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Below is a family biography included in Biographical and Historical Memoirs of Lonoke 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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Gregory Martineau, a son of Andrew and Josetta (Gould) Martineau, was born in the province of Ontario (Canada), near the city of Ottawa, March 25, 1846. His father and mother were descendants of one of the early pioneer families in Quebec, Canada. Gregory grew to manhood upon the home place, and spent most of his time attending the schools of that section. When seventeen years of age he came to the United States, first locating in Michigan, where he remained for one year, and then went to Minnesota. In 1864, enlisting in Company G, Eleventh Minnesota Regiment Volunteer Infantry, he served until the cessation of hostilities, after which he went to Missouri and resided there about nine years. Missouri not quite coming up to his expectations of the famous “West,” he accordingly moved again, this time settling in Lonoke County, Ark. He now resides on Section 5 of Lonoke Township, and has a good farm of eighty acres, with twenty acres in a high state of cultivation. In 1873 Mr. Martineau’s marriage with Miss Sarah Lamb was consummated, and to them nine children have been born, seven sons and two daughters. Mr. Martineau and family worship at the Methodist Episcopal Church, South. He is a member of the school board, having held this position for the past nine years, and is also a member and presiding officer of the Wheel.

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This family biography is one of 143 biographies included in Biographical and Historical Memoirs of Lonoke County, Arkansas published in 1889.  For the complete description, click here: Lonoke County, Arkansas History, Genealogy, and Maps

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