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Below is a family biography included in Biographical and Historical Memoirs of Jackson 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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Nathaniel D. Moon, farmer and stock raiser, was born July 19, 1844, and in 1858 came to Arkansas with his parents, Leroy and Mary A. (Culp) Moon, who were natives of Alabama. Nathaniel was raised on the farm, receiving his education in the private schools of Alabama, and the public schools of Arkansas, and in 1868 came with his parents to Jackson County, and in 1869 bought a farm of 120 acres in Section 1, erected a double log-house, and at once commenced clearing and improving the land, and in 1870 put four acres into corn; each year he went through the same routine, and in 1875 had thirty-eight acres under cultivation. At various times he bought adjoining land, until the homestead now contains 280 acres, Mr. Moon at the present time owning 874 acres, 200 of which are under cultivation. In 1883 he entered the mercantile business with A. J. Mills, opening up a stock of family groceries and drugs. In 1885 J. H. Myers was admitted to partnership, the business being conducted under the firm name of Mills, Moon & Co., for one year, when Mr. Myers withdrew, Messrs. Mills & Moon continuing the same until 1888, when Mr. Moon retired to private life. November 25, 1806, Mr. Moon married Miss Frances M. Dickenson, of Tennessee. They had nine children, four of whom are living: Mollie W. (born October 16, 1867), Leroy W. (born March 16, 1871), Ozella K. (born December 27, 1873) and James N. (born February 19, 1879). June 15, 1884, Mr. Moon married Miss Myra E. Lawler, of Arkansas. One child was born to them, which died. Mr. Moon is a member in good standing of Thornburg Lodge No. 371, A. F. & A. M., and is a member of the Christian Church. He always takers an interest in enterprises for the advancement and progress of the county and State.

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