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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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James Harvey Gill, farmer, was born in Union County, Ark., August 9, 1851, being the fourth child born to James N. and Elizabeth Gill, who removed to Arkansas from Alabama, at an early day, becoming in time the parents of five children, three of whom are living: Mary J., Ellen, Arabella E., James H. and a child that died in infancy, before being named. The early days of James Harvey Gill were spent in the county of his birth, and there he attended the common schools, but owing to their inferiority, he obtained a somewhat limited education. From his very earliest youth he has applied himself to agricultural pursuits, but since he attained his twenty-second year he has been doing for himself, his time prior to that being given to his father. He is now the proprietor of a finely improved tract of land, comprising 120 acres, and some of the finest crops in the State are raised on the sixty acres he has under cultivation. In the year 1873 he was united in marriage to Miss Lila Morsworthy, the fourth child born to Hingus and Julia Morsworthy, who were residents of Union County, Ark., and there reared a large family of children, all of whom are deceased, with the exception of Mrs. Gill. She is the mother of an interesting family of six children: Julia A., Lillie A., John B., James H., Edwin W., and an infant (unnamed). Mr. Gill always votes the Democratic ticket and he and wife are earnest and consistent members of the Missionary Baptist Church, and he is a leading member of one of Bradley County’s subordinate Wheels. He is a liberal contributor to the building of churches and school houses, and is ever found ready to promote the interests of the community in which he resides.

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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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