Biography of David Dearien
DAVID DEARIEN. He whose name heads this sketch is a public-spirited citizen in harmony with advanced ideas, intelligent progress, and the best methods of improving agricultural pursuits, and the good of his country eneraly. He first saw the light of day in Pike County, Illinois, in 1849, a son of A. M. and Elizabeth (Carr) Dearien, the former of whom was a Virginian, and removed from that State to Illinois, thence to Arkansas about 1854. They first located on White River, then moved to Richwoods, and in this county the father still resides and makes his home with his children. He is a fine old citizen, honorable in every particular, and is a worthy member of the Missionary Baptist Church. For a short time during the Civil War he was in the Confederate service. His wife, who is deceased, bore him two children: David and Mrs . M.B. Webb, of this county.
After attending the public schools, and assisting his father in the duties of the farm, David commenced farming for himself at the age of nineteen, and in pursuing this occupation found that his early training stood him in good stead, and his operations were attended with good success from the start. He did his first independent tilling of the soil near Timbo. but since that time has owned land in various places in the neighborhood of Timbo. About eight years ago he put up a mill at that place, which he has ever since operated with good success, and for some time also conducted a general mercantile establishment at that place. A few years ago he came to where he now lives, his farm here being, an exceptionally fertile and well tilled one. He has also conducted a mill here until recently; in fact, is a wide-awake business man, thoroughly posted on all matters of general interest. He was married to Miss Sarah M. Webb, a daughter of James Webb, and to their union four sons and four daughters have been born. He and his wife are members of the Missionary Baptist Church, and socially he is a Mason.