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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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Hon. David Chandler is one of the old and highly esteemed citizens of Benton County, Ark. He was born in Burke (now McDowd) County, N. C., October 3, 1804, and there grew to manhood. He was educated in the common schools, and received a supplemental education in a college at Morgantown. In 1846 he immigrated to Bloomfield, Ark., and began tilling the soil, entering 820 acres of land. In August, 1846, he was elected county surveyor, and in 1850 was elected to the State Legislature, was re-elected in 1872, and was in the famous Brooks and Baxter call session of 1874. He has been a notary public for twelve years, and holds that office at the present time. He was married to Eliza Fagan, a daughter of Col. John Fagan, who was a soldier in the War of 1812. She was born December 4, 1812, and died in Arkansas in 1871. Three sons and two daughters blessed their union: J. Elizabeth, wife of Dr. J. H. Neagle, residing in Paris, Tex., is the only one from home. Mr. Chandler has the confidence and esteem of all who know him, and although nearly eighty-four years of age is in excellent health, both bodily and mentally, March 28, 1878, he was married to his second wife, Mrs. M. A. (Martin) Pearson, who was born and grew to womanhood in Monroe County, Tenn. Her first husband was William Pearson, who died in Cedar County, Mo., in 1866. Mrs. Chandler is a member of the Cumberland Presbyterian Church, and her husband belongs to the Masonic and I. O. O. F. fraternities. His parents, John and Elizabeth (Oustatt) Chandler, were born in Randolph and Burke Counties, N. C., respectively, and died in their native State, the former December 21, 1839, in his seventies.

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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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