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Below is a sample of a family biography included in the Biographical and Historical Memoirs of Chicot County, Arkansas published by Goodspeed in 1890.  These biographies are valuable for genealogy research in discovering missing ancestors or filling in the details in 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.

Thomas N. Llewellyn. He whose name heads this sketch is a successful and enterprising farmer, and also a clerk in the store of W. W. Ford, of Chicot County. He is a son of J. R. and Susan (Humphrey) Llewellyn, natives of Virginia, both of whom were of Welsh descent. Upon coming to America the Llewellyns located in Baltimore, the Humphreys settling in Charleston, Va. John Llewellyn was a successful business man, was one of the earliest settlers of Vicksburg, where he did an immense mercantile business. In the latter part of the thirties, during the panic in commercial circles, he failed, but previously had purchased 600 acres of valuable land in Arkansas, and when he moved to the latter named State he brought with him slaves and commenced to clear up and cultivate his estate. Just before the war he added to his possessions considerable, engaging extensively in planting, and when the war broke out he owned 1,200 acres of fine land, but lost the greater part of his property. He was a member of the levee board of this county, which, to people here, seems one of the most important positions a man can hold. He died July 1, 1873, at the age of sixty-nine. The mother is still living and enjoys good health. Of the nine children born to them, only the following are living at the present time, viz.: Eugene, Sadie C, Ellen C, Adele (Mrs. W. H. Elders), Edw. C, Charley, Richard. The subject of this sketch was born December 28, 1856, and was educated in Locust Dale, Madison County, Va., but at the age of fourteen received a severe wound and was forced to return home, and when fifteen years old went to St. Louis as office boy for his brother-in-law, Mr. Elder, and in 1880 moved to Chicot County, and accepted a position to clerk in a store, an occupation which he has followed largely to the present time. He is a member of the Presbyterian Church, and politically is a strong Democrat.

This family biography is one of 34 biographies included in the Biographical and Historical Memoirs of Chicot County, Arkansas published in 1890.  For the complete description, click here: Chicot County Arkansas History, Genealogy and Maps

   View additional Chicot County, Arkansas biographies here: Chicot County, Arkansas Genealogy

        

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