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Below is a family biography included in Biographical and Historical Memoirs of Mississippi 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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Felix R. Lanier, Jr., is a member of the well-known and substantial mercantile firm of L. A. Morris & Co., of Osceola, and although quite a young man he has attained a place among the mercantile interests of the county, which is by no means an inferior one, and one which many older in years and experience might well feel proud to occupy. His birth occurred in Mississippi County, Ark., in 1857, and he is the youngest child born to Samuel B. and Fannie (Falls) Lanier. [See sketch of Felix R. Lanier, Sr.] His paternal grandfather, Isaac H. Lanier, was greatly interested in iron manufacturing in Tennessee, and came to this county at an early day, being one of the pioneers of the county. Soon after coming here, he was joined by his sons, Felix and Samuel, and they purchased a large tract of land on the river eight miles below where Osceola now stands. There they made many extensive improvements, but the old farm has since been entirely swept away. Upon the death of the grandfather, the estate became the property of the boys, and after the death of Samuel, his brother Felix became the owner of the property. Felix R. Lanier, Jr., assisted on the farm and attended the school at Memphis until the age of eighteen years. He then returned to the arduous duties of the farm, and this occupation continued until a short time since. On February 20, 1888, he was united in marriage to Miss Lloyd Taylor, a native of Osceola, and the result of this union has been one child, a son named Felix. In February of 1888, the year of his marriage, Mr. Lanier entered the business of L. A. Morris as partner, under the firm name of L. A. Morris & Co. They do a general commission business, buying country produce, cotton, etc. Having been a resident of Mississippi County all his life, Mr. Lanier has seen many changes in the country, and always takes an active interest in all things pertaining to the welfare of the county. He is a member of the Presbyterian Church.

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This family biography is one of 162 biographies included in Biographical and Historical Memoirs of Mississippi County, Arkansas published in 1889.  View the complete description here: Mississippi County, Arkansas History, Genealogy, and Maps

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