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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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J. M. Hardage is a successful grocer of Arkadelphia, Ark., and his present thriving business was established in 1885, it being characterized by a substantial growth. Mr. Hardage was born in Clark County, on the 20th of November, 1853, and is a son of Joseph A. and Mary A. (Lovelace) Hardage, the father a native of Tennessee, and the mother of Virginia. They removed to Arkansas in December, 1851, and located in Hot Spring County, but the following year removed to Clark County and took up their abode near Arkadelphia, where they have since resided. The father has always been a farmer by occupation; he served for a short time as county judge under the reconstruction law, but could not hold the position. J. M. Hardage is the eldest of seven surviving members of a family of eleven children, and spent his youth much as other farmers' boys do, in attending the district school, and assisting his father in tilling the soil. He followed the occupation to which he had been reared until 1883, and in 1884 began clerking in the town of Arkadelphia, embarking in business for himself the following year. He deals exclusively in groceries, and by his fair dealing he has won the confidence of the community and fully deserves the success which has attended his efforts. In 1875 his marriage to Miss F. E. Browning was consummated, and by her he has a family of three children: Luna, Henry and Zenia. Mr. Hardage and his worthy wife are earnest members of the Baptist Church, and he is a prominent member of the Masonic fraternity.

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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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