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Below is a family biography included in Biographical and Historical Memoirs of Ouachita 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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John W. Pharr is a successful planter and merchant of Red Hill Township, and was born in Pike County, Ga., in 1845, being a son of Rev. Eli W. Pharr, whose sketch immediately precedes this. He received fair advantages in his youth, many of his days being spent in assisting his father on the farm, and in 1868 he was united in marriage to Miss Carie Poole, who was born in the State of Mississippi, in 1850, and by her became the father of six children: Sarah E., Mary A., Fims E., Blake C, Daisy P. and Blanche P. Mr. Pharr’s farm embraces 500 acres of excellent land, the improvements on the homestead being excellent, and the neatness and system displayed in and about the place indicate to a certainty the progressive and intelligent citizen that Mr. Pharr is. Two hundred and fifty acres are under cultivation, the most of which he devotes to the raising of cotton and corn, and no man in the county is more deserving of success than he, for he has always been industrious and honest, following by precept and example the teachings of the Golden Rule. During the Rebellion he enlisted in a cavalry company in 1864, and served until the close of the war. He and Mrs. Pharr are earnest members of the Cumberland Presbyterian Church.

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This family biography is one of 91 biographies included in Biographical and Historical Memoirs of Ouachita County, Arkansas published in 1890.  For the complete description, click here: Ouachita County, Arkansas History, Genealogy, and Maps

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