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Below is a family biography included in Biographical and Historical Memoirs of Columbia 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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John Jimerson Pope, farmer, Pickler, Ark. The name which appears above will be at once recognized by nearly all of those in the township, for it is borne by a man intimately associated with the agricultural interests of Dorcheat Township. Born in Mississippi on August 24, 1846, Mr. Pope is the son of Daulphin Pope, and grandson of Jacob Pope, Sr., the latter of Irish descent. Daulphin Pope, Jr., was born in South Carolina, in December, 1800, and died in this county in 1865. Here moved with his parents to Mississippi when but a boy, grew to manhood there, and was there married to Miss Elizabeth Mixon, a native of Alabama, born in 1806. She is still living and resides in this county. After their marriage the parents moved to Alabama, then back to Mississippi, and in 1853 they came to Columbia County, Ark., where the father bought an improved farm. Here he received his final summons as stated above. Their family consisted of four sons and ten daughters. Twelve of the children lived to be grown and married. Of these children, John J. Pope was the eleventh in order of birth. He has been reared in this county since seven years of age, and here received his education in the common schools. He selected as his companion in life, Miss Eudora Blewer, a native of Charleston, S. C, born in 1844, and was married to her on February 14, 1867. The following living children have blessed this union: Louis, Hulett, Frances, Jacob, Arthur, Patrick, Minnie and Otis. Mr. Pope has been a resident of this township ever since he first came to this county, and is well known and universally respected. In May, 1864, he enlisted in Company G, Twenty-sixth Arkansas Regiment Infantry, Confederate army, and was in service just twelve months. He has resided on his present farm, consisting of 320 acres, with 100 acres under cultivation, since 1868, and is eighteen miles southwest of the county seat. He ran a saw-mill from 1884 to 1888, in connection with farming, also had a grist-mill and cotton-gin at that time. He became a member of the Masonic fraternity, Hewey Lodge No. 72, in 1889; has held the office of justice of the peace of his township three years, and was constable two years. His first presidential vote was for Horace Greeley, and consequently he is a Democrat in politics. He and wife are worthy members of the Protestant Methodist Church. He erected a fine dwelling on his farm in 1888, and everything about his place indicates an energetic farmer and a thrifty owner.

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This family biography is one of 106 biographies included in Biographical and Historical Memoirs of Columbia County, Arkansas published in 1890.  For the complete description, click here: Columbia County, Arkansas History, Genealogy, and Maps

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