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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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Thomas Quimby is a farmer of Washington Township, Bradley County, Ark., but was born in Gibson County, Tenn., in 1835, being a son of C. K. Quimby, who was a pioneer from East Tennessee. He settled on a farm, and after making a few improvements, came to Arkansas in December, 1851, and entered land in Bradley County, which he soon after sold, purchasing another in the same township, on which he lived until his death, April 27, 1889, at the age of eighty-one years, his wife dying in 1867. Thomas Quimby remained with his father on the farm until the Rebellion, and on July 9, 1862, enlisted in Company D, Port Lock’s Regiment, and served in the Trans-Mississippi Department, taking part in the battles of Mansfield and Jenkins’ Ferry. After surrendering at Marshall, Tex., in May, 1865, he immediately returned home, and began tilling his farm of 120 acres, which he had previously purchased. A short time after he sold this, and for some time farmed on rented land, but in 1882 purchased a farm of 160 acres, and now has thirty acres cleared, and has erected buildings thereon. He is a Democrat, although not active, and has been justice of the peace five years, and has served as school director that length of time. Susan McKinnie became his wife September 3, 1857, but he was called upon to mourn her death in 1881, she leaving him eight children: Leona (wife of John Barker), Thomas D. (who is married and resides near Simpson), Samuel N., Lemmie, Edward, Susan, Willie (who died in 1877, at the age of nineteen years and three months), and Laura (who died at the age of one year). Mr. Quimby’s second marriage was consummated in 1882, his wife being Miss Ophelia C. Russell, by whom he has one child, Clyde. Mrs. Quimby is a member of the Methodist Episcopal Church, and he belongs to the Agricultural Wheel, No. 1613.

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