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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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M. T. Dyke, of the firm of Miller & Dyke, at Fort Smith, Ark., was born in Indiana, in 1856, and is the son of Nathaniel and Emily M. (Trester) Dyke. The Dyke family are descendants of the early New England Presbyterians, and were tenacious of their religious belief, and Grandfather Nathaniel Dyke was a veteran in the War of 1812. Nathaniel Dyke, father of our subject, was married to Miss Emily M. Trester, in Indiana, and five children were the result of this union, two sons and three daughters, only two sons now alive. M. T. Dyke was educated in the graded schools of Indiana, and came to Arkansas in 1875, where he engaged in the lumber business, in the employ of J. G. Miller. Three years later he became a member of the firm, under the title of J. G. Miller & Co., remaining as such until 1887, when the firm title was changed to Miller & Dyke. Mr. Dyke was married in Fort Smith, to Miss Myrtle M. Parke, daughter of Maj. Frank Parke, one of the oldest settlers of Fort Smith. This union resulted in the birth of two children: Mary Trester and Myrtle Parke. Mr. Dyke is secretary of the building committee for the construction of the First Methodist Episcopal Church, South, is church secretary, and is a member of the A. F. & A. M. Mrs. Dyke is a member of the Ladies’ Aid Society, also a member of the Missionary Society, and has taken an important part in society work. Nathaniel Dyke, the third member of the firm of Miller & Dyke, came to Fort Smith in 1880, entered the employ of the firm, and became a member of the same January, 1888. He is a K.P., is a member of the Methodist Episcopal Church, South, being steward of the same, and is organist and instructor of the church choir. He was also educated in the high-schools of Indiana, and has unusual musical talent. The firm of Miller & Dyke manufacture all kinds of doors, sash blinds, etc., and do a general lumber business.

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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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