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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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Prof. Joseph B. Thomasson, Murfreesboro, Ark. This prominent and very successful educator is a native of Heard County, Ga., his birth occurring two miles west of Franklin, September 3, 1862, and is the son of W. B. and Mary A. (Stewart) Thomasson, the father a native of South Carolina, and the mother of New Jersey. Prof. Joseph B. Thomasson was the eighth of ten children, and was principally reared in Arkansas, receiving his education in the leading schools of this State. This he improved very materially, by individual efforts, and when twenty years of age, started out in life to battle for himself. He first engaged in the mercantile business, as partner in the store of Thomasson & Bro., at Murfreesboro, and continued thus engaged for five years. They then discontinued business, and since that time the Professor has been engaged in teaching school. He has been very successful in this profession, and is considered one of the best educators and disciplinarians in the county. He is young, enterprising and energetic, and full of that push and perseverance that secure success in whatever is undertaken. He also enjoys the respect and esteem of the entire community of which he is a valued and honored member. In connection with teaching, he has also carried on farming, but not to any great extent. In politics he affiliates with the Democratic party, and takes an active part in all political matters. He served a year and a half as post-master of Murfreesboro, and filled that position in a very satisfactory manner. He also served for some time as deputy clerk of this county. He is a liberal supporter of all laudable public enterprises, and is what might be termed a self-made man.

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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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