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30 September 1836

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    Benton County was formed on 30 September 1836 and was named after Thomas Hart Benton, a U.S. Senator from Missouri, who had played a key role in Arkansas's admission into the Union. The county seat, Bentonville, was also named after Benton.
    In 1827, part of the Lovely purchase became Lovely County, and, when Washington County was established a year later, it subsumed Lovely County and the land that today is Benton County. Adam Batie settled in 1828 near present-day Maysville on the county's western border and is recorded as the first legal white resident. Maysville soon became the county's first settlement.
    Many early county settlers came from Tennessee and other states of the upper South. Among them were the Blackburn and Van Winkle families, who settled around the area now known as War Eagle. Their sawmill, reportedly the largest in Arkansas, led James Austin Cameron (J. A. C.) Blackburn to become known as the Lumber King of northwest Arkansas. Other early settlers included the Reddick, Burks, and Sikes families and the German-born Sagers
    Cross Hollows was the site of a large 1861—1862 Confederate encampment, and the first military engagement in Arkansas, the Action at Pott's Hill, occurred on Dunagin's Farm near present-day Avoca. In March 1862, the Battle of Pea Ridge, the most strategically decisive battle west of the Mississippi River, shifted the regional balance of power to the Union. Bentonville and Fayetteville (Washington County) were the first two U.S. cities destroyed by fire in the war.

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Arkansas Dept of Health

Arkansas Dept of Health
Division of Vital Records, Slot 44
4815 West Markham Street
Little Rock, AR 72205
(501) 661-2174
Fax: (501) 663-2832
  • Vital Records is responsible for the collection and issuance of birth and death certificates and marriage and divorce coupons.
  • Birth and death certificates serve two purposes. They are the definitive legal documents of identity and they collect important medical information about the two most important events – birth and death.
  • Marriage and divorce coupons are so called because they are removed from the bottom of marriage and divorce certificates, the original of which is retained in the offices of the county clerk of courts; these coupons contain limited information.

Arkansas State Archives

Arkansas History Commission
One Capitol Mall
Little Rock, AR 72201
[email protected]
The History Commission, the official state archives, is a facility in which those interested in Arkansas history may engage in research. The staff does not undertake research requests from the public. The Research Room is open from 8:00 A.M. to 4:30 P.M., Monday through Saturday. It is closed on state holidays. If you are traveling long distances, please call to confirm hours/days of operation at 501.682.6900.

Arkansas Genealogical Society

  • The purpose of the society is to promote family history research, to educate persons in genealogical research methods and the use of historical records, to publish articles pertaining to Arkansas ancestors, and to preserve and make accessible historical, genealogical, and biographical sources pertaining to Arkansas.
  • AGS has contributed to the genealogical collection of books and other materials at the Arkansas History Commission and State Archives, the Butler Center for Arkansas Studies, and at other libraries and archives with genealogical collections. Books sent to AGS to be reviewed in The Arkansas Family Historian are always donated to a library that does not possess a copy. AGS sometimes purchases and donates special resources, such as the films of the Draper Manuscripts at the Arkansas History Commission.
Court Clerk
215 East Central Ave., Suite 6
Bentonville, AR 72712
Phone (479)271-1017
County Clerk
215 E Central Ave, Rm.217
Bentonville, AR 72712
Phone 479-271-1013
Bella Vista Historical Society
1885 Bella Vista Way
Bella Vista, AR 72714
Benton County Historical Preservation Commission
300 W. Poplar Street, Suite 6
Rogers, AR 72756
Benton County Historical Society
P.O. Box 1034
Bentonville, AR 72712
Heritage Trail Partners, Inc.
623 Spring Creek Street
Lowell, AR 72745-9007
Lowell Museum & Historical Society
215 N. Lincoln Street
Lowell, AR 72745
Northwest Arkansas Genealogical Society
Bentonville Public Library
405 S. Main Street
Bentonville, AR 72712
Pea Ridge Historical Society
P.O. Box 276
Pea Ridge, AR 72751-0276
Pea Ridge National Military Park Foundation
P.O. Box 926
Pea Ridge, AR 72751
Rogers Historical Museum
322 S. Second Street
Rogers, AR 72756

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