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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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Henry T. Brewer, farmer, Murfreesboro, Ark. This prominent and enterprising agriculturist is a native-born resident of Pike County, Ark., his birth occurring in 1850, and is the youngest of six children born to Henry and Elizabeth (Hewet) Brewer. His father, who was born in North Carolina in 1800, went to Tennessee, and from there to Missouri, coming thence in 1818 to this State and settling in this section, on Muddy Fork Creek, at an early day. He became one of the best known citizens of the county at that day and time, and held the office of sheriff and other positions of prominence. Mrs. Brewer was a native of Arkansas. Henry T. Brewer is the only one of the above mentioned family now living. He received a limited education, and at the age of twenty-one years began farming for himself. His brother, William R. Brewer, enlisted in the Confederate army, was in a cavalry company, and returned with the same horse on which he rode away from home. Upon the death of the father, Henry T. Brewer inherited his present farm of 350 acres, with 120 acres under cultivation, and which is located one and a half miles from town on the Little Missouri River. He annually raises about half a bale of cotton to the acre, and thirty-five bushels of corn. He does general farming and raises some stock. The balance of his land is fairly timbered. Mr. Brewer is an earnest advocate of schools, and in politics, though not active, is a conscientious Democrat. He was married to Miss Emily Carter, daughter of an old settler of this State, and to them were born the following children: Charles (attending school at Arkadelphia), Mittie (died at the age of thirteen years), Mattie, William R., Guy, Cortez, Roscoe, Mack Hamilton, Osero, and an infant daughter unnamed. Mr. Brewer has made many improvements in his place, and has cleared much land since it came into his possession. He has one of the best river bottom farms in the county, and is a good and practical agriculturist. Mrs. Brewer is a member of the Methodist Episcopal Church.

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