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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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Gustavus H. Alexander, storekeeper and gauger at Siloam Springs, Ark., was born in Cumberland County, Ky., January 30, 1856, son of Joseph II and America (Baker) Alexander. The father was born in the same county, and was a tiller of the soil. Ha received his final summons in 1865, in his native county, where he had passed his entire life. The mother was born in the same county, is still living there, and is fifty-four years of age. Their son, Gustavus H. Alexander, was educated at Alexander College, Burksville, Ky., also Columbia College, Adair County, Ky.; remained in his native county until sixteen years of age, when he moved to Fort Smith, Ark., where he worked on a farm and traded a great deal. He was in the United States police service for one year, and then deputy constable in Upper Township, Fort Smith. After moving to this county he was made marshal of Siloam Springs in 1884, and was afterward appointed storekeeper and gauger. He owns some property in Siloam Springs. He chose for his companion in life, October 16, 1884, Miss Susan M. Barton, who died September 8, 1885. She was of religious faith, but a member of no church. Mr. Alexander is a member of the Methodist Episcopal Church, is a member of the I. O. O. F., K. of H., and in his political views has been a Democrat all his life.

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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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