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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 C. Warren, farmer and justice of the peace of Thompson Township, Bingen, Ark. Mr. Warren was born in Tennessee in 1852, to the marriage of Felix J. and Eliza (Clark) Warren, natives of that State, and was the third of six children. His parents resided in the above mentioned State until 1860, when they went to Texas, and after a residence there of four years, returned to Pike County, Ark., where they have since made their home. John C. Warren passed his boyhood days in assisting on the farm, and in attending the common schools of the county, until the age of twenty-one years, when he began farming for himself. He was married in 1876 to Miss Bettie Thompson, a native of Tennessee, but who came to Arkansas in her infancy. Mr. Warren bought his present farm in 1879, a fine tract of 120 acres, with 50 acres under cultivation, and on this he has erected good buildings, etc. He has a good orchard of some of the best variety of peaches in the locality, and in fact has as good a farm as is to be had in the county. His land yields readily 1,200 pounds of cotton, and about 30 bushels of corn. He does a general farming, principally cotton, and is somewhat engaged in stock-raising, being the owner at the present time of perhaps the best colt ever raised in the county. It is two years old, fifteen hands high and weighs over 1,000 pounds. It took the premium at the Murfreesboro stock show. Mr. Warren has been quite active in politics, and votes with the Democratic party. The family are members of the Methodist Episcopal Church (Mr. Warren having been a member for many years), and are respected and esteemed throughout the county. To the marriage of Mr. and Mrs. Warren were born five children, all of whom are living—Morris, Charles, Elbert, Erma and Thomas Otis. Mr. Warren is a good farmer and a careful business man.

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