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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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Willie W. Wilson, farmer, Wilson, Ark. This prominent agriculturist was born in Talladega County, Ala., February 14, 1859, and is the son of A. F. Wilson and Mary F. (Phillips) Wilson, natives of Jasper County, Ga., and Alabama, respectively. The parents were married in Alabama, but later moved to Arkansas, where the father filled many positions of trust. He was peace officer in Talladega County, Ark., for a number of years, also served as sheriff of Pike County one term, and served as magistrate of this township for some time. He is a member of the Masonic fraternity, and he and wife are quite active in religious matters. Of the seven children born to their marriage all are living, and Willie W. is second in order of birth. The latter was principally reared in Arkansas, whither he had come with his parents in 1871, and he received a good English education, having attended the academy at Murfreesboro, also the Arkansas Industrial University at Fayetteville, Ark. He began for himself as deputy sheriff of Pike County, in which capacity he served for five years, and he afterward engaged in teaching school. He was married, in 1875, to Miss Laura Biggs, a native of Clark County, Ark., and the daughter of Dr. John F. Biggs, who is one of the prominent practitioners of the county, and a man well posted in the political affairs of the State. To Mr. and Mrs. Wilson have been born two children: Joseph Biggs and Forrest W. Mr. Wilson is a Democrat, and is quite active in politics. He is a member of the Missionary Baptist Church, which he joined in 1882 at Rock Creek, and takes a great deal of interest in Sabbath schools. He is a liberal supporter of all laudable enterprises, and a man much esteemed and respected throughout the county. Since his marriage Mr. Wilson has been engaged in farming, is the owner of 120 acres of land, with fifty acres under cultivation.

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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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