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Willis C. Roebuck

Willis C. Roebuck has been identified with the mercantile interests of Cleveland County, Ark., since 1887, but prior to that time was an agriculturist.

He was born in Elbert County, Ga., October 24, 1857, and is a son of Robert C. C. and Mary F. (Craft) Roebuck, who were born, reared, married and spent the most of their lives in Elbert County, Ga., dying in 1876 and 1878, aged fifty-one and forty five years, respectively.

In 1871 they came to Arkansas and located in Jefferson County, but two years later took up their abode in Cleveland County. The father followed the occupation of farming throughout life, in which be was quite successful, and he and wife were members of the Missionary Baptist Church.

He was a Mason for many years prior to his death, and in his political views was a Democrat, and for some years served as justice of the peace. He served throughout the late war in the Confederate service, and in addition to being in the Commissary Department at Savannah, Ga., he was also an officer in the ranks. Of a family of nine children born to himself and wife, seven are now living, and Willis C. was the fourth in order of birth.

The school days of the latter were spent in his native county of Georgia, and he learned the details of farm work of his father, and to this occupation gave his attention up to 1887, when he embarked in merchandising as above stated. He is an enterprising young man, and fully deserves the success which has attended his efforts.

His marriage, which took place on December 29, 1879, was to bliss Elizabeth Little, a daughter of Rev. T. B. Little, of Cleveland County, and by her he has become the father of five children: Thomas B., Addis F., James C., Alma L. and Henry J.

Mr. Roebuck is a member of the Agricultural Wheel, and in his political views is a Democrat.


Biographical and Historical Memoirs of Southern Arkansas
Copyright 1890
Published by The Goodspeed Publishing Co.; Chicago, Nashville and St. Louis