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Below is a family biography included in Biographical and Historical Memoirs of Pulaski County, Arkansas published by Goodspeed Publishing Company in 1889.  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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A. D. Beach, of the Beach Abstract Company, Little Rock, Ark., owes his nativity to New York State, where his birth occurred in 1849, and in that State he grew to manhood and received his early education. He followed civil engineering for about ten years on the canals of New York and its various railroads, as well as in the New England States and in Canada, and served one year in the employment of the United States, in preliminary ship canal survey across the Isthmus of Darien. He attended the Centennial Exposition at Philadelphia in the summer of 1876, and came south in 1877, locating in Little Rock, Ark., which change was made for the benefit of his health. Here he has established the Beach Abstract Company, of which he is the business manager. Besides attending to the business of the Abstract Company, after locating in Little Rock Mr. Beach was in the employ of the Iron Mountain, and also the Memphis & Little Rock Railroad, and traveled over this portion of the State, paying taxes for them. In 1881 he wedded Miss Mary Hendree, in Atlanta, Ga., and she has borne her husband four children: Virginia H., Lewise B., Edward H. and Alberta D. Mrs. Beach was born in 1855, and after performing the noble duties of wife and mother, she was called away from her young children and husband on January 17, 1889. She was a member of the Episcopal Church. Mr. Beach is the son of Robert and Rhoda (Douglass) Beach; the former was born in Saratoga County, N. Y., and the latter in Onondaga County, of the same State. Robert Beach was a farmer, and died at the age of seventy years. The paternal grandfather of our subject was a native of New York, and became a pioneer settler of that State. He and his two eldest sons were soldiers in the War of 1812. The mother of A. D. Beach is of Scotch descent, and a descendant of the Douglasses of Scotland.

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This family biography is one of 156 biographies included in Biographical and Historical Memoirs of Pulaski County, Arkansas published in 1889.  For the complete description, click here: Pulaski County, Arkansas History, Genealogy, and Maps

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