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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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T. W. Baldwin, one of the most prominent citizens of Argenta, was born in Meggs County, Tenn., but moved to Missouri in 1843. He is a son of James C. and Sarah A. (Underwood) Baldwin, both natives of Tennessee, and of English descent. Mr. Baldwin first came to the State of Arkansas in 1868, and has resided here ever since. He located in Argenta in 1875, and for ten years carried on a live-stock commission business, in which he was very successful. He is now practically retired from active commercial life, but has an interest in one of the largest mercantile houses in Argenta, and owns considerable town property besides his own handsome residence. On December 31, 1863, Mr. Baldwin was married to Miss Sarah R. Parker, of Arkansas, by whom he had one child that died in its third year. They have an adopted daughter, five years old, upon whom they lavish great affection and care, and who promises to become a lady of true worth. Mr. Baldwin is a member of the Royal Arch Chapter, Little Rock Lodge No. 2, and has belonged to Blue Lodge since 1869, besides serving as representative to the Grand Lodge on several occasions. In politics he is a strong Democrat, and a valuable man to his party, his influence in the community having great weight upon any matter in which he takes an interest. He is one of the leading citizens of this section, and manifests a commendable willingness to share in pushing forward the development of the county; this, added to his generosity and rare personal qualities, rendering him very popular. Mr. and Mrs. Baldwin are both members of the Methodist Episcopal Church, South, and take an interest in all religious and educational matters.

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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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