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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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William J. Curry, M. D., was born in Shelby County, Ill., January 30, 1851, and is a son of John W. and Catherine (Bennett) Curry, both of whom were born in Tennessee. The father was reared to manhood in his native State and then removed to Illinois with his parents, where he married Miss Bennett, and by her became the father of eight children: William J. and George living, and Lafayette, Mary E., James R., Pierce, Annie and Ella deceased. The father is still living in Illinois, and is engaged in farming and stock-raising. His wife died in April, 1874. Dr. William J. Curry was educated at Decatur, Ill., and at the Louisville Medical College, from which institution he was graduated in 1875. In 1877 he came to Benton County, Ark., and the following year was married to Emma Neal, who was born in Tennessee, and came to Arkansas, when quite young, with her parents. George, Ethel, John, Eulala and Donnie are their children. The Doctor is a Republican in politics, and is a member of the Masonic fraternity. He owns considerable property in the town of Lowell, and is deeply interested in all enterprises calculated to benefit his county. He has arisen to prominence in his profession, and is one of the first physicians of the county.

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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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