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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 W. Brown, member of the firm of Smart & Brown, proprietors of the livery feed and sale stable of Bentonville, was born in Warren County, Ohio, in 1847; son of William C. and Martha E. (McBay) Brown. The father was also born in Warren County Ohio, in 1811, and was a farmer and stock dealer by occupation. He moved to Shelby County, Ohio, in 1861, and there died in 1874. The mother was born near Harrisburg, Penn., and died in 1873. They were the parents of seven children: Charles W.; Ellen, at home; Margaret, wife of Daniel Vandamark of Shelby County, Ohio; Joseph, who was conductor on a train and was killed while coupling a car; Martha, a teacher in Sidney Ohio; John, a railroad conductor, and Ida, a teacher by profession in Sidney, Ohio. Charles W. was reared on his father’s farm, and in March, 1864, he enlisted in the Eight Ohio Battery, Light Artillery, and was in service until the close of the war, being discharged at Cincinnati, Ohio. He served in Mississippi and was on garrison duty. After the war Mr. Brown operated a threshing machine for fourteen years. In the spring of 1885 he went to Kinsley Kas., and was engaged in a stock and ranch business. In 1886 he became a resident of Bentonville, Ark., and he and E. F. Henry speculated in real estate. They owned Clark’s second addition, sold numerous lots, and met with good success. In June, 1887, Mr. Brown and L. P. Smart became partners in the livery and feed stable, and have since continued at this business. Mr. Brown brought the first full-blooded Norman horse to Benton County, and he and Mr. Henry brought the first Galloway cattle ever in the county.

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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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