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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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Samuel Randolph, merchant and proprietor of the hotel at Watalula Springs, is one of the substantial men of the township and is a native of Wayne County, Ohio. His father, Samuel Randolph, was born in Pennsylvania, but reared in Virginia, whither his parents moved when he was a child. He was there wedded to Margeret Lowe, and subsequently moved to Ohio, where they both lived until their respective deaths. Our subject passed his early life upon a farm in his native county, and after becoming grown learned the miller’s trade. He then immigrated to Illinois, and there worked at his trade in various places until 1870, when he immigrated to Monroe County, Ark. After being engaged in the lumber business there for twelve years he came to Franklin County in 1881, of which he has since been a resident. He is one of the active and enterprising men of the county, and is always interested and ready to lend a helping hand to all projects of a laudable character for the growth and development of the county. Soon after coming here he purchased his present property, and engaged in the mercantile business. He has a good line of merchandise, and enjoys a well-established trade. Mr. Randolph also successfully runs a good hotel here, which is conveniently located across the street from the Watalula Springs, of whose medicinal and curative properties many speak highly. In 1887 Mr. Randolph was made postmaster, and is now discharging the duties of that position. April 10, 1887, he became the husband of Ruth B. Gregg, a native of Illinois, and daughter of Nelson Selby, now deceased. Mrs. Randolph received her education in Illinois, and is an estimable lady.

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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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