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Son of W.C. & M.L. Lefors
Aug 28, 1852
Apr 16, 1863
Here is the information that has been found.
His parents are Whitfield Collins Lefors (1830 - 1900) and Martha Luranay Hale Lefors (1836 - 1886).
Both are buried at Bentonville Cemetery in Bentonville AR along with Fremont Lefors (his brother) and Margery Montgomery Lefors (his grandmother).
Capt. Whitfield Collins LeFors (Richard's father) was a Benton County's sheriff from 1868-1873. He was also Treasurer & Mayor. He was also a member of the IOOF/Odd Fellows as he's in their cemetery (The IOOF cemetery has merged into the Bentonville Cemetery). His son Elijah Oscar married James Berry's daughter. And James' sister married Sam Peel. Whitfield, James & Sam are all at Bentonville's cemetery in the IOOF/Odd Fellows section.
The Bentonville Cemetery has been contacted and the only Lefors on the burial list were the four that are listed above. I was also told that the records that pre-date 1900 are iffy.
The following is what I found on http://www.ancestry.com/.
1860 United States Federal Census about Richard Leforse
Name: Richard LeforseAge in 1860: 8
Birth Year: abt 1852
Home in 1860: Flint, Benton, Arkansas
Post Office: Double Springs
Household Members: Name Age
W C Leforse 34
Martha Leforse 25
Richard Leforse 8
Fremont Leforse 3
Eldridge Leforse 2
Isaac D Leforse 7/12
So this is the extent of what we know. I have also emailed the IOOF to see if they possibly have any information that might help and I have emailed someone who has a bunch of books with obits in them for Benton county during the time he died. So far I have not recieved a response from either so hopefully they will come through with something that will help.
So if any of you wonderful readers are up for the challenge of solving this mystery your help will gladly be accepted. Email me at firstname.lastname@example.org if you find anything. I am hoping we can get this marker back to where it belongs.