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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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H. Montgomery, one of the old and enterprising citizens of Benton County, Ark., was born in Ste. Genevieve County, Mo., and dates his birth on November 5, 1815; son of William and Margaret (Eads) Montgomery. He lived in his native county until reaching his eleventh year, and was tolerably well advanced in his studies for one of his age. He then went to St. Louis, from there to Sangamon County, Ill., and settled on Sugar Creek, about fifteen miles from Springfield, where he lived for about two years. St. Louis at this time was but a small village, and what is now St. Francois was then Ste. Genevieve. He remained in the last named place about ten months, going from there to Potosi, in Washington Co., Mo. He worked at the blacksmith trade in this county for a year, and from there went to Hempstead County, Ark., and from there in a short time to Clark County, of the same State. Here he remained two or three years dealing in stock, taking mules and horses south, and then selling. While in Missouri failing health caused Mr. Montgomery to be idle for a number of months, and he took a much needed rest. He again went to St. Louis, remained a short time, and then went up the Illinois River to Peoria, and from there soon after to Galena, where he worked in the lead mines for three years. Not meeting with good success he returned to his old occupation of blacksmithing, which he followed for about eight months in Galena. He then returned to St. Louis, Mo., and from there to Arkansas, where he began dealing in stock, driving from that State to Louisiana and Texas. He then went to St. Clair County, Mo., where he purchased land, but did not locate. This land he owned for about seven years, and during this time was stage agent on the line from St. Louis to Cape Girardeau, Mo., which was before railroads, and worked in this capacity for about three years. In 1845 he married Miss Julia White, daughter of John White, of Southwest Missouri. By this union he became the father of two children, both now living: Margaret, wife of William Newberry, and Cora, wife of S. H. Brown. Before his marriage and while in Arkansas Mr. Montgomery spent much of his time traveling, and was over the greater part of Indian Territory and Texas. After marriage he moved to Southwest Missouri and settled in St. Clair County, but from there went to Iowa and then back to Missouri, and then to California, traveling over a large part of the State, and finally returned to Missouri by way of the Isthmus. He was in Madison County of that State during the war, and was taken prisoner nine different times. While in that county he traded in horses and mules, taking them to St. Louis and selling them to supply the Government. After the war Mr. Montgomery went to Greenville, Wayne Co., Mo., and engaged in merchandising. Here he remained for about four years, being burnt out, and then went to Frederickstown, where he lost his wife in 1860. She was in her forty-second year at the time of her death. Mr. Montgomery’s health again failing he took a trip over into Montgomery County, and went down into the Creek Nation, in Indian Territory. After moving around for some time he finally settled in Benton County, Ark., where he has since lived. He is at heart a Christian, but has never connected himself with any organization. Politically he is a stanch Hickory Jackson Democrat. Mr. Montgomery has 120 acres of land, about eighty-five under cultivation.

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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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