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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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W. B. Sumner was born in Washington County, Ark., May 4, 1834, and is a son of John C. and Mary A. (Robinson) Sumner, natives of New York and Kentucky, respectively. The father immigrated to Washington County, Ark., in an early day and engaged in farming until coming farther east, to Madison County, about 1826, where he died after the war. The mother came to Arkansas when a girl, and died in this State about 1860. She had seven children, six of whom grew to maturity: John A., W. B., James L., Elizabeth A., Hiram B., Albert A. and one who died in childhood. Our subject was but a child when he came with his parents to St. Paul, where he grew to maturity, and afterward engaged in farming. He moved upon his present place about 1868, and now owns 120 acres of valley land, and has been a successful farmer. He is now engaged in the mercantile business at Grant in partnership with Marrs & Co. In 1859 he married Lucinda Bolinger, daughter of Fred Bolinger. Mr. and Mrs. Sumner have lost two children: Mary I. and Nancy B. Both husband and wife belong to the Cumberland Presbyterian Church. Mr. Sumner is a Republican in politics, and has held the office of constable. He is a Master Mason and one of the leading men of the township.

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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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