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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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John B. Rountree. Among the many worthy residents of Pike County none are more highly esteemed or universally respected than the subject of this sketch. He was born in Warren County, Miss., August 19, 1836, one of a family of nine children, namely: Robert (deceased), Rebecca (deceased), Creasa (deceased), Sallie D. (deceased), Jesse (deceased), Thomas (deceased), Perry (who died in infancy), Nathan (died at the age of seventeen). His parents, Micajah and Mary Rountree, the former a native of North Carolina, and the latter of Virginia, moved to Mississippi, where the father was an overseer, and from thence emigrated to Arkansas in 1837, locating in Clark County, where they resided until the father’s death in 1846. His son, the subject of this sketch, resided on the old homestead until the death of his mother in November, 1857. She was an earnest member of the Methodist Episcopal Church, South. Our subject was reared in Clark County, receiving his education at the private schools near Arkadelphia, and at the age of twenty-one years began doing for himself. April 1, 1858, he was united in marriage to Miss Permalia C. Browning, and the result of this union was the birth of five children, viz.: May (who married Mr. J. T. May), Ellen (married Samuel Harris), John H. and Micajah. The other child died in infancy. Mr. Rountree is a successful planter, owning about 269 acres of good land, with sixty acres under cultivation. His wife is a member of the Missionary Baptist Church. Mr. Rountree takes an active interest in all worthy causes, especially that of building up schools and churches, and has preached the word of God for twenty years.

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