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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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Jabez B. Banks, farmer, Benton County, Ark., was born in Alabama in 1825, and is a son of Thomas and Susannah (Jarvix) Banks, who were born July 12, 1784, and February 29, 1799, respectively. The former was a native of Virginia, and at an early day immigrated to Alabama, where he was married and resided until 1887, at which time he and his family moved to Arkansas. They were the parents of twelve children, who lived to be grown; Lydia, who became the wife of Daniel Perkins, a farmer and tanner, and died in Oregon; Verlinder, wife of Jesse Kincannon, a farmer residing in Wise County, Texas; Simon P., deceased; Reziah J., a farmer of Texas; SamuelA., deceased; Elizabeth, the wife of James S. Doggett, a Methodist minister residing in California; Tirzah, deceased; Hilkiah, a farmer of Oregon; Jabez B., farming on the old home stead; Susan Margaret, wife of Frederick Green, residing in Texas; Rhoda, residing in Texas and the wife of Lowry Davis; and Sebins, a farmer of Oregon. Jabez B. came to Arkansas at the age of twelve years, and after attaining man’s estate was married to Sarah Sherrod, a native of Tennessee. The following are their children: Nancy E. (deceased), Benjamin F., Martha C. (deceased), David F., Thomas Arthur, Kilkiah Wesley (deceased), Susan Verlinda, wife of John McClusky; Margaret, wife of Wiley B. Johnson; George Lafayette and Henry Jordan (deceased). Mrs. Banks died in 1860, and in 1861 Mr. Banks married Elizabeth Gamble, and by her became the father of four children: Jabez Jefferson, Samuel Green, John Reziah and Sarah F. Mr. Banks is a Democrat in politics, and is the owner of 200 acres of valuable land, seventy-five acres being under cultivation. He is a Mason, and he and wife are members of the Methodist Episcopal Church, South.

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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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