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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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George T. Epperson, farmer and stock-raiser, Star of the West, Ark. Thompson and Ailcy (King) Epperson, the parents of our subject, were both natives of Franklin County, Ga., and to their marriage, which occurred in this State, were born eight children, George T. being the eldest in order of birth. The parents left their native State, moved to Tennessee, and in 1847 to Arkansas, settling finally in Pike County, where they resided until they received their final summons, the father dying in 1866 at the age of sixty-three, and the mother in 1876 at an advanced age. The grandfathers on both sides figured conspicuously in the Revolutionary War. George T. Epperson was born in Habersham County, Ga., October 29, 1829, and was principally reared in Tennessee, where he obtained a limited education, and when twenty-four years of age he commenced working for himself as a farmer, and this occupation he still continues to follow. At the present he is the owner of 520 acres of land, and has about 180 acres under cultivation. He is also the owner of considerable town property. He was married, about 1854, to Miss Sarah D. Polk, who was born in Arkansas, and who is the daughter, of Taylor Polk, a very prominent man in his day. Five children were born to this union: Henry P., Mary A. (deceased), Taylor T., Eliza J. and Union D. (deceased). All the children now living are married and reside in Arkansas. Mrs. Epperson died in 1865. During the late war, or in 1863, Mr. Epperson enlisted in the Federal army as captain in Company D, Fourth Arkansas Regiment, and although in no general battles, he was in numerous skirmishes. He is a Democrat in politics, and socially is a member of the Masonic fraternity, which he joined at Murfreesboro in 1854, and he still holds membership in Star of the West Lodge No. 210. He is ready and willing to aid in all worthy enterprises for the good of the county.

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