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Below is a family biography included in Biographical and Historical Memoirs of Ashley 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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Daniel G. Owen, miller, Portland, Ark. Born in New York State, August 17, 1843, Mr. Owen grew to manhood in Michigan and Wisconsin, and when about eighteen years of age entered the lumber business. Leaving Wisconsin in 1872, he came to Memphis, Tenn., remained as foreman for G. M. Venable for two years, and then went to Greenville, where he filled the same position for N. B. Johnston & Co. From there he went to Moss Point, worked for Griffin & Co., and later engaged with W. B. Norris & Co., with whom he remained one year. He then came to Chicot County, Ark., ran a mill there for about a year, and then made his advent into Ashley County, in 1880. His mill is located two and a half miles from Portland; he has a twenty horse power mill, and cuts from 5,000 to 6,000 feet of lumber daily. There are but two mills located on the bayou now— Mr. Owen’s and that of Cross & Banny, two miles above Poplar Bluff. Mr. Owen is one of the old and prominent lumbermen, and thoroughly understands his business. He cuts cypress lumber, it being one-fourth first class, but the pine is not first-class, and is known as “lob lolly.” The hardwood compares well with a like class of timber in any place he has ever cut. At a rough estimate there are perhaps 50,000,000 feet of cypress timber in the county. The bayou country is covered by cypress, hickory, and the different varieties of oak. On the extreme eastern line there is an immense growth of small hickory, suitable for ax handles, etc.

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