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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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Rev. H. H. Scaggs, pastor of the Methodist Episcopal Church at Rogers, Ark., was born August 11, 1840, in Henry County, Ind. His parents, Samuel Scaggs and Virginia Johnson, were natives of West Virginia. The father was a carpenter by occupation, and in the year 1848 was elected as county clerk in Randolph County, Ind., but only lived a few days after the election. He was a member of the Missionary Baptist Church. The mother died in 1840 and the father in 1848. Our subject was the youngest of five children; was reared and educated in the Hoosier State. After attaining a suitable age he began teaching in the public schools of Indiana and Iowa, following this profession for about four years. In 1864 he entered the Nebraska Conference, first as a supply on Elkhorn Circuit, and was returned the next year; from there was sent to Saltillo charge for one year, and from that to Blue River. Was ordained deacon that year at Plattsmouth, Neb., by Bishop Kingsley. The next year he took a certificate of location and returned to Indiana and supplied the Burlington Circuit one year in East Lafayette District, Northwest Indiana Conference. Remained two years in Indiana and then went to Columbus, Kans., and engaged in his occupation as a mechanic (jeweler), working through the week and preaching on Sundays. One year he was a supply at Columbus, and after that traveled one year as a supply on Columbus Circuit with another minister. In the spring of 1880, owing to failing health, he went to Eureka Springs, Ark., where he remained until February, 1883, when, being so much improved, he joined the Arkansas Conference and was given charge of the Wheeler Circuit for two years, then the West Fork Circuit, Marble City and Mason Valley, In February, 1888, he was stationed at Rogers, Ark., as pastor of the Methodist Episcopal Church, where he is now at work. Rev. Scaggs has been married twice; first to Lydia R. Ford, of Baltimore. Md., by whom he had five children, three of whom died in infancy. Samuel H. Scaggs, the oldest, is a jeweler by occupation, but is now engaged as a drummer for C. H. Knights & Co., of Chicago, Ill. Allie G. Scaggs married William Carse, and is living in St. Louis, Mo. In 1887 our subject married Miss Lucinda C. Beard, of Frankfort, Ind. Mr. Scaggs is a member of the A. F. & A. M., and in his political views supports the principles of the Republican party.

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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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