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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 J. Britt was born in Carroll County, Tenn., February 12, 1837, son of James J and Winneford (Billiard) Britt. The father was born reared and married in North Carolina, but afterward moved to Tennessee, where he died in 1836. He was a farmer and merchant. The mother was born near Knoxville, N. C. and died in 1867 in Texas. She had married again, and had moved to several different places. James J. Britt was the youngest of five children of his father’s family that lived to be grown. He was partly reared in Carroll County Tenn., and at the age of twelve moved to Washita County, Ark., and from there to Barry County, Mo., where he remained three years. From there he came to Benton County, Ark., in 1853, where he settled to farming, and has continued this occupation ever since except two years in Texas, just after the war closed. During the war he served in Company H, First Arkansas Cavalry, Confederate States Army, where he remained until 1863, when he was wounded at the Prairie Grove battle by a gunshot in the leg, which still causes him considerable trouble. Since the war Mr. Britt has devoted his time exclusively to farming He was married, in 1857 to Miss Mary Ann Sager, a native of Benton County Ark., and to them were born eleven children, eight now living: John F., James A., Sarah B., Willmina L., Eddie L., Albert and Addie (twins) and Ida A. Mr. Britt was justice of the peace of the township six years and was a deputy sheriff of the county two years. He is a Democrat in politics; his wife is a member of the Methodist Episcopal Church, South. He is the owner of 200 acres of land, 120 under cultivation.

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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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