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Below is a family biography included in The History of Washington 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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John P. Stafford, editor of the Springdale News, was born in the town in which he now resides in 1868, and is the youngest of three children born to the marriage of John Stafford and Mary Holcomb. He was left fatherless when a child, and at an early day began serving an apprenticeship at the printer’s trade in Springdale, Ark.; at the end of three years he began working on the Fayetteville Democrat, continuing about two years. Subsequent to this he attended school in Missouri for a short period, and in May, 1887, returned to his home in Springdale and became proprietor of the Springdale News, being next to the youngest editor in the State of Arkansas. His paper was at first a small six-column, patent outside paper, but is now a five-column quarto, and is published in the interests of the Democratic party. It is ably edited, and has a rapidly increasing circulation. Mr. Stafford was married Tuesday, November 13, 1888, to Miss Lena Claypool, of Springdale.

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This family biography is one of 300 biographies included in The History of Washington County, Arkansas published in 1889.  For the complete description, click here: Washington County, Arkansas History, Genealogy, and Maps

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