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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 Stevens is a Kentuckian, whose birth occurred in 1830. His father, George Stevens, was a native and farmer of North Carolina, and was there married to Miss Ellen Hise, the mother of William Stevens. The latter’s early educational advantages were quite limited. He continued to reside with his parents until he was married, in 1852, to Elizabeth Powell, who died in 1859, having borne two children. The same year Mr. Stevens married his second wife, Ardia Pryor, by whom he became the father of seven children. This wife died in 1875, and he married his third wife, a Mrs. Smith. After leaving Kentucky Mr. Stevens removed to Indiana, but only remained there one month, when he removed to Illinois, and there resided three years. He afterward took up his abode in Missouri, and after seven years’ residence in that State went to Kansas, where he made his home until the close of the war. In 1867 he came to his present home in Arkansas, where he has since been engaged in agricultural pursuits on his valuable bottom land farm of 185 acres. He was not in active service during the war, but served in the State troops in the State of Kansas. He and family are members of the Missionary Baptist 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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