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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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Charles E. Noyes, proprietor of Flint Creek Distillery, was born in Saranac, Ionia Co., Mich., April 20, 1854, son of Hiram and Susan (Bowen) Noyes. The father was born in Vermont about 1813, and was of English descent. He moved to Canada when young, and lived there until he went to Michigan in 1850, and thence to Illinois in 1859. In 1876 he went to Texas, and there died one year later. He was a farmer, which occupation he has followed all his life. The mother was born in New York in 1820, and is now living with her son, Charles E., who was one of ten children, eight now living; and is the only one living in this county. At the age of sixteen he began learning the saddlery and harness trade, and then attended commercial college. After finishing he ran a saddlery and harness shop at Lake City, Ill., for about six months, and then clerked in a store for about two years. After this, and while at Sullivan, Ill., he learned telegraphing and book-keeping, and then went to Texas, where he clerked and kept books at Spanish Fort. He left there and moved to Siloam Springs in 1881, and was engaged in the retail liquor business until 1886, when he built his distillery at a cost of $6,000—has wholesale license. For six months he had a trade from his warehouse of 6,000 gallons per six months. He has property in Siloam Springs, and has been one of the most enterprising citizens in giving solid financial aid to public enterprises. He was married in 1882 to Miss Alice McKilberry, a native of Terre Haute, Ind. They have two children: Eugenie Dott, who died at the age of three years, and Edith Dwade, now seventeen months old. Mr. Noyes is a member of the Masonic fraternity, K. of H., and carries a life insurance of $8,000 in the lodges. He is a Democrat in politics.

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