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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 Mock, farmer and stock raiser of Prairie Grove Township, Washington Co., Ark., was born in Sevier County, Tenn., October 23, 1821, and was reared and educated in his native State. After reaching manhood he came west and located in Washington County, Ark., but after remaining a very short time went to Texas, returning the following spring to Tennessee. He next went to Northern Georgia, where he was married about 1849 to Miss Margaret E. Rogers, a native of South Carolina, reared in Georgia, and daughter of Hugh Rogers, who now resides in Washington County. Mr. Mock purchased a farm in Georgia, which he farmed for four years, then sold out, and in 1851 moved to Arkansas, where he has since made his home. He became a very wealthy land holder, owning at one time nearly 1,000 acres in one body, but has given considerable land to his children, and also sold some, and is now the owner of 688 acres, with about 400 acres, in one body, under cultivation. The land is all very valuable, but the valleys are especially fertile and well adapted for raising corn, wheat and vegetables. Besides attending to his farm he spent a number of years in buying and selling horses and mules, shipping them south, but discontinued this occupation in 1883. In 1861 he enlisted in the Sixteenth Arkansas Infantry, participating in the battles of Oak Hill and Pea Ridge, but was discharged after the battle of Corinth on account of his age; returning home he resumed farming. He is the father of eight children, all of whom are married but two. Their names are as follows: James, Martha Jane (wife of J. J. Baggett), Mary Ann (wife of Frank Lake), Callie (wife of Thomas Cazart), Maggie (wife of Sam Neal), Josephine, John and Willie. Two of the sons are Masons. The family attend the Methodist Episcopal Church, South, and Mr. Mock is a Master Mason, joining that brotherhood in Georgia. His parents, Philip and Jane (Wilson) Mock, were born in North Carolina and Tennessee, respectively, and were married in the latter State. The mother died about 1840.

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