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Below is a family biography included in Biographical and Historical Memoirs of Johnson County, Arkansas published by Southern Publishing Company in 1891.  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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Eugene Witt is a farmer, artesian-well driller and makes a specialty of prospecting, being exceptionally well fitted to follow these occupations with success. He was born in Conway County, Ark., July 17, 1859, to George C. and Nancy A. (Trousel) Witt, the former born in Lincoln County, Tenn., in 1815, and the latter in Alabama about 1830. The father was a farmer by occupation, and in Conway County, Ark., was married in 1857, his union resulting in the birth of three children: Flora (deceased), one child that died in infancy, and Eugene, the subject of this sketch. The father was an elder in the Cumberland Presbyterian Church, and in this county passed from life May 3, 1887, his wife, who was also a member of the above-mentioned church, dying in 1863. The subject of this sketch received a common business education in the schools near his father’s home, and being a young man of good parts, excellent moral habits and industrious, he stands high in the estimation of the community in which he lives. In 1882 he purchased a good steam well drill and a one-horse power drill, the cost of the former being about $1,200. He can drill from ten to forty feet per day and since starting in this business has done work in nearly all the counties included in this work. His prices are most reasonable—about $1.50 per foot for the first 100 feet, with a slight additional charge for greater depths. That Mr. Witt’s work gives the greatest satisfaction is proven by his many endorsements from patrons. He has one from Judge Rose, of Little Rock, which is here given.

December 17, 1889.
Mr. Eugene Witt, Lamar, Ark.
Dear Sir—Yours of the 14th received. I would say to any one enquiring about the matter that you bored a well for me at Mt. Nebo and several wells for friends of mine, and that in every case your work gave satisfaction in every respect.
Very truly,
U. M. Rose.

He also has other testimonials too numerous to mention from well-known and prominent citizens of this and other States. He has been quite extensively engaged in prospecting for various companies in Northwestern Arkansas—for the Clarksville Coal & Iron Company, the Ouita Coal Company of Coal Hill, and drilled the well that supplies the water for the Ouita coal mine. He has done much work in Yell County, and has drilled thirty-three wells in Mount Nebo, all of which stand greatly to his credit. He is the owner of a good river-bottom and upland farm of 456 acres of land, and has 200 acres under cultivation, on which are seven tenant houses with good barns and outbuildings attached. He has two good orchards of apple and peach trees and an excellent vineyard. He has also six head of good mules, two head of horses, and by good management and industry is the owner of other property also. He is a member of the I. O. O. F., holding a membership in Cane Hill Lodge.

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This family biography is one of 65 biographies included in Biographical and Historical Memoirs of Johnson County, Arkansas published in 1891.  For the complete description, click here: Johnson County, Arkansas History, Genealogy, and Maps

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