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Below is a family biography included in Biographical and Historical Memoirs of Lincoln County, Arkansas published by Goodspeed Publishing Company in 1890.  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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Luther Owen, the man whose history now claims attention, is a wide-awake, thoroughgoing merchant of Palmyra, Lincoln County, Ark., and is also postmaster of that place. By means of his prominent positions and because of his naturally agreeable manners, Mr. Owen has won for himself an immense amount of praise in the community where he resides. He is a son of Larkin J. and Permelia A. (Johnson) Owen, of Alabama, the date of his birth being 1858. The family came to Arkansas, about 1851, from Mississippi, settling first in Drew County, upon reaching the State, the same county being known as Lincoln County at the present time. The township of Owen received its name from this illustrious family. The father of Luther was a prominent physician, following his profession until his health failed. His death occurred in 1889, when he had arrived at his seventieth year in the journey of life, and the beloved partner of his joys and sorrows died about the same time, being at the season of her death sixty years old. Both are members of the Baptist Church. They are the parents of nine children, one of whom is a physician at Dixie, Ark., and six of whom lived to maturity. Luther Owen, the subject of this sketch, received a good education, and commenced business for himself in 1886, by opening a store, in which he kept a line of general merchandise. He was appointed postmaster in the year 1887, an office that he has continued to fill most satisfactorily to himself and the community at large. He united his fate and fortune with that of Miss Mattie Fish, daughter of J. S. and Eliza Fish of this county. Of this union has been born one child, Elmer. Mrs. Owen is a devout and faithful member of the Baptist Church. Mr. Owen ranks very high in the list of popular men in his district, and highly merits the immense amount of good luck and success that have befallen him, both in the business and social circles to which he belongs.

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This family biography is one of 44 biographies included in Biographical and Historical Memoirs of Lincoln County, Arkansas published in 1890.  For the complete description, click here: Lincoln County, Arkansas History, Genealogy, and Maps

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