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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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Dick P. Wasson, dealer in general merchandise at Robinson, Ark., was born in Franklin County, Ark., January 13, 1854, but was reared and educated in Washington County, At the age of twenty-two years (1876) he was married to Miss Tennessee Terry, a native of Washington County, Ark., born in 1857, and a daughter of Thomas W. and Elizabeth (McGill) Terry, both of whom were born in Tennessee. The father was a farmer, a Mason, and died in Washington County, Ark. His widow still survives him. Just before his marriage Mr. Wasson engaged in the mercantile business at Springtown, Ark., in partnership with his brother, W. D. Wasson, and from the beginning made the business a success. In 1885 he removed to Robinson, where he has since resided and where he has, by industry and good management, built up a good trade. He owns the best store in the town and carries a stock of goods valued at $4,000, and, besides this property, owns two good farms, one in Washington County worth $1,600, and one in Benton County worth $1,200. His marriage was blessed in the birth of five children, three of whom are living: Sarah Connie, Lula Esther and Clifford Marvin. Mr. Wasson is a Mason, and he and family attend the Methodist Episcopal Church, South.

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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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