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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 T. Rice is a representative of one of the old and prominent families of Benton County, Ark., and was born in Hawkins County, Tenn., in 1803. His father, Isaac Rice, was born in Montgomery County, Va., in 1777, and after reaching manhood went to Tennessee, where he was married to Miss Susan Senter, also a native of Virginia, and by her became the father of six children. The father died in 1823. Isaac D. Rice is the fourth of their six children and was reared on a farm in Tennessee. While in that State he was married to Miss Susan K. Senter, and the following are their children: Louesa, Nancy, Mary Jane, John, Susan and Isaac T. Mr. Rice and family immigrated to Arkansas in 1842, and located on a farm in Benton County, where they continued to reside until after the battle of Elkhorn, when they went to Texas and there made their home until peace was concluded. Since that time he has been a resident of Benton County, and is one of its oldest living residents. He makes his home with his son, Isaac T. Rice, near Rogers, and votes the Democratic ticket, although he was previously a Whig. He has long been a member of the Methodist Episcopal Church, South, and during his long and active life his many good deeds have made him beloved and respected by all. His wife died in 1875, at the age of seventy-one years. The son with whom he lives, Rev. Isaac T. Rice, was born in Tennessee in 1836, and was reared and educated in Arkansas. He was married to Miss Mary C. Scruggs, who died in 1869, and by her became the father of three children. He was afterward married to Miss Fannie Arthurs, who bore him two children. He owns a fertile and highly cultivated farm of 190 acres, and is a minister in the Methodist Episcopal Church, South, being ordained in 1867. During the war he served in Company F, Arkansas Volunteers, and was chaplain of Col. King’s regiment. He is a Democrat.

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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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