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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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Luke L. Kantz, one of the most enterprising, wide-awake farmers of the county, was born January 22, 1845, in McMinn County, Tenn., and is one of five children, three sons and two daughters, born to Frederick A. and Amanda E. (Dill) Kantz. The father was born in Carlisle, Penn., in 1812, was a manufacturer of buggies by occupation, and was also a trader in live-stock. He was a Whig at one time, but afterward became a Democrat. He assisted in moving the Indians westward, and was a prominent and successful man. He was a member of the Methodist Episcopal Church, and died in 1867, in McMinn County, Tenn., where he had moved the year after his marriage. His father was a native of France, and came to America when a young man. He married Miss Margaret A. Dunbar, a Scotch lady, and they were the parents of two children, Frederick A. being the only son. Mrs. Amanda E. (Dill) Kantz, mother of Luke L., was a native of Gettysburg, born June 24, 1818. Three years after the death of her husband Mrs. Kantz moved to Washington County, Ark., where she still lives, and is a worthy member of the Methodist Episcopal Church. Her son, Luke L., received his literary education in Hiawassee College, and in 1861 he enlisted in Company G, Forty-third Tennessee Infantry (Confederate States Army), and served throughout the entire war. He was in the battles of Baker’s Creek and Big Black River, and was among those captured at Vicksburg. After returning from the war he began the study of law, and was admitted to the bar at Athena, Tenn., in 1866. He practiced a short time at Kingston, and in 1867 moved to Washington County, Ark., where, the practice being scarce, he taught school for some time, but later engaged in farming, which he has since continued. In 1870 be married Miss Martha J. Skillern, a native of East Tennessee, born August 5, 1846, and five children were the result of this union: Mary, Martha V., Frederick S., Willie D. and Nellie W. Mrs. Kantz died May 23, 1886. Mr. Kantz is a Democrat in politics, is a member of the Masonic fraternity, and also a member of the Methodist Episcopal Church, South, as was also his wife. He is the owner of 200 acres of land, 125 being under cultivation.

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This family biography is one of 300 biographies included in The History of Washington County, Arkansas published in 1889.  For the complete description, click here: Washington County, Arkansas History, Genealogy, and Maps

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