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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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Samuel C. Dean, one of the prominent young planters of Pike County, was born in Lawrence, S. C, September 19, 1854. His parents, John and Elizabeth K. (East) Dean, natives of South Carolina, born in 1813 and 1815, respectively, had a family of seven children, viz.: James C., Nancy (deceased) William W., John W., Samuel C, Miles P., Thomas H. The father was a planter, and emigrated from South Carolina to Arkansas in 1857, locating in Pike County, where he resided until his death, which occurred September 24, 1882. His widow still survives, enjoying good health, and lives with her youngest son. Both Mr. and Mrs. Dean were members of the Methodist Episcopal Church, South. The subject of this sketch received a good education at the Arkansas Industrial University in Washington County, Ark., entering in March, 1877, and leaving in June, 1880, and after completing his education, began teaching school in Pike and Howard Counties, having charge of the Murfreesboro school during 1883 and 1884. He continued in this occupation for six years. March 2, 1887, Mr. Dean married Miss Dora Scott, a native of Arkansas, and a daughter of Rev. William J. and Mary Scott. William J. Scott was an itinerant minister of the Methodist Episcopal Church, South, in Arkansas, for a number of years. He is now superannuated and lives in California. This union was blessed with one child, Mattie Agnes, born December 15, 1887. Mr. Dean is a planter by occupation and owns about 120 acres of good land, with, twenty-four acres under cultivation. Both he and wife are worthy members of the Methodist Episcopal Church, South.

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