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Below is a family biography included in The History of Sebastian 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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Louis Bolin, a grocer of Fort Smith, Ark., was born in Fannin County, Tex., November 29, 1844, and is a son of George Barnett and Anna Bolin. The latter was born in Alabama, and when a small child was stolen from her mother and taken to Springfield, Mo., where she was again stolen and taken to Fannin County, Tex. In 1867 she moved to Fort Smith, Ark., where she died in 1883. Her son, Louis, spent his early life in Fannin County, Tex., and came to Sebastian County, Ark., with his mother. From 1863 until 1866 he was engaged in tilling the soil, and owns a good little farm of forty acres, in the county, besides eleven houses and lots in Fort Smith. Since 1877 he has been engaged in the grocery business, and as he is energetic, honest and accommodating he is doing a prosperous business. He is a Mason, a member of the Missionary Baptist Church, and in his political views is a Republican, casting his first presidential vote for U. S. Grant. On the 20th of November, 1869, he was married to Jennie Kemp, who was born in Sebastian County, Ark., in 1851, and a daughter of Dick and Betsey Kemp, and by her is the father of the following children: Louis, born February 26, 1875; Millie, born in July, 1877; Wheeler, born April 7, 1882 and Bessie, born in August, 1884. One son, John, is deceased.

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This family biography is one of 217 biographies included in The History of Sebastian County, Arkansas published in 1889.  For the complete description, click here: Sebastian County, Arkansas History, Genealogy, and Maps

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