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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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Robert M. Philips, a prosperous and well-known citizen of Benton County Ark., was born in Alabama in 1840, and is descended from James Philips who was also born in Alabama, and moved to Arkansas in 1842, locating in Benton County, where he lived until his death in 1863. His wife’s maiden name was Lucinda White. Robert M. Philips attended the common schools of Benton County and assisted his parents on the farm until 1861, when he joined Company F Fifteenth Arkansas Infantry, Confederate States army, and served throughout the war, being a participant in the battles of Elk Horn, Corinth, Big Black and the siege of Vicksburg. After his return home he engaged in farming, and in 1866 was married to Miss Caroline Wingham, by whom he is the father of nine children: George W., Laura L., Mary L., Fannie, Dora, Merta, Wallace, Bettie A. and Johnson. Mr. Philips now owns the old homestead, a valuable farm consisting of eighty-four acres, a portion of which he inherited and the rest being purchased from the heirs. He supports the principles of the Democratic party and he and wife are members of the Missionary 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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