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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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Francis J. Males, druggist at West Fork, Ark., was born in Washington County, Ark., on the 22d of February, 1862, being a son of A. C. and Martha J. (Skelton) Males. The father was born in Posey County, Ind., and at an early day came to Arkansas, settling on a farm on White River, in Washington County, but in 1855 located on his present farm. During the late war he served three years in the Federal army, being a member of the First Arkansas Cavalry. Francis J. Males’ boyhood days were spent in following the plow and attending the common schools of Washington County. After his marriage to Miss Mary Reed, which occurred May 15, 1879, he located on a farm near West Fork, Ark., and there his wife died October 20, 1880, leaving an infant daughter, Ora L. November29, 1885, Miss Anna Perry became his wife, and has borne him one child, Lillie B. Mrs. Males is a daughter of Robert Perry, of Washington County. Mr. Males purchased a distillery in 1881, and after operating it four years sold out, and engaged in the drug business at West Fork, his being the only establishment of the kind in the town. He is doing a good business, and owns the store building and a good lot and residence in the town. He is a member of Valley Grove Lodge No. 336, A. F. & A. M., and is J. D. of the lodge, and also belongs to West Fork Lodge No. 90, I. O. O. F.

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This family biography is one of 300 biographies included in The History of Washington County, Arkansas published in 1889.  For the complete description, click here: Washington County, Arkansas History, Genealogy, and Maps

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