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Below is a family biography included in The History of Washington 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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A. C. Males was born In Knox County, Ind., on the 14th of May, 1820. His parents, Solomon and Susan (Spain) Males, were born in Knox County, Ind., and Virginia, respectively. The father’s birth occurred in 1790, and he was reared to manhood in his native State, his marriage occurring in 1817. He located on a farm, where he was engaged in farming and working at the shoe-maker’s trade, but after a number of years took up his abode in Gibson County, where he died in 1860. He was a soldier in the War of 1812, and was a participant in the battle of Tippecanoe. Four of his ten children are living: Thorton, William, Martha (wife of S. F. Tyner) and A. C. The mother is still living, and resides in Illinois with her daughter Martha. A. C. Males was reared in Gibson County, Ind., and throughout life has followed the occupation of farming. He came to Arkansas in 1839, and the following year was married to Martha J. Skelton, who was born in Indiana in 1822, and died in 1863, leaving a family of seven children, five of whom are now living: William N. and John F. (deceased), and James A.., John F., Archibald, Francis J. and Prudence J. (wife of John Brown), living. Mr. Males’ second marriage was with Elizabeth Evans, who was born in Kentucky, and died in 1872, having borne one child, Calvin. Lydia A. Keton, of Kentucky, became his third wife in 1873, and their union has been blessed in the birth of three children: George W., Posey and Hamilton. Mr. and Mrs. Males are members of the Christian Church, in which he has been a deacon for about a year, and they are the owners of ninety-five acres of land, with fifty acres under cultivation. In 1862 Mr. Males enlisted in Company B, First Arkansas Cavalry, and served until receiving his discharge August 23, 1865. He is now a member of the G. A. R.

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