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Below is a family biography from the book,  The History of Franklin 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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Lucas Coleman Milam, farmer and stock raiser of Franklin County, is a native of Franklin County, Tenn., and was born March 3, 1836. His parents are Thomas F. and Margaret A. (Bell) Milam. Our subject grew to manhood in Hardin County, Tenn., in the common schools of which county he received his education. He chose farming as an occupation, and in 1859 located on a farm in Franklin County, Ark. In 1861 he enlisted in the Confederate army with his father, and took part in the battles of Pea Ridge and Iuka. He was captured at the battle of Corinth, Miss., but was paroled in a short time and sent to Vicksburg, and afterward returned to his home, where he remained for over one year. In January, 1864, he enlisted in Company E, Eighteenth Iowa Infantry, and served until the close of the war, receiving his discharge at Little Rock July 21, 1865. He then went to Fort Smith, Ark., where he remained a few months, and subsequently returned to his home, where he resumed farming on the old homestead with his brothers, and in 1869 he engaged in merchandising and cotton-ginning, in partnership with his brother, C. J. Milam, in a gin and mill at Lose Creek, which he continued until 1883. In 1871 he married Susan Hoyle, daughter of James M. Hoyle, one of the early settlers of Franklin County, in which county she was reared and educated. Nine children have been born to Mr. and Mrs. Milam, viz.: Arthur L., Amanda J., James M., Joseph L., Lorenzo D., Malinda F., Bertha V., Pearlie A. and an infant. After his marriage Mr. Milam settled on a farm one-half mile south of Sub Rosa, and removed to his present farm in 1880. He owns two good farms of 365 acres, and has 160 acres broken and under cultivation. In politics he is a Republican. Mrs. Milam is an active member of the Methodist Episcopal Church, South.

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This family biography is one of 163 biographies included in The History of Franklin County, Arkansas published in 1889.  For the complete description, click here: Franklin County, Arkansas History, Genealogy, and Maps

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