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Benjamin N. Moseley

Benjamin N. Moseley, one of Cleveland County's leading citizens was born in what was then Bradley County, Ark. (now Cleveland), April 21, 1851, and is a son of Elijah B. and Harriett (Robertson) Moseley, natives of Alabama, their marriage taking place in their native State in 1846.

After renting laud for one year they located on the farm in which Mrs. Moseley is now living. The father died on January 4, 1868, at the age of forty-five years. He was a Democrat, and his widow is a member of the Primitive Baptist Church. To them a family of twelve children was born, seven of whom are now living, of whom Benjamin N. is the fifth.

He was educated in the school near his home and remained with his mother until 1870, when he began farming for himself and this occupation has since received his attention. In 1872 he purchased his present farm of 260 acres, ninety of which are under the plow, and deserves much credit for the success with which his labors have been attended, for when starting for himself it was without means. Upon the death of his father, he being the eldest of the family, it became his duty to provide and protect his mother and brothers and sisters.

In 1870 he was married to Rebecca Reeves, a daughter of Reuben and Sienia Reeves, who are now residents of Cleveland County. She was born in 1849, and she and Mr. Moseley have become the parents of ten children: Lovett H., Joanna C. (wife of James L. Gallaway, a farmer of the county), Sienia H., Benjamin E., Lettie L, Lela R., Zilla E., William M., Oziah D. and Claudius L.

Mr. and Mrs. Moseley are members of the Primitive Baptist Church, in which he is a deacon, and in his political views he is a Democrat.


Biographical and Historical Memoirs of Southern Arkansas
Copyright 1890
Published by The Goodspeed Publishing Co.; Chicago, Nashville and St. Louis