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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. Thompson, farmer, Bingen, Ark. Among the younger agriculturists of this township, who are rapidly coming to the front as progressive and industrious farmers and stock-raisers, we cannot fail to mention Mr. Thompson. He owes his nativity to Bledsoe County, Tenn., where his birth occurred on May 29, 1853, and is the third of eight children born to William and Sarah (Bryant) Thompson, natives of Tennessee. The parents moved to this State and settled in Pike County in 1858, and the father, who was a physician, followed his profession for some time. At present he is engaged in agricultural pursuits. John B. Thompson attained his growth in Pike County, Ark., received an ordinary English education, and at the age of twenty-two years, followed the precepts of his father, whose principal occupation has been farming, and also tilled the soil. He was married about the same time to Miss Eliza Power, a native of South Carolina, and the daughter of J. B. and Louisa (Moore) Power, natives also of South Carolina, who moved to Arkansas in 1859. Mr. Thompson is the owner of 230 acres of land, with 75 acres under cultivation, and is one of the wide awake, enterprising men of the township. His marriage resulted in the birth of nine children, all living but one: Orah J., Barnet L., Lucy E., John W., Sarah L., Samuel B., Julia J., and Joseph D. Mr. Thompson has given his children every advantage for an education, and is quite deeply interested in school and church matters. He has been school director in Brewer Township for six years. He is an active worker in the Methodist Protestant Church, and his wife in the Baptist Church, where they have held membership for a number of years. Mr. Thompson is a member of the Wheel, and in his political views is a Republican, although not an active one.

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This family biography is one of 71 biographies included in Biographical and Historical Memoirs of Pike County, Arkansas published in 1890.  For the complete description, click here: Pike County, Arkansas History, Genealogy, and Maps

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