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Below is a family biography included in Biographical and Historical Memoirs of Independence 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. Lycurgus A. Dickson, a prominent physician and surgeon, of Desha, Independence County, is a native of Murfreesboro, Tenn., and was born in 1827. His parents were Enos H. and Cynthia (Howell) Dickson, both of Tennessee. Enos H. Dickson was a cabinet-maker by trade, and was a son of William Dickson, a native of North Carolina, who died in Tennessee; the latter was a soldier in the Revolutionary War, participating in the battle of King’s Mountain. Lycurgus A. was next to the youngest of a family of seven sons, and is the only one now living; he was left an orphan at the age of fourteen years, and lived with an uncle, G. B. Lanham, till nearly grown. His education was that which he could obtain in the common schools, and at the age of nineteen he engaged in teaching, which profession he followed several years. In 1851 he began the study of medicine, in Gibson County, Tenn., and in 1853-54 attended the medical department of the University of Nashville, Tenn., graduating from Jefferson Medical College, Philadelphia, in 1855. He began the practice of his chosen profession in Gibson County, Tenn., where he remained until 1856; in the latter year he removed to Independence County, Ark., where he has ever since been actively engaged in practice, with remarkable success. During the war he served two years as surgeon of the Eighth Arkansas Infantry, operating in Arkansas, Kentucky and Tennessee. In January, 1863, Dr. Dickson married Elizabeth G., daughter of Judge Henry Neill. Mrs. Dickson was born not far from where she now lives. Their children are: Maude M., wife of Dr. F. E. Jeffery; Dr. Henry N., a graduate of the medical department of Vanderbilt University, of Nashville, Tenn.; Robert L., Florence (deceased), Paul Lanham, Elizabeth Adair, and Enos H. The Doctor owns 280 acres of land, with 150 acres under cultivation. He is one of the oldest physicians in the county, and is a leader in his profession. His practice is large and remunerative, and he has the respect and confidence of a large number of friends and patrons. Politically, he is a Democrat. He is a member of the A. F. & A. M. Mrs. Dickson is a member of the Methodist Church.

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This family biography is one of 158 biographies included in Biographical and Historical Memoirs of Independence County, Arkansas published in 1889.  View the complete description here: Independence County, Arkansas History, Genealogy, and Maps

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