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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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Roberts Manly, farmer and stock raiser of Union Township, Jackson County, Ark., was born January 16, 1830, in Henderson County, Tenn., a son of Elkarp and Catherine (Roberts) Manly, who are of English and Irish descent, natives of North Carolina, and who both died in Tennessee. In 1855 Mr. Manly went to Missouri, locating in Dunklin County, where he engaged in farming for ten years, and in 1866 located on his present farm in Arkansas, which consists of eighty acres of fine land, sixty of which are in a high state of cultivation, cotton being the principal crop; on this farm he has planted a very fine and large apple orchard, containing the very best varieties, his object being to raise fruit which will keep the year round. Mr. Manly, by his thrift and perseverance, has made all the fine improvements to be seen upon his farm. While he had not the advantages of an education, he is greatly interested in the schools, and believes the interests of the country could be best subserved by liberally educating the children. Mr. Manly married Miss Mary Armstrong, of North Carolina. By this union there were seven children, one, W. S. Manly, growing to manhood, and now residing in Marion County, Ark. Mrs. Elizabeth Manly died in 1863, and Mr. Manly was again married, to Mrs. Rhoda (Bates) Berry, a widow, and a native of Georgia. They had one child, Rufus H. Manly, born in 1866. The other children were William, Sutton, Elizabeth, Harriet and Tennessee Caroline; two daughters and one son are now living. Mr. Manly, his wife and children, are members of the Missionary Baptist Church; Mr. Manly being a Democrat, and a member of Jackson Lodge No. 91, A. F. & A. M. He was formerly a Whig.

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This family biography is one of 144 biographies included in Biographical and Historical Memoirs of Jackson County, Arkansas published in 1889.  View the complete description here: Jackson County, Arkansas History, Genealogy, and Maps

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