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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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Joseph Thomas, Sr., was born in Harlan County, Ky., June 26, 1817, and is a son of James and Polly (Johnson) Thomas, who were North Carolinians, and after their marriage moved to Kentucky, and were among the early white settlers of Harlan County. They were about seventy-two years of age at the time of their respective deaths. The father was a soldier in the War of 1812, and during the late war was a stanch Union man. They were church members, and their union was blessed in the birth of fifteen children. Their son Joseph began earning his own living at the age of sixteen years, and was a farm laborer until he was twenty-one years old. He then came to Madison County, Ark., and here he has since resided, engaged in farming. He is a great lover of hunting, a noted shot, and has had many interesting adventures while on his hunting expeditions, all kinds of game having fallen a victim to his skill. In 1842 he was married to Polly, a daughter of John Bailey, an old settler of Madison County, Ark. She was born in Knox County, Tenn., in December, 1826, and became the mother of twelve children, six of whom are living: T. W., D. C., William M., Albert B., Andrew J. and D. B. Mr. Thomas is a Republican, and in 1862 enlisted in Company G, First Arkansas Infantry, but at the end of twenty-one months was discharged on account of disability. He was in the battle of Fayetteville and several skirmishes, and was a member of Brothers of Freedom.

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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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