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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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Joshua L. Hargrove was born in Limestone County, Ala., March 25, 1826, and is a son of Joshua and Lucretia (Seal) Hargrove. The father was of English lineage, and was born in Georgia, and died in Saline county, Ark., June 29, 1888, at the age of about ninety years. The mother died in Crawford County, Ark., in 1853, when about forty-five years old. They were married in Limestone County, Ark., in 1853, where they lived a number of years, then removing to Illinois, thence to Kentucky, and after a time located in Fayette County, Tenn., removing about 1837 to Prairie County, Ark. After residing in Franklin, Crawford and Conway Counties, Ark., they removed to the “Lone Star State,” and a year or two before the father’s death returned to Arkansas, locating in Saline County. They were worthy members of the Methodist Episcopal Church, and became wealthy farmers. After his first wife’s death the father married Mahala Jane Olilinger, who is still living, and resides in Saline County. Joshua L. Hargrove, whose name heads this sketch, is one of seven surviving members of a family of thirteen children, whose names are as follows: Emily, the widow of William Gabriel; Elizabeth, widow of John Barnes, who died while serving the Southern army; Mary, wife of Martin Barker, of Crawford County, Ark.; Lucretia A., wife of James Ford; B. F., Thomas J. and Joshua L. The latter resided under the paternal roof until the fall of 1850, when he was united in marriage to Mrs. Nancy P. Lucas, who was born in Lincoln County, Tenn., June 12, 1830. Five of the seven children born to them are living: Martha L., wife of John Rutledge; James E.; Lucinda Alice, wife of David Lancaster; Arthur G. and Robert P. Mr. Hargrove is a Democrat, and has been a farmer all his life, his career as an agriculturist being attended with good results. All his property has been acquired through his own exertions, and he has given each of his children a good start in life. In January, 1863, he enlisted in Capt. Hugh Wilson’s company, Col. John Hill’s regiment, and served with credit until the close of the war. He did duty as a scout the most of the time, and during one of his expeditions was without food for five days. His paternal grandfather, James Hargrove, enlisted as a private in the Revolutionary War, and rose to the rank of colonel. He was with Gen. Greene, and participated in many fiercely contested battles. He was a native of England.

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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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