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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 W. and Oscar P. Powell are the sons of Dr. Henry and Mary Anna (Phagan) Powell, and the grandsons of Henry and Elizabeth (Davis) Powell, both of whom are natives of Virginia. The grandfather, after marriage, moved to Tennessee, where he reared his family. He was a tinner and farmer by occupation, and died in Washington County, Tenn. The grandmother died in Greene County, of the same state. Dr. Powell grew to manhood in Washington County, Tenn., and October 25, 1831, he married Miss Mary A. Phagan. After living in that county two years after his marriage he then moved to Jefferson County, and after five years moved from there to Norwood’s Prairie, Benton County, where he lived for forty-three years. He died February, 17, 1867, having followed the occupation of a farmer and physician the principle part of his life. Mary A. (Phagan) Powell was born in Berks County N. C., July 17, 1815, and is the daughter of John and Eleanor Phagan, natives of North Carolina, who moved to Benton County, Ark., at an early date, and here passed their last days. To Dr. Powell and wife were born thirteen children, nine of whom lived to be grown, seven married, and five are now living: Ann Eliza, died in infancy; Ellen E., died in infancy; James P., was killed in the war; John C. deceased; Mary C.; Thomas W.; Sarah E. wife, of Frank A. Sanders; Henry R.; Samuel W.; Martha E. (deceased); Oscar P. and two infants deceased, Dr. Powell was a preacher in the Methodist Episcopal Church, and was a member of the same at the time of his death. He was a Master Mason, and a Democrat in politics His surviving wife is a member of the Methodist Episcopal Church, South. Their son, Thomas W. Powell was born May 22, 1845, near where he now lives in Benton County, Ark. April 14, 1872, he married Miss Susan Wright daughter of Lewis Wright, and to them were born eight children: Samuel C. (deceased), infant (deceased), James D., Charles T., Bernard F., Mary L., Ellen A. and Anna. During the late war Thomas W. served two years in Capt. Brown’s Company, Brooks’ Regiment, Confederate army. He is democrat in politics, is a member of the Masonic fraternity, and he and wife are members of the Christian Church. He is the owner of 153 acres of land ninety-six in the bottom and sixty-five under cultivation. Oscar P. Powell the youngest of the thirteen children born to Dr. and Mary A. (Phagan) Powell, is a native of Benton County, Ark., his birth occurring May 5, 1858. He was reared on the farm where he now lives, and has resided there all his life. This farm consists of 177 acres, nearly all bottom land and ninety acres under cultivation. Oscar P. was married in 1884 to Miss Lee Chesney, daughter of Bird and Margaret Chesney. This union resulted in the birth of two children, Maggie Jay (deceased) and Myrtle. Mr. Powell is a member of the Methodist Episcopal Church, South. And has always been a Democrat in his political views.

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