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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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Thomas E. Henderson was born in Cass County, Ga., September 7, 1840, and is a son of James and Nancy (Brown) Henderson, natives of the same State. In 1850 the family moved to Sevier County, Ark. After farming four years there they moved to Polk County, where the father died in 1855. The mother died in Franklin County in 1880. Thomas E. grew to maturity in Polk County, on the farm, and during the latter part of 1861 enlisted in the Fourth Arkansas Infantry, Confederate army, under Col. McNair. He served in several minor engagements, and was once taken prisoner, but made his escape in about twenty-four hours. He was discharged for disability about a year after enlisting, and then returned to Polk County, and after his recovery engaged in farming. He was married in that county April 11, 1865, to Miss E. D. Ransom, a native of Alabama, who was reared in Franklin County, and daughter of George Ransom, now deceased, but formerly of Virginia. After his marriage, Mr. Henderson farmed a year in Polk County, and then in January, 1866, located in White Oak Township, Franklin Co. He moved upon his present farm in 1873. This place he has cleared and enlarged, and it is now one of the nicest farms in the neighborhood. He lives in a good one-story residence, has two tenement houses and comfortable out-buildings, and devotes about three acres to fruit raising. Mr. and Mrs. Henderson have three children: Maggie, wife of Prof. H. A. Nickell; James W. and Mary E. Both our subject and wife are members of the Cumberland Presbyterian Church, to which all their children belong. Mr. Henderson is an elder in the church and an active worker.

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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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