"William L. Thomasson, a prominent citizen of Mill Creek Township, Lincoln County, Ark., was born in York District, S.C. on October 9. 1844. He is a son of P.A. and Elizabeth Y. (Jackson) Thomasson, natives of South Carolina. The father is still living in Arkansas County, and is now in his seventy fourth year; the mother died in 1850, and after her death the father married Miss Almira Barksdale, who is also dead. The family made numerous changes before finding a suitable place to settle permanently, coming to Lincoln County about the year 1857, and locating upon the farm where William now lives. The country all around being in a decidedly uncultivated condition, the first move of the family was naturally to improve the ground and clear up space for agricultural purposes. William passed his school days in this county, and in the spring of 1862, enlisted in the late war, joining Morgan's regiment of Gen. McRae's brigade, and serving faithfully and well until the surrender at Marshall, Tex., on May 5, 1865. He engaged in many of the chief battles and numerous minor skirmishes, and returning home, kept "bachelor's hall" for three years. However, he united his fortunes with Miss Elizabeth W. Fish, daughter of Janson S. Fish, and to them were born eleven children, viz: Henriette B.(Mrs R.D. Dodds), Horace G., Willie S., Ada W., Guy D., Ben W., Samuel J., Charles E., Mattie M., Harvey W., and John A. Mr Thomasson owns a valuable estate comprising 1,000 acres of highly cultivated land. Indeed, to sum up the matter briefly, but comprehensively, the subject of this sketch is one of the most enterprising and wide-awake farmers who resides within the limits of Lincoln County."
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