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Below is a family biography included in The History of Sebastian 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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Mrs. Mary Miller, of Fort Smith, Ark., was born in the Kingdom of Bavaria, Germany, in 1842, and is a daughter of Conrad and Mary A. Sanger, who were also natives of Bavaria. The father was a cabinet-maker by trade, and in 1846 came to America, landing at New Orleans, and after residing at Louisville, Ky.., for a short time, located in Cincinnati, Ohio, where he was residing when the Civil War broke out. He joined the Thirty-second Ohio Regiment, United States Army, and after going to the front was never afterward heard from. His father was also a Bavarian, and belonged to the gentry of Germany. The maternal grandfather, John N. Ragena, was born in Baden, was a talented physician and the highest officer in Baden. Mrs. Mary Miller was brought to America when about fourteen years of age, and became a resident of Fort Smith in 1886. She has been married twice, her first husband being a Mr. Peter Shumes, whom she married when only sixteen years of age. Five children were born to this union: Henry, a manufacturer; Peter, a printer; William, a barber; Philip and Katie, the latter the wife of Theodore Vogel. She was afterward again married. She has given all her children a good start in life, and is now worth about $20,000, which she has made by her own industry and good management.

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This family biography is one of 217 biographies included in The History of Sebastian County, Arkansas published in 1889.  For the complete description, click here: Sebastian County, Arkansas History, Genealogy, and Maps

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