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Below is a family biography included in Biographical and Historical Memoirs of Arkansas 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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George F. Mattmiller came originally from Germany to America with his parents in February, 1846, and located in Fayette County, Tenn., where he received a common-school education. In 1861 he enlisted in the Confederate army, Company A of the Thirteenth Tennessee Infantry; was taken prisoner in the first hard battle, at Belmont, Mo., and removed to Cairo, Ill., soon being exchanged, after which he rejoined his regiment and served until the close of the war. Going to Cape Girardeau County, Mo., he was first engaged in teaching school and next in working in a saw-mill, where he continued until 1870. He then sought a home in Arkansas, where he was married five years later to Miss Ophelia Stillwell, a native of this State, and a daughter of Asher and Josephine Stillwell. Mr. Mattmiller was born in Baden, Germany, on July 24, 1843, being a son of J. G. and Christina (Hammerschmidt) Mattmiller. J. G. Mattmiller was born on August 28, 1814, and emigrated to this country in 1846, settling in Tennessee. After devoting himself to farming there until 1870, he located a farm on the Arkansas River, near Arkansas Post, Ark., where he remained until his death, in December, 1883. His wife died in 1862, having been the mother of nine children, four of whom are living: George F., Christina (now Mrs. Rinklin), Joseph and Henry C. On coming to Arkansas Mr. Mattmiller, the subject of this sketch, had only $6. He now owns about 700 acres of land, with 100 acres under cultivation, and has a good cotton-gin, and is estimated to be worth about $6,000. He has no children of his own, but has adopted three orphan children. Himself and wife are members of the Methodist Episcopal Church.

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