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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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Winfield S. Truitt was born in Putnam County, Mo., March 10, 1849, and is a son of Mary Truitt, now Mrs. Mulkey. Mr. Truitt spent the first ten years of his life in his native county, attending school as much as possible. His mother was dependent upon him to a great extent, however, so that his education was limited. After coming to Crawford County, Ark., he worked upon farms when he could, finally trading in land until he was able to buy his present farm. After the Civil War commenced he continued to farm about two years, and then enlisted in Company H, First Arkansas Volunteer Infantry, United States Army, under Col. Johnson, and served until discharged at Fort Smith at the close of the war. His company was almost exclusively engaged in frontier and border duty, so that he was subject to many hardships, and often attacked by Indians. He participated in several small engagements, and was in the battles at Camden and Saline River. After the war Mr. Truitt returned to Crawford County, and resumed his farming. He now has eighty acres, twenty of which are cultivated, and all the result of his own hard labor and industry. December 12, 1867, he married Miss Eliza Ewing, daughter of Alfred and Evaline Ewing, and a native of this county, where she was reared. Her father was born in Missouri, and her mother in Kentucky. Mr. Truitt had six children by his first wife, two now living: George W. and Nancy E. Those deceased are Mima, Anderson and two infants. Mrs. Truitt died March 19, 1879, and December 2, 1884, Mr. Truitt married Mrs. Mary Copps, nee Spenser, and a native of this county. Her father and mother were born in Indiana and Kentucky, respectively. To Mr. and Mrs. Truitt two children have been born: Iva and Aura (deceased). Mr. Truitt is a strong Republican, and although he has never sought public distinction has served as road overseer. He is a member of the Agricultural Wheel, and one of the county’s respected citizens.

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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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