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Below is a family biography included in The History of Dallas County, Missouri published by Goodspeed Publishing Company in 1889.  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. Morgan L. Atchly, an eminent physician and surgeon of Dallas County, Mo., was born November 16, 1837, in Meigs County, Tenn. He is one of eight surviving members of a family of ten children born to the marriage of John Atchly and Elizabeth Eubanks, who were natives of the “Old Dominion,” and early immigrants to Tennessee. About 1838 they took up their abode in Goodwin Hollow, Laclede Co., Mo., where they entered land amounting to about 340 acres, the most of which was heavily covered with timber. In time it became one of the finest farms in the county, and is now owned by their two sons, Seth and James. The father died about 1882, and his wife in 1878. The following are their children who are living: Noah D., James, Seth, Miles, Dr. Morgan L., Sarah, Delilah and Elizabeth. Dr. Morgan L. Atchly grew to manhood on a farm in Missouri, and received such education as the schools of that day afforded. He began the study of medicine in 1860, and in 1864 was appointed assistant surgeon, and was stationed at Hartville and Lebanon, serving in this capacity for about two years. He attended his first course of lectures at Cincinnati, Ohio, in 1863, and after the close of the war he completed his medical studies and graduated from the Eclectic Medical College of St. Louis, Mo., in 1872. He first practiced his profession at Lebanon a short time, then located in Phelps County, and in 1867 came to Louisburg, where he has since been an active and very successful practitioner. He derives a very lucrative income from his profession, and in connection with the “healing art” gives much of his attention to farming, being the owner of about 246 acres of land, with about 170 acres under cultivation and well improved. On coming to Dallas County, his possessions consisted of a good education, a pair of pill bags and six “bits,” but his energy was boundless, and as a result he is now one of the successful physicians and wealthy farmers of the county. He is a member of the Dallas County Medical Association. In 1868 he was united in marriage to Miss Sophronia Marsh, by whom he had one child, Maude, the wife of C. C. Carter. His wife died in 1870, and the following year he wedded Virginia T. Lindsey, who has borne him four children: John A., Jessie E., Inez and Virgil M. The Doctor is a member of the I. O. O. F., and he and wife are consistent members of the Baptist Church.

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This family biography is one of 74 biographies included in The History of Dallas County, Missouri published in 1889.  For the complete description, click here: Dallas County, Missouri History, Genealogy, and Maps

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