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Below is a family biography from the book,  The History of Crawford 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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R. C. Oliver, merchant and farmer, was born October 17, 1825, in Roane County, Tenn., and is a son of Eli and Aspasia (Ellis) Oliver, natives of the same State. In 1832 the parents removed from Tennessee to Washington County, Ark., and in 1842 came to Crawford County, where they died in 1846 and 1855, respectively. They reared a family of twelve children, two of whom now farm in Crawford County. The grandfather was John Oliver, and his wife, Julia, died in 1840. Our subject picked up what education he could, considering there were no public schools in those days, and at the age of twenty-one began to farm on his own account. In 1857 he married Mrs. Ellen (Redman) Behethland, a daughter of Hosea and Catherine (Barker) Redman. This lady died in 1864, and the following year Mr. Oliver married Mrs. Narcissa (Foster) Hargrove, daughter of Hocket and Zelika (Turner) Foster, and a native of Missouri, born in 1833. Mr. Oliver has three children, two sons and one daughter. Although he began life a poor young man, he has been successful in his farming and mercantile investments, until he now owns 800 acres of land, about half of which is under cultivation. He also has a grist and saw mill and cotton-gin, and deals in some stock. In politics he is a Democrat, and his first presidential vote was cast for Lewis Cass in 1848.

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This family biography is one of 222 biographies included in The History of Crawford County, Arkansas published in 1889.  For the complete description, click here: Crawford County, Arkansas History, Genealogy, and Maps

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