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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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Z. T. Mayton, was born in Tennessee, his father, W. E. Mayton, first seeing the light of day in North Carolina. The former followed the occupation of farming in his native State, his education being also received there. At the early age of fourteen years, he left home and friends to follow the fortunes of war, and became a member of Company B, Sixty-third Tennessee Infantry, Confederate States Army, the first general engagement in which he participated being Chickamauga, and the next Knoxville, where he was wounded, at the charge on Fort Saunders. He was taken to the hospital at Emory and Henry College, where he remained for two or three months, and upon recovering sufficiently to return home was found to be disabled for further active duty. He was afterward captured by guerrillas in Tennessee, was taken to Knoxville, but after some time was permitted to return home, where he remained until the close of the war. He then embarked in business at Pawpaw Ford, Roane County, Tenn., but soon after gave up his calling to learn the tanner’s trade, and at a still later period gave his attention to the sale of lightning rods. He afterward resumed tanning, continuing until 1880, when he came to Arkansas, and settled on the farm of sixty acres, on which he is now living. In addition to caring for this farm, he has a general mercantile establishment at Sardis, and is also postmaster at that point. His farm yields one-half bale, and fifteen bushels of corn to the acre, as an average, and he is doing a profitable business in his store. Miss Mary Bagwell, of Tennessee, became his wife in 1860, and by her he has six children: Laura, Georgia, Robert E., Lula, Margaret and G. Cleveland. Mrs. Mayton is a member of the Methodist Episcopal Church, and is a daughter of Jonathan Bagwell, a farmer and planter of Tennessee. Mr. Mayton belongs to the I. O. O. F. and Masonic fraternities, and is a Democrat, and holds the office of justice of the peace, a position he has filled for five years. Mr. Mayton’s father was a farmer by occupation, and died in Tennessee in 1878.

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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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