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Below is a family biography included in The History of Benton 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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Hon. Andrew C. Williams was born in Champaign County, Ohio, July 7, 1819, and is the son of Silas and Susanna (Cock) Williams. The father was born in North Carolina in 1782, and at the age of eight moved with his parents to Virginia, remaining in Grayson County until 1813, when the family moved to Ohio, Here he died in 1844. He was a farmer by occupation. The mother was born in Virginia about 1786, and died in Ohio in 1839. They were the parents of ten children, three now living: George and Enoch in Ohio, and Andrew C. in this county. The latter was reared on a farm in Ohio, where he lived until 1850, engaged in agricultural pursuits. He then moved to Oskaloosa, Iowa, engaging in the lumber business; was president of the National State Bank of that city for a time, was also interested in the First National Bank at that place, and also tilled the soil for some time. In 1869 he moved to Leavenworth County, Kas., and engaged in farming, and was also interested in milling. He represented that county in the State Legislature in 1871, and was county commissioner of his county one term. He was appointed Indian agent by Gen. Grant, and took the Wichita Agency and afterward the Pawnee Agency. He then purchased a farm near Arkansas City, Kas., and here resided until 1885, when he located where he now lives, in Flint Township, five miles northeast of Siloam Springs, where he has 120 acres, seventy under cultivation and ten acres in orchard. Four springs, which unitedly constitute one of the finest springs in the county, issue within a radius of ten feet, boil up in the level uplands, making a stream large enough to turn a mill wheel. October 3, 1839, Mr. Williams married Miss Ruth Stanton, a distant relative of Secretary Stanton. Five children were born to this union: Sarah (deceased); Hannah, wife of J. A. Stafford; Mary, wife of Mayor F. P. Schiffbauer, of Arkansas City, Kas.; Arabella, and Enoch (deceased). Mr. Williams is a Union Labor man, and he and family are members of the Friends Church.

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This family biography is one of 240 biographies included in The History of Benton County, Arkansas published in 1889.  For the complete description, click here: Benton County, Arkansas History, Genealogy, and Maps

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