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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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Dr. Joseph T. Clegg, physician, of Siloam Springs, Ark., was born in Jefferson County, in the same State, on the 21st of February, 1850, and is of English descent; both of his grandfathers were English, and were soldiers in the Revolutionary War. His father, Thomas W. Clegg, was born in North Carolina May 19, 1803, and was there reared and educated. He was married to Rebecca Lasater, a daughter of William Lasater, of North Carolina, and in 1848 removed to Jefferson County, Ark., where he died in 1877. His wife died in 1872. She was the mother of seven children: Josiah Q., Bennett, L., James B. and John L. were all Confederate soldiers, and the three elder died during the war, Bennett L., being killed at the battle Murfreesboro; Cornelia B. P. (Stanfield) is deceased; Catherine E. is wife of William C. Cleveland. Dr. Joseph T. Clegg was educated in the common schools and also by private tutors, and remained on the farm with his parents until he entered the medical department of the University of Nashville in 1871 and was graduated in 1873. He located at Red Bluff, Ark., where he practiced medicine for four years, and then came to Siloam Springs, Ark., where he has since been a successful practitioner. He took a post-graduate course in the College for Medical Practitioners, at St. Louis, Mo., in 1884, and also the post-graduate course in the Medical College Hospital, of New York City, in 1888. He is a member of the drug firm of K. P. Peques & Co. He is a member of the State Medical Society of Arkansas, and of the Benton County Medical Society. The Doctor was married, in 1875, to Ida Daugherty of Jefferson County, Ark., who died in 1879, leaving two children: Moses D. and Ida Neill. In 1882 Dr. Clegg married his second wife, Ada B. Fagan, a daughter of Maj. J. W. Fagan. She was born in Benton County in 1858, and is the mother of two children; Chester B. and Ethel E. (deceased). The Doctor is a Democrat in his political views, and cast his first vote for Tilden for the presidency. He is a Mason.

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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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