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Below is a family biography included in Biographical and Historical Memoirs of Clark 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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Alexander W. Cagle, senior member of the firm of Cagle & White, was born in Alabama, January 31, 1845. His father, John F. Cagle, was born in North Carolina, and while still a boy moved to Alabama, where he was reared to maturity, and was married to Miss Elizabeth Rowe, a native of Alabama. In 1860 he moved his family to Clark County, Ark., where he engaged in tilling the soil until his death, in 1888, in his seventy-eighth year; his wife is still living, a resident of this county. During his life he was a very successful farmer, and at one time owned considerable property, but lost heavily during the war. Both he and wife were consistent members of the Baptist Church, he being a licensed minister of that church. In politics he was a stanch Democrat. There were born to his marriage nine children, the subject of this sketch being the eldest, of whom seven are still living. Alexander W. Cagle was fifteen years of age when he came with his parents to Arkansas, and at the age of nineteen he enlisted in Pagan's Battalion, in the Confederate service, under Gen. Price, participating in many of the battles fought on that celebrated raid, and was not wounded nor taken prisoner once during his service. At the close of the war he returned home, and found his father a cripple and the family in almost destitute circumstances. He then turned his attention to farming, which he has since continued to a certain extent, owning about 500 acres of valuable land. In 1807 he engaged in the mill business (saw and grist), in which he has successfully continued ever since. In August, 1889, he formed a partnership with F. M. White in the mercantile trade, and they are now doing a mill and merchandise business at Beirne, and have done more toward the up building of the community of Beirne than almost all the rest of the citizens. Among other enterprises, they have built several miles of plank road to the town. In connection with their other interests, they own about 1,000 acres of valuable timber land. In 1868 Mr. Cagle was married to Miss Josephine, daughter of Milton O. Hills, born at Rome, this county, in 1852, and by this union has four children living, viz.: Ben. J., Mollie, Charles and Daisy. Mr. Cagle is a deacon in the Missionary Baptist Church, of which both he and wife are members. He is also a Royal Arch Mason. Politically he affiliates with the Democratic party, and is one of the most prominent and enterprising citizens of Beirne.

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This family biography is one of 99 biographies included in Biographical and Historical Memoirs of Clark County, Arkansas published in 1890.  For the complete description, click here: Clark County, Arkansas History, Genealogy, and Maps

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