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Below is a family biography included in Biographical and Historical Memoirs of Pike County, Arkansas published by Goodspeed Publishing Company in 1890.  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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A. A. Stell is numbered among the prominent and wealthy planters of Pike County, Missouri Township, and was born in Morgan County, Ga., December 18, 1820, a son of Joseph and Isabella Stell, both natives of Georgia, the former born in 1779. They were married in South Carolina, and reared a family of ten children, viz.: Isaac H. (deceased), Samuel B., Francis N., Judah, Joseph, Martha, Andrew A., Hiram T., Mary A. and George A. The father was a planter and school teacher by occupation. He served as a private in the Florida War, also in the Cherokee War. In 1800 he moved from South Carolina to Cherokee County, Ala., and here he remained one year; he then emigrated to Clark County, Ark., within six miles of Arkadelphia, where he remained three years and then moved to Pike County, where he resumed his occupation of farming and teaching. He took a great interest in the religious and educational as well as the political affairs of his county. He served as justice of the peace of Clark County for four years, and of Pike County for two years. He died in 1863, followed by his widow in 1865. They were both members of the Baptist Church for about forty years. The immediate subject of this sketch was reared and educated in South Carolina, coming with his parents to Arkansas. January 1, 1840, he married Miss Emily Wingfield, a native of Arkansas, who bore him six children: Lucinda (who married G. C. Griffin), Indiana J. (married S. T. East), John H. (married Martha Dixon) and Mary E. (who married Dr. Rutherford), and then died September 1, 1859, a worthy member of the Methodist Episcopal Church, South. July 25, 1861, Mr. Stell was again united in marriage, this time to Miss Martha E. Kelley, a native of Arkansas, and daughter of Robert and Sarah Kelley. This union was blessed in the birth of eleven children, viz.: Margaret J. (deceased), Nancy A. (who married J. A. Craighead, and resides at Hot Springs), Samuel B., Robert E., Joe T., David A., Charles E., James D. (deceased), Jake (deceased), R. H. L. and Sarah A. Mr. Stell owns a well-stocked farm of 431 acres of good land, with seventy-five acres under cultivation. He is a member of the Masonic fraternity, Pisgah Lodge No. 250, and has served as worshipful master. He is deeply interested in promoting the welfare of the community in which he resides, and has served as justice of the peace for ten years. He served in the late war, entering Company G, Cravin’s regiment, under Gen. Churchill, in 1864, and served until the close of the war. May 28, 1865, he returned home and resumed farming. In 1882 he began a mercantile business on a capital of $583, which he afterward sold for $200. He and wife are both church members, she worshiping at the Christian, and he at the Baptist Church.

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