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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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Pinkney A. Bozarth, farmer, was born in Howard County, Mo., November 18, 1823, son of Jonathan and Cyntha (Gross) Bozarth. The father was born in Virginia, April 21, 1780; was a successful farmer, and at the age of nineteen married his first wife, Miss Nancy Alexander. They then moved to Christian County Ky., and from there to Howard County, Mo., in 1818, where they purchased 400 acres of land. The father died in 1856. His second marriage was with Miss Gross a native of Kentucky, born 1811. She was married in Missouri to Mr. Bozarth and after his death she moved to Collins County, Texas, where she died in 1885. She was of Scotch descent, a member of the Christian Church, and an energetic, persevering woman. Their family consisted of six children: Lucinda, Pinkney A., Elnora, Jonathan, Benjamin and Elizabeth. Pinkney A. Bozarth received an ordinary education, and at the age of twenty-seven, married Miss Helen M Terrell. He immigrated to California in 1850, followed mining for one year and then returned, but in 1861 moved to Collins County, Texas, where he engaged in farming. In 1863 he volunteered in Col. Stone’s regiment, Confederate army Texas cavalry, and served through the war. He was in the battles of Mansfield, Pleasant Hill and Fort Donelson, also other battles. In 1866 Mr. Bozarth and family moved to Benton County, Ark., and here the wife died in 1871. She was born near Louisville, Ky., October 28, 1830, was a member of the Christian Church, and was the mother of these children: Jonathan K, Alice, Cornelia, Emma, William F., Willis L., Mollie A., Cynthia R. The members of this family now deceased are Alice, Cornelia, Emma and Cynthia. Mr. Bozarth took for his second wife Mrs. Polly A. Berry, a native of Wilson County, Tenn., born October 8, 1858, and was married in after years to Mr. Arnold Berry. One child, James Berry, was the result of that marriage. She moved to Benton County Ark February 15, 1878, and in May of the same year married Mr. Bozarth. Her parents, Redden and Polly (Farrington) Fields, were natives of Tennessee. [For further particulars of parents see sketch of John A. Fields.] Mr. Bozarth is a Democrat in politics, and is an excellent citizen of the county.

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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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