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Below is a family biography included in Biographical and Historical Memoirs of Hempstead 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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Albert Mendenhall, a successful planter of Derone Township, was born in Wayne County, Ind., in 1854, a son of Reese and Lydia (White) Mendenhall, the former a native of Guilford County, N. C, born in 1822, and the latter of Tennessee, born in 1826. They were married in Wayne County, Ind., in 1849, and their union was blessed with nine children—five sons and four daughters— namely: William, Albert, Alice A. (wife of Stacy Bivens, a prosperous farmer and school teacher of this county), Joseph E., Mary A., John R., Ellis G., Elizabeth H. and Flora S. The father and mother are both members of the Quaker Church, and are upright and conscientious people, greatly esteemed by all who know them. They moved from Indiana to Nebraska in 1886, and are now respected citizens of that State. The subject of this sketch grew to manhood in the State of his nativity, remaining at home until he had reached his twenty-sixth year, and then, in 1880, he came to Arkansas, and engaged in agricultural pursuits. He is the owner of a very valuable farm, comprising 258 acres of good land, 120 acres of which he cultivates, devoting it chiefly to cotton and corn, and always raises a good crop. He was united in marriage in 1882, to Miss Margaret Justus, daughter of John and Amanda (Acock) Justus, born in Hempstead County, Ark., in 1854, and their married life has been blessed in the birth of three children: Milton B., James E., and John L. (deceased). Both Mr. and Mrs. Mendenhall are members of the Methodist Episcopal Church, South, and are highly respected residents of this community. In politics Mr. Mendenhall affiliates with the Republican party.

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This family biography is one of 131 biographies included in Biographical and Historical Memoirs of Hempstead County, Arkansas published in 1890.  For the complete description, click here: Hempstead County, Arkansas History, Genealogy, and Maps

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