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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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O. I. Anderson, a prosperous farmer residing near Bentonville, Ark., was born in Lawrence County, Ala., July 5, 1881, being a son of Hugh A. and Mary A. (Anderson) Anderson. Col. Hugh A. Anderson was born at Logan Station, Ky., June 10, 1782, and was captain in the War of 1812. He moved to Alabama in 1818, and in 1886 located in Benton County, Ark. He was married January 11, 1810, and his wife died September 30, 1860. They were the parents of eight children : Louisa Ann, deceased wife of Robert W. Mecklin; Elizabeth H., deceased, first the wife of Albert Peel and afterward the wife of Judge Hiram Davis; James J., deceased; William W., deceased; Mary Jane, the deceased wife of Nathan M. Moran; Catherine, the deceased wife of A. W. Dinsmore; Hugh Allen, deceased, and Oliver I. Our subject came to Benton County, Ark., with his parents in 1836, and was married in 1856 to Mary Kelleam, a native of Arkansas, by whom he became the father of nine children: William, a farmer living in Benton County; Robert P., a stockman in Colorado; Mary Kate, wife of William Crum, a farmer of Washington County; O. P., a stockman of Idaho Territory; Bettie E., James Hugh, Nancy L., Amy Pearl and Annie W. The mother of these children died July 12, 1878, and October 13, 1880, Mr. Anderson was married to Margaret A. Stites. She was born in Missouri and reared in Texas. Mr. Anderson served in the Confederate army during the late war, and was a participant in the battle of Pea Ridge. By industry and good management Mr. Anderson has become the owner of 688 acres of land; in his political views he is a Democrat, casting his first presidential vote for Taylor, he is also a member of the Masonic fraternity.

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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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