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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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Prof. J. R. Roberts is one of six surviving members of a family of ten children born to J. P. and Celia (Rippetoe) Roberts, and was born in Mason County, Mo., in 1849. He was educated at Ozark, Mo., and at Abingdon College, Knox Co., Ill., graduating from the latter institution in 1873. He came to Bentonville soon after, and held the position of assistant in the Bentonville High School for some time, and in 1874 established the high school which is now the Pea Ridge Academy. He is principal of the same, and through his own exertions has erected a handsome brick school building at a cost of $6,000. His school is in a very flourishing condition, the faculty consisting of five teachers, who are well qualified for the work. Prof. Roberts was married in 1876 to Alice Dean, a native of Benton County. She was born in 1859, and is the mother of one child Josephine, who was born in 1877. Both Prof. Roberts and his wife are members of the Christian Church. The former’s father and mother were both born in Jackson County, Tenn., in 1820, and were married about 1840. They located in Greene County, Mo., the same year, but afterward moved to Macon County, where he engaged in agricultural pursuits, and also preached the Gospel, expounding the doctrine of the Christian Church. In 1856 he relocated in Greene County, and in 1872 came to Bentonville, Ark., and here resided until his death in 1887. His father was a native of Wales, and came to America at an early day, settling in Tennessee. His wife is of French descent, and is still living in Benton County. The following are their children who are living: Mary (wife of N. A. Suman), Peter W., J. R., Wealthy (wife of H. C. Collins), Nannie and Martha E. (wife of N. J. Robins.)

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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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