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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 J. Shores is a Wilkes County, North Carolinian, and was born on the 7th of December, 1832. He is a son of William and Polly (Lyon) Shores, and grandson of Simeon Shores. William Shores was married about 1829, and removed to Jackson County, Mo., about 1840. Here he remained one year, and then located in Harrison County, of the same State. At the breaking out of the war he removed to Des Moines, Iowa, where he remained until its close. After residing alternately in Arkansas and Missouri, he died in the latter State, October 11, 1875, at the age of sixty-seven years. His wife was born in North Carolina, and died in Benton County, Ark., February 4, 1888. She was a daughter of John and Annie Lyon, and became the mother of seven children: Amanda (deceased), John, Lewis, Mary Ann (wife of John Long), William H. (deceased), James and Malinda (deceased). John J. Shores was reared on his father’s farm, and made his parents’ house his home until he was twenty-seven years of age, and then spent one year in farming and stock-raising in Jasper County. While residing in Jasper County, in 1860, he was married to Nancy Jane Davis, the eldest daughter of Anderson and Polly Ann Davis. She was born in Newton County in 1844, and became the mother of twelve children: Malinda, John E., Amanda Evaline, Charles Anderson, Lewis Albert, Maud Elizabeth, Jeptha M., Bessie May and Lucy Jane. Those deceased are Mary Alice, Polly Ann and William Franklin. Mr. Shores came to Benton County in 1866, and owns a fertile farm of 125 acres. During the war he was a Union sympathizer, and since the war has been independent in politics. He and wife worship in the Christian 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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