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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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Martin Wilson was born in Washington County, Ark., in the year 1843, and is a son of John and Rebecca (White) Wilson, who were natives, respectively, of Kentucky and Arkansas. The father was a farmer throughout life, and was killed during the late war by the Federal soldiers near Fayetteville on account of being a rebel. Martin Wilson made his parents’ house his home until he entered the army in 1863. He enlisted in Cooper’s Arkansas cavalry company, and served until the close of the war, when he was discharged at Springdale, Ark., and returned to his home and resumed his farm work. He was married in 1871 to Miss Tempy Graham, a daughter of Nelson and Eliza Graham, of Benton County, and by her is the father of four children: John N., Rebecca L., Cora B. and Charley L. Mrs. Wilson has been a consistent member of the Baptist Church for many years, and is a faithful wife and mother. Mr. Wilson owns forty acres of land in Benton County, whither he moved from Washington County, Ark., in 1871. His land is nearly all under cultivation, and is well improved.

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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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