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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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Isaac N. Steers may be mentioned as one of the prosperous farmers and stock raisers of Benton County, Ark. He was born in the “Keystone” State (Center County), November, 18, 1856, and is a son of Evans and Elizabeth (Mulholland) Steers, both of whom were born in Pennsylvania, the former in 1810. He was a mill-wright and farmer by occupation. He is a member of the Methodist Episcopal Church, South, and resides in Bartow, Fla. His wife died in Alleghany County, Va., in 1862, aged forty-one years. She was a member of the Baptist Church, and of Dutch descent. Isaac N. Steers was reared and educated in Alleghany County, Va. In 1879 he went to West Virginia, thence to Kentucky, and then to Cincinnati, Ohio, where he followed his trade, that of railroad carpenter, for six months. He then left that place, westward bound, and landed in Douglass County, Colo., where he worked at his trade until the fall of 1881, and then came to Arkansas. In 1885 he engaged in farming, and now has a pretty little home and a fine farm of 170 acres. He was married in Fayetteville, Ark., January, 6, 1885, to Mrs. Sallie Lamar (her former husband being also named Lamar), a daughter of John M. and Haynie (Smith) Lamar, and granddaughter of William Lamar, of French descent, a farmer and a soldier in the War of 1812. John M. Lamar was born in Anderson County, Tenn., July 7, 1804, and was captain of a company in the Black Hawk War. He was a farmer and merchant by occupation, and died in Nodaway County, Mo., August 16, 1877. His wife was born in Culpeper County, Va., February 15, 1806, and when a small child was taken by her parents to Anderson County, Tenn., where she grew to womanhood, and married Mr. Lamar. She was a member of the Missionary Baptist Church, a daughter of George Smith, and died in Nodaway County, Mo., August 20, 1844.

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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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