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Below is a family biography from the book,  The History of Crawford 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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Francis Laurent, grocer of Van Buren, was born in France in 1844, his parents being Lewis and Mary (Gongon) Laurent, also natives of France. He is the only child, and when two years old was taken by his parents to Montreal, Canada, where his father taught him the shoemaker’s trade. In 1862 he came to the United States, and during that year enlisted in Company H, Second New Hampshire Volunteer Infantry, serving until the close of the war. He was in the Army of the Potomac, and after the cessation of hostilities worked at his trade in Abingdon, Va. Four months later he went to Knoxville, Tenn., but soon went to Kingston, where he lived one year. His next place of residence was Lebanon, Tenn., and then he spent a year in Petersburg, Ky. In 1870 he went to Memphis, Tenn., from there to Corinth, Miss.; in 1881 went to Fort Smith, Ark., and finally, in 1884, became a citizen of Van Buren. Since 1871 he has been engaged in the mercantile business, and he is now a successful business man of this place. In 1868 he married Mrs. Clementine Fox, nee Gaines. This lady was born in Charlotte County, Va., in 1840, her parents being Richard W. and Annie (White) Gaines, born in 1781 and 1803, respectively, in Charlotte County, Va. Mr. Gaines died in 1847, and the following year his widow and four children went to Green County, Ky., and in 1850 moved to Trigg County, where Mrs. Gaines died in 1866. In 1859 Clementine married George Fox, who died in 1867. Mr. and Mrs. Laurent have an adopted daughter named Pearl, aged thirteen. Mr. Laurent is a member of the I. O. O. F. Lodge, No. 6, of Van Buren. He is an enterprising man, a stockholder in the Van Buren Ice & Coal Company, the Van Buren Canning Factory and the Building and Loan Association.

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This family biography is one of 222 biographies included in The History of Crawford County, Arkansas published in 1889.  For the complete description, click here: Crawford County, Arkansas History, Genealogy, and Maps

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