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Below is a family biography included in Biographical and Historical Memoirs of Jefferson 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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Benjamin L. Gocio, one of the large land owners of this county, is a native Arkansan, having been born in Villemont Township in 1854. He is a son of Joseph and Elizabeth (Johnson) Gocio, originally from Arkansas and Georgia, respectively. In the family were nine children, three of whom are living: John (near Hot Springs), Lucy Humphreys (in Washington County, Ark.), and the subject of this sketch, the latter of whom has always resided in this township. At the age of fifteen years he commenced farming for himself, and in 1876 was married to Miss Jane Mitchell, of Arkansas County, whose birth occurred at the Post. Her father, Frank Mitchell, of this State, died when his daughter was five years of age. Mr. and Mrs. Gocio have had six children: Anna, Ida, Ollie, Joseph, Lucy (deceased), and Agnes. Mr. Gocio has about 250 acres of land under cultivation, and is the owner of upward of 1,800 acres. He is a member of the Catholic Church. His grandparents came to the United States from France in an early day, locating at New Orleans, and later at Arkansas Post, where Joseph was born, and where he lived, a farmer, until his death, which occurred when Benjamin L. was fourteen months old, in 1856. He was born in 1803. The mother was married (the second time) to Mr. R. S. Dollerhide, who died in 1876; she was born in 1818, and is still living at Booneville, Miss. Mr. Gocio, by a lifetime spent in this locality, has fully demonstrated his worth and energy as an intelligent successful farmer. His extensive acquaintance is only equaled by the universal respect accorded him.

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This family biography is one of 136 biographies included in Biographical and Historical Memoirs of Jefferson County, Arkansas published in 1889.  For the complete description, click here: Jefferson County, Arkansas History, Genealogy, and Maps

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