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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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Thomas J. Sconyers, an enterprising farmer of Village Township, Jackson County, came to Arkansas in January, 1870, with his parents, Darling and Samantha (Snyder) Sconyers, natives, respectively, of South Carolina and Alabama. Upon his arrival in Arkansas the father leased the Davis farm, upon which he died in August, 1870. He was the parent of ten children, viz.: Catherine, who died with diphtheria about 1863; Elizabeth, who first married Green Jacks, and after his death married Julius Wright; George married a Miss Phillips; Mary married a Mr. Rhodes; Polly Ann, wife of B. Eason; Ellen became the wife of Mr. Myrick, and both are now deceased; Victoria married Thomas Hutson; Nisie died, the wife of Rollie Phillips, and John first married a Miss Strauther, after whose death he married Miss Arnett. Thomas J., who was born February 20, 1846, received his education in the common schools of his native State, Alabama. March 16, 1873, he married Miss Mary Foushee, whose birth occurred March 20, 1856, and their six children are William C., born January 26, 1875; Joseph Edward, born January 20, 1878; George F., born March 4, 1881; Frances S., born September 19, 1884; Monte L., born August 31, 1886, and John T., born September 17, 1888. For about one year Mr. Sconyers worked for Mr. G. B. Branderburge, of Union Township, and the following six years rented land, which he farmed, and subsequently purchased. His first purchase consisted of 320 acres in Village Township, and afterward in partnership with Mr. J. T. Foushee, bought 240 acres in the same township. He now has about 150 acres improved, and raises corn and cotton, at which he has been successful. Mr. Sconyers was a member of the Thirteenth Alabama Regiment, Volunteer Infantry, Confederate States Army, enlisting in 1863. He participated in the battles of the Wilderness and Petersburg (Va.), not taking off his cartridge-box for forty days and nights. Though a Confederate soldier, and, while in arms, fighting to conquer, Mr. Sconyers wishes it to go on record that he will hail with joy the day when sectarian animosities are forgotten, believing that there should be “no North, no South.’’ He is an enterprising farmer, and is highly esteemed by all who know him.

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This family biography is one of 144 biographies included in Biographical and Historical Memoirs of Jackson County, Arkansas published in 1889.  View the complete description here: Jackson County, Arkansas History, Genealogy, and Maps

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