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Below is a family biography included in Biographical and Historical Memoirs of Mississippi 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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Charles Boyles. A lifetime spent in pursuing one calling will usually result in substantial success, especially if energy and perseverance are applied, and such is found to be the case with Mr. Boyles, who, from boyhood, has given the occupation of agriculture the principal part of his time and attention. He was born on Tennessee soil in 1831, and was brought to Arkansas by his father, William J. Boyles, in 1849, settling on a tract of extremely wild land in Mississippi County. Like the majority of native Tennesseans, the father was energetic and thrifty, and the first year cleared four acres, cutting down the canebrake with a hatchet, and by perseverance and industry soon had a comfortable home. Here he resided until his death, which occurred the first year of the Rebellion. His wife was a Miss Marjory Blackmore, of Tennessee, who bore him a family of ten children, of whom Charles is the eldest. The latter was an attendant of the schools of Osceola, being compelled to walk a distance of four miles to receive his instruction. His first entrance upon life’s duties for himself was in the capacity of a farmer when in his twenty-first year. The first two years he worked out by the month, then cut cord-wood for the same time, after which he gave his attention to raising crops of cotton and corn on rented land. After the death of his parents, the old homestead was divided, and sixty acres fell to his share, of which forty are under cultivation. His marriage with Miss Emeline Pace was celebrated May 20, 1852. She is a native of Chicot County, Ark., coming to this county in 1840. Their union has been blessed in the birth of ten children, four of whom are living: John P.; Thomas, who is married to a Miss Blackwood and lives on his father’s farm; Fannie, wife of H. H. Bowen, and Nauflett D. Mr. Boyles is a member of the Methodist Episcopal Church.

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