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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 Miser, postmaster at Brightwater, Ark., is a native of Benton County, born in 1853, and is a son of G. W. and Jane Miser. The father was born in Tennessee in 1807, and was there reared and married. The mother died in Arkansas in 1840, having borne nine children, and the father was afterward married to Miss Jane Potter, by whom he became the father of eight children, our subject being the fifth. G. W. Miser after coming to Arkansas located on Pea Ridge, where he became one of the leading farmers and stockmen of the county, owning at one time 1,460 acres of land and other valuable property. His death occurred on the 25th of December, 1861. William Miser’s boyhood days were spent in following the plow and in attending the common schools. In 1878 he was united in marriage to Miss M. V. Pickens, who was born in Arkansas in 1858. Mr. Miser is the owner of a farm, and has an orchard of 1,300 trees, and is at present engaged in managing the mercantile store of J. S. Dickson, at Bright Water. Mr. Miser is a Democrat, is past master and secretary of Pea Ridge Lodge No. 119, A. F. & A. M., at Brightwater. He is also a Pilgrim Knight and a Chapter Mason. He and wife worship in the Methodist Episcopal Church, South.

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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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