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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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D. A. Oakley is a member of the grocery firm of Oakley & Nance, of Rogers, Ark., and was born in Bedford County, Tenn., in 1842, and is one of nine children, eight living, born to Haywood and Eliza (Bullock) Oakley, who were natives of the “Old North State.” They became residents of Arkansas in 1869, and here the father’s death occurred. The mother is still living, and is a resident of Benton County. Their son, D. A. Oakley, came to Arkansas in 1868, and was engaged in tilling the soil until 1882, at which time he purchased property in Rogers, and erected his store building and residence, and was a grocery man of the place for two years. He then sold his stock and returned to the farm, but at the end of three years again came to Rogers, where he has since been engaged in the grocery business, in partnership with R. L. Nance. They are doing a large and paying business, and in connection with their grocery have charge of a warehouse. Mr. Oakley is also a member of the firm of Oakley & McSpadden, liverymen, of Rogers, and besides this property is the owner of two valuable farms near Rogers. He is one of the public-spirited men of the county, and takes an active interest in all enterprises for the public weal. February 27, 1870, he was married to Miss Kittie Brame, who was born in Tennessee in 1846. They have five living children: William, Annie, Oscar, Lula and Edgar. Mrs. Oakley’s father, W. S. Brame, is a resident of Tennessee, and is the last male of his race living, and with his death the name will become extinct. Mr. Oakley has been a member of the Methodist Episcopal Church, South ever since he was sixteen years of age, and in his political views supports the principles of the Democratic party. He served in Company D, Confederate States army, under Albert Sidney Johnston, but was wounded at the battle of Murfreesboro, and was never able to rejoin his command.

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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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