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Below is a family biography from the book,  The History of Franklin County, Arkansas published by Goodspeed Publishing Company in 1889.  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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Rev. John F. O’Neal, a minister and farmer, was born in Fairfield District, S. C., August 29, 1846, and is a son of Chesley and Sarah (Magraw) O’Neal, natives also of Fairfield District, S. C. Chesley O’Neal was born in 1812. His father was a native of Ireland, who came to America when young, and was a farmer all his life. The mother of our subject was a daughter of Marshall Magraw, and after the death of Mr. O’Neal, in 1852, she married Rev. A. S. Jackson, who located in Hempstead County, Ark., in 1854, and in 1868 settled in Franklin County on the farm where he now resides. He is a minister in the Baptist Church. Chesley O’Neal was the father of four children, viz.: John F., Henry; Mary, now the wife of Dr. Southard, and one deceased. To Mr. and Mrs. Jackson five children have been born, of whom four are living: Laura, wife of William Crossno; Evaline, who married C. Chapman; Willie and Leander. John F. O’Neal grew to manhood in Hempstead County, Ark., from which place he removed to Franklin County in 1868. During the late war he served in Company C, Monroe’s regiment, Gen. Cabell’s brigade, nine months. In 1871 he married Clara Smith, of Franklin County, daughter of Col. Smith, one of the early settlers of the State. Mr. and Mrs. O’Neal have eight children, viz.: Lizzie, Lee, Ethel, Harmon, John (deceased), Leslie, Henry and Daisy. Mr. O’Neal was ordained a minister of the Baptist Church in 1882, having been licensed to preach in 1880, and he has been very successful in his religious work. Mrs. O’Neal is an active worker in the church, and of great assistance to her husband. Mr. O’Neal owns a good farm and has ninety-five acres under cultivation. He belongs to the A. F. & A. M., and in politics his sympathies are with the Democratic party.

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This family biography is one of 163 biographies included in The History of Franklin County, Arkansas published in 1889.  For the complete description, click here: Franklin County, Arkansas History, Genealogy, and Maps

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