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Below is a family biography included in Biographical and Historical Memoirs of Dallas County, Arkansas published by Goodspeed Publishing Company in 1890.  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. John K. Hodge, physician and surgeon, Princeton, Ark. Since Dr. Hodge’s location in Princeton, he has shown himself eminently worthy of the confidence and trust reposed in him by all classes, and proven himself to be a physician of decided merit. His parents, Dr. George D. and Susan E. (Sorrells) Hodge, were natives of Tennessee and Mississippi, respectively. The father was a graduate of Transylvania School of Medicine, at Lexington, Ky., and was a physician of considerable note. In 1840 he came to Dallas County, Ark., and practiced his profession in this county until 1876, after which he moved to Prescott. There he still continued practicing, but died in the latter part of that year when about sixty years of age. He was a member of the Methodist Episcopal Church, South, a member of the Masonic fraternity, and in politics was a strict adherent to the Democratic party. The mother is still living and resides in Prescott. She is also a member of the Methodist Episcopal Church, South. Dr. John K. Hodge was the eldest of ten children, six of whom are now living. His birth occurred at Holly Springs, Dallas County, Ark., April 15, 1850, and he received his education in that county and at Franklin, Tenn. In 1869 he commenced the study of medicine under his father, and in 1871 and 1872 he attended the Nashville School of Medicine, graduating in the last-named year. Afterward locating at Holly Springs, he practiced there for six years with his father and three years alone, and, then in 1881 removed to Princeton, where he has had a very extensive practice since. His union to Miss Ellen Henry, daughter of James and Mary Henry, of Holly Springs, was celebrated in 1872, and six children were born to this union: Olga M., Henry D., Robert E., George A., Joseph K. and Charles B. Dr. Hodge is a Democrat in politics and was chairman of the Democratic Central Committee, of Dallas County, Ark. He is a member of the Masonic fraternity, and he and wife are members of the Methodist Episcopal Church, South.

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