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Below is a family biography included in The History of Madison 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 H. Ogden, merchant and miller of Ogdensburg, was born in 1856, and is a son of Pleasant C. and Sarah A. (Cantrell) Ogden. The father was a native of Alabama, and came to War Eagle with his parents when young. After reaching maturity he settled upon the farm which is now owned and occupied by subject of this sketch. He was the father of thirteen children, all of whom are living within a radius of two miles from the home farm. They are named as follows: Mary, Amanda, David, Alfred, John E., Elizabeth, William C., Robert, Jackson, Louisa, Lucinda, Rosetta and Dove. Pleasant Ogden died in 1878, but his widow still lives in the enjoyment of good health. When twenty-one years of age John H. Ogden received from his father a horse, saddle and bridle. He went to Texas, and after a residence of two months returned home, and married Caroline Stewart. He farmed one year in Richmond, and then returned to War Eagle. Several years later he purchased his present farm of 623 acres. He opened a general country store in 1883, and is also interested in merchandising in St. Paul. He is a successful farmer, and the improvements upon his farm include several tenement houses, a mill, blacksmith house, etc. He is a Mason, and in politics is a Democrat. Mr. and Mrs. Ogden are the parents of five children: Dora, Mary, Oscar, Henry and Hosea. Abner Cantrell, the maternal grandfather of our subject, is a centenarian, and in good health.

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This family biography is one of 99 biographies included in The History of Madison County, Arkansas published in 1889.  For the complete description, click here: Madison County, Arkansas History, Genealogy, and Maps

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