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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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Tim M. McBrayer, farmer, Murfreesboro, Ark. Mr. McBrayer is a practical, go-ahead farmer, and fully appreciates the comforts of a competence gained by individual labor. His birth occurred in North Carolina, in 1852, and he was early initiated into the duties of farm life, receiving his education in the common schools until fifteen years of age. He then, in company with his elder brother, E. W., came to Arkansas and settled in Clark County, where they bought a farm. There our subject made his home until 1873, when he went to work for himself, and the following year was married to Miss Mary Wilkinson, a native of Georgia. In 1877 Mr. McBrayer came to Pike County, purchased a farm, and in January, 1888, moved with his family to this county. His farm is located three miles southeast of town, and consists of 300 acres in the river bottom; and he has sixty-five acres under cultivation, all of which he cleared himself. He has good buildings, and is constantly engaged in opening new land. His principal crops are corn and cotton. Mrs. McBrayer is a member of the Baptist Church, and he is much interested in educational matters, filling the position of school director at the present time. He is active in politics, and his vote is cast with the Democratic party. He is always to be found at the front in matters of public improvement, and is satisfied to make his home in Arkansas. To his marriage were born six children: Jamea, William, Flavey, Florence, Beulah (who died in infancy), and Nash (died at the age of two years). Mr. McBrayer is one of the most successful farmers of the county, and has made the principal part of his property by individual labor. A part of his fine farm is covered with timber. Mr. McBrayer is the youngest of five children born to Tilmon and Almeda (Bridges) McBrayer, natives of North Carolina, where the father followed farming until his death. The mother died in 1859.

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