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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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Thomas W. Marlar is a native of Fayette County, Tenn., born in 1835, and is the son of James and Catherine Marlar, both natives of Tennessee, and both of Scotch descent. They moved to Franklin County, Ark., in 1843, but later settled in Crawford County, where the remainder of their days were passed. The father died in 1867, and the mother in 1856. They were pioneers of that portion of the county, and the father was a tiller of the soil. His son, Thomas W., was reared on a farm, and agricultural pursuits have been his chief occupation through life. In connection with this he is engaged in stock raising. Although a self-made man, and starting with limited means, he is now the owner of 550 acres, 220 acres under a high state of cultivation, the most of it being bottom land, worth $35 per acre, and a mile and a half from Mulberry. This is one of the best stock farms in the county, well watered, with 100 acres in pasture. Mr. Marlar is a fair example of what may be accomplished by industry, good habits, and close attention to business. He has made all his property by farming, dealing in cattle, and to some extent dealing in mules and horses. He has been married twice, first, to Miss Susan Wagner, in Crawford County, in 1859. She was born in that county in 1841, and by her marriage to Mr. Marlar became the mother of six children, five now living: Catherine, A. H., Fannine Lee, Solomon A., Thomas H. and George E. (deceased). Mr. Marlar was married the second time October 28, 1877, to Miss Gertrude Remy, a native of Franklin County, Ark., born in 1856, and the daughter of w. J. and Elizabeth Remy, who were natives of Kentucky, and early settlers of Franklin County. By his last union Mr. Marlar became the father of four children: Ula, William E., Olga G. and Robert R. Mr. Marlar is a Democrat in politics, is a member of the Masonic fraternity, and he and Mrs. Marlar are members of the Methodist Episcopal Church.

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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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