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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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Lewis A. Graves, planter, Centre Point, Ark. This highly respected and esteemed resident of Centre Point Township is not unknown to the many citizens of that portion of Howard County among whom so many years of his worthy life have been passed. Originally from Giles County, Tenn., his birth occurred September 22, 1818, and he is the son of Sterling and Nancy Graves, natives of North Carolina. The parents were married in the State of their nativity, moved to Tennessee in 1817, and there resided until they received their final summons. Lewis A. Graves was reared in Tennessee, where he obtained a good education, and when twenty years of age started out to fight life's battles for himself as an overseer, continuing at that for six years. Since that time he has been engaged in tilling the soil. He came to Arkansas in 1846, and settled where he now resides. He has been twice married; first, in 1849, to Miss Margaret Stanley, a native of Arkansas, who bore him eight children, six of whom are living: William (deceased), Mary E., Sterling A., Alexander C, Nancy A., Julia F. (deceased), Susan and Bernard M. Mary E. married Robert Click, a farmer of this county; Sterling married Miss Elvira Arnold; Alexander C. married Miss Frances Catheron, of Pope County, and is now engaged in farming in Maury County, Tenn. The mother of these children died in 1867, and in 1870 Mr. Graves took for his second wife Mrs. Arabella F. (Graves) Thompson, who was born and reared in Giles County, Tenn. In 1863 Mr. Graves enlisted in the Confederate army, Capt. McGuire's company, McNeil's regiment, and served as a private until the close of the war. He was in no active battles. He is the owner of eighty acres of land and has seventy acres under cultivation. He is not active in politics, but votes with the Republican party, and is very firm in his views. He is a public-spirited citizen, and extends a helping hand to all worthy causes.

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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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