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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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Elder William J. Todd, pastor of the Primitive Baptist Church at Rogers, Ark., was born in Andrew County, Mo., July 29, 1849, and is the sixth of nine children born to the marriage of Zapnath Todd and Sarah C. Stephens. Both parents were of Kentucky stock, and were married in Missouri, which was the father’s birthplace. William J. Todd was reared, educated, married and ordained a minister of the Primitive Baptist Church in Missouri. While in Missouri he followed mercantile pursuits, and also carried on that business after coming to Rogers, in 1883. He is a man of great public spirit and enterprise, and is eminently fitted for an active business life. He has assisted materially in pushing forward many of the best enterprises of which Benton County can boast, and is now the president of the Rogers Canning and Packing Company, and is also president of the Benton County Horticultural, Agricultural and Mechanical Fair, and president of the Northwest Arkansas Horticultural Society. Besides the labor his connection with these institutions involves, he is pastor of the Little Flock Church, Oak Grove Church, and has regular appointments close to Lowell and on Pea Ridge. He was married to Sarah Z. Thornton, by whom he has an interesting little family of two children: Edna and Nellie.

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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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