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Below is a family biography included in Biographical and Historical Memoirs of Cross County, Arkansas published by Goodspeed Publishing Company in 1890.  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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W. T. Levesque, one of the prominent young farmers of Cold Water Township, is a worthy son of J. M. and Nannie (Willis) Levesque [a sketch of whose lives immediately precedes this]. Born in Cross County in 1860, he was reared on a farm, and at the age of seventeen was appointed deputy sheriff of the county, his father being sheriff at that time, serving under him for four years; he was also called upon to act in a similar capacity the next two years under Sheriff Legg. At the age of twenty-three Mr. Levesque commenced farming on his father’s land, in which occupation he is still interested, also operating a saw-mill and cotton-gin. He was married in 1884 to Miss Effie Hamilton, of this county, a daughter of J. G. and Permesia (Shaver) Hamilton. Mr. and Mrs. Hamilton are the parents of ten children (seven living in this county): Hester C. (wife of K. Block), W. B., O. A., D. H., O. M., J. B., P., B. F., Effie and Edward. Mr. Levesque is a member of the K. of H., and of the K. & L. of H. He is enjoying a large business in his mill and gin and is justly recognized as among the county’s leading young men.

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This family biography is one of 103 biographies included in Biographical and Historical Memoirs of Cross County, Arkansas published in 1890.  For the complete description, click here: Cross County, Arkansas History, Genealogy, and Maps

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