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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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Thomas B. Stevens, ex-county judge, Star of the West, Ark. The leading characteristics of Mr. Stevens indicate him to be a man of unswerving integrity and one well informed and universally esteemed—a man who has been tried but not found wanting, and one capable of discharging his official and private duties with competency. He was born in Dade County, Ga., September 8, 1847, and was the eldest of nine children, the result of the union of T. R. and Margaret (Forrester) Stevens, the father a native of South Carolina, and the mother of Warren County, Tenn. The parents were married in Georgia, October 22, 1846, and in 1849 they moved to Arkansas, where they resided two years in Hempstead County. They then moved to Pike County, and there they reside at the present time. The father is a Republican in politics and served as justice of the peace in this county for several terms. They are also members of the Primitive Baptist Church. Thomas B. Stevens grew to manhood in Pike County, Ark., received a fair education, and at the age of twenty years commenced for himself as a tiller of the soil, which occupation he has successfully carried on ever since. He is at present the owner of 240 acres of land, with about sixty acres under cultivation, and is one of the representative men of the county. In September, 1867, his nuptials to Miss Margaret Hendricks were celebrated, and resulted in the birth of seven children, six of whom are living: Margaret A. S., Octavia A., Jose E., Cansada C., Dolphus L., and Loda B., all residing with their parents except Margaret A. S., who was married in 1887, to Mr. Willis W. Rodgers, who is a farmer in this county. Mr. Stevens was elected magistrate, in 1880, and served for two terms. He was also elected county judge in 1884, and held that position for one term. He is active in his political views and is a Republican. He and Mrs. Stevens are members of the Primitive Baptist Church, to which they attached themselves a number of years ago.

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