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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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Milton A. Binns, a leading planter of Drew County, Ark., was born in Talbot County, Ga., August 30, 1836, his parents, Burrell and Lucinda (Phelps) Binns, being also natives of that State, the former’s birth occurring on December 6, 1811. They were married October 29, 1835, and to them a family of nine children was born, five of whom are still living, and all are residents of Drew County. Their names are Milton A., Sarah A., Edna V., Mary J. and Burrell. The father of these children was a merchant, and in January, 1856, emigrated from his native State to Arkansas by wagons, and resided in Drew County until his death, January 1, 1866, his widow’s death occurring in the month of February, 1872. They were members of the Baptist Church, and he was a Mason of high rank. The paternal grandfather, Burrell Binns, was a native of Virginia. Milton A. Binns attended the common schools of Georgia, and upon his father’s removal to Arkansas in 1857 he came with him, but returned to his native State two years later and was married there, November 10, 1858, to Susan A. Dupree, who was born in Georgia, a daughter of Drury and Elizabeth A. Dupree. Shortly after his marriage he located permanently in Arkansas, and have here reared their family: Beulah (wife of J. D. Jackson), Christopher C, Emma C. (who married H. B. James), John M., Daisy, Starling G., Mida M., Willie W., James H. and Dora. Charles B. died in infancy. Mr. Binns has a valuable farm of 320 acres, with sixty acres under cultivation, and is a man whom all look up to and respect. He is a member of Lacy Lodge No. 46, A. F. & A. M., and has represented his lodge in the Grand Lodge three different times. He has held the office of justice of the peace one term, is a member of the Agricultural Wheel, and he and wife belong to the Baptist Church.

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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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