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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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Benjamin W. Phillips was born in 1881, in the State of Illinois, and is a son of Mason and Debby (Kendricks) Phillips, who were Virginians by birth and early residents of Tennessee, where they were married. The father was a pilot on the Tennessee and Mississippi Rivers for a number of years, and in 1831 moved to Illinois but only remained there a short time, when he came to Arkansas and located on the farm on which Benjamin W. Phillips now resides. He died in 1877, and was the father of seven children. Benjamin W. Phillips was educated in Benton County, and made his parents’ house his home until 1853, when he determined to seek his fortune in the West, and accordingly went to California and mined in that State and also in Oregon, British America, Idaho, Montana and Utah. After an absence of twenty years he returned home (in 1873), and has since been engaged in farming, being the owner of 160 acres of fertile and well-improved land He was married in 1865 to Miss Eliza Creelman. and by her became the father of nine children, seven of whom are living: Jack W., Belle, Frank, Annie, Charlie, Debbie and Myrtle. The mother of these children died in 1884.

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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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