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Below is a family biography included in Biographical and Historical Memoirs of Chicot 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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A. Meyer, merchant and planter, of Grand Lake, Chicot County, Ark., was born in Germany in 1848, and is a son of Jacob and Sarah Meyer, natives of Germany, who reside in that country at the present time. They have had seven children, all of whom are now living. Four brothers came to America, the sisters remaining in Germany. A. Meyer was educated in Germany, and during the Franco-Prussian War came to America, and landed in New York City, locating there for a short time and attending school for several months, after which he went to Louisiana, and in 1869 moved to his present residence, where he is engaged in mercantile business, and in which he has been very successful. The firm which he succeeded was Dreyfus & Meyer, and employs four to six men who are busy supplying the demands of the numerous customers. Besides this Mr. Meyer is largely engaged in farming, owning fifteen or eighteen valuable farms, all well cultivated and improved. In 1875 he married Miss Carrie Pfeifer, of New Orleans, La., a native of Mississippi, and to this union were born seven children, four of whom are living at the present writing. The names of these children are: Julius P., Nathan, David, Solomon, Reynold and Alma. In 1886 Mr. Meyer founded a village, calling it Carriola. This is where the post-office of Grand Lake is now situated, and which promises to be a thriving town. It is the largest business point in the county, the trade extending forty miles into Louisiana and Ashley County, and is one of the best cotton markets of any town on the Mississippi River, it has a Masonic hall and church, of which Mr. Meyer is one of the founders, and with the present protection by levees and prospect of a north and south railroad, the town, no doubt, will come to the front. Grand Lake abounds with plenty of nice fish and ducks, and the woods are full of game for sport. Altogether there is room for plenty of immigration and a large number of good citizens to find good homes on the best soil in the world, without exception. A daily mail from the railroad across the river and a telephone line affords the latest news.

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This family biography is one of 34 biographies included in Biographical and Historical Memoirs of Chicot County, Arkansas published in 1890.  For the complete description, click here: Chicot County, Arkansas History, Genealogy, and Maps

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