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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 W. Talbott, one of the most successful and enterprising business men of Star of the West, is the youngest of seven children born to J. W. and Rachel (Huddleston) Talbott. The father came to Arkansas in 1816, from St. Clair County, Ill., and continued to reside here until his death, which occurred in 1880, at the age of seventy-two years. The mother died in 1855, at the age of forty. The father was a public-spirited citizen, served as magistrate in Howard County for a number of years, and filled many other local positions of trust. John W. Talbott was born in Howard County, Ark., on September 1, 1849, and on account of the breaking out of the war, received but a limited education. He started out in life as a farmer, and this has continued to be his principal occupation ever since. He was occupied for a number of years in the stock-raising business, but at present he is engaged in the saw-mill, wool-carding, grist mill and cotton-ginning business, being one-half owner of the celebrated Epperson Mills, located at Star of the West, Pike County. Mr. Talbott has been twice married; first, in 1874, to Miss Nettie Duncan, a native of Howard County, Ark., and the daughter of Capt. R. L. Duncan, of Centre Point, Ark. The fruits of this union were two children: Bettie Lorena and William R., who died in 1876. Bettie L. is living with her father. Mrs. Talbott died in 1876, and Mr. Talbott took for his second wife Miss Bettie Beene, who was born in Mississippi, and who came with her parents, Jesse and Matilda Beene, to Arkansas, in 1860. This second union resulted in the birth of one child, which died while young. Mr. Talbott is a member of the Masonic fraternity, which he joined in 1873, and he and wife are members of the Methodist Episcopal Church, South. In politics he is Democratic. Besides the above mentioned enterprises in which he is engaged, he is one half owner in the Beene & Talbott store, located at Star of the West, which carries an average stock of $3,000, doing a general business.

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