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Below is a family biography included in Biographical and Historical Memoirs of Cleveland 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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D. R. Mullis, farmer and merchant, White Oak, Ark. Mr. Mullis, who is numbered among the substantial and representative citizens of Eastern birth in Cleveland County, came originally from Union County, N. C., where his birth occurred in 1847, and to Arkansas in 1858. He now has a fine farm of 330 acres with 100 under cultivation, on which he located in 1884, and is engaged in raising cotton, grain and stock. In October, 1888, he embarked in merchandising in connection with farming. His parents, Henry and Esther (Ross) Mullis, were also born in Union County, N. C, and there remained until 1858, when they moved to Arkansas, settling near where their son, D. R., now resides. The father followed farming and died there in 1867. His wife had died in 1865. The grandfather, Thomas Ross, died in Union County, N. C, when the subject of this sketch was a boy. The latter was the eighth of nineteen children, five sons and four daughters now living, and two sons in Cleveland County. The three eldest sons were in the Confederate army, and one son was killed at Chickamauga. D. R. Mullis grew to manhood on the farm, received a limited education in the common schools, and was married in 1872 to Miss Elizabeth Jane Rutledge, a native of Dallas County, Ark., and the daughter of Alexander and Margaret Rutledge, both natives of Tennessee. Her parents moved to Cleveland County, Ark., in 1850, and the mother died soon after. The father was a farmer, served in the Confederate army and died in 1884. To Mr. and Mrs. Mullis were born eight children, three sons and four daughters now living. Since his marriage Mr. Mullis has lived on his present farm, and is one of the most successful men of the county. He takes a deep interest in educational matters; is a member of the Masonic fraternity, Culpepper Lodge No. 186, Rison; is also a member of the Wheel, and his wife belongs to the Cumberland Presbyterian Church. In politics he affiliates with the Republican party, and his first presidential vote was cast for Gen. Grant in 1868.

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This family biography is one of 75 biographies included in Biographical and Historical Memoirs of Cleveland County, Arkansas published in 1890.  For the complete description, click here: Cleveland County, Arkansas History, Genealogy, and Maps

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