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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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Walter Alley, son of David and Nancy (Ross) Alley, was born in Washington County, Mo., February 29, 1885, The father was born in Tennessee, and came to Missouri when a young man. He was here married, and here passed the remainder of his days engaged in merchandising. He died in 1861. The mother was born in Kentucky, and died in Missouri when her son Walter was quite young. The latter remained with his parents until grown, and then married Miss Elizabeth Mahan; she bore him three children, named Martha, Nancy and George W. After marriage they settled on a farm in Oregon County, Mo., where they remained until 1868, and then moved to Polk County, of the same State, where they remained three years. From there they went to Benton County, on the Illinois River, and have since lived in this vicinity. He has 155 acres under cultivation, and 320 acres in all, Mr. Walter Alley took, for his second wife, Miss Mary Carter, and one child was born to this marriage, Thomas, who is living on the river bottom farm. Mr. Alley took for his third wife Mrs. Frances (Embree) Lee, and following named children were born to this marriage: Elizabeth, William, David (deceased), Willie (deceased), Ross, Laura, Joseph, Luella and Walter. During the late war Mr. Alley was sworn in but not mustered into the Union service, having been rejected on account of being a cripple before mustering. He is a Republican in his political views, and a public-spirited and enterprising citizen. His church preference and former affiliation was with the Missionary Baptist Church, his wife being a member of the same.

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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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