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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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W. B. Winstead, son of James and Elizabeth (Robbins) Winstead, was born in Hawkins County, Tenn., November 9, 1837. The father was born in the same place as his son, in 1814, and remained in that county until thirty-seven years of age, when he removed to White County, Tenn. He here remained until 1856, and then moved to Neosho County, Kas., and there received his final summons, in April, 1870. He followed the occupation of a farmer and stock raiser all his life. The mother was born in East Tennessee, is now living in Kansas, and is about seventy years of age. They were the parents of eleven children, only four now living, W. B. Winstead was the third child born in this family. He grew to manhood on a farm, and when a young man engaged in merchandising near Springfield, Mo. He went from there to Kansas, where he engaged in the same business, following this for three years altogether. After this he dealt in stock five years, and then farmed and dealt in stock in Kansas until 1881, when he moved to Benton County, Ark., where he has since followed the same occupation. While living in Kansas he was township trustee for six years. Mr. Winstead is the owner of 180 acres of land, 120 under cultivation. In 1864 Mr. Winstead married Miss Mary E. Krouse, a native of Pennsylvania, born in Philadelphia about 1846. Eight children were born to this union: Charles W., Sarah E., Mary A., Josie F., James W., Bessie G., Martin H., and Henry H. Politically Mr. Winstead is a Democrat, but has never aspired to office, though he is regarded as a leading farmer and citizen. He was among the first of the Northern people in Benton County, and helped start the modern plan of farm cultivation here. He is a Master Mason and a good man. Mrs. Winstead is a member of the Methodist Episcopal 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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