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Below is a family biography included in Biographical and Historical Memoirs of Yell County, Arkansas published by Southern Publishing Company in 1891.  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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Mrs. Asie Dove. Among the business enterprises of Dardanelle, is the popular millinery emporium of Mrs. Dove, widow of the late John C. Dove, who was born in Mississippi, June 18, 1844, and whom she married in Smith County of the same State, December 17, 1863. He was a mechanic by trade, and in 1872 emigrated to Arkansas, locating in this county. Being a victim of that insidious disease, consumption, and thinking to improve or regain his failing health, in company with his family started for Florida, but growing worse while enroute, was obliged to stop in Scott County, Miss., where, after a long and severe illness, departed this life June 14, 1878. He served in the late war, enlisting at the youthful age of sixteen, in Company H, Sixteenth Mississippi Infantry, and participated in nineteen regular battles, and a number of skirmishes; was captured at Petersburg and taken to Point Lookout, and held a prisoner for nine months, and discharged in 1865. His parents were natives of the Old North State, and of Scotch descent. Mrs. Dove was born in Noxubee County, Miss., November 20, 1847, a daughter of Richard and Mary Colbert. Her father, born in Caroline County, Miss., June 6, 1811, and her mother in Montgomery County, Ala., May 5, 1821, were married in Noxubee County, January 10, 1839, and were the parents of nine children. Mr. Colbert was a farmer and an enthusiastic Democrat, politically, taking an active part in all political issues of the day, and acted as deputy clerk for Noxubee County. He and his faithful consort are still living in Mississippi, at a ripe old age, and he enjoys a membership in the Primitive Baptist Church, while she enjoys the privileges of the Methodist Episcopal Church. Mrs. Dove’s maternal grandfather was an Englishman by the name of Johnston, possessed of great wealth and vast estates, and fought in the Revolutionary War. Her maternal grandmother was of French extraction. To the marriage of Mr. and Mrs. Dove were born four children, whom their widowed mother has given every advantage for a thorough education and personal improvement: John C., Jr. (born May 14, 1870, and a student in the Fayetteville Industrial University), Sadie A. (born October 12, 1873, a graduate from, and teacher in, the Whitworth College, Brookham, Miss. She is a young lady of rare intellectual, and musical attainments, and possessing the attributes of an affectionate manner and an amiable disposition, and an altogether lovely character, is an universal favorite among her many friends), Howard B. (born May 4, 1876), and Robert E. (born July 13, 1878). After the death of her husband, Mrs. Dove returned to Dardanelle, and opened her present establishment, consisting of a stock of the most fashionable millinery, and is doing a thriving and lucrative trade. She is a woman full of energy and determination, with pleasing manners, and as a business woman well worthy the patronage received from her many customers, and as a mother and friend, deserves the high encomiums conferred upon her by her well-wishers. She with her deceased husband worshiped as members of the Christian Church, and her daughter, Sadie, is a professor in the Methodist Episcopal Church South.

* ERRATA. These corrections were received too late to be used in the body of the book:
Sketch of Mrs. Asie Dove.—“Richard and Mary Colbert” should read, “Richard and Mary Howard.” “Mr. Colbert was a farmer,” etc., should read. “Mr. Howard was a farmer,” etc. “And a student in the Fayetteville Industrial University” should be omitted, and “is a mechanic,” should be substituted in its place.

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