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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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E. K. Haynes is the present efficient judge of Drew County, Ark. He was born in Giles County, Tenn., September 11, 1817, being a son of Andrew and Zillah (Gray) Haynes, both of whom were born in the Old North State, the former’s birth occurring in 1792, the latter in 1794. They were married in 1813, and in time a family of nine children gathered about them: Louisa R., Margaret M., Andrew J., Catherine, Cyrus O., Frank, Rosena, John L. and E. K. Mr. Haynes gave his attention to agricultural pursuits throughout his life, and at the time of his death in 1851 he was the owner of about one section of land in Drew County. Ark., whither he had moved from Ballard County, Ky. He served as a private in the War of 1812, was a member of the Masonic order, and in social life was a worthy man and citizen and an acquisition to any community in which he resided. His wife passed from this life in 1866. E. K. Haynes received the greater part of his education in the Blue Grass State, and was there married to Bessie Ellen, a daughter of Peter and Maron Sypert, her birth occurring in Todd County, Ky. Upon her death in 1844, she left, besides her husband, a family of four children to mourn her loss: Zillah, Margaret, Ellen and Thomas W. Mr. Haynes reached the State of Arkansas, May 6, 1847, taking up his abode in Jefferson County, where he resided for nearly three years, and where he was married to his second wife, Miss Sarah J. Slythe, and then removed to Drew County, Ark., and by her became the father of three sons, Frank, Jefferson L. and Eli K. Mr. Haynes has figured considerably in politics, besides being a member of the county court of Ballard County, Ky., before his removal to Arkansas. He has represented his county in the State Legislature two terms, has filled the position of postmaster at Monticello, Ark., two years, and has held the position of United States commissioner, and prior to and since the Civil War has filled the responsible position of county and probate judge, and is the present incumbent. In politics he was an Old Line Whig and opposed secession. In the several official positions he discharged his duties in a highly creditable manner to himself and to the satisfaction of his constituency. Kind and courteous in his intercourse with his fellow-man, he is very popular with all, and is always found ready to aid in any enterprise which tends to the interest of his county. He and wife were members of the Methodist Episcopal Church, South, of which the latter was a communicant at the time of her death, November 19, 1884. The paternal grandfather, John Haynes, entered the Revolutionary War at the age of sixteen. He was of Irish descent, born in Maryland, and died at the age of seventy-six, his wife dying at the age of eighty-six.

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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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