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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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David M. Grant, planter, Line, Ark. Mr. Grant has been identified with the agricultural affairs of Ashley County for many years, and stands foremost among the successful farmers of the county. He was born in Abbeville County, S. C., January 10, 1818, and is a son of John and Isabella (Paxton) Grant. Of Scotch descent, the Grant family came originally from the Old Dominion and settled in South Carolina, where they were among the pioneer families. John Grant was a very extensive planter and was quite wealthy. He reared a large family and only one besides our subject is now living, John Grant. The father died in 1820, and shortly afterward the mother moved to Georgia, where David M. was reared to manhood. He received a limited education, and as soon as large enough was initiated into the duties of the farm. This calling he has carried on ever since. He was an overseer for some time, and was married in 1840 to Miss Nancy A. Waits, who bore him six children, two living: Francis M. (residing in Ashley County), John Milton (who died during the war when about nineteen years of age), Elizabeth (wife of Samuel Wilkins, residing in Bishop Township), and Joseph Pinckney (who died since the war at the age of twenty-three years). Mr. Grant resided in Georgia until 1851 and then moved to Arkansas, buying land where he now lives—nearly 300 acres. He now has 800 acres of land, has 300 acres open land, and his house, stables and outbuildings indicate a progressive farmer. During the war he remained at home and worked the farm. He raises corn, cotton and wheat, and works part of his land on the shares. He is the largest tax-payer in this township. Grant Township was named in his honor.

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