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Below is a family biography included in The History of Washington 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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Mac Devin, one of the enterprising and respected young men of this city, was born in Marr’s Hill Township, now Rhea’s Mill Township. December 3, 1856, and is a son of James Crawford and Elizabeth Jane (Edmiston) Devin. The father is a substantial farmer of Washington County, and was born in Tennessee, his father being Irben Devin, who settled in Prairie Grove Township in 1833. The mother of our subject was born near Ft. Smith, on the Poteau River, in what is now Indian Territory. Her father, John T. Edmiston, was a native of Georgia, who settled in Arkansas before it became a State. Mrs. Devin died in 1885, a member of the Cumberland Presbyterian Church, and is buried in Prairie Grove Cemetery. Mr. Devin still resides upon his farm in Marr’s Hill Township. Young Mac passed his youth upon the farm, and received a common-school education which was supplemented by a course at the Viney Grove High-school. In 1878 he was appointed deputy county clerk, which office he filled with satisfaction for two years. He then spent two years in the sheriff’s and collector’s office, leaving that position to accept the position of cashier of the Washington County Bank. Upon the organization of the Bank of Fayetteville he was offered the same position in that corporation, and in November, 1888, he began to fulfill the duties of that office. Mr. Devin is a business man of sterling integrity, and is a stockholder in the Switzer Wagon Company and the building and loan Association. He married Miss Nancy Louisa, the third daughter of the Hon. Hosea Maguire (see sketch), who has borne him one son and two daughters: Earl, Paul and Josephine. Mrs. Devin is a member of the Cumberland Presbyterian Church in which her husband is a deacon. Mr. Devin is a Royal Arch Mason and a Knight of Pythias.

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