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Below is a family biography included in Biographical and Historical Memoirs of Columbia 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. A. Gaines, farmer, College Hill, Ark. The ancestors of Mr. Gaines on the father’s side were originally from Wales, seven brothers having emigrated from that country to the United States at an early date and settled in Virginia. From these have originated all the Gaineses now in America. The great grandfather of our subject, Edward Gaines, was in the war of the Revolution, and the grandfather, Edward L. Gaines, was a native of the Old Dominion. The father of our subject, James F. Gaines, was also a native of Virginia and died in Gallatin, Tenn., in April, 1881. He married Miss Henrietta Bradford, a native of Virginia, who died in September, 1849. They were the parents of six children—two sons and four daughters—four now living, of whom J. A. Gaines is second in order of birth. The latter resided in Kentucky until thirteen years of age, and then moved with his parents to Tennessee, where he finished his growth. In Nashville, Tenn., in 1859, his marriage to Miss Sallie E. Estes, a native of Davidson County, Tenn., born June 11, 1832, occurred, and to them were born six children—four sons and two daughters: Lina (wife of Dr. Robinson), Edgar L., Wintie (wife of Joseph Watson, resides in Kentucky), Parnish, Albert F. and William C. Mr. Gaines came to Columbia County, Ark., in 1887, and is the owner of 300 acres of land with about 120 acres under cultivation, located twelve miles north of the county seat. He is an enterprising citizen, and takes a decided interest in all things pertaining to the welfare of his community. Mr. Gaines is a Democrat, and his first presidential vote was for J. C. Breckinridge. He and wife are members of the Methodist Episcopal Church, South.

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This family biography is one of 106 biographies included in Biographical and Historical Memoirs of Columbia County, Arkansas published in 1890.  For the complete description, click here: Columbia County, Arkansas History, Genealogy, and Maps

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