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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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D. S. P. Black, blacksmith, Rock Creek, Ark. One of the best known and most enterprising horse-shoers of Rock Creek is Mr. Black, who has carried on this business since twenty-one years of age. He was born in Meriwether County, Ga., October 5, 1851, and is the third of nine children, the result of the union of James W. and Sarah E. (Baughan) Black. James W. Black was born in Ireland, and came to this country with his parents when quite young. He served several terms as magistrate in Georgia, was a Democrat, and was active in political matters. He died in 1878 at the age of fifty-four years. The mother is a native of Virginia and moved to Georgia when young. She is still living, and makes her home with her son, D. S. P. (our subject). Her father figured conspicuously in the War of 1812. D. S. P. Black received a limited education, and when twenty-one years of age began for himself by engaging in the blacksmith business, which has since been his occupation. He was married in Georgia to Miss Sophronia Morgan, a native of Virginia, born August 30, 1849, and the fruits of this union were six children (all living but one): Sarah E., Joseph B., Augustus P., Samuel C. (deceased at the age of six years), Opie Z. A. and James E., all living with the parents. Mr. Black came to Arkansas in 1876, settled at Rock Creek, and is now the owner of 173 acres of land with thirty five acres under cultivation. He is a member of the Masonic fraternity, having joined Amity Lodge in 1879, and he and wife are members of the Missionary Baptist Church. Like his father before him Mr. Black is a Democrat, and takes a deep interest in politics. He is at present serving his fifth year as notary public. He is also serving on the board of equalization, and is marshal of elections.

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