, Arkansas History, Genealogy, and Maps

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