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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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W. Nathan Morris, now just in the prime of an active and well-spent life, is a successful agriculturist of this region. He was born in Stewart County, Tenn., in 1850, to the union of Rev. James T. Morris and Eliza (Weeks) Morris, a sketch of whom immediately precedes this. Nathan Morris passed his boyhood days at home, until he became of age, shortly after which he bought an improved farm, and commenced life for himself. Active and persevering in his adopted calling, he now owns 1,300 acres of land in this county, in different tracts, about 400 acres of which are under cultivation; 245 acres of improved land comprise the home farm, and here he resides, enjoying wide respect. In 1886 he built a cotton-gin, and now has one of the finest gins in this part of the State, fitted throughout with new machinery. The following year he built a saw-mill, and at this time is engaged also in getting out lumber. Mr. Morris is a member of the Masonic order, and belongs to the Methodist Episcopal Church. He is public-spirited and energetic, and by a life of honorable deportment has gained universal esteem.

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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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