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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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H. E. Bowen, farmer of Swan Township, is now successfully following the occupation to which he was reared, and which has been his life-work, a calling that has for ages received undivided efforts from many worthy individuals, and one that always furnishes sustenance to the ready worker. Mr. Bowen first saw the light of day in a log cabin near the present site of the village of Osceola, Mississippi County, Ark., in the year 1853. His father, Reece Bowen, came to Mississippi County at a very early date, and there died in 1856, leaving his widow and six children to the tender mercies of the world. She kept her children together until her death, which occurred in 1866, and then the home place was divided and sold. H. E. Bowen was so unfortunate as to receive very limited educational advantages in youth, and when eighteen years of age he began renting land, engaged in agricultural pursuits, and this occupation he has followed ever since. His marriage with Miss Minnie Fassett, daughter of J. J. Fassett, occurred in 1878, and three interesting children are the result of this union: William Douglass, Howard E. and Joseph Reece. At the age of thirty Mr. Bowen bought 480 acres of land, and has opened up 125 acres of as rich bottom land as can be found, and which averages from three fourths of a bale to a bale per acre each year, with a cost of from $5 to $6 per acre for the work. He is classed among the live, energetic farmers of the county, and is a man universally respected.

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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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