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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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James F. Danham is one of the leading planters of Drew County, Ark., and was born in Alabama on October 19, 1833, a son of John and Elizabeth (Odom) Danham, the former born in Kentucky, in 1805, and the latter in Tennessee, in 1814. To their union the following family of children was born: William C, John H., Francis, George W., Nannie L., Joab W., Susan C., Thomas J. and Mattie A. (living), and Benjamin F., Luzana and Mary (deceased). At the time of the father’s death, which occurred in Grant County, Ark., June 19, 1882, whither he had moved in December, 1881, he was the owner of 159 acres of land on which he had located in December, 1867. He was a member of the Baptist Church, as is his widow, who still resides in Grant County, making her home with a son. James F. Danham was educated in La Fayette County, Miss., and at the age of twenty years began the battle of life for himself, and on July 24, 1855, was united in marriage to Miss Susan A. Green, who was born in Mississippi, December 5, 1837, a daughter of Edward and Elizabeth Green, and their marriage has been blessed in the birth of the following family: Rufus O., Mourning E. (who married James Grizell), Amanda (deceased), Susan (wife of Sip Roper), Charley (who married Hattie Colwell), John K., Marcus L., Alexander A. (deceased), and Emmet A. Mr. Danham has always followed the life of a farmer, and of his 258 acre farm ninety acres are under cultivation and the farm is well stocked. His wife is a member of the Baptist Church. In 1862 he enlisted under Gen. Ruggles in Owen’s battery of Monticello, after which he was attached to a brigade under Gen. Lee. He was captured at Lauderdale Station, Miss., in 1864, and was taken to Camp Chase, thence to Johnson’s Island, and there remained until the close of the war, after which he returned to his home and resumed his farming operations.

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