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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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Zachariah Mitchell, contractor and brick manufacturer, of Bentonville Ark., was born in Tippecanoe County, Ind., in 1837, and is a son of James M. and Lucinda (Corbin) Mitchell, who were born in Kentucky and Indiana in 1810 and 1817, respectively. James M. Mitchell was of English and Dutch lineage, and when a child was taken to Ohio, and thence to Tippecanoe County, Ind., where he married Miss Corbin. In 1840 he located in Harrison County, Mo., where his wife, who is of Irish descent, died in 1884. Zachariah Mitchell is the third of eight children, and was only eight years old when his parents moved to Missouri. He grew to manhood on a farm, and in 1857 was married to Miss Martha H. Mclntosh, a native of Tennessee, born in 1841. They have six children living: Alice, wife of Thomas Mitchell; William H., James, Charles, Aaron and ----. In 1867 Mr. Mitchell became a citizen of Benton County, Ark. His first investment in real estate was forty acres of land about five miles from the county seat. He sold this land, however, in 1872, and moved to Bentonville, and began working in a brick-yard, and three years later engaged in the manufacture of brick, which has been his business off and on ever since. In 1887 he manufactured 120,000 brick and this year (1888) has made 260,000. He is a Democrat in his political views, and was a strong Union man during the war. He is a Master Mason, and a member of the Methodist Episcopal Church. His wife died in 1887, and in 1886 he was married to Mrs. Martha B. (Gilespie) Lee, who was born is Mississippi, and is a member 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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