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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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J. M. Vandover, the popular liveryman at Rogers, Ark., was born in Butler County, Mo., in 1838, and is the eldest of twelve children, three of whom are living born to the marriage of Theodore Vandover and Emeline Sandlin, which took place in Butler County, Mo. The father was born in the “Old Dominion,” and at an early day moved to Kentucky, thence to Missouri, where he afterward made his home. His wife was of North Carolina stock. Their son, J, M. Vandover was reared in his native State, and in 1859 went to Southern Arkansas and at the breaking out of the war became a member of Company Second, Hempstead Rifles. His first experience in fighting was at Pea Ridge, where he was quite severely wounded. He served until the close of the war, his company being disbanded in Texas, and then returned to Hempstead County, Ark., and engaged in his old pursuit of overseeing. He soon afterward gave this up and went to Texas, where he met and married Miss Lizzie Dudley, who was born in Ripley County, Mo., in 1848. Belle M., William, Mattie and Riley C. are the children born to their union. After his marriage Mr. Vandover returned to Arkansas, and engaged in agricultural pursuits and also dealt in stock for about four years, which occupation proved a success financially. In 1870 he moved to Benton County. Ark., to benefit his family’s health, and here has since made his home. He engaged in the livery and stock business, and is deservedly successful in his business enterprises. He owns a large amount of valuable city property in Rogers, and is also the owner of an excellent farm in Hempstead County, Ark. He and wife are members of the Methodist Episcopal Church, and he affiliates with the Democratic 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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