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Below is a family biography included in Biographical and Historical Memoirs of Jackson 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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Joseph E. Slayden (deceased) was a native of Jackson County, and was a son of Coleman and Elizabeth (Briggs) Slayden, the father a native of Virginia, and the mother of North Carolina. The parents were married in Hickman County, Tenn., March 27, 1834. Two children were born to them in Tennessee, both of whom died. Six children were born in Arkansas, viz.: Atlantic, born April 13, 1839; Artamesa, born November 11, 1841, married Levi Eader, December 27, 1858, and died December 18, 1870; Joseph E., born June 22, 1844, married Miss Cordelia Graham, a native of Jackson County, Ark.; Cordelia, born December 30, 1846, married Job Greenhaw, a farmer of Bird Township, Jackson County; Ariminty, born March 13, 1848, became the wife of James P. Gurgo, a native of Tennessee, and died June 2, 1871; Josephine, born January 21, 1852, married Frank B. Ray, and is now deceased. At the time of his marriage Joseph E. Slayden owned a farm in Union Township, which was under cultivation, and upon which he lived fifteen years; he owned in all 300 acres, of which 200 were well improved. He afterward purchased 160 acres which were mostly under cultivation, and still later bought 240 acres more, upon which he erected a good dwelling and barns. The latter place was his home until his death, and then became the property of his wife and sister, Atlantic. To Mr. and Mrs. Slayden were born in all seven children, viz.: Levi Tillman, born January 12, 1874; William H., born January 23, 1878; Thomas Jefferson, born August 23, 1876; Joseph E., born February 9, 1880; Julius B., born March 20, 1884; James Morgan, born February 19, 1886, and Augustus, born August 15, 1887. Mr. Slayden was a public-spirited man, of liberal views, and always took an active part in every enterprise for the advancement of his county or State. At the time of his death he was a member in good standing of Jacksonport Lodge No. 191, A. F. & A. M., and was a sincere friend of educational and religious interests.

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