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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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Millard M. Mauney, farmer, Murfreesboro, Ark. This prominent and wide-awake agriculturist is a native-born resident of Pike County, Ark., his birth occurring in 1853, and is the eldest of three children born to Dr. George R. and Sarah Ann (White) Mauney, the father a native of North Carolina, and the mother of Arkansas. The father studied medicine and came to Arkansas, settling in Pike County in about 1850, where he began the practice of his profession. At that time there were no physicians here but Dr. Conway and himself, and as a consequence his practice extended over a large territory. He became one of the best known physicians of the county, and remained here until his death in 1880. He was a member of the Methodist Episcopal Church, and stood high in the Masonic fraternity. The mother died in 1855, and the father married the second time, becoming by this union the father of one child, George R., who died in 1889. W. J. White, uncle of Millard Mauney, was born in Tennessee in 1825. He came to Arkansas with his parents when a child, and after attaining his majority, engaged in farming, in which he was very successful. He was an advanced member of the Masonic fraternity, and held many positions of trust among his people. Mr. White was one of the most prominent characters connected with the growth of Pike County. He died in 1884, at the age of fifty-nine, unmarried. Millard M. Mauney was reared on the farm and in the town, and attended the common schools of the locality, until the age of twenty-one years, when he engaged in farming for himself on a small farm he had inherited. He was married in 1875 to Miss Bettie L. Owens, a daughter of John L. Owens, and the fruits of this union have been seven children, five living: Occo, Walter J., Alice R., Maud Mesilla, Henry Jeff Owens, Mabel (died in infancy), and one died unnamed. Mr. Mauney is conscientious in his political views; and votes with the Democratic party. He takes a decided interest in educational matters, and is director in his district. He is one of the public-spirited men of Pike County.

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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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