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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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William Obar, who is classed among the enterprising and successful farmers and stock raisers in Section 16, where he has 500 acres of good land, is a native of Tennessee, born in 1825, and is the son of Constant and Elizabeth Obar, the former of German and the latter of Scotch descent. William Obar remained in Middle Tennessee until eleven years of age, and then moved with his parents to Hamilton County, of the same State. Here the father died in 1844. The subject of this sketch came to Arkansas in 1859, and in 1870 was here married to Miss Frances J. Douglass. She was born in Arkansas, and by her marriage became the mother of eight children, three now living: John B., Elizabeth and Clark. Mr. Obar and his brother, John, have always lived together, and are representative farmers and stock raiser. Mr. Obar owns about 500 acres in Sebastian County, and the brother owns 240 acres in Franklin County, all the result of hard work and economy. Mr. Obar was an old-line Whig in his political views.

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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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