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Below is a family biography included in Biographical and Historical Memoirs of Saline 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. H. Harlow, a planter, merchant and miller of Brazil, Saline County, was born in Greenup County, Ky., in 1834, being the third in a family of eight children born to Nicholas and Nancy (Kidd) Harlow. Nicholas Harlow was also a Kentuckian by birth, and in 1839 moved to Chariton County, Mo., where he made his home until his death while enroute to California in 1851. He was a farmer and blacksmith by occupation. His wife survived him until 1872. W. H. Harlow was raised in Chariton County, Mo., and in 1869 went to Lamar County, Tex., where he was engaged in freighting and railroading for some years. In 1876 he moved to Hot Springs, being employed as traveling salesman for a firm in that place and Little Rock until 1882, when he was married to Elizabeth Chastain, widow of William F. Chastain. His wife was a native of South Carolina, and a daughter of Thomas A. and Margaret (Wylie) White. Her father was a millwright, and came to Arkansas from South Carolina in December, 1846, settling in Marble Township. Mr. White was one of the pioneers of Saline County, where he entered land and erected a mill, one of the first in that section of the county. He made that his home until his death, which occurred in July, 1854. Mrs. White survived until September, 1880, during which time she lived with her children. Elizabeth White was sixteen years of age when she moved to Saline County with her parents. She was married in February, 1851, to Robison Prille, a native of Virginia, who went to Tennessee, and afterward moved to Saline County in 1838. Mr. Prille died in September, 1863. Mrs. Prille then married William F. Chastain, in 1866, who died on July 31, 1877, and in 1882 she married Mr. Harlow (the subject of this article), her third husband. Mr. Harlow moved on his farm, in 1884, containing 120 acres. He also owns a farm of 320 acres, of which there are seventy acres under cultivation. The same year he opened up a store of general merchandise, which has gained a good patronage. He is a member of the Agricultural Wheel, but does not take an active part in politics, lending his influence to the Union Labor party. Mrs. Harlow is a believer in Christian Science. They have no children of their own, but have adopted a child, Mary A. I. Lindley. Mrs. Harlow has seen the complete growth of Little Rock and Hot Springs, there being only one store in the latter place when she went there, and she has also lived to see all of the early pioneers of Little Rock pass away but one. Her Grandfather White was the first man to take cotton to Charleston, S. C. Mr. Harlow has witnessed great improvements in Saline County, to which he has lent his aid. His father was of Scotch descent, while his mother was of Irish origin.

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