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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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William Green Mhoon. The Mhoon family are of German descent, and were first represented in Washington County, Ark., by Stark and Mathenia (Mullen) Mhoon, who were born in North Carolina, married in East Tennessee, and in 1836 located in Washington County, Ark. They were the first family who lived on Round Mountain, the country being in a very wild state at that time, and here they followed the occupation of farming. They moved to Jefferson County, Ill., in 1853, but a year later returned to Arkansas, and lived in the following places in the order in which they are named: Delaware Nation, Kansas, Jackson County, Mo., Newton County, Mo., Washington County, Ark., Newton County, Mo., Washington County, Ark., and lastly to Newton County, Mo., where the father died May 11, 1888. He was born in 1811. His wife died in Washington County, Ark., in 1848, when only thirty-seven or thirty-eight years of age. She was a daughter of Thomas Mullen, who was among the early settlers of Washington County. After the mother’s death Mr. Mhoon married Sarah Mullen, a sister of his first wife. She died in Washington County, Ark., in 1881 or 1882, aged about sixty years. The first union resulted in the birth of eight children, six of whom are living: James E.; Elizabeth, wife of James Bledsoe; John Thomas, William Green, Wilson R., and Mary, wife of James Keele. Those deceased are Margaret J. and Martha T. Four children were born to the last marriage, and all are living: Marquis Lafayette, John, Roena, wife of John Jenkins, and Robert G. William Green Mhoon remained with his parents until he was eighteen years of age, and then engaged in teaming. He was born March 16, 1840, and on the day he was nineteen years of age he was married to Martha, a daughter of William Melaer. She was born in Washington County, Ark., December 3, 1839, and her union with Mr. Mhoon was blessed in the birth of eleven children, nine now living: Sarah E., wife of William Heaton: Mary A., wife of W. C. Cosbey; William R., James M., Andrew A., Dora F., Albert, George A., and Josie. Those dead are John Thomas, who died at the age of twenty years of small-pox, and Minnie Belle. Mr. Mhoon is a prosperous farmer, and owns 208 acres of land, which is in a good state of cultivation. He enlisted in the Union army in the fall of 1863, and served until the close of the war. He was then $200 in debt and had only $40 in money. He hired out the first year and the next year farmed on rented land. His first purchase was eighty acres of land, and since then he has been buying and selling until he now owns his present farm, which is one of the best on Round Mountain. He and wife are members of the Christian Church, and he supports the principles of the Republican party.

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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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