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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. Wesley Breedlove, liveryman of Siloam Springs, Ark., was born in Miller County, Mo., July 20, 1866, being a son of Clay and Amelia (Reed) Breedlove. The former was born in Illinois, near St. Louis, Mo., January 8, 1834, and afterward moved to that city, where he was principally reared. He was married in Miller County, Mo., in 1855, and in 1874 located in the Choctaw Nation where he still resides. During the late war he enlisted under Gen Price in the Confederate service, but owing to being accidentally wounded in the hand in 1863, he was compelled to give up soldiering for a time. His grandfather came from Wales and settled in Virginia, where the father of Clay B., was born The latter moved to Indiana, thence to Illinois, and afterward settled in Boone County, Ark., where he yet resides, at a very advanced age. The wife of Clay B. was born in Miller County, Mo., May 10, 1827, and died in the Choctaw Nation in May, 1880. Her father was born in Ireland and after locating in the United States, in Pennsylvania, came to Miller County, Mo., and reared a large family of children. The following are the children born to Mr. Breedlove and wife- J. Wesley, Rachel (deceased), James H., William A., Robert T. and Sallie M. J. Wesley Breedlove was educated in Richland Institute, Pulaski County, Mo., and made his home with his father until he was twenty-two years of age at which time he was married to Amanda Burness, a native of Illinois. She died in 1883, leaving three children: Edward Clay, Clara Eugenia, and William Newton (deceased). In 1888 Mr. Breedlove was married to Mrs. M. J. Steele who was born in Montgomery County, Mo., January 30, 1858. By her first husband she became the mother of one child, Arthur L. Steele. She has three children by Mr. Breedlove: Inez A., Clara Alice (deceased) and Mary I. Mr. Breedlove went with his father to the Choctaw Nation in 1874, and there married both his wives. He followed the occupations of farming, stock-raising and teaching in the Nation, and in 1885 came to Arkansas and ran a hack line from Siloam Springs to Bentonville, and afterward engaged in the livery business, which he has made very successful. He has a fine stable, centrally located, and has done a good business financially. He is a Democrat in politics, but owing to his roving life has never had a chance to vote. He is a member of the board of alderman of Siloam Springs, and he and wife are members of the Christian Church.

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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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