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Below is a family biography included in Biographical and Historical Memoirs of Mississippi 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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John A. Lovewell, a prominent farmer, and at present deputy sheriff of Mississippi County, Ark., is a native of Warrick County, Ind., born in 1848, and the younger of two sons born to William A. and Charlotte (Bohall) Lovewell, natives of New York and Indiana, respectively. The father was a building contractor, and while following this business in Natchez, Miss., in 1850, he was taken sick and died. The mother followed him to the grave nine years later. She was married again after the death of her first husband, and in 1856 the family emigrated to Arkansas. John A. Lovewell was taught the rudiments of farming in the State of Arkansas, and commenced for himself at an early age. He came to Osceola in 1863, and in 1870 rented land and made his first crop. Two years later he met and married Mrs. Margaret Murray, nee Edington, a native of Mississippi County, and the daughter of William B. Edington, who came to Arkansas at an early period, and bought from the Indians the land where Osceola now stands. He was extensively engaged in tilling the soil there until his death. Since his marriage Mr. Lovewell has been engaged in farming on a small scale, and the energetic and wide-awake manner in which he has taken advantage of all methods and ideas tending to enhance the value of his property has had a great deal to do with his obtaining the competence which he now enjoys. In 1881-82, he was the county assessor, and prior to this he was constable for two years. At present he is serving as deputy under Sheriff Hayes. To the marriage of Mr. and Mrs. Lovewell have been born seven children, four now living: James H., John Freeman, Poindexter Dunn and Hugh McVeigh. Those deceased are Lena who died August 28, 1874, at the age of three years; Margaret Lula, who died in infancy, and Harry G., who died July 16, 1886, at the age of three years.

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This family biography is one of 162 biographies included in Biographical and Historical Memoirs of Mississippi County, Arkansas published in 1889.  View the complete description here: Mississippi County, Arkansas History, Genealogy, and Maps

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