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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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J. H. Maloney, planter, Monticello, Ark. No worthy reference of the agricultural affairs of the county would be complete without mention of Mr. Maloney among others, engaged in tilling the soil. His parents, William and Martha (Beddingfield) Maloney, natives, respectively, of South Carolina and Tennessee, came to Arkansas about 1825 or 1830, when it was then a Territory, located in Jackson County, about ten miles from Jacksonport, the present county seat, and there passed the closing scenes of their lives. The father was quite a prominent man, was county and probate judge of Jackson County, for a number of years, and was also magistrate for some time. He was one of the first settlers of that county, and followed farming all his life. He entered a tract of land, made many improvements, and became one of the substantial citizens in that part of the country. Of the ten children born to his marriage, only two are now living: Sarah (wife of a Mr. Hewett) and Jacob H. The last-named was quite a lad when his father died, and he grew up on the farm in Jackson County, receiving such education as the schools afforded of that day. In 1861 he enlisted in Company B, Seventh Arkansas Infantry, serving until the surrender, and holding the commission of lieutenant for about three years. After the war he went to Memphis, and there remained until the winter of 1865, when he came to Drew County, Ark., and located near Monticello. He is one of the prominent men of the county, and has the confidence and respect of all. He is the owner of 260 acres of land, 135 acres under cultivation, and is engaged in raising considerable livestock. He was married in 1864, to Miss Sarah J. Stanley, a native of Tennessee, and to them was born one child, Edward S. Mr. Maloney is a Mason, a K. of H. and also an Odd Fellow.

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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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