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Below is a family biography included in Biographical and Historical Memoirs of Drew 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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C. T. Harris, dealer in general merchandise, Monticello, Ark. The firm of Cotham, Harris & Co. was organized in January, 1888, with E. R. Cotham, C. T. Harris, Ed. Spencer, and W. E. Harvill. They are furnishers and dealers in general merchandise, and are all first-class business men. C. T. Harris the junior member, was born in Drew County, Ark., August 22, 1863, and is the sixth and youngest son of C. T. Harris, Sr., and Sara Harris (nee Everett), natives of Mississippi. The parents were early settlers of Drew County, and the father died while his son, C. T., was only a child. He was a slave-owner and planter, and was a lieutenant in the Southern army. C. T. Harris, Jr., remained and assisted on his father’s farm until thirteen years of age, when he entered a store at Collins as clerk. There he remained for two years, and then came to Monticello, where he attended school for several years. After this he clerked and kept books until he became a member of the present firm. He was elected as a member of the city council of Monticello in 1885, serving as clerk of that body until 1889. He is a bright young man, and his personal popularity has been largely due to his upright, honorable course and his straightforward business conduct in commercial circles. He is a member of the K. of P., and is a district deputy grand chancellor of that order.

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This family biography is one of 83 biographies included in Biographical and Historical Memoirs of Drew County, Arkansas published in 1890.  For the complete description, click here: Drew County, Arkansas History, Genealogy, and Maps

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