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Below is a family biography included in Biographical and Historical Memoirs of Sevier 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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W. K. Dollarhide, sheriff, Lockesburg, Ark. This gentleman owes his nativity to Sevier County, Ark., where his birth occurred December 28, 1845, and is the son of James S. and Mary (King) Dollarhide. James S. Dollarhide was a native of Kentucky, and when six years of age he accompanied his father, James, Sr., to New Orleans. He went from there by flatboat to Pine Prairie, Lafayette County, and from there overland to Sevier County in 1824. James Dollarhide died while on the river. James S., Jr., after six years of age, was reared in this county, and when quite a young man married Miss King. To his first and second marriages were born twenty-two children, nine children by his first wife—four sons and five daughters —and seven sons and six daughters by his second wife. Three of the sons are in this county, and all, with the exception of one daughter, are in the State. The father went with Gov.Yell as first lieutenant in the Mexican War and served with gallantry and distinction during that time. He is now residing in Rocky Comfort, Little River County. After marriage, he sold goods for some time, and afterward was engaged in tilling the soil. He filled many prominent positions of trust, viz.: Sheriff, county judge, represented Sevier County in the Legislature and was a member of the Seceding Legislature in 1861. He is a Democrat in politics and socially is a Mason. W. K. Dollarhide enjoyed good educational advantages, and was almost the whole time in the school-room, up to the breaking out of the late war. In the summer of 1862 he joined the Confederate army, Nineteenth Arkansas Infantry, and was in the Trans-Mississippi Department. On account of sickness he was discharged after five months’ service, but after being out several months, he joined McKean’s company, and was in service on the west side of the river. He was at Fort Smith, Backbone Mountain, Prairie du Chien, Poison Springs, Mark’s Mill and was with Gen. Price in his raid through Missouri; he held the rank of orderly sergeant. After the collapse of the Confederacy he came home, and after tilling the soil for one season, came in September to Paraclifta and clerked for Mrs. Gillian until September, 1867. He then went to Ultima Thule, where he remained until 1885, and on March 19, 1885, he was burned out. He then opened up business in Chapel Hill and in 1886 was elected sheriff of the county. He afterward came to Lockesburg, was re-elected in 1888, and now holds that position. He has been twice married; first, to Miss Kate Coulter, daughter of Mathew Coulter, August 9. 1872. Four children were born to this union. Mrs. Dollarhide died May 20, 1887. On October 1, 1889, he espoused Miss Alline Mitchell, of Sevier County. He and wife are members of the Methodist Episcopal Church, South. Mr. Dollarhide has been a member of the Masonic fraternity since 1871, and in his political views affiliates with the Democratic party.

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