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Below is a family biography included in Biographical and Historical Memoirs of Independence 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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Y. M. Mack, farmer, Batesville. The subject of this sketch, well and favorably known to a host of acquaintances in this community, is a fair example of what can be accomplished by industry and perseverance. He was born November 13, 1838, his birth occurring in Wayne County, Tenn., and is the son of A. W. and Serene (Hutson) Mack, the father a native of Rockingham County, N. C., and the mother of Maury County, Tenn. The father emigrated to Maury County at an early day, and there met and married Miss Hutson. After residing here for twenty-two years they removed to Wayne County, of the same State, and there remained for another twenty-two years. In the fall of 1854 he came to Independence County, and located four miles northeast of Batesville on what is known as Blue Creek. He bought a tract of land, with about fifty acres under cultivation, 280 acres in all, and there resided until his death, which occurred on the 7th of May, 1876. While living in Tennessee he held a number of minor offices. He was a carpenter by trade, having learned the same in Maury County, Tenn., and followed this for many years. He was born in 1793, and was eighty-three years of age at the time of his death. His great-grandfather was a native of Scotland, and was an early emigrant to North Carolina. Some of the family were soldiers in the Revolutionary War. The mother died August 9, 1844. There were eight children in their family, six daughters and two sons, three now living: Aseneth R., wife of John W. Ingalls; Young M., and Victoria A. D. L. J., wife of Whitmill Leggett. Young M. came to Independence County, with his parents, when about sixteen years of age, and here he received the principal part of his education. In 1861 he enlisted in Company H, Desha’s battalion, and this was consolidated into the Eighth Arkansas at Shiloh, in 1862. He enlisted as a private and was promoted to corporal, sergeant, second, third and first lieutenant, and finally to the rank of a captain. He was at the battle of Perryville, was in all the engagements of the Army of Middle Tennessee, and was in the 120 days’ fight during the fall of Atlanta. He was wounded, by a gun-shot, in the right arm, at New Hope Church, was taken to the hospital at Macon, Ga., and there remained four weeks. He was again disabled at Franklin, Tenn., but not seriously. He was within twenty feet of Clayborne when that officer was shot. Capt. Mack was captain of Company H, Eighth Arkansas, and served with great bravery in every office. He went home on an eighty days’ furlough, but the war was over when the time expired, and he surrendered at Jacksonport in 1865. They were mustered in with eighty-three men, and at the close there were but twenty-three left. After cessation of hostilities Capt. Mack engaged in agricultural pursuits, and has carried on this calling ever since. When he left the army he did not have a decent suit of clothes. He is now the owner of 300 acres of excellent land, with 160 acres under cultivation. He has a good residence and all out-buildings are in good condition. By his marriage, which occurred in 1874, to Miss Lou Gilbreath, a native of Arkansas, he became the father of six children: Maud M., Minnie P., Leonidas L., Sidney C., Louie D. and Jeff D. Mrs. Mack and two daughters are members of the Methodist Church. He is a member of the Masonic Blue Lodge and Chapter, the K. of H., and the K. & L. of H.

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This family biography is one of 158 biographies included in Biographical and Historical Memoirs of Independence County, Arkansas published in 1889.  View the complete description here: Independence County, Arkansas History, Genealogy, and Maps

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