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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. Rice. In mentioning the names of the prominent and early settlers of Benton County, Ark., the biographical department of this work would be incomplete without a worthy mention of the venerable gentleman whose name heads this sketch. He was born in Roane County, Tenn., in 1813, and is a son of Isaac and Martha Rice. He was reared in his native State, and there made his home until 1859, when he came to Arkansas, and located at Pea Ridge, where he became one of the wealthy farmers and land holders of the county. He has been twice married, the first time to Eliza Haley, who died after having borne five children. His second wife was Juliet C. Rice; by whom he reared a family of fourteen children. Sixteen of his children lived to maturity. He owned 560 acres of fine land which he divided among his children, three of whom are living on the old homestead and caring for himself and wife. T. S. Rice, one of the sons at home, was married to Mamie Butram, by whom he is the father of three children, two being named respectively Walter and Inez. R. M. Rice is the other son at home, and is a young man of twenty years, Harriet is the daughter residing with her parents.

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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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