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Below is a family biography included in Biographical and Historical Memoirs of Greene County, Arkansas 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. R. C. Cavitt. One of the most familiar and welcomed faces in the home of the sick and afflicted of Greene County, is that of Dr. Cavitt, who administers to the physical wants of his fellowman, in a highly satisfactory and successful manner, as his many patients, now living, can testify. The Doctor was born in Henry County, Tenn., but was reared in Obion County, of the same State, where he lived with his father on a farm. At a very early age he commenced learning the blacksmith trade which he completed, and, although he has not worked at his trade for over nineteen years, still thinks that his hand has not lost its cunning, and that he can do as good a piece of work in that line as he ever could. At the age of twenty-seven he commenced the study of medicine with his brother, B. H. Cavitt, then of Obion County, Tenn., and graduated at the expiration of two and a half years’ study at the Vanderbilt University, Nashville, Tenn. He then moved to Greene County, Ark., locating near Tilmanville, two miles west of Marmaduke (then not in existence), and here the Doctor, after twelve years of labor, has built up an enviable practice. After coming to this State he was married to Miss N. E. Jones, a native of Clay County, Ark., and the daughter of John Jones, who came from Tennessee about 1830. To this marital relation were born two children: Vera Ethel and Iler Myrtle. Dr. Cavitt has about 120 acres of land in cultivation where he lives, and which he has had improved to such an extent that it is one of the finest farms in the county. The Doctor says he intends it to be the best in the county within a year or two at the most. He has always, since living here, been dealing in cotton, and by care, and by closely watching the market, has managed to benefit himself very much in that line. He is a member of the I. O. O. F. lodge at Tilmanville, is also a member of the Masonic fraternity, and in each has filled many of the chairs, holding one position at the present time. He and Mrs. Cavitt are members of the Methodist Episcopal Church, South, near Tilmanville.

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This family biography is one of 120 biographies included in Biographical and Historical Memoirs of Greene County, Arkansas published in 1889.  View the complete description here: Greene County, Arkansas History, Genealogy, and Maps

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