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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. Robert Lovelady, of Greene County, Ark., and an eminent physician of the community, was born in Hamilton County, Tenn., in 1846, being the second of six children born to Joseph and Deborah (Harris) Lovelady, both of whom are Tennesseans, who emigrated to Northeast Arkansas in 1852, where they entered 200 acres of wild land, which was given Mr. Lovelady as a compensation for services rendered in the Florida War. Here they made many valuable improvements,, and resided until their respective deaths, the father dying on the 12th of April, 1861. Dr. Robert Lovelady remained with his parents until twenty-one years of age, attending the common schools; later he began farming for himself, and taught school for a few terms. In 1872 he took up the study of medicine, under the instruction of Dr. C. Wall, continuing with him three years, and then entered the Louisville University of Medicine, at Louisville, Ky., which he attended for some little time. After practicing his profession in Greene County for about three years he returned to the college, and was graduated at the end of five months, being the second resident of Crowley’s Ridge to graduate in any profession. In 1879 he returned from college and settled in Cache Township, where he entered upon the practice of his profession. During this time his patronage has been constantly growing, and he is counted among the most successful professional men of the county. He is well fixed financially, and deserves much credit for the way in which he has succeeded, for on leaving college he had no capital whatever, save a good knowledge of his calling. He is an active worker for the cause of education, and has done all he could to raise the standard of the public schools. In 1879 he was married to Miss Maggie A. Morgan, a native of Alabama, who came to Arkansas in 1871, with her mother and stepfather. By her he has three little children: Ethel, Aden B. and Clifford. The Doctor is the owner of a small tract of land near Walcott, on which he has erected a neat cottage and out-buildings, and has set out a considerable number of fruit trees. He and wife are members of the Methodist Episcopal Church.

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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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