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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 T. Hipp was born in Laurens District, S. C., January 17, 1843. His father, Samuel Hipp, and his mother, Meeky East, were both natives of South Carolina. The former died in 1845. He was a mechanic by trade. The mother with her five little children remained there until 1857, when she moved to Pike County, Ark., remaining in this locality until the war. W. A., the oldest, then enlisted in the Sixteenth Arkansas Volunteers, under Gen. Price, and was in the battles at Corinth and Port Hudson, where he was captured; he served until the surrender on this side of the Mississippi River. He married a Miss Covington in 1867, and died in 1882. James P. married a Miss Couch, in 1861. He enlisted in the Nineteenth Arkansas Volunteers, in January, 1862, and was captured at Arkansas Post, January 11, 1863, being carried to Camp Douglas, Ill.; he was exchanged at City Point Va., and died at Petersburg, in June, 1863. Mary E. married Joseph Baird, in 1864. She is still living. John T. enlisted in Nineteenth Arkansas Volunteers, at the age of nineteen, was wounded and captured at Arkansas Post, January 11, 1863, and carried to St. Louis, Mo. He was exchanged at City Point,Va., in June, 1863, and was in the Army of the Tennessee the rest of the war. He took part in the battles of Chickamauga, Missionary Ridge, Resaca, New Hope, Kenesaw Mountain, Atlanta, Jonesboro, Franklin and Nashville, having been in Pat Cleburne’s division, of Hardee’s corps. Returning to Arkansas after the war, Mr. Hipp was married, November 25, 1809, to Miss Lucinda F. Dickson, a native of this county, and a daughter of Samuel and Elizabeth Dickson. They have four children: The eldest was born September 5, 1870, and died August 13, 1889, James Olin (was born April 20,1872, and died October 5,1882), Fannie E. (was born August 25, 1880, and died October 17, 1881), John Noel (was born November 25, 1885). Mrs. Hipp is a member of the Methodist Episcopal Church, South. Mr. Hipp is a farmer, and owns his farm free from all indebtedness. He has never bought a bushel of corn, nor a pound of meat since his marriage, always having sold more or less every year. He is a Democrat, and believes in an honest and a free government. His youngest brother, Samuel F., first married Miss Sebell French; she died, and he then married Miss Nancy Davis. They are living in this county. Mr. Hipp’s mother died in January, 1873. She was a Christian of the purest type, and belonged to the Methodist Church, South.

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