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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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John B. Morris, whose post-office address is Spring Valley, Ark., was born in Indiana in 1848, and is the son of Isaac and Margaret (Booth) Morris. The father was a native of Virginia, and has followed agricultural pursuits all his life. In 1870 he and family moved from Indiana to Illinois, and four years later he concluded to move to Arkansas, and did so, but only remained in that State until 1877 or 1878, when he moved to Bates County, Mo. Not being satisfied here he returned to Arkansas, and has been living in this State ever since. In 1861 his son, John B. Morris, enlisted in Company B, Thirty-first Indiana Regiment, and served four years and three months. He participated in all the principal battles fought by the Army of the Cumberland, was slightly wounded three times, and served faithfully until the close of the war. In 1862, while in Kentucky, he was taken prisoner, and was exchanged as a prisoner of war the following year. He had a sunstroke at Atlanta, Ga., from the effects of which he has never fully recovered. After the war he returned to his home, and in 1866 Miss Mary E. Davis became his wife. They became the parents of seven children, five now living: Clara J., Mary E., George E., Thomas H. and Robert F. Mr. Morris is a member of the G. A. R. and Odd Fellows’ lodges, is also a member of the Agricultural Wheel, and he and wife are members of the Christian Church. It is hardly necessary to add that Mr. Morris is a Republican in his political views.

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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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