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Below is a family biography included in The History of Carroll 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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Spencer J. Morris was born in Carroll County, Ark., on March 23, 1852, and is a son of W. C. Morris, a native of Overton County, Tenn. The latter was reared and married in his native county, and after the death of his wife came to Arkansas, where he married Asinth Fancher, who was born and reared in White County, Tenn. She died when the subject of this sketch was an infant. In 1861 W. C. Morris located in Johnson County, Ark., and resided there until his death on August 6, 1871. Spencer J. Morris spent his youth in Carroll County with his relatives, and in 1865 went to Texas, but returned to Arkansas the following year. From childhood he has made his own way in the world. While young he worked on a farm and handled stock, and secured a good education in the common schools. He has met with success, and now has a fine farm of 170 acres, with 125 under cultivation, on which is a nice residence and other valuable improvements. On December 14, 1873, he was united in marriage with Rachel Jane Smith, a daughter of Joseph Smith, of Carroll County. She was born and reared in the county, and died March 24, 1887, leaving five children, namely: Thomas Crittenden, Maud B., Mellie D., Ingie B. and Sonora Joe. Directly after his marriage Mr. Morris located on a farm and engaged in agricultural pursuits, and one year later settled on the farm where he now resides. In July, 1888, he was nominated by his party for sheriff of Carroll County, and was, on the third day of September, 1888, elected by 340 majority. On October 3, 1888, Mr. Morris was united in marriage with Miss Queen Bobo, a daughter of Mrs. Oliva Bobo, of Berryville, Ark. Miss Queen Bob was born and reared in Carroll County, Ark. On the 3d of November, 1888, he was sworn in and took charge of the sheriff’s office. In politics he is a stanch Democrat, having always supported the measures and men of that party. He is a member of Osage Lodge No. 219, A. F. & A. M., and is a Master Mason.

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This family biography is one of 82 biographies included in The History of Carroll County, Arkansas published in 1889.  For the complete description, click here: Carroll County, Arkansas History, Genealogy, and Maps

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