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Below is a family biography included in Biographical and Historical Memoirs of Yell County, Arkansas published by Southern Publishing Company in 1891.  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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Henry M. Pugh, a citizen of Rover, was born in Hall County, Ga., in 1837, his father, E. W. Pugh being born near Greenville, S. C., removed with his parents when a mere boy to Hall County, Ga., and when grown to maturity followed farming, and at the age of twenty-one married Cynthia Wilson, the daughter of Newman Wilson, and after living in Georgia for fifty years, emigrated to Yell County, and homesteaded eighty acres of land and improved the same. He died in 1870; his widow still survives, having passed her three-score years and ten. Our subject, on coming to Arkansas, bought a small tract of land in Montgomery County, which he disposed of and came to Yell County in 1865, and settled on the 160 acres which is now his home. During the troublous times of the sixties, he enlisted in Company I, of the Confederate Army, commanded by Col. Grinstead, taking part in the battles of Helena, Prairie Grove, and marched to Little Rock, and immediately after the fight he took the oath of allegiance to the United States Army, and joined Company E, of the Third Arkansas Cavalry, under command of Col. Rines, doing duty as a scout until the Camden raid, when the Federal forces, commanded by Gen. Steele, circumvented and repulsed Gen. Price on his raid through Missouri, and on June 30, 1865, received his discharge at Lewisburg, Ark. He was thrice married, his first marriage being to Sarah E. Kirkes, November 13, 1859, and died, having borne him two children: W. T. and Henrietta (deceased). In 1866 Miss Ellen Simons became his wife, and in February, 1870, died, leaving three children to his care: James M., Ida and George W., and his third marriage to Savannah E. Payne, resulted in the birth of the following family: John S., Andrew J., Sarah Ellen, Edward Newton, Wesley C., Grover C., Arthur Lee and Emma Eldora. His principal occupation is farming a tract of land of 155 acres in Rover Township, seventy five of which are fenced and under cultivation. He has been a faithful member of the Methodist Episcopal Church South, for thirty years, and is a liberal contributor to schools and churches, and aids in all things conducive to the welfare of his community.

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