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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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James C. Norman, son of Robert and Patsey (Coffee) Norman, was born April 18, 1818 in Bedford County, Tenn., and is a citizen of Benton County Ark. Robert Norman was a native of North Carolina. When a young man he moved to Tennessee. He was a soldier in the War of 1812, under Gen. Jackson, was at the battle of New Orleans, and received a land warrant of eighty acres for services. Patsey Coffee was a native of Georgia, and immigrated to Tennessee when a young woman. Here she married Mr. Norman and became the mother of eight children, five of whom are living: James C. William, Poter and Mrs. Eliza Noblett, Mrs. Martha Guthria, Thomas and Mary Butler (deceased) and Elizabeth Craig. Robert Norman married and lived in Middle Tennessee, there raised his children, then moved to Western Tennessee where he and his wife both died. Grandfather Norman was born in North Carolina, and was of English descent. His wife, Nellie Norman, was also from North Carolina, and immigrated to Tennessee after the death of her husband Grandfather and Grandmother Coffee were natives of Georgia and the grandmother was of Irish parentage. Grandfather Coffee was a soldier in the Revolutionary War, and was drawing a pension when he died. He was captured and imprisoned, and discovered that his side was victorious by the faces of the British soldiers. Robert Norman, after his marriage, lived on a farm until his children were grown, when he moved to Middle Tennessee and afterward to Western Tennessee, where he died. The mother died on the old homestead. James C. Norman remained with his father until twenty-one years of age and assisted him on the farm. He received but a common-school education and worked for the neighbors for $10 a month, continuing to hire out until twenty-two years of age. He then married Miss Polly Grammar, a native of Bedford County, Tenn., and to them were born four children, three now living: Milford William and Mrs. Martha Warsham. The one deceased was named Williamson. Mrs. Norman died in Tennessee, and Mr. Norman, in 1851, married Miss Sarah J. Gibson, a native of Tennessee, and the daughter of John M. and Martha (Harper) Gibson, both of whom were natives of Tennessee. Grandfather Gibson was of Irish descent, and Grandfather Hooper was a native of North Carolina and served in the War of 1812. To Mr. and Mrs. Norman were born ten children, four now living: George F., James Mc, Mrs. Amanda H. Carl and Mrs. Dorah F. Sciprey. Those deceased were Nancy A., John M, and four infants unnamed. Mr. Norman immigrated to Missouri in 1854, and resided in Greene County until 1877, when he moved to Benton County, Ark., and settled on his present farm, which consists of 220 acres, 100 under cultivation. He was on home duty at Springfield during the late war, and is a Democrat in his political views. He and Mrs. Norman are members of the Cumberland Presbyterian Church, and are good citizens.

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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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