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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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J. T. Pollard. A history of Pike County would be incomplete without a brief mention of the enterprising and successful young planter whose name heads this sketch. He was born in Georgia, September 27, 1852, a son of Joel K. and Sarah E. (Youngblood) Pollard, both natives of Georgia. They had a family of two children, viz.: Mary J. (who married Henry L. Adamson, and now resides in Heard County, Ga.), and Joel T. (the subject of this sketch). The father was a planter by occupation, and at the time of his death owned fifty acres of land. Both he and wife were members of the Missionary Baptist Church. He died November 27, 1852. His widow is still living and resides at Rock Mills, Ala. The subject of this sketch was reared and educated in Georgia, and at the age of twenty-one years commenced life for himself by engaging in agricultural pursuits, at which he has been eminently successful, for he now owns 200 acres of good land, with fifty acres under cultivation. December 6, 1873, he was married to Miss Martha E. Adamson, a native of Georgia, and daughter of George and Matilda Adamson, and to this union have been born eight children, viz.: Joel M. (deceased), Tilden H., John T., Minnie L., Jim P., Olin M., Albert C. (deceased), and Lulu May. Mr. Pollard is a member of the Masonic fraternity, belonging to Pisgah Lodge No. 250, and has served as senior warden and senior deacon in the same. He is actively interested in educational matters, and now holds the office of school director. His wife is a member of the Missionary Baptist Church.

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