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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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T. P. Bragg, though still a young man, is rapidly and surely making his way to the front in agricultural pursuits and is considered by all a careful, painstaking farmer. He was born in South Carolina in 1854, and was the second of four children born to Wiley and Sarah (Otts) Bragg, who were also born in the “Palmetto State,” the former being an energetic farmer of that region. The earliest recollections of T. P. Bragg are of spending his time upon the home farm, but at the early age of fourteen years he left the parental roof and emigrated westward to Tennessee, in which State he was engaged in farm labor for four years. He was married there in 1873, to Miss Margaret Denton, and immediately after came to Mississippi County where, after working as a farm laborer for five years, he rented land and put in a crop for himself. He has farmed in this manner ever since, but conducts business on a very extensive scale, and his success has been exceptionally good. He has 250 acres in crops, and besides this has a farm of eighty acres (which he purchased in 1887) under the plow, it being located about two and one-half miles north of Osceola, and is very advantageously situated. On coming to this county the greater portion of the land in this section was in a wild condition, but has been opened up since his arrival. He has been quite an active politician, and his votes are cast for Democratic candidates. The names of the children born to himself and wife are Ada Elizabeth, Maud M., Thomas W., William Walker, Maggie L. and Charles.

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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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