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Below is a family biography included in Biographical and Historical Memoirs of Ouachita 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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Newton R. Tribble, farmer, Woodlawn, Ark. Mr. Tribble’s parents, James M. M. and Lucinda J. (Atkins) Tribble, were natives of Marshall County, Miss., and Laurens District, S. C, respectively. The parents emigrated to Nevada County, Ark., in 1836, located in the woods and were among the first settlers. The father died in Ouachita County, Ark., on October 8, 1865, and the mother died in Texas, on August 3, 1885. The paternal grandfather, Absolom Tribble, died in Marshall County, Miss. Newton R. Tribble was born in Nevada County, Ark., on July 29, 1837, and was the first of nine children —five sons and four daughters—born to his parents. His educational attainments were received in the common schools, and in May, 1861, he enlisted in the Confederate service, Company K, Sixth Arkansas Regiment of Infantry, and was in many of the principal engagements. On November 30, 1864, he was wounded in the left leg at Franklin, Tenn., and was obliged to have his leg amputated. He also lost the middle finger of his right hand at Atlanta, Ga., on July 21, 1864. He was in the battles of Chickamauga, Missionary Ridge and Perryville, Ky., and was wounded and captured at Franklin, Tenn. He was taken to Camp Chase, and was exchanged just before the surrender at Richmond. He returned to his home on July 1, 1865, and in 1867 he was married to Miss Laura L. Riddick, who was born in Ouachita County, Ark., on August 15, 1850. The fruits of this union are nine children: Benjamin M., Henry C, Toney T., Lena L., Minnie M., George G., Laura L., Tippie and Kate. Mr. Tribble has resided on his present property since 1872, and has about 500 acres of land, with 100 acres under cultivation. He is a member of the Masonic fraternity, Woodlawn Lodge No. 15 and of Chapter No. 10, and is also a member of the Farmers’ Alliance. He was elected sheriff of the county in 1866, and had held the position for a year and a half when reconstruction began. He held the office of county assessor from 1874 to 1882, and gave general satisfaction. Democratic in his political views, his first presidential vote was cast for Breckinridge. Mrs. Tribble was the daughter of Benjamin F. and Laura (Cleaves) Riddick, pioneers of Ouachita County, Ark., having located here in 1845. They endured all the hardships incident to frontier life, and have the respect and esteem of all acquainted with them.

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This family biography is one of 91 biographies included in Biographical and Historical Memoirs of Ouachita County, Arkansas published in 1890.  For the complete description, click here: Ouachita County, Arkansas History, Genealogy, and Maps

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