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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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Frank Lee, merchant and farmer, New Hope, Ark. The sixth of nine children in the family of his parents, Mathias and Sarah (Luckett) Lee, the subject of this sketch was born in Maury County, Tenn., on July 22, 1821. His father was a native of Rutherford County, N. C., and was a private in the War of 1812. He was a Democrat in politics, and served for a number of years as magistrate. He was also very active in church matters, and he and wife were members of the Primitive Baptist Church. The father died in November, 1860, at the age of seventy-four years, and the mother, who was a native of Kentucky, died in 1853, when sixty-seven years of age. Frank Lee was educated in the country schools of Alabama, and when nineteen years of age started out to fight life’s battles for himself. He first worked on a flatboat, and also carried on farming for about thirty years. When about nineteen years of age he was elected constable in St. Clair County, Ala., and served in that capacity for two years. He was then elected magistrate, which position he filled for twenty years, and during that time held the office of deputy sheriff for eight years. In 1862 he enlisted as lieutenant in the Confederate army, Company D, Thirtieth Alabama Regiment. He was for some time during the war engaged in boating coal from the Kidd & Co. coal pits to the Selma Gun Foundry. He was in several skirmishes, but in no active engagements. After the war he returned to his home in St. Clair County, Ala., where he continued his former occupation until his removal to Arkansas in 1873. He came to Howard County, resided there for seven years, and in 1880 moved to New Hope, where he now resides engaged in mercantile pursuits. He does an annual business of about $3,000, and in connection with this carries on agricultural pursuits, being the owner of a nice farm in this county. Mr. Lee has been three times married; first, to Miss Margaret Walker, a native of Alabama, and the daughter of Charley and Kate Walker, of Morgan County, Ala. To the first union of our subject were born four children, two now living: William C. and Dallas. The former is in the lumber business in Ouachita County, and the latter is married to Thomas Williamson, who is a mechanic in Clark County: Mrs. Lee died in 1846, and Mr. Lee took for his second wife, Miss Elizabeth Smith, in 1847. Eight children were born to this marriage: Margaret, Felix B., Jane, Jerry C., James O., Josephine, Franklin P., and Douglas, who died in infancy. The second Mrs. Lee died in 1860, and three years later Mr. Lee married Mrs. Margaret (Stracener) Smith, who was born in Alabama, and who is the daughter of Jefferson and Phoebe (Fletcher) Stracener. Four children are the result of this union: Alex. B., Sallie S., Jeffylona, and Mack W. Sallie married E. L. Tatum, a farmer and merchant of this county. Mr. Lee is a member of the Masonic fraternity, having joined Croppill Lodge No. 247, in St. Clair County, Ala., in 1863, and he and wife are members of the Baptist Church. He is a Republican in politics, and a liberal supporter of all laudable enterprises. He has one hundred grandchildren, and fifteen great-grandchildren. His daughter Josephine is the mother of thirteen, and Margaret is the mother of fourteen children.

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