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Below is a family biography included in Biographical and Historical Memoirs of Howard County, Arkansas published by Goodspeed Publishing Company in 1890.  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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John R. Coulter, planter, Rosedale, Ark. Every community is bound to have among her citizens a few men of recognized influence and ability, who, by their systematic and careful, thorough manner of work, attain to a success which is justly deserved. Among this class is Mr. Coulter, a man esteemed to be a prominent and substantial, as well as progressive farmer of the county. He is a native-born resident of the county, his birth occurring where he now lives on July 20, 1849, and was the second of five children born to Matthew and Sarah (McClain) Coulter, the father a native of Mississippi and the mother of Arkansas. The father was reared in Mississippi, came to Arkansas in 1837, and settled on the place now owned by our subject, where he tilled the soil. He died in 1858, at the age of thirty-eight years. The mother died in 1857, at the age of twenty-eight years. Of the five children born to Mr. and Mrs. Coulter, only two are now living. Thomas Coulter is a leading merchant of Nashville, Ark. John R. Coulter was reared and educated in this State, and when twenty-one years of age, started out for himself, by cultivating the soil. This has since been his occupation, and he is the owner of 640 acres of land, with 300 acres under cultivation. He was married in 1871 to Miss W. A. Levy, the daughter of Nathaniel Levy, of Nashville, Ark., and to them were born seven children, all living with our subject: Matthew L., Lou K., Maggie M., Anna M., Fannie V., Nettie and Nathaniel. Mr. Coulter is not active in politics, but votes with the Democratic party. He is a member of the Masonic fraternity, which he joined in 1870, and he is also a member of the Farmers' Alliance. Mrs. Coulter is a member of the Methodist Episcopal Church, South. Mr. Coulter's ancestors on the father's side were of Irish and on the mother's side of German extraction.

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This family biography is one of 116 biographies included in Biographical and Historical Memoirs of Howard County, Arkansas published in 1890.  For the complete description, click here: Howard County, Arkansas History, Genealogy, and Maps

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