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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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Peter P. Garison, a progressive and successful agriculturist of Bradley County, Ark., is a York County, South Carolinian, born April 2. 1839, but since December, 1869, has been a resident of Arkansas, purchased, in 1870, 160 acres of land, which he has since increased to 360, having about 125 acres under cultivation. After making his home here eight years he moved to Washington County, Ark., to educate his children, but returned to his farm three years later, and here has since been engaged in farming, with the exception of the time spent in the army, during the Rebellion. He enlisted in the Confederate service in September, 1861, becoming a member of Company E, Seventeenth South Carolina Regiment of Infantry, and in October, 1864, was discharged as a private. He was a participant in many hard skirmishes, but the most important battle in which he took part was at Kingston, N. C. He was the sixth in a family of eight sons and two daughters, only two sons now living, and in his native State of South Carolina, received his education and rearing. He was there married April 26, 1859, to Miss Mary Ann Sturgis, who was born in South Carolina, July 10, 1838, and by her became the father of four sons and three daughters: William A., Arthur W., Maria T. (deceased), Frank S., Susan E., Mary P. and Isaac W. Mr. Garison is a Democrat, has served as justice of the peace of his township, and he and wife are members of the Baptist Church. As well known as he is, it is unnecessary for us to add what the outcome of his many years of residence in Bradley County has been, suffice it to say that he is prosperous, honest and honored. His father, Arthur Garison, was born in York County, S. C, January 3, 1807, and is now making his home with the subject of this sketch, being eighty-two years of age, but yet fairly hale and hearty. He was married in his native State, to Miss Maria Bentley, a native of Lancaster County, S. C, born in 1806, who died in Bradley County, in 1874. The paternal grandfather, Josina Garison, was born in South Carolina, a farmer by occupation, and a soldier in the War of 1812.

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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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