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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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John M. Hurley, farmer and stockman, was born in Franklin County, Tennessee, in 1850, and, at the age of ten months, he was removed by his parents to Independence County, Ark., and here has received his education and rearing. At the age of fourteen years he moved with his parents to the State of Illinois, and during his four years’ residence in that State his time was employed in attending school, his educational advantages being excellent. They next settled in Jasper County, Mo., near Carthage, where John M. made his home for eight years, then removing to Benton County, Ark. Prior to this, he had spent about eighteen months in Colorado, and had worked in the mines in Leadville, accumulating thereby quite a sum of money. He was married in Benton County, to Miss Anna Hale, a native of the county, and two children blessed their union: William M. and Fannie C., who died at the age of four months. In March, 1876, his wife died in Dallas County, Tex., and he was afterwards married to Miss Sarah J. Haddock, who was born in Independence County, Ark. Three of their four children are living: Charles A., James A., who died at the age of three years; W. W. and Thomas W. Since 1878 Mr. Hurley has resided in Independence County, and has turned his attention to agricultural pursuits, being engaged in tilling forty acres of his eighty-acre farm. He is a Republican in politics, and is a member of the Agricultural Wheel. His father, John Hurley, was born and reared in Tennessee, and was married there to Miss Sarah A. Harrington. He is yet living, and resides in Webb City, of Jasper County, Mo. The mother died in 1875, on her birthday (the 14th of October), at the age of fifty-five years. The paternal grandfather was born in the State of Maryland, was an early resident of Tennessee, and a hatter by occupation. He was of Scotch descent and lived to be 107 years old. His wife was a Denton. John Hurley, the father of our subject, reared a family of fifteen children, eleven sons and four daughters. The first ten children were sons, then came a daughter, then another son, and afterwards three more daughters. Of the ten sons who grew to manhood none of them ever drank liquor or used tobacco until after they were grown. All are married and have families of their own. They held a family reunion in January, 1889, and the father was there, aged seventy-seven years.

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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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