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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 Wammack, a resident of Sulphur Springs Township, and son of Richard and Matilda (Moxley) Wammack, was born April 21, 1843, in Wilson County, Tenn. The father was born in the same county, and received but a limited education, although by his own efforts and observation he has made up for this deficiency to a great extent. He was reared on a farm in his native county, and was there married to Miss Moxley, who was also born and reared in Wilson County. Their marriage resulted in the birth of twelve children, nine of whom are now living: Elijah B., William, Samuel M., James W., Leander, Mrs. Martha Mayo, George P., Richard A. and Mrs. Julia A. Fair. Those deceased are Joseph P., Mary A. and Lavinia E. Kirkham. Elijah Wammack, grandfather of William Wammack, was born in Virginia, and immigrated to Tennessee when a young man, being one of the pioneer settlers of that country. His wife, Elizabeth (Patterson) Wammack, was born in North Carolina, near the lines of Virginia. The paternal grandparents, Joseph and Lavinia Moxley, were both natives of Virginia. Mr. Moxley was but fourteen years old at the breaking out of the Revolutionary War, but he joined the American army at that early age, and assisted in making his country free and independent. William Wammack remained in Tennessee until thirteen years of age, when he moved with his parents to Benton County, Ark. The country at that time was wild and unsettled, schools were scarce, and Mr. Wammack received but a common education. He remained with his parents until 1861, working on the farm, and was then married to Miss Elizabeth J. Harrell, daughter of Isaac and Clarissa (Asby) Harrell, who were from Rutherford County, Tenn. Nine children were the result of this union, five now living: Asbury O., Mrs. Nettie A. Davis, William F., Richard I. and Clarissa L. Those deceased were named John A., Martha L., Thomas E. and Robert E. After marriage Mr. Wammack followed farming on rented land until the breaking out of the war, when he went to Kansas, and there remained three years. He then returned to Benton County, Ark., and purchased eighty acres of timbered land in Osage Township. At the end or twelve years he traded for a farm in Dixon Township, where he lived for five years. He then sold out and purchased the farm where he now lives, which consists of 200 acres of land, fifty acres under cultivation. He also owns forty acres in Dixon Township. Mr. and Mrs. Wammack are members of the Cumberland Presbyterian 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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