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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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P. S. Borum, liveryman, of the firm of J. H. Borum & Bro., Osceola. This stable, from the large business it does, not only exemplifies the importance of this part of the town, but reflects credit on its management. Mr. Borum was originally from Tennessee, where he was born in 1847, and was the eldest of nine children born to Rev. J. H. and Ann C. (Brooks) Borum [see sketch of J. H. Borum]. P. S. Borum was reared in the town of Durhamville, and at the age of seventeen years he began clerking in the store of J. H. Borum, where he continued for two years. He then, in partnership with his brother, James W., opened a general store in the same place, and there remained two years, during which time his brother died. Mr. Borum then sold out the store and engaged in tilling the soil, which industry he carried on for four years, with comparatively good success. He subsequently went to Brownsville and re-engaged in clerking, but after one year returned to farming. He followed this occupation until 1878, when he went to Dyersburg, engaged in clerking, and after remaining there for four years, in the fall of 1883, came to Osceola, where he joined his brother, J. H. Borum, in the livery business, and this business has since grown into a flourishing trade. Mr. Borum began practically with nothing, but now has one of the best equipped livery stables in the State. They have forty horses, twenty hacks, carriages, buggies, etc., and can turn out, day or night, as fine rigs as are to be found. At the age of fifteen years, Mr. Borum enlisted in Company M, Seventh Tennessee Cavalry, under Col. William Jackson (afterward Gen. Jackson), and was in the battles of Cross Roads, Miss., Pulaski and Nashville, Tenn., Fort Pillow in 1862, Florence, Ala., and also in the campaign through Alabama, Tennessee and Mississippi. He surrendered at Gainesville, Ala., in 1865. He was in many close quarters, and in many minor engagements, but escaped without a wound, or ever being taken prisoner. He has since lived in Osceola, and has taken an active interest in all local affairs that pertain to the good of the community at large.

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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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