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Below is a family biography included in Biographical and Historical Memoirs of Pike 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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A. D. Meeks, one of the leading merchants and planters of Pike County, Wolf Creek Township, Antoine P. O., was born in Independence County, Ark., October 21, 1831. His parents, Thomas and Mary (Dodd) Meeks, were natives of Tennessee, the former born March 6, 1804. They were married in 1828, and had a family of three children: William, Abner D., and Ellen (deceased.) His wife died in 1833, and Mr. Meeks married Miss Pollie Goalden, a native of Arkansas, who bore him ten children, six of whom are still living, viz.: Elizabeth, Louisa, Margaret, Marion, McDonel and Zachariah. The other four died in infancy. Mrs. Meeks died in 1860, and afterward Mr. Meeks married Martha Berison, and by her has one child, Lee. Mr. Meeks is a farmer by occupation, and emigrated from Tennessee to Missouri and thence to Arkansas, at a very early day. Both he and wife are members of the Baptist Church, South. The immediate subject of this sketch received his education at the common country schools. September 28, 1855, he married Miss Baneta Hardin, a native of Arkansas, who bore him one child, now dead, and died October 25, 1856. September 18, 1859, Mr. Meeks was again married, to Tennessee Long, also a native of Arkansas, by whom he has had six children, but two of whom are living, viz.: William I. (deceased), Buddie (deceased). Irine I. (deceased), Mary E. (deceased), Luke Polin Meeks and Mittie I. Mr. Meeks is a farmer by occupation, owning sixty acres, all of which is under an excellent state of cultivation. He is a Mason, belonging to Rob Morris Lodge No. 126. He was engaged in the mercantile business at Murfreesboro for fourteen years. Mr. and Mrs. Meeks are both members of the Christian Church.

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