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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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David Boney is a man who has risen to considerable prominence in the affairs of Mississippi County, not less in agricultural matters than in other circles of active business life. His birth occurred in the “Old North State,” he being the third of five children born to James and Martha (Henderson) Boney, who were also North Carolinians, where the father died when his son David was six years old. His widow removed with her children to the State of Tennessee, where she afterward married again, and in 1851, came to Arkansas. David Boney was principally reared in Lauderdale County, Tenn., his youth and early manhood being spent in following the plow, but at the age of twenty-one years he began to trade on the river, coming at the end of two years to Mississippi County, Ark., and settling in the Clear Lake country, his occupation being that of farming and rafting. In 1853, he was united in marriage with Miss Malinda Stuckey, who lived but a few months. Growing tired of tilling land belonging to other men, Mr. Boney, in 1858, purchased a tract of eighty acres on Clear Lake, and two years later he settled on this farm with his wife, whose maiden name was Miss Sallie Boone, her birth place being Tennessee. They resided here until 1866, then sold out, and the following year moved to Tennessee, where Mr. Boney purchased a 200-acre tract of woodland. He entered actively upon the work of improving, and the result of his industry is eighty five acres of land cleared and under cultivation, the property fenced, two good houses and other buildings, and an excellent orchard. He returned to Mississippi County, Ark., in 1874, and purchased 160 acres of land, where he resided and made improvements for one year, then rented his place and returned to his farm in Tennessee. Here he continued to live until the winter of 1888, since which time he has resided in Arkansas. He has just purchased 160 acres of land in this vicinity, on which he expects to make immediate improvements, there being thirty acres already under the plow, and twenty acres ready for improvement. Good timber, abundance of water, convenient and necessary buildings and other desirable conveniences render this a model farm. In 1882 his second wife passed to her long home. His third marriage occurred in the fall of 1882, his wife being a Miss Susan Halfacre. The family worship in the Methodist Episcopal Church. Mr. Boney’s children, ten of whom are by his second wife and six by his third, were as follows: John J. (deceased), Noah (deceased), David D. (deceased), Martha J. (deceased), Mary F. (deceased), Mandy C., George R., William W., Emma J., Lou E., an infant son (deceased), Mary A. (deceased), twin sons (deceased), Susan L. and Lena L.

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This family biography is one of 162 biographies included in Biographical and Historical Memoirs of Mississippi County, Arkansas published in 1889.  View the complete description here: Mississippi County, Arkansas History, Genealogy, and Maps

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