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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 M. Hogue, one of the successful and progressive farmers of the county, owes his nativity to Fayette County, Tenn., where his birth occurred, April 24, 1847, and is the son of Bennett and Matilda (Gabbie) Hogue, natives of South Carolina. Bennett Hogue was born January 27, 1803, and was the son of William Hogue, also a native of that State, and a soldier in the Revolutionary War. Bennett Hogue moved to Tennessee when a young man, and from that State to Arkansas, in 1849. Here he died, in 1879. Mrs. Hogue was the daughter of Robert Gabbie, a planter of South Carolina, and she died in 1878. Of the seven children born to their union only five are now living: William C. (farmer), John A. (also a farmer), Eliza (now Mrs. Hogue), Clemantine (now Mrs. Akin), and James M. The father owned about seven slaves. James M. Hogue commenced his career in life for himself in 1869, as a farmer, and moved to his present place of residence in 1873. He is the owner of 165 acres of land, with sixty-five under cultivation, and his principal crop is cotton. He is a Democrat in his political views, and is a public-spirited and enterprising citizen. He has ever been an advocate of all public enterprises calculated to benefit Drew County, and thus commands the respect and esteem of all. His marriage occurred in 1869, to Miss Mary Gabbie (his second cousin), a native of Fayette County, Tenn., born September 6, 1848, and the daughter of Robert and Jane (Allen) Gabbie. To our subject and wife were born eight children, seven of whom survive: Robert Lee, Florina Rena, Ethel Elizabeth, Essie D., Maggie May, Carrie and Jay Bennett. Mr. Hogue, his wife and eldest two children are members of the Methodist Church.

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