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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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Samuel A. Arlington, farmer and justice of the peace of Leake Township, Nevada County, Ark., was born December 16, 1843, in Benton (now Calhoun) County, Ala., and is a son of Christopher Columbus and Mary E. (Davis) Arrington, natives of Georgia and Tennessee, respectively. The father is of English descent, and a farmer by occupation, and emigrated to Arkansas in the fall of 1857, locating in this county, which was then Hempstead County, and here he died the following spring. The mother is still living. They were married in 1841, and she was a daughter of Andrew P. and Elizabeth Davis, who were of Scotch descent. Of their union were born seven children, of whom five are still living, viz.: Samuel A., Elizabeth (Mrs. Barham), Columbus J. and Eveline (Mrs. Fincher). The subject of the present sketch has been a resident of this State since his tenth year. He enlisted in the late war in the Twelfth Arkansas Infantry, under Col. Grant, and continued to serve until the close of the war, and figured in several prominent battles, but without being either wounded or captured. In 1863 he married Miss Sarah Rogers, who was born December 18, 1845, in this county, and daughter of John P. and Nancy Rogers, natives of Kentucky. To them have been born fourteen children, ten of whom are living, viz.: Robert Wilson, Joseph Price, David Andrew, Stephen H., Ida J., Henry E., Effie R., Nancy P., Melissa and Sarah B. Mr. Arrington is a member of the Farmers’ Alliance, and the owner of some very valuable land. In politics he is an Independent, and was justice of the peace from 1880 to 1888.

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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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