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Below is a family biography included in Biographical and Historical Memoirs of Grant 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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Joab P. Lockhart, a farmer in Davis Township, Grant County, was born in this county, April 10, 1844, and is the son of Stacy Lockhart, a native of South Carolina. Moving to Alabama when but a lad of fourteen, he was reared and educated there, and married Miss Elizabeth Lowe, of Alabama origin. In 1842 Mr. Lockhart moved to Arkansas, and settled in what is now Grant County. At the time of his settlement here there were only two cabins in Little Rock. He served as a pioneer justice of the peace, made a comfortable home, and finally was claimed by that grim destroyer, Death. His good wife survived him till 1873. There were nine children in the family, seven of whom are still living. The subject of this sketch was reared and educated, in Grant County, and remained with his father until the war, when he enlisted in 1862, in the Second Arkansas Infantry, and served until the final surrender, participating in the battles of Murfreesboro, Chickamauga, Missionary Ridge and numerous others. He was wounded at Chickamauga by a gunshot through the left hand, and again at Liberty Gap, receiving a flesh wound in the left leg. After the close of the war, Mr. Lockhart returned home and resumed his occupation of farming, and in 1865 married Mrs. Sarah J. Halbert, a native of Georgia. Mrs. Lockhart died in 1882, leaving two children: W. H. and Sevilla. His present wife was formerly Nancy W. York, a daughter of Richard York, and a native of Arkansas. After a short time Mr. Lockhart intends moving his family to Malvern. W. H. now holds a very responsible position in Little Rock, and enjoys the perfect confidence his employers repose in him. Mr. and Mrs. Lockhart are adherents of the Missionary Baptist Church, and both are devout members of that persuasion, being deeply interested in all matters pertaining to education and religious affairs of his county.

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This family biography is one of 68 biographies included in Biographical and Historical Memoirs of Grant County, Arkansas published in 1889.  For the complete description, click here: Grant County, Arkansas History, Genealogy, and Maps

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