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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 K. Pool may be mentioned as one of the progressive farmers of Washington County, Ark., and is also engaged in merchandising at Thompson’s Post office. He was born in Franklin County, Ark., in 1843, and is a son of M. P. and Lucinda (Gailey) Pool, who were born respectively in North Carolina and Georgia. After attaining man’s estate the father went to South Carolina, thence to Georgia, where he was married and resided about ten years, and then came to Arkansas, residing successively in Franklin, Madison and Washington Counties. He located in the latter county in 1854, and was engaged in farming until his death in 1869 or 1870. He was justice of the peace of Washington County for about eight years, and was a soldier in the Mexican War. He was twice married, and by his first wife became the father of one son, Joseph, who was killed during the late war. His marriage to Miss Gailey resulted in the birth of ten children, five of whom are living: Augustus C., George W., Franklin M., Nancy (married) and John K. Those who are dead are Claiborne, Andrew, William, Sarah and Louis C. The mother of these children died in 1868. John K. Pool was reared in Washington County, and remained under the paternal roof until 1861, when in the fall of that year he went to Missouri and enlisted in Company B, First Arkansas Cavalry, and served under Gen. Harrison for three years, receiving his discharge in July, 1865, at Fayetteville. After returning home he resided on the old homestead until 1880, when he located on the farm of 235 acres where he now resides, and where he is engaged in stock dealing. He has eighty acres of land under cultivation, and in 1887 engaged in merchandising at Thompson’s Post office, where he has a fairly remunerative trade. He was first married to Miss Elizabeth Hash, and the following are the children born to their union: Claiborne (deceased), Mary (wife of David Moloy), Benjamin, John N., Calaway (deceased), Nettie and Hattie. Mr. Pool took for his second wife Mrs. Sarah Warner, who was born in Scotland, and came to the United States in 1854. To her first marriage was born one child, May. Her union with Mr. Pool has resulted in the birth of one child, Walter. Mr. Pool is a member of the Knights of the Horse, and politically he is a Republican.

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