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Below is a family biography included in Biographical and Historical Memoirs of Union 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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Aurelius S. Sorrells until quite recently was a merchant and the postmaster at Champagnolle. Well directed energy and honorable dealings always tell in business, as, indeed, in everything else. Mr. Sorrells conducted a prosperous business in Champagnolle during his residence here, and by his pleasant, sociable manner, became very popular. He was born in Union County, July 7, 1851, and is a son of Madison B. Sorrells, who was born in Tennessee in 1813. The father married Miss Delia F. Rhodes, a native of Mississippi, born in 1821, and eleven children were born to this union, six of whom grew to maturity, viz.: Eliza J., Henry W., Mary E., Lara C, Walter W. and our subject. The father has followed farming all his life, and is now residing in this county, and, although seventy-six years of age, is still hale and hearty. He emigrated from Mississippi to Arkansas in 1844, settled in Union County, and was among the very first settlers. He keeps thoroughly posted with the times, and is active in church and school matters. He has held the office of justice of the peace for several years, and is a man who merits the esteem of all. He and Mrs. Sorrells are members of the church, and he is a stanch Democrat in politics. The Sorrells family is of Scotch-Irish descent. Aurelius S. Sorrells was taught the duties of the farm in youth, received his education in Union County, and, when grown, was married, on November 18, 1880, to Miss Florence McGough, a native of Arkansas. He started with limited means, receiving no outside help, and is now the owner of 460 acres of land, with 120 acres under cultivation. His stock of goods here was valued at about $2,000. He held the offices of justice of the peace and postmaster one year. At present Mr. Sorrells is in Texas. He and his wife are worthy members of the Methodist Church.

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