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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 Turner Netherton, a native of Daviess County, Mo., was born August 25, 1856, and is the son of Henry and Rachel (King) Netherton. The father was born and reared in Cocke County, Tenn., received a good practical education, followed farming and, at an early day, immigrated to Missouri. The mother was born in Virginia, but left that State at the age of eleven and immigrated to Missouri making the journey in wagons. They first settled in Missouri. She was a direct descendant of the famous Daniel Boone on her mother’s side. After coming to Missouri she received a fair education and afterward married Mr. Netherton, to whom she bore nine children, eight now living: Daniel and Charles (twins), Sophronia, Boone, Gabrella and Luella (twins), Relda A. and Thomas T. The one deceased was named Branetta After his marriage Mr. Netherton continued to live in Missouri until after the war (1865), when he moved to Arkansas, settled in Bates County, where he died about one year later. Mrs. Netherton is seventy-six years of age is strong and vigorous, and, though in direct opposition to her son’s will, does considerable work around the house. Thomas T. Netherton, the youngest child has always continued to live at home, and is engaged in agricultural pursuits. His education was rather neglected, as he assisted largely in supporting the family after the death of his father; and he is now caring for his mother in the evening of her long and useful life. In 1884 he married Miss Beatrice R, Rogers, a native of Louisiana, and the daughter of A. M. and M. J. Rogers, of Benton County, Ark. To Mr. and Mrs. Netherton has been born one child, Mabel D. Mr. Netherton is the owner of 186 acres of land, ninety being under cultivation; he is Democratic in politics and is an excellent citizen. Mrs. Netherton is a member 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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