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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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Warren Harvey Wight, a farmer and stockman, residing about four miles east of Bentonville, Ark., was born in Spencer County, Ind., in 1836, and is a son of James H. and Celia (Springston) Wight, who were of Welsh and Irish descent, and were born in Philadelphia, Penn., in 1807, and Kentucky in 1795, respectively, Previous to the Revolutionary War three Wight brothers came to America, one locating in Pennsylvania, another in New York. The third died. James H. Wight was of Pennsylvania stock, and a son of James Wight who immigrated to Spencer County, Ind. While residing in that county Abraham Lincoln assisted him many a day in splitting rails. In 1840 he came to Benton County, Ark., and entered 1,100 acres of land, and here died in October, 1882. His wife died in March, 1878, leaving two children: Warren H. and Simeon. Warren H. was only four years old when his parents moved to Benton County. At the age of nine years he began learning the shoemaker’s trade, and also assisted his father on the farm. During the war he worked exclusively at his trade for the Confederate army, and after the cessation of hostilities began learning the blacksmith’s trade, and was also engaged in raising fine stock, making a specialty of jacks and jennies. He now keeps from six to twelve jacks and from ten to eighteen jennies. He owns 640 acres of land in Benton County, and 160 acres in Barry County. He is a Democrat in politics, and is a member of the Masonic and I. O. O. F. fraternities. He was married in 1856 to Miss Lizzie Tennessee Webb, who was born in Bedford County, Tenn., in 1837. They are the parents of one child, Matilda Jane, wife of William Easley.

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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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