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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 W. Starnes, farmer and stock raiser, Jamestown, Ark. Mr. Starnes is a man whom nature seems to have especially designed to be a tiller of the soil. The pursuit of agriculture has afforded him high gratification, and in the conduct of a farm the principles which he has held have been peculiarly adapted to the successful development and improvement of the varied elements of farm life. He was born in Haywood County, N. C., on the 27th of September, 1823, and the son of Benjamin Starnes, a native of North Carolina, who, after reaching manhood, was united in marriage to Miss Sophia Snyder, who was also a native of North Carolina. Later in life they moved to Tennessee, and there passed the remainder of their days. Their family consisted of ten children. John W. Starnes began for himself at an early age, and when twenty-one years of age, was united in marriage to Miss Elizabeth Chapman. Six interesting children were the result of this union. His second marriage was in 1864, to Miss Susan McDougal. They have no children. Mr. Starnes has some very valuable land, 500 acres in all, and on this has several fine mineral springs that have quite a local reputation. He thinks that he has valuable mineral also on his place. In politics, he is identified with the Democratic party. He is a member of the Agricultural Wheel, and he and wife are members of the Christian 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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