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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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T. D. Magness is a son of M. J. and Melvina (McClary) Magness, whose deaths occurred in 1887 and 1858, respectively. In 1881 the father (who was born in 1835) moved from Marion to Washington County, Ark., and two years later to Sebastian County. In 1887 he went to California, and there died the following year. His father, James Magness, was a farmer, born in South Carolina about 1793, and died in 1873. M. J. Magness enlisted in the Confederate army in 1862, but afterward joined the Federal troops, and participated in the battles of Prairie Grove, Corinth, Fayetteville and Springfield. He was captured at the latter battle, and was afterward sent on exchange to Mississippi, and received his discharge in 1864. The following are his children: M. E. (Campbell), Elzetta (Barham), Mary (Wilburn), Lou (Zinn), Laura, Hanse, Cora, Willie, Nora and T. D. the latter was born in Marion County, Ark., in 1857, and spent his boyhood days in his native county, and began the battle of life for himself at the early age of seventeen. In 1876 he was married to his second cousin, Samantha Magness, who was born in Marion County, Ark., in 1862, and by her is the father of two children, Lawrence Edgar and an infant unnamed. Mr. Magness became a resident of Sebastian County in 1884, and two years later purchased his present farm of 300 acres. He has 100 acres under cultivation, and a pleasant and comfortable home. He is a Republican in politics, and cast his first presidential vote for James A. Garfield in 1880. He wife’s parents Hugh and Huldah J. Magness, were born in Tennessee, and subsequently came to Arkansas, where the father followed the occupation of stock raising, and died in 1877. The following are his children who are living: D. A. (Foster), S. J. (Magness), W. T. and Z. M. J. C., C. B. and an infant unnamed are deceased.

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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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