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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. William C. Duval, a prominent physician and surgeon of Pineville, Mo., was born in Union County, Ky., on January 30, 1824, and is a son of Claiborne Duval (deceased), a native of Virginia. Dr. William C. Duval read medicine under the direction of Dr. W. C. Russell, of Cadiz, Ky., after which he came to Hermitage, Hickory Co., Mo., where he practiced his profession until June, 1849, when he removed to Carthage, Mo. The following December he located at Rutledge, near Pineville. He served four years in the Missouri Legislature, from 1858 to 1860, and from 1860 to 1862, and was very strongly opposed to the adoption of the ordinance of secession. The last Union flag raised by a Southern man in Jefferson City, prior to the beginning of hostilities in the great conflict, was raised by him, but when his State seceded he became a captain in the Southern army, and served six months. During the last three years of the war he served as assistant surgeon of the Second Cherokee Cavalry, Col. William P. Adair’s regiment. When the war was over, and he returned home, he found his family at Pea Ridge, Ark., they having been burned out of house and home by the Federal Militia. Dr. Duval located at Pea Ridge, and practiced his profession until 1871, when he came to Pineville, where he has since resided, controlling a large and lucrative practice. He first married Parallel E. Holland, and after her death, Frances S. Pearson, by whom he became the father of two children: Ney and Eldora. He later married Mary J. Boyer, and to them were born three children: Claiborne E., Fannie S. and Annie E. Dr. Duval’s present wife is Thursy T. Woods. Four children have been born to this marriage: Mollie J., Clarence, Lavenia H. and Leonia. The family are communicants of the Methodist Episcopal Church South. The Doctor is a member of the McDonald County Medical Association, of which he is vice-president. He is a member of the Masonic order.

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