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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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H. M. Ederington, planter, Warren, Ark. Of that sturdy and independent class, the farmers of Arkansas, none are possessed of more genuine merit and a stronger character than he whose name stands at the head of this sketch, and who is conceded to be an energetic and progressive tiller of the soil. He has risen to more than an ordinary degree of success in his calling, and is imbued with all those qualities of go-aheadativeness which have characterized his ancestors. His birth occurred in Green County, Ky., September 2, 1821, and he is a son of George and Mary (Ederington) Ederington, the father a native of the Old Dominion, and the mother of Kentucky. The paternal grandfather, James Ederington, was a soldier in the Revolution, and died in Kentucky, where he was an early settler. He followed agricultural pursuits as a livelihood, was ninety-two years of age when he received his final summons, and was a very stout, robust man. George Ederington emigrated with his family to Mississippi in 1822, located in Monroe County, and was among the pioneer settlers. Here his death occurred in 1826. The mother died in Bradley County, Ark., about 1879. She was twice married, four children being born to her first union, and only one, H. M., now living. By her second marriage six children were born, three living— two daughters and a son. H. M. Ederington was principally reared in Mississippi, and received a limited education in that State. When eighteen years of age he left home, and began the battle of life for himself. In 1846 he went to the Lone Star State, located at San Antonio, and was engaged in surveying through the wilderness. In October, 1847, he joined in the Mexican War, and served until October, 1848. He then went to California, starting with a party from Fort Smith, and going overland. He was nearly twelve months making the trip, and after arriving at Los Angeles he was engaged in mining until 1853, when he returned to the east by the way of the Isthmus. He landed in Bradley County, Ark., in October, 1853, located on a farm, and has since been engaged in tilling the soil. In 1863 he joined the Confederate army, and served until the surrender. He was captured in Kansas, kept a prisoner at St. Louis, Alton and Rock Island, was confined for five months, and was then sent to Richmond, Va., where he was paroled. He has experienced many hardships, seen a great deal of the world, but all to his credit. He owns 450 acres of land, and has 150 acres under cultivation. He raises considerable stock, and is the owner of some fine horses. He was married in 1885, to Miss Sarah A. Franklin, a native of Arkansas, and the fruits of this union have been four children, three living: Selwyn, Estella (deceased), Ollie and Emma. Mr. Ederington has been justice of the peace, transacting the business incumbent on that office to the satisfaction of all, and is an enterprising citizen. He is a Mexican War pensioner.

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This family biography is one of 64 biographies included in Biographical and Historical Memoirs of Bradley County, Arkansas published in 1890.  For the complete description, click here: Bradley County, Arkansas History, Genealogy, and Maps

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