Izard historians to hear Roger Harvell
Brockwell, AR - The Izard County Historical and Genealogical Society will meet on Sunday afternoon, January 10, 2015, at the Izard County Senior Center at 2 p.m. south of Brockwell, Arkansas, on Highway #9. The public is welcome to attend, and refreshments will be served.
Roger Harvell, a society member, will be the guest speaker for the session. He has a vast knowledge of his family history, Izard County history, and the history of the Civil War era.
He is a native of Izard County being the son of the late Reverend Owen Harvell and the late Sibyl Walker Harvell. His Izard County roots run back to the time before the county existed. His maternal Walker line was in this area when it was still a part of the Missouri Territory.
After his Air Force retirement, Roger became a computer programmer for a company in Little Rock. He became acquainted with George Fisher, the editorial cartoonist for the Arkansas Gazette, who encouraged him to pursue his childhood dream of becoming a cartoonist. He worked in North Little Rock, Pine Bluff, and in Greenville, South Carolina, drawing cartoons for area newspapers.
Harvell’s interest in genealogy grew when he came into possession of his father’s research. After mapping the Harvell family lands in Virginia, North Carolina, and Tennessee from original land transactions and at courthouses, he realized how geography plays an important role in genealogy. He completed a project showing all the original landowners of Izard County of which the Bureau Of Land Management has record. The book he published is titled “Izard County, Arkansas From the Beginning: Original Land Ownership Maps” available from Arkansas Research, Inc. in Conway, AR.
Harvell is very active in the Sons of Confederate Veterans and participates in reenactments throughout the state with his Civil War replica cannon. He lives on the family homestead at Lunenburg and does contract work for several newspapers