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Below is a family biography included in Biographical and Historical Memoirs of Bradley 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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Christopher Columbus Childs has passed the uneventful life of the farmer, and although progressive and enterprising in his views, has continued steadily to “pursue the even tenor of his way,” and is now accounted, and deservedly so, one of the leading farmers of the county. He was born in Pike County, Ala., May 11, 1835, and is a son of William and Nancy (Hathhorne) Childs, the former of whom was born in Jones County, Ga., in 1801. To them a family of six sons and two daughters were born: Emeline E., Nathan M., Edward W., James L., Francis J., Robert H., John B. and Christopher C. Mr. Childs was an Old Line Whig in politics, and in 1844 removed with his family to Bradley County, Ark., and here his son, Christopher C., was reared but did not receive many opportunities for attending school, consequently his early education was quite limited. In 1865 he began doing for himself, and during 1866-67-68 was engaged in merchandising, but has since given his attention to farming, and is now the owner of 640 acres of fine farming land, 150 acres being under cultivation, well improved with good buildings, fences and orchards. He has always voted the Democratic ticket, and is at present a director in School District 6, Clay Township. He is a liberal supporter of all enterprises of a public nature, is closely identified with the material affairs and associated with the progress and development of Bradley County. He served as a private in the Confederate army, from January, 1864 until the close of the war. He was married June 3, 1860, to Miss Emile L. Gannaway, a native of Mississippi, and in due time a family of ten children gathered about them: Fanny B., Mary E., Don C., Ruth I., Henry E., Mittie and Minnie (twins), Druscilla C, Lula H. and Emma E. Three daughters and one son are married, and all are doing well in homes of their own.

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