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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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Joel D. Barnes, one of the prominent and substantial tillers of the soil of Pike County, Missouri Township, is a native of Arkansas, being born in Pike County, May 13, 1855, his parents both being natives of the same State. His father was born in 1840, and his mother, nee Martha Lewis, was born in the same year. They were married in 1854 and were the parents of four children, viz.: Joel D., Zilpha (who married John Buster), Mary E. (married Charley Blanchard), and Louisa C. (married John Brooks). The father was a planter, and emigrated to Pike County in 1845. At the outbreak of the late war he enlisted in the Confederate cause, in Speer’s company, Dawson’s regiment; he was captured at Arkansas Post and carried to Chicago, where he died in the hospital in 1864 of small pox. His widow afterward married Mr. J. W. Holaway, by whom she had five children, viz.: John, Zeagus, William, Mattie and Sarah. She was a member of the Methodist Episcopal Church, South. The subject of this sketch was educated in Pike County, and in 1874 was married to Miss Malvina Harrison, a native of Mississippi, by whom he is the father of seven children, viz.: Albert (deceased), Charley, Joel T., Ardela and John D. The other three died in infancy. Mr. Barnes is the owner of a farm of 240 acres of good land, 125 under cultivation. Both he and wife are members of the Methodist Episcopal Church, South. He is a member of the Masonic fraternity, belonging to Pisgah Lodge No. 250.

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