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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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Thomas E. Sheffield, a prosperous young farmer, stock raiser and merchant at Robinson, Ark., was born at Horse Pasture, Henry Co., Va., February 19, 1846, and is a son of Thomas C. Sheffield, whose sketch is given in this work. He grew to manhood in Dallas County, Tex., and was educated there and in his native State. In the fall of 1863, at the age of seventeen years, he entered the service of Gen. Kirby Smith, at Shreveport, La., and served as his courier until the close of the war. He then returned to Texas, and engaged in farming on his father’s homestead. In the spring of 1866 he came to Benton County, Ark., and was here married two years later to Mary E. Walker, who was born in Benton County in December, 1849, and by her became the father of three children: Jesse Thomas, William Leonard and Ellen Joan. Mr. Sheffield’s means, when married, did not exceed $500, but by energy and perseverance he has accumulated a fine property. He has a good farm of 307 1/2 acres, and a house and lot in Robinson, besides his stock of general merchandise, which amounts to about $1,800. He is a Master Mason, and he and family are attendants at the Christian 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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