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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 G. Rodgers, son of Jesse and Martha Rodgers, and great-grandson of Gen. Green, was born in Warren County, Ky., May 8, 1826. His paternal grandfather, Jesse Rodgers, was one of the pioneer settlers of Kentucky, and was a farmer by occupation. He was a Whig in politics. The maternal grandfather, William Jameson, was another early settler of Kentucky, about 1785, and was a farmer by occupation, but was also engaged in the practice of medicine. He was married to Miss Martha Jameson, who was also born in Warren County, Ky., about 1794; after marriage they moved to Sangamon County, Ill., and from there to Rutherford County, Tenn., where the father died October 11, 1834. The mother and two youngest daughters then moved to Haywood County, Tenn., where she died in 1853. The father was a member of the Baptist Church. The mother was a member of the Methodist Episcopal Church. The father was a Whig in politics. Their children were named as follows: Arie E., Martha A., James G., and Sarah E. The third of these children, James G., remained in Rutherford County, Tenn., until he was married to Miss Ruamah E. Sanders, December 22, 1850. He then moved to Cannon County, Tenn., and in 1860 he moved to McDonald County, Mo.; in 1862 he volunteered in Col. Coffee’s regiment, Company D, Missouri Cavalry, Confederate States Army, and served until the close; he became the father of these children: Sarah E., Martha M., Jesse E., Annie E., Marshal R., Nancy J., Mary I., Arie L., John W., Lavenia E., William A., Minnie V. and James I. After his marriage Mr. Rodgers ran a tan-yard in Tennessee for some time, but has since followed farming. Mr. Rodgers is quite an extensive traveler, having been all over the States of Alabama, Mississippi, Louisiana, South Carolina, Texas, Georgia, Kansas, Missouri and Arkansas, and has been among the following tribes of Indians: Cherokees, Choctaws, Seminoles, Creeks, Paw Paws. He is a Democrat in his political views. Marshal H Sanders, father of Mrs. Rodgers, was born in Rutherford County, Tenn., in 1803; was a farmer by occupation, a Whig in political views, and a member of the Methodist Episcopal Church. Her mother, Mrs. Sarah Northcut Sanders, was born in the same county as her husband, about November 24, 1801, and died in 1843, leaving these children, Elizie C., Amanda M., Sarah A., Ruamah E., John P., Nancy E., Minerva J. and Martha E.

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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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