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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 G. Brown, son of Joseph and Sarah (Green) Brown, was born January 21, 1848, in Watauga County, N. C. The father was also born in the same county, is now living and is engaged in tilling the soil on the same farm that he first settled. During the late war he enlisted in Company D, First North Carolina Volunteer Cavalry, served through the entire war and participated in many battles- Petersburg, Willis Church, Manassas, Bull Run, Gettysburg, Richmond, Stony Creek, Bellefield and a number of others. He was captured near Petersburg three days before Lee’s surrender, and imprisoned at Point Lookout where he was kept for three months, and then paroled. Sarah (Green) Brown was also born in Watauga County, N. C., and by her marriage with Mr. Brown became the mother of seven children, four now living: C. E., Mrs. Harriett E. Clowson, Julia A. and John G. Those deceased were named Susanna, James and Mrs. Mary L. Yonce. The parents of these children are sixty-four and sixty years of age, respectively. John G. Brown received a common-school education before the breaking out of the war, and after that eventful period. At the age of nineteen he left the home of his youth, turned his face westward, and finally settled in Northern Missouri, where he remained for fourteen years. He married Amelia E. Watson, daughter of Abner and Mary (Emmons) Watson, of Chariton County, Mo. This union resulted in the birth of three children: Rosa A., Joseph Abner and James O. Mr. Brown left Missouri and moved to his old home in North Carolina, where he remained for about two years. He then moved to Bentonville, Ark., where he worked at the carpenter’s trade, and after a two years’ residence in that city, moved to his present farm, where he has since lived. Like his father, Mr. Brown enlisted in the Confederate army, Company D, First North Carolina Volunteer Cavalry, and served a part of the last year. He took part in some skirmishes, but no actual battles. He was wounded, and was disabled for about a year. Mrs. Brown is a member of the Missionary Baptist 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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