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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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John B. Driver, farmer, and clerk of the probate court, Osceola. The public services of Mr. Driver, since 1872, have been characterized by a noticeable devotion to the welfare of this county, and his ability and fidelity in all positions of public trust have made a lasting impression upon the sphere of public duty. For many years his name has been closely connected with the history of Mississippi County, not only officially but as an honored and esteemed citizen. Mr. Driver was born in Americus, Ga., in the year 1846, and is the eldest in a family of eight children born to Samuel and Mary Ann (Barlow) Driver, both natives of Georgia. The father followed farming and carpentering until 1853, when he emigrated to Independence County, Ark., and bought a quarter section of land, where he made his home and many improvements. Not being satisfied, he sold out in 1857, and moved to Jackson County, where he bought land, and there resided until his death, in 1862. The mother is still living, and makes her home at Sikeston, Mo. John B. Driver learned the rudiments of farm life in his adopted State, and his scholastic advantages were enjoyed in the State of Arkansas. In 1870 he wedded Miss Margaret A. Bowen, a daughter of Captain Charles Bowen [see sketch of Capt. Bowen], and two years later he bought a farm of 160 acres, three miles west of Osceola. There was a slight clearing on the place at that time, and this he greatly increased. Since that time he has been buying land in all parts of the county. In 1887 he bought the place on which he now resides, a tract of 140 acres, all under cultivation and fenced, and one mile below town. He is the owner of 2,500 acres all together, with about 430 under cultivation. In 1872 he was elected sheriff of the county, and such was his popularity that he was re-elected three successive terms, serving in all six years. In 1880 he was elected State senator from his district, and served in this capacity one term of four years. In 1888 he was elected circuit and county court clerk, which position he still holds, to the satisfaction of his constituents and the public in general. Being a self-made man it may safely be recorded that Mr. Driver owes his success and advancement to his own energy and exertion. His extensive farming gives employment to sixteen families, all of whom he furnishes with provisions, etc. The cultivation of his large plantation of 400 acres results in prosperity and plenty to all around him, and gives employment to many people. To the union of Mr. and Mrs. Driver have been born eight children, all of whom are living; they form ample evidences of the sanitary condition of this section. Their names are Charles S., Willie J., Maggie E., Sue M., John B. Jr., James Garland, Grover Cleveland and Frances F. Mr. Driver is a Royal Arch Mason, a member of Osceola Chapter No. 57, and for a number of years was H. P. of the Chapter. He is also a member of Hugh DePayens Commandery, K. T., at Little Rock, Ark.

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