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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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N. B. Morton, horticulturist, of Benton County, Ark., was born in Henry County, Va., in 1838. His parents, David and Elizabeth (Petty) Morton, were Virginians, and early residents of Southern Missouri, locating in the latter State in 1856, where he followed the occupation of farming. During the Civil War the father was shot by the Missouri State Guards, seventy-two shots being fired at him, and his friends were not permitted to care for his remains at his own home. The mother died in 1878 at the age of sixty-one years. N. B. Morton moved to Tennessee with his parents, and after a residence of twelve years in that State came with them to Missouri. Here he joined the Confederate service, Company A, Fourth Regiment Missouri State Guards, and served over four years. After the close of the war he spent three years in Louisiana, and then returned to Cooper County, Mo., and from there came to Arkansas in 1881, and is the owner of a good farm of 160 acres. His residence is situated at the Electric Springs in Benton County, and he keeps a boarding house, the only one at the Springs. In October, 1865, he was married in Louisiana to Miss Carrie Blackwell, and their union has resulted in the birth of two children: William A. T. and Lewis Napoleon. Mr. Morton and family are members of the Baptist 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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