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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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D. W. Boyte is a son of William H. and Louisa (Ward) Boyte, natives of Tennessee and Mississippi, respectively, his birth occurring in Mississippi October 8, 1855. The former was a pioneer in Mississippi, and when D. W. was two years old moved to Louisiana, residing there the remainder of his life. In 1869 the subject of this sketch came with his mother to Arkansas, and settled in Faulkner County, where she died, in 1872, aged forty six years. D. W. Boyte was the third in a family of five children, and at the age of seventeen he began life for himself as a farmer. In 1876, coming to Lonoke County, he located in Richwoods, and in 1881 he settled in Lonoke Township. He was married to Mrs. S. J. A. Sample, a native of Tennessee, who, at the age of four years, was taken by her parents, John and Susan Long, to Missouri. In 1868 she was married to R. R. Sample, and after his death came to Lonoke County, on a visit to relatives, in November, 1880. Mrs. Boyte is a member of the Concord Methodist Episcopal Church, and is very active in church affairs, and in everything where a woman’s work is needed. Mr. Boyte is a Democrat in politics, and a member of the school board in district No. 35. They are numbered among the county’s worthy citizens.

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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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