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Below is a family biography included in Biographical and Historical Memoirs of Independence 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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Allen H. Saylors, farmer and stock raiser, Dota, Ark. One of the foremost men among the agriculturists of Independence County, is he whose name appears above, and who has borne an influential part in promoting the various interests of that county. His birth occurred in what is now Jackson County, Ark., on the 31st of December, 1844, and he has always made this State his home. He was reared between the handles of a plow, figuratively speaking, and received his education in the common schools of Jackson County. Although his educational attainments were rather limited, he improved his time in later years, and is now considered one of the well-posted and intelligent citizens of the county. He is the second in a family of six children, born to John C. and Martha (Oliver) Saylors, natives of Missouri, who came to Arkansas about 1820 or 1824, and first settled at Litchfield, in Jackson County. A few years later they sold out and moved a few miles further south, where they opened up a large tract of land, 160 acres. He then moved three miles east of Jacksonport, and there died, in 1855. At that time he was the owner of 480 acres. He was the first clerk of Jackson, and also held the office of magistrate for a number of years. The mother died in 1859, at the age of forty-four years. She was a member of the Methodist Episcopal Church. The six children born to their union are named as follows: Eliza J. (wife of Obediah Wilkinson, died in 1871), Allen H., Annette S. (died in 1863, at the age of sixteen years), John R. (died in 1869, at the age of twenty years), Mary M. (wife of Craig Simmons, lives in Craighead County, and was born June 10, 1852), Charles A. (died at the age of four years. 1858). In 1859, after the death of his mother, Allen H. Saylors began life for himself, and at the age of fifteen engaged in the calling to which he was reared, and this continued until 1862, when he joined the Southern army, and was on duty several months. He then came home, and, to escape the strife, went to the “Lone Star State;” but he found that it was “war times” of a certainty, and the following year joined the army again, entering Col. Morgan’s regiment, Campbell’s brigade cavalry. He was in the battles of Pleasant Grove, Marks’ Mill, the Saline River fight, and besides was in a number of sharp skirmishes. In an engagement at Pilot Knob, in the fall of 1864, he was wounded by a piece of bomb shell. He was with Gen. Price on his raid through Missouri, and his army was disbanded in Texas, in May, 1865. At the close of the war Mr. Saylors return to Arkansas, and in July, 1868, united his fortune with that of Miss Nannie Tunstall, also a native of Arkansas. To their marriage were born two children; Mary Lavenia, born on the 8th of September, 1869, and Nannie E., born on the 4th of September, 1873, and died on August 30, of the following year. Mrs. Saylors died on the 13th of September, 1873, in full communion with the Methodist Episcopal Church. She was an excellent mother and wife. Mr. Saylors was married a second time on the 15th of October, 1874, to a cousin of his first wife, Miss Martha Tunstall. Seven children have been the result of this union: Gertie, born on the 20th of April, 1876; Martha A., born on the 15th of October, 1877; James H., born on the 25th of February, 1879; Claude, born October 5, 1880, and died March 24, 1881; Logan, born on the 6th of October, 1883; John Guynn, born October 7, 1885, and Sylvia, born November 3, 1887. Mr. Saylors’ principal occupation has been farming, and he first bought eighty acres, the most of which he has improved. Since his first purchase he has added to this at different times, and now is the owner of 240 acres, eighty of which are in a high state of cultivation. He has good orchards, good buildings, and his principal crops are corn and cotton. At different times he has followed the vocation of merchandising, and has also been engaged in the livery business, but at the same time carried on agricultural pursuits. Mr. Saylors votes with the Labor party, but does not take an active part in politics. He served as constable, and also acted as deputy sheriff in Jackson County until deposed by the war. In September, 1888, he was elected magistrate of his township, which office he now holds to the satisfaction of all. He is a member of the I. O. O. F. Newark Lodge, No. 52, and is also a member of the Agricultural Wheel. He takes an active part in all public enterprises, and contributes liberally to their support. Mrs. Saylors is a member of the Methodist Episcopal Church.

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This family biography is one of 158 biographies included in Biographical and Historical Memoirs of Independence County, Arkansas published in 1889.  View the complete description here: Independence County, Arkansas History, Genealogy, and Maps

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