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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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Elder Larkin Scott, of Bentonville, Ark., was born in Barren County, Ky., in 1818, and is a son of Samuel and Hannah (Phillips) Scott. The father was of Scotch-Irish descent, born in North Carolina, and there resided until his marriage, when he immigrated to Kentucky, and died in Callaway County, of that State, in 1837. He was a farmer. His wife was born in East Tennessee, and died in 1842, having borne eleven children, only two of whom are living, Larkin was the ninth in the family, and was educated in the pioneer schools of Kentucky. April 17, 1836, he was married to Miss Charlotte, daughter of Daniel and Sarah (Caldwell) Kirk, who are Virginians by birth. Mrs. Scott was born in Daviess County, Ky., in 1819, and is the mother of twelve living children: Francis M. (deceased), Margaret A. (wife of M. A. Jenkins), James F., Mary J. (wife of David Hoover), Sarah C. (wife of Frank Carter), Newton B., John W., Celia F. (wife of Larkin Wilson), David P., Martha M. (wife of William Oakley), William T. and Matilda Ellen. Rev. Scott has sixty-seven grandchildren and seven great-grandchildren. In 1840 he left Kentucky and moved to Dade County, Mo., but in 1856 came to Benton County, Ark., and purchased a farm of 200 acres four miles from Bentonville. In February, 1888 he moved to Bentonville, where he expects to pass the remainder of his days. In 1842 he became a member of the Christian Church, and in 1868 was ordained a minister of that denomination. He organized the Antioch Church and was pastor of the same for about eighteen years. He also organized a congregation at Robinson School-house, and was pastor of that flock for eight years. He is the organizer and pastor of the Wire Spring Church, and is also pastor of the Lowell Church. Elder Scott is the eldest minister in Benton County, where he is widely known as a true Christian gentleman and a useful and upright citizen. His wife has been a member of the Christian Church for fifty-four years. Their youngest child still resides with them. Elder Scott preached his first sermon in a small brick school-house in Bentonville. The house is still standing.

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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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