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Below is a family biography included in Biographical and Historical Memoirs of Lonoke 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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Columbus Metcalf is another of Gray Township’s leading representative farmers, as such having attained to well-deserved prominence. He was born in Kentucky, July 14, 1833. Elisa Metcalf, his father, was also a Kentuckian by birth and bringing up, first seeing the light of day in 1806. By his marriage to Matilda Spaulding he became the father of ten children, nine boys and one girl. The father was a farmer by occupation, owning about fifty-two acres of land. Both he and his wife were members of the Catholic Church. He died in 1861, his wife following him in 1880. Columbus received his education in the Blue Grass State, living there till 1833, when he came to Arkansas and located in Brownsville, Prairie County. He was a mechanic, and here worked at his trade. Upon locating in Arkansas he had a capital of $400, but by honest toil has richly thrived, and today is one of the most prosperous farmers in this township. In September, 1857, he was married to Mary J. Cook, who bore him one child, Alice, and died in 1861. Mr. Metcalf was again married to Mary J. (Trimble) Bennett on October 15, 1868. She was a daughter of Robert and Ruthie Trimble. Two children were born to this union: Lora A. and Albert. Mrs. Metcalf died in January, 1869, mourned by hosts of friends. Mr. Metcalf is a farmer and mechanic. He has held membership in the Agricultural Wheel, and is a consistent member of the Catholic Church.

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This family biography is one of 143 biographies included in Biographical and Historical Memoirs of Lonoke County, Arkansas published in 1889.  For the complete description, click here: Lonoke County, Arkansas History, Genealogy, and Maps

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