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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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Drs. R. S. and T. M. Rice, practicing physicians at Bright Water, Ark., are the sons of Charles and Julia (Cobb) Rice, who are Tennesseans by birth, and who came to Arkansas in 1854, locating on Pea Ridge, where they still reside. They became the parents of thirteen children, twelve of whom are living. Dr. R. S. Rice is their eleventh child, and was born in the State where he now resides in 1863. He was educated at Pea Ridge High School and read medicine privately for about two years, after which he began taking lectures in the medical college at St. Louis, Mo. After finishing his course of lectures he came to Bright Water and entered into partnership with his brother, who had been practicing here since 1882. In 1884 they purchased their drugstore, enlarged their stock, and have since been successfully engaged in selling drugs as well as practicing their profession. Dr. R. S. Rice was married in 1882 to Miss Dorinda Puckett, who was born in Benton County. Dr. T. M. Rice was born in Tennessee in 1854, and removed to Arkansas with his parents. He graduated from the St. Louis Medical College in 1882, and since that time has resided in Bright Water. In 1883 Amelian Johnson became his wife, and is now the mother of two children, Lena and Hugh. These young men have been deservedly successful in the practice of their profession, and have a large and increasing practice. They are stanch Democrats in their political views, and T. M. Rice is a member of Pea Ridge Lodge No. 119, A. F. & A. M.

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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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