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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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John C. Scobey, farmer, Warren, Ark. A native-born citizen of Bradley County, Mr. Scobey has become one of its most enterprising agriculturists, and has done much, in a quiet, unassuming way, to advance farming interests in this community. He was born October 9, 1846, and is the son of J. H. D. and Jemima (Campbell) Scobey, natives of Tennessee and Virginia, respectively. The father and mother were both reared in Hempstead County, Ark., on the Red River, and were early settlers in that region. The father moved to Bradley County, Ark., in 1832, located on the farm where our subject now lives, and entered a little over 1,000 acres of land, which was all in heavy timber. He moved to this county in a wagon, built a good log house, and was one of the first settlers of the section. He was one of the greatest bear hunters of Southern Arkansas, and became noted far and near for his fondness for this sport, and for his marksmanship. He picked cotton for Rev. C. H. Seay, who was also one of the first settlers of this section, and was sheriff when all the territory was Union County (1844). He was obliged to go beyond Ouachita River to make up a jury, at a time when there was but one house between Warren and the river. He was county and probate judge for a number of years, and also filled the office of justice of the peace. He was a man of small build, but very vigorous and active, and could undergo more hardships than nine-tenths of his sex. He purchased an immense steam flouring-mill at Memphis, Term., in 1856, and ran this until his death, which occurred December 9, 1879. He was a very prosperous man. The mother died December 8, 1886. They had nine children, seven of whom are now living: Elizabeth A. (wife of Dr. A. N. Bond), Jennie (wife of J. R. S. Burbridge). Fatima (wife of J. R. Murphy), Susan S. (wife of M. B. Garrison), Margaret J. (wife of G. M. Reynolds), Cora I. (wife of W. F. Price) and John C. The latter was reared, and secured a fair education in this county. He was reared to the arduous duties of the farm, and this occupation he has always continued, although during the war he was detailed as public miller. He is now living on the old homestead, where he has 640 acres of land with 125 acres under cultivation, and is one of the first class farmers of the county. He is also running a corn-mill and gin. He sawed nearly all the lumber to build up Warren. His marriage nuptials were celebrated January 18, 1871, with Miss Mary B. Price, a native of Bradley County, and the fruits of this union have been nine children: Henry E., Robert H., John P., Charles L., Travis B., A. Inez, Mattie I., Mary E. and William F. Mr. and Mrs. Scobey are members of the Methodist Church.

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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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