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Below is a family biography included in Biographical and Historical Memoirs of Hempstead 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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Henry L. B’Shers. M. D., was born in Hempstead County, Ark., October 15, 1860, being a son of John and Jane (Mayben) B’Shers, both of whom are now living, the former at the age of fifty-nine, and the later fifty-one years, and make their home at Prescott, Ark. They were both brought by their parents to Arkansas in their childhood, and here grew to maturity, subsequently marrying and locating in Hempstead County, and remained in that county until that part in which they lived was taken off and formed into Nevada County. The father has always been a merchant, and was very successful in that calling. He is a prominent man of Prescott, and is at present efficiently discharging the duties of mayor of that city. He is a Royal Arch Mason, and in politics is a stanch Democrat. During the late war he served on detail duty, and had charge of Government supplies. His wife is a member of the Christian Church, and is a devout Christian lady, highly esteemed by all who know her. To their marriage three children were born, two of whom only are now living, viz.: Mary, now the wife of W. J. Hicks, a farmer of Nevada County, and Henry L., the subject, of this sketch. One son, Alonzo, died while very young. The subject of this sketch received his literary education at Prescott and Mineral Springs, and in 1877 commenced the study of medicine under Dr. J. D. Jordan, of Eureka Springs, as preceptor, under whose instructions he remained for two years. From 1879 to 1882 he was at the University of Louisville, and was graduated from that institution in March, of the latter date, and immediately after his graduation engaged in the practice of his profession at Fulton, where he has established an extensive and lucrative patronage. In 1883 he opened up a drug business in connection with his practice, which he has since successfully conducted. In December, 1888, he formed his present partnership with Dr. Briant, and they bid fair to become one of the strongest medical firms in the State. In 1882 Dr. B’Shers formed a life partnership with Miss Virgie, daughter of John D. Jones, and it has proved a very happy connection. Both he and wife are members of the Methodist Episcopal Church, South, and in secret societies, Dr. B’Shers belongs to the A. F. & A. M., the I. O. O. F., the K. of H., and the American Legion of Honor. Politically he is a Democrat.


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This family biography is one of 131 biographies included in Biographical and Historical Memoirs of Hempstead County, Arkansas published in 1890.  For the complete description, click here: Hempstead County, Arkansas History, Genealogy, and Maps

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