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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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Capt. Lewis Puckett is a worthy farmer of Benton County, Ark., and was born in Shelby County, Ill., in 1835, being a son of Elihu and Rebecca (Wilks) Puckett, the former of whom was born in North Carolina in 1809. He was a farmer by occupation, and from his boyhood up to the time of his death, in 1861, led a quiet and uneventful life. Lewis Puckett was educated in Indiana, and made his parents’ house his home until his marriage with Miss Eliza J. Zink, which event took place in 1853. The following four children were born to his union with Miss Zink: Elihu Richard, Rebecca, Malissa J. and James. L. The mother of these children died in 1863. In 1862 Mr. Puckett was only twelve days in mustering a company at Terre Haute, and was elected captain of the same, but, after serving until 1864, resigned his commission. He was wounded at Thompson’s Station, Tenn., and was there taken prisoner on the 5th of March, 1863, and was sent to Springhill and from one place to another, until he finally arrived at Libby Prison, and was in that hole long enough to learn how long a person could be on the brink of starvation and still live. At the close of the war he returned to his home in Indiana, and opened a store in Clay County, but sold out in 1868 and moved to Illinois, finally locating in Montgomery County, where he was engaged in the hotel business until 1875. At that date he returned to Indiana and began the practice of law in Clay and Sullivan Counties, continuing until 1881, when he concluded to try his fortune a little farther west, and came to Arkansas, where he met and married Mrs. Mary P. Sticley, and settled down to farming. He owns an interest in several mines, which, when fully developed, will be of considerable value. He is a member of the G. A. R. and the Masons and I. O. O. F., and he and wife are members of 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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