States: Tennessee: Bedford
from a book called"The Goodspeed Biographical and Historical Memoirs of Northeastern Arkansas" first printed in 1889, the version I saw says it is a reprint from the 1891 edition.
This is from pages 959 and 960. Forgive me any typos!
"A.A. Marchant, farmer, Melbourne, Ark.
Among the leading men of Millcrrek Township, none are more prominently identified with the farming and stock raising interest of the same than Mr. Marchant, who by his industry, perseverence and integrity, is considered one of it's first class farmers. He was born in Bedford County Tenn, in 1841, and when 19 years of age started out in life for himself, his first venture being to hire out to one man as a farm hand for two years. When twenty-one years of age he donned his suit of blue and enlisted in the First Arkansas Infantry, United States Army, Company C, and served for six months, when he was discharged at St. Louis in December 1863. After this, he drove a team for the government and acted as guide until 1864, when he enlisted in the Forty-eighth Missouri, Company E for 12 months, and served only nine months, when he was discharged again at St. Louis, on the 1st of July, 1865. At the close of the war, he was at Chicago, Illinois, guarding the prisoners. After cessation of hostilities, he came home and engaged in farming which he followed on rented land until 1871, when he bought land in Baxter County.He only remained on this land one year, but continued in the county until 1874, when he moved to Izard County, and in 1879, bought his present property consisting of 163 acres, with about 100 acres under cultivation. At the close of the war, he had only about $50 or $60 in money, and not a horse hog or cow.On the 16th of July, 1865, he wedded Miss Amanda F. Dixon, a native of Izard County, although they were married in Miller County, Mo. They became the parents of these children: W.B. lives in the Choctaw nation, T.J. (deceased); J.W. at home; Rufus at home; and Minnie M. Mr. Marchant is a member of I.O.O.F., is a member of the Christian Church and is a Republican in his political views. Mrs. Marchant belongs to the Baptist Church. The parents of Mr. Marchant, W.B. and Nancy (Byler) Marchant were natives of Alabama and Tennessee, respectively. After reaching manhood, W.B. Marchant went to Tennessee but left that state in 1850, and came on a flat-boat to Napoleon, thence by steamer to Little Rock, and from there with teams over-land to Izard County. He settled on Hidden Creek,bought an improved piece of land and there resided for six years. He then sold out and bought a farm close to where Melbourne now is, remaining there only two years, when he traded his farm for one close to Calico Rock, in Izard County. In 1862 he joined the United States Army, and was sent to St. Louis, where he died in the hospital. He was married three times, first to Susan Cox, who bore him four children, three living: W.B., Minerva, and T.J. After her death, Mr. Marchant married Nancy Byler, mother of the subject of this sketch. Three children were born to this marriage, only one, A.A. now living. Mrs. Marchant died in 1844 at twenty eight years. She was a member of the Missionary Baptist Church. In 1845, Mr. Marchant married Miss Ena Taylor, of Tennessee, and by her became the father of nine children, eight now living: W.S., Richard E. Mary T., Silas A., Joseph E., Martin B., Susan A. and A.M. The oldest child, Martha, was killed on the road from Little Rock to Melbourne, having accidentally fallen out of the wagon, by which she was run over. This was in 1850, and she was buried in White County. Mr. Marchant was an old line Whig, but was not active in politics. He was once a member of the Know Nothing party, was a member of the Baptist Church, and at one time was constable of Rocky Bayou. His last wife still resides near Calico Rock, and is a member of the Baptist Church. The maternal grandfather of A.A. Marchant, John Byler, was a private in the war of 1812, and was in the battle of New Orleans. He died about 1871 at the age of eighty five years.