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Below is a family biography included in Biographical and Historical Memoirs of Yell County, Arkansas published by Southern Publishing Company in 1891.  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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Dr. A. H. McKenzie. In 1832 Arthur A. McKenzie, a native of York County, S. C., born in 1808, was united in marriage to Rachel E. Barnett, also of that county and State, and born in 1810, and they became the happy parents of eight children, of whom Dr. A. H. McKenzie is the youngest son, having been born in his parents’ native county April 18, 1849. The senior McKenzie was a farmer, miller and stock dealer by occupation, and in 1861 enlisted in Company B of the Fifth Regiment of the South Carolina Volunteers, commanded by Capt. W. H. Bowen, and in 1862 was discharged on account of old age. He died in his native State in 1875 a believer of the Presbyterian faith, being an elder in the Old School Church of that denomination. His widow also died in this State in 1889 a member of the Presbyterian Church. The Doctor was educated in the Kings Mountain Military School, and acquired his professional knowledge in the medical department of the University of Maryland. Graduating March 4, 1872, he chose as his first place of settlement his native county, where he opened an office and began his practice. He came to Arkansas in June, 1872, and January 9 of the succeeding year married Miss Mary J. McKenzie, who was born August 31, 1854, and is the daughter of David U. and Rebecca (Nolen) McKenzie. To Dr. A. H. and M. J. McKenzie have been born ten children: David A., Samuel A., Joseph B. (deceased), Carrie R., Walter M., Bergie H., Hattie E., Irvin A., Archie S. and James I. Soon after he settled in this county the Doctor bought 170 acres of land and has improved seventy. He is a Mason of high degree, being worshipful master of Centerville Lodge No. 462, scribe of Dardanelle Chapter No. 64, and a member of the Eastern Star. He and wife worship with the Presbyterian Church, and as a physician he is the trusted friend of his many patrons, and his influence for good is felt through out the community. He has recently taken up his residence in Dardanelle to educate his children and practice his profession.

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This family biography is one of 124 biographies included in Biographical and Historical Memoirs of Yell County, Arkansas published in 1891.  For the complete description, click here: Yell County, Arkansas History, Genealogy, and Maps

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