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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. Moses J. Mitchell, physician, Holly Springs. Ark. Dr. Mitchell is a man of decided intellectual ability, is ever ready to obey the call of all classes, and is in truth a physician of thorough learning and experience. He was born in Edgecombe County, N. C, in 1833, and is the son of Mortica and Delila (McDade) Mitchell, natives of Virginia and North Carolina, respectively. They were married in North Carolina (whither Mr. Mitchell had emigrated when a young man), in 1837, and later moved to Tennessee, and then in 1847 to what is now Calhoun County, Ark. After that the father was in Texas for about two years, but returned to Arkansas, and there died, in Nevada County, in 1868. He was a farmer and also followed merchandising. He was a member of the Baptist Church, and socially was a member of the Masonic fraternity. His father, James Mitchell, was born in Virginia, and died there. He was of Irish descent and was a farmer by occupation. The maternal grandfather of our subject, John McDade, was born in North Carolina and there passed his last days. Dr. Moses J. Mitchell was reared on the farm and secured a fair education in the country schools. About 1855 he began the study of medicine, and began practicing in Bradley County, continuing from 1858 for one year. He then located at Holly Springs, where he has since resided, with the exception of two years that he spent in other parts of Dallas County, and is one of the oldest physicians of the same. In 1861 he enlisted in Company D, Twelfth Arkansas Infantry, as sergeant, and after about three months was promoted to surgeon of his regiment, pro tem. Soon after he was made assistant surgeon of the Thirty-third Arkansas Infantry, and served eight months, but failing health caused him to refugee to Texas, where he remained until the close of the war. He was married on December 7, 1863, to Miss Sarah C., daughter of John and Julia Juniel, both natives of Virginia, where they were married. About 1848 they came to Ouachita County, Ark., where the mother died in 1858, but the father is still living. Mrs. Mitchell was born in the Old Dominion, and by her marriage became the mother of two children, a son and daughter: Mary (wife of Robert H. Terry), and John W. Dr. Mitchell is the owner of about 800 acres in different counties, and a good home in Holly Springs. He is a Democrat in his political views, and his first presidential vote was for James Buchanan in 1856. He is the present master of St. John’s Lodge No. 38, Masonic fraternity, at Holly Springs. Mrs. Mitchell is a member of the Methodist Episcopal Church.

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This family biography is one of 55 biographies included in Biographical and Historical Memoirs of Dallas County, Arkansas published in 1890.  For the complete description, click here: Dallas County, Arkansas History, Genealogy, and Maps

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