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Below is a family biography included in Biographical and Historical Memoirs of Craighead County, Arkansas published by Goodspeed Publishing Company in 1889.  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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George W. Clements, a well-to-do farmer, stock raiser and cotton-ginner of Cane Island, was born in Tennessee in 1834. His father, William Clements, was a native of Alabama, and married Miss Melinda Mooney, a native of Georgia. In 1840 they came to Mississippi County, Ark., and a year later settled on a tract of land on Big Lake, renting for about four years, and then moved to Little River neighborhood. Soon after they located in what is now Craighead County, in the Varner settlement. Mrs. Clements died in 1845 and was followed four years later by her husband. They were among the pioneer settlers of Craighead County, and were in all ways most worthy and exemplary citizens. George Clements was reared among the rude surroundings of those days, receiving but a meager education. He was a gallant Confederate soldier and participated in several engagements. He located where he now resides in 1868, and has since been occupied in farming and cotton-ginning. His present gin is one of the best in the county. In 1887 he ginned ninety-eight bales of cotton, and the year following 146 bales. He owns 100 acres of good land, a portion of which is under a high state of cultivation. Mr. Clements has been married four times. His first wife was Sarah McDaniel, who died in 1865, and was the mother of one child, James F. Elizabeth O’Conley became his second wife and one son, George, was born to this union. He married for his third wife Mrs. Susan (Folks) Roberts. His present wife was Mrs. Luanna Smith, who is a daughter of Thomas Slocum; she was born in Madison County, Tenn., but left there when a child ten years of age. Mrs. Clements was the mother of a son by her former husband, but it died in childhood. Mr. and Mrs. Clements are members of the Methodist Episcopal Church, and are useful and influential members of society. They interest themselves in moral and educational matters and liberally contribute to all worthy enterprises.

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This family biography is one of 98 biographies included in Biographical and Historical Memoirs of Craighead County, Arkansas published in 1889.  View the complete description here: Craighead County, Arkansas History, Genealogy, and Maps

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