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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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R. M. Forester, farmer, Gentry, Ark. No name is more closely associated with the farming interests of the county than the one which heads this sketch, for it is borne by a man who, though young in years, is still one of the first-class agriculturists. He was born in Dade County, Ga., in October, 1855, and was the fifth of twelve children, the result of the union of F. N. and Eliza A. (Riddle) Forester. The parents were married in Georgia, and resided in that State until 1856, when they moved to Arkansas. They settled in Pike County, where the mother resides at the present time, but the father died, in 1883, at the age of seventy-eight years. He was a Mason, a Democrat in politics, and he took an active part in the advancement of society, churches, etc. The mother is a member of the Church of Christ, to which she connected herself in 1889. R. M. Forester was reared in Arkansas, and received an ordinary education in that State. At the age of twenty-three years he began working for himself as a miller, and this continued for five years. He then became dissatisfied and engaged in agricultural pursuits, which he has continued ever since. He is at present the owner of 220 acres of land, and has thirty-five acres under cultivation. He was married January 25, 1880, to Miss Isadora Yarbrough. She was born in Alabama, and her father, S. A. Yarbrough, moved to Arkansas from Alabama in 1878, and still resides in this State. To Mr. and Mrs. Forester have been born three children: Henry F., Maudie L., and Garland M., all living with their parents. Mr. Forester is a Democrat in politics, and was elected magistrate in 1888, which position he still holds.

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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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