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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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Dallas Miles is well known as a prosperous planter, not only in his immediate neighborhood, but throughout the county, and having been reared, to the occupation, and becoming thoroughly familiar with the details of the work in his youth, he is now the owner of 1,800 acres of land, which is finely adapted to the purposes of general farming. He was born in the State of Mississippi, in 1846, and is a son of Telmar and Millicent (Cobb) Miles, who were born in Georgia, and there reared seven of their fourteen children to maturity: Levi, Parthenia, Margaret, Dallas, Mary, Robert, and Thomas (who is now deceased). All are residing in Drew County, Ark., with one exception, and he is a resident of the State of Mississippi. The father was an agriculturist, and at an early day emigrated to Mississippi, and from there to Arkansas in 1860, taking up his abode in Drew County, where he resided until his death in September, 1862. He was a Democrat in his political views, and he and wife were members of the Missionary Baptist Church. They were of English descent, and his wife passed from life March 7, 1881. Dallas Miles received his education in a private school in Mississippi, and after reaching a suitable age, began farming on his own account, and became the owner of about 700 acres of land, but as above stated, has now in his possession about 1,800 acres. He is one of the foremost citizens of the county in his support of worthy enterprises, and contributes liberally of his means in their support. January 11, 1874, he was united in marriage to Miss Mattie A. Butler, a native of Tennessee, born in 1853, a daughter of John and Martha Butler, and to them have been born these children: Evie, Willie, Deffie, Dallis, Earl and Carl living, and an infant, Walter, (deceased).

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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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