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Below is a family biography included in The History of Sebastian 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 Hewett was born in Tuscaloosa County, Ala., in February, 1819, and is a son of George and Sophia (Dockery) Hewett. The father came to America from Holland when twelve years old, and first lived in the Carolinas. He afterward grew to manhood on a farm in Tennessee, where he was educated, after which he lived in Alabama. He was a soldier in the War of 1812. His death occurred in Alabama about 1854. The mother spent her early life in Tennessee, and was there married to Mr. Hewett. She died in 1853, and was the mother of eleven children: A. J., John, George, Israel, Eliza and L. R. now living, and Mary (Phillip), Calvin, Joseph, and W. H. H. deceased. John Hewett lived with his parents upon the Alabama farm until his marriage, in 1845, to Rebecca Johnson, a native of Alabama, and a daughter of Jacob and Rebecca Johnson, who went to Alabama from South Carolina. To Mr. and Mrs. Hewett ten children were born; those living are William H. H., Benjamin F., Laura, Almeda, John M., Cytha; those deceased were named Lucinda, Zada, Manda and Julia. After his marriage Mr. Hewett continued to live in Alabama for five years, and them removed by water to Texas. He lived five years in Washington County, Tex., and then moved to Falls County, Tex., and lived there ten years. Then he moved to Sebastian County, Ark., and has lived here for twenty years, successfully engaged in farming, and has 153 ½ acres of land, sixty of which he has under cultivation. In politics he is a Democrat, and during the war served in the Federal army for fifteen months, or until discharged at the close of the war. Mr. Hewett lost his first wife in this county in 1873, and he afterward married Eliza Beavens, who died November 22, 1887.

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This family biography is one of 217 biographies included in The History of Sebastian County, Arkansas published in 1889.  For the complete description, click here: Sebastian County, Arkansas History, Genealogy, and Maps

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