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Below is a family biography included in Biographical and Historical Memoirs of Prairie 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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William B. Lumpkin. The amount of land which this gentleman has in his possession comprises 520 acres in four different farms, and of the entire amount he has 300 acres under cultivation, and all his property well improved with good buildings. Since 1886 he has been residing in Des Arc, where he owns some valuable property, but he continues to manage his farm, and has been more successful than the average. He was born in Lawrence County, Tenn., April 14, 1840, and is a son of J. B. Lumpkin, a native of North Carolina, who came west with his parents to Tennessee when a small lad, and was here reared to manhood, educated and married, his wife’s maiden name being Betsey Bryant, a native of North Carolina. After his marriage Mr. Lumpkin moved to Shelby County, but afterward settled permanently in Tipton County, where he is now residing at the age of seventy-six years, his wife’s death having occurred here in 1876. William B. Lumpkin grew to maturity in Tennessee, and until he attained his majority made his home with his father. In the latter part of 1861 he enlisted in the Confederate army, Fifty-first Tennessee Infantry, Company B, and of his company, which consisted of 104 men, he and one other man were the only ones not killed or wounded. He enlisted as a private, but became a non-commissioned officer, and took part in the battles of Chickamauga, Franklin, and was in the retreat from Chattanooga to Atlanta. At the fall of Fort Henry he was captured, and for nine months was kept in captivity at Alton, Ill., and after being exchanged rejoined his regiment, and at the final surrender was at home on furlough. He then settled down in Shelby County, and was engaged in farming up to 1879, when he sold out, and moved to Arkansas, locating in Prairie County, near Des Arc, his first purchase of land being 160 acres. He was married in Shelby County, Tenn., July 24, 1870, to Miss Nannie J. Yancey, a native of Iuka, Miss., a daughter of James Yancey, but her demise occurred on October 15, 1884, leaving besides her husband, to mourn her loss, a family of four children: Tellie, Thomas B. and Calvin P. Saddie died in September, 1887, at the age of thirteen years. Mr. W. B. Lumpkin is a member of White River Lodge of the Masonic fraternity.

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This family biography is one of 94 biographies included in Biographical and Historical Memoirs of Prairie County, Arkansas published in 1890.  For the complete description, click here: Prairie County, Arkansas History, Genealogy, and Maps

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