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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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John Black, clerk of the county court of Benton County, Ark., is a native of Warren County, Tenn., born in 1831, son of Alexander and Mary (Smith) Black, and grandson of Samuel Black. Alexander Black was born in Kentucky was of Scotch-Irish descent, and a merchant by occupation. When a small boy he went to McMinnville, Tenn., and here in later years followed merchandising. He died in East Tennessee in 1856. His wife was born in Roane County, and was of Scotch-Irish descent also. To their marriage were born seven children, all of whom lived to be grown: Samuel (deceased), John, Dr. Thomas, Mrs. Mary L. Mason, Robert, Alexander and Marawether Smith Black. John Black was educated in McMinnville, Tenn., and at the age of nineteen began the study of law. He soon entered the law department of Cumberland University at Lebanon, Tenn., and here remained fifteen months. In 1851 he was admitted to the bar, and the year following he immigrated to Carroll County, Ark., located at Carrollton, where he entered upon his practice. July 10, 1855, he married Miss Sophia A. Greenwood, who was born in Georgia in 1837 She bore him six children: Alexander G. (deputy clerk of Benton County), Kittie, John S., Mary L. (widow of William Tinnin, deceased), Carrie (wife of Clinton Crouch) and Hugh D. In 1856 he was appointed agent of the Poney Indians of Nebraska, and held that position for two years. During the war his sympathies were with the Confederate States, and in 1862 he enlisted in Company F, Thirty-fourth Regiment Arkansas Infantry. He was in service in Arkansas, Louisiana and Texas for about three and a half years. He surrendered at Fort Smith, Ark., and after peace had been declared he returned to his home and to his practice, This he continued until 1869 or 1870 when he was appointed county attorney. In 1872 he was appointed clerk of Benton County and was clerk of the county court, probate court and recorder, it being the best office in the State. From 1876 to 1880 he was re-elected to the same office. In 1882 the office was divided, and Mr. Black was clerk of the county court and was re-elected in 1884 and 1886. He now holds that position. Mr. Black is one of the old and much respected citizens of Benton County, is a man of much public spirit and a man of good character. He has been in public office for the past eighteen years, and during that time has escaped without a stain or blot upon his public or private life. He is a member of the Masonic fraternity Royal Arch and Council Degree, and he and Mrs. Black are members of the Cumberland Presbyterian 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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