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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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T. J. Word, farmer, Warren, Ark. This enterprising and much respected citizen owes his nativity to Coweta County, Ga., where his birth occurred June 25, 1836, and is the son of John and Elizabeth (Summons) Word, natives of South Carolina. The parents emigrated to Georgia at an early day, and there the father died. He was a mechanic and also carried on farming. The mother and children afterward came to Arkansas in 1857, located in what is now Cleveland County, and there she died in 1877. To her marriage were born twelve children, six of whom are now living: Samuel S., Thomas J., Robert M., Mary (wife of William Howard) Lizzie (wife of Burt Cram), and the wife of Linn Waldruff. T. J. Word was reared and educated in Georgia, and was twenty-one years of age when he came to Arkansas. He worked on a farm for wages until the breaking out of the war, when he enlisted in Company C, Fifth Arkansas Infantry, and served until the surrender He was wounded at the battle of Perryville, Ky., by a gunshot in the right thigh, breaking and shattering the bone. He was captured at Harrodsburg, taken to Camp Chase and Johnson Island, where he remained for ten months. He was then exchanged, and again joined his command. Returning home after the surrender, he remained in Cleveland County, Ark., until 1872, when he moved to near Warren, and is now the owner of 500 acres of land, with seventy-five acres under cultivation. He raises and deals in stock to a considerable extent, and raises some of the finest horses to be found in Southern Arkansas. In fact his principle business is raising and selling stock, and taking premiums on his fine horses. In 1868 he was married to Mrs. Margaret A. (Bennett) Hagan, by whom he has seven children: Marshall, Lela, Mary, Eula, Cassie, Ella and Ruth. His wife had three children by her previous marriage: James, Eddie and Maggie (wife of Robert E. Stollings). Mr. Word is a Mason, is a Democrat in his political views, and he and Mrs. Word are members of the church.

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