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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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Clarkson D. Rogers, proprietor of the Rogers Hotel at Bentonville, Ark., was born near Lawrence, Douglas Co., Kas., in 1859, and is a son of Zeno and Rachel (Griffin) Rogers. The former was born in North Carolina in 1836, and is of English descent. His father was Henry Rogers, who was also a native of North Carolina, and is now living at Clayton, Ind., and is nearly one hundred years of age. He is the father of nine sons and one daughter who lived to be grown, Zeno being the fourth and the only one who is dead. The latter was quite small when his parents moved to Indiana. He was reared to manhood on a farm, and was a school-teacher, book-keeper and surveyor by occupation, serving in the latter capacity for Hendricks County for a number of years. He was a fine accountant, and was endowed with more than ordinary ability. His wife was born in Hamilton County, Ind., in 1839, and is a daughter of Jacob and Rebecca (Harvey) Griffin, who were born in North Carolina and Virginia respectively. They are now residents of Lee County, Iowa. Only one child was born to Mr. and Mrs. Rogers, Clarkson Davis, but after Mr. Rogers’ death the mother married again, and became the mother of a daughter, Cora. Her second husband was Josiah Bailey, and they are now residing near Lawrence, Kas. Clarkson Davis was only five years old when his father died. He was educated in the State University of Kansas, which institution he attended three years, and then Whittier College of Iowa, which he attended two years, graduating from the former institution in 1882. He then went to Old Mexico, and for eight months was engaged in merchandising; then returned to his old home, and in 1883 was married to Miss Lucy J. Herndon. In 1883 he went to Hesper, Kas., where he farmed and followed merchandising for two years, and then sold out and became a citizen of Rogers, Ark., becoming proprietor of a hotel at that place. This building and all its contents were burned in 1886, and in March, 1887, he came to Bentonville, and has since been proprietor of the Rogers Hotel. He keeps the only first-class hotel in the place. He is obliging and courteous, and fully understands his business. He is a Republican in politics, and a member of the K. of P.

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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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