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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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Ben Wilson, a prosperous farmer residing near Garfield, Ark., was born in Illinois in 1832, and in 1836 was brought to Arkansas by his parents, and was here reared to manhood. He received but little education in his boyhood, owing to the scarcity of schools in Benton County at that day, and after the early death of his father continued to make his home with his mother, and did his share in helping to support the family. His early life was rather a hard one, but by perseverance and energy he succeeded in surmounting many difficulties, and is now a successful farmer of the county, owning 120 acres of upland, which he purchased in 1855. He did not serve in either army during the late war, but remained at home and tilled his farm. In 1855 he united his fortunes with those of Miss Minerva Harrison, of Washington County, and seven children blessed their union, two of whom are living at the present time: Debby Elizabeth and Delany H. His parents were James and Debby (Williams) Wilson, the former of whom was a farmer by occupation. He was a soldier in the War of 1812, and died soon after his removal to Arkansas.

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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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