William F. Avants, a planter, living on Petit Jean Mountain, in
Cedar Falls Township, is a native of Conway County, born April 24,
1865. He is a son of Cary and Elizabeth W. Higgins Avants;
father is a native of Anderson County, Tennessee, where he was
born September 4, 1830, and has always followed the occupation of
farmer; mother is a native of Hempstead County, Arkansas; born
March 23, 1832. They were married in Conway County, Arkansas,
April 19, 1863. To this union was born four children, three sons
and one daughter, two of whom have died, William F., James N.,
Clara (deceased). Mr. Avants, Sr., enlisted in the Confederate
service in 1862, and served in the infantry until the close of the
war. He was in the battles of Prairie Grove, Fayetteville, Little
Rock, Ilelena and almost innumerable skirmishes. On his return
from the war, he engaged actively in farming and has followed that
occupation since. He has always taken an active part in laudable
enterprises for the advancement of the community in which he
resides. He served as Justice of Higgins Township for four years,
and was school director for twelve years or more. He now lives on
his well improved and pleasant farm of eighty acres, with sixty
under a high state of cultivation, of which his son William has
the main supervision and care. He lost his excellent wife in 1889.
This worthy couple for years held membership in the Presbyterian
Church. Mr. William Avants was married December 26, 1887, to Miss
Maggie M. Deeter. She is a daughter of Daniel and Hannah Love
Deeter, and was born in Pennsylvania, April 26, 1868; parents are
natives of Pennsylvania, and were born (father) in 1834 and
(mother) 1830. They were married in Pennsylvania in 1854, and were
the parents of eight children, six of whom are now living; George
W., Mary E. (deceased), Clara A., Charles P., Andrew E.
(deceased), Maggie M., Lucy E., and William S. Mrs. Deeter died in
Pennsylvania, February 27, 1884; father and family came to
Arkansas the next year, and settled in Conway County, where he now
resides. Mother was and father is, a member of the M. E. Church. To
the union of our subject and his wife have been born two
interesting children, named William C. and James D. The family
hold membership in the Methodist Church, South.
Lisa Hamilton submitted the above data from Goodspeeds;
she did so to help others, is not researching the above person or families mentioned therein.
Lisa Hamilton submitted the above data from Goodspeeds; she did so to help others, is not researching the above person or families mentioned therein.
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