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Below is a family biography included in Biographical and Historical Memoirs of Nevada County, Arkansas published by Goodspeed Publishing Company in 1890.  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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J. A. Milwell, of Alabama Township, Nevada County, Ark., was born May 22, 1840, in Franklin County, Ala., and is a son of Thomas and Maggie Milwell, natives of North Carolina and Kentucky, respectively. The father is of English descent, and is a son of James Milwell. He engaged in farming for the greater part of his life. Both the father and mother were members of the Christian Church, and the latter is still living. She was a daughter of Thomas Moss, of Kentucky. Of their union were born eleven children, seven of whom are now living, viz.: J. A. (the subject of this sketch), Thomas, W. C., A. C., Frank P., Louise, and Emily (now Mrs. Lee). J. A. Milwell has been a resident of Nevada County since he reached his twelfth year; did not enlist in the late war be cause of ill health; moved with his parents, and settled on his present farm in the spring of 1871. In the same year he married Miss Mary Caldwell, of Louisiana, who died July 9, 1886. Mr. Milwell next married Mrs. Mary Till, widow of Nat Till, in December of 1888. To them has been born one child, an infant daughter, Lydia. The subject of this sketch owns a valuable estate, is a member of the Baptist Church, and also of the Democratic party. Mrs. Milwell was born March 18, 1877, in Hempstead County, Ark., and is a daughter of John A. and Betsy Clark. She has been three times married, first in 1874, to M. P. Taylor, of Alabama, next to John M. Till, of Texas, and lastly to the subject of this sketch. She had one son by her first marriage, William Henry, and was the mother of three children by her second marriage, viz.: Paralee, Martha and Viola.

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This family biography is one of 96 biographies included in Biographical and Historical Memoirs of Nevada County, Arkansas published in 1890.  For the complete description, click here: Nevada County, Arkansas History, Genealogy, and Maps

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