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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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Walter Mankins is one of the prominent farmers and citizens of Reed Township, Washington Co., Ark., and was born on the farm where he now lives, February 2, 1842, and is a son of Walter and Polly (Lowe) Mankins, he being the seventh of their nine children. His father died when he was about nine years of age, and he then made his home with his uncle, Peter Mankins [see sketch], with whom he remained until he reached manhood. At the breaking out of the late Civil War he was seized with the war spirit, and enlisted in the company which was afterward commanded by Capt. Van Hoose, and was a brave and faithful soldier for three years. He was in a number of severe skirmishes, and after being mustered out at the close of the war he returned home, and engaged in the peaceful pursuit of farming. He was married in 1866 to Miss Luvinia Osborne, who was born in Washington County, and is the mother of three children: Martha Ann, Parthenia and Lydia, who are all living with their parents. The family are members of the Protestant Methodist Church, and Mr. Mankins is a steward in the same. He has always taken a deep interest in church and educational work, and is a strong supporter of the principles of the Democratic party. He has a good farm of 280 acres, with ninety under cultivation, and ranks among the prominent agriculturists of the county.

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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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