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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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William J. White, merchant, Nathan, Ark. This prominent business man is a native born citizen of this county, his birth occurring March 17, 1866, and is the sixth and last child born to the marriage of Pleasant and Nancy A. (Rose) White, natives of Tennessee and Arkansas, respectively. The father left his native State in 1829, emigrated to Pike County, Ark., and here he has resided ever since. Of the six children born to his marriage only two are now living, our subject and a sister, Mrs. N. L. Jones, who is residing in Quanah, Hardeman County, Tex. William J. White was reared in this county, and received a good English education in the common schools. At the age of nineteen years he started out to fight life’s battles for himself and engaged in the milling business, which he has since carried on. His machinery was put up at a cost of $2,500. Mr. White is also engaged in merchandising, and is doing a good business of $8,000 per year. He carries, an average stock of $2,000, sells on time and makes close collections. He is also the owner of a farm of 115 acres, with about fifty acres under cultivation, from which he always gathers an average crop. He was married in 1888, to Miss Mary M. Ferguson, a native of Howard County, Ark., and the daughter of F. M. and Lucy (Merrill) Ferguson, who are an old and respected family of Howard County. To Mr. and Mrs. White have been born one child, Ella May. Mr. White is at present postmaster at Nathan, and discharges the duties of that office in a highly satisfactory manner. He is a member of the Christian Church. Mrs. White is a member of the Missionary Baptist Church.

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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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