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Below is a family biography included in The History of Washington 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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Prof. Charles Hendee Leverett, of the chair of ancient languages, A. I. U., was born in Boston, Mass., November 30, 1833, being the son of F. P. and Matilda (Gorham) Leverett, the father the author of “Leverett’s Latin Lexicon,” and the mother a descendant of the first families of Massachusetts. They died when their son, Prof. Charles B. Leverett, was but two years old, and he was taken and reared in the family of the Rev. C. E. Leverett, of Beaufort, S. C. After receiving a good literary training he entered South Carolina College in his sixteenth year, and completed a thorough classical and literary course at that college in 1852. His early inclinations were for languages, and after graduating he taught in the academies of South Carolina. He first accepted a position as teacher in the high-school near Charleston, and made a study of the languages during his teaching, thus adding largely to his stock of information. At the breaking out of hostilities between the North and South he entered the ranks of the Confederate army in Colcock’s brigade, and served on the coast defenses for about two and a half years. He was also in Hampton’s Legion, but returned home in 1864 on account of ill-health. After recuperating he returned to his command and was in active service for some time. In September, 1868, he came to Arkansas, and spent ten months in Searcy, White Co., Ark., in charge of the high-schools at that place. In September of the same year he came to Washington County, took charge of Ozark Institute, and conducted the same for about three years. He then retired from this position to accept the position of professor of ancient languages in the Arkansas Industrial University, in 1871. He continued to fill this position for thirteen years. He was married in Chesterfield District, in 1861, to Miss Julia Blanche Jenkins, daughter of Maj. R. H. Jenkins, of Charleston, S. C. She was a student of the female college at Charleston and at Orangeburgh. To Prof. and Mrs. Leverett were born five sons and six daughters: Julia B., F. P., Mary, Storer, Ammee, Charles, Abbie, Rosa Catherine Elizabeth, Edward, Nina and Whitham. Prof. Leverett is a member of the K. of H., and he and wife worship at the Episcopal Church.

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