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Below is a family biography included in The History of McDonald County, Missouri published by Goodspeed Publishing Company in 1888.  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. Cravens Plumlee, of Indian Springs, was born in Newton County, Mo., May 11, 1855. He is the son of Isaac and Eliza (Roberts) Plumlee, both of whom are natives of Tennessee. The parents were married in Newton County, Mo., and have a family of seven children, viz.: Cravens, Isaac, Mary, Henry, Ann, Jane and Lucy. The parents are pioneers of McDonald County, having lived in Richwood Township for the past thirty years. Dr. Cravens Plumlee was a poor, but very persevering boy, and had but little chance for schooling, but that little was well improved, having overcome many obstacles. He is a sympathetic, warm-hearted, frank and generous Southern gentleman. He began the study of medicine with Dr. G. A. Weems, of Franklin Township, Newton Co., in 1871, and read with him two and one-half years. In November, 1873, he began practicing his profession. In the fall of 1880 he entered the College of Physicians and Surgeons at Keokuk, Iowa, and during the winter of 1883-84 the St. Louis College of Physicians and Surgeons, graduating from that institution. He now has a very large and lucrative practice. He was married October 9, 1881, to Elizabeth A. Milligan, who was born December 11, 1863. She is a daughter of Joseph and Rebecca Milligan, natives of Tennessee, who are now residing in Benton County, Ark. To Dr. and Mrs. Plumlee have been born two children: Carus and Beulia. Mrs. Plumlee is an active Christian and a member of the Cumberland Presbyterian Church. The Doctor was elected county coroner in 1884, and is the present incumbent of that office. He is a member of the McDonald County Medical Association, and is a Democrat in politics. He is the owner of 320 acres of land, a part of which is in Newton County. About 120 acres of his farm is under a good state of cultivation.

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