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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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William P. Dobson, a practicing physician and surgeon, of Union Township, Independence County, resides on a farm four miles north of Cushman post office. He was born in Surrey County, N. C., in 1846, and is one of two children born to John H. and Elizabeth Dobson, both natives of North Carolina. John H. was born in 1807 and died in his native State in 1866; he was of English-Irish descent. Mrs. Dobson, whose maiden name was Martin, was born in Wilkes County in 1817, and died in 1867; her ancestors were Dutch. William P. was reared in North Carolina, where he was given the advantages of a common-school education. He obtained his medical knowledge at the University of Louisville, Ky., and, since the year 1868, has been actively engaged in the practice of medicine. He located in Independence County, Ark., in 1870, where he has ever since resided and devoted the greater part of his attention to his practice, which is extensive and lucrative. In 1875 Dr. Dobson married Miss Kittie Williamson, a native of Arkansas, who was born in 1856. Their six children are: John R., William T., David E., Burrus C., Archibald H. and Mary E. The mother is an active member of the Methodist Episcopal Church, South, and the family is one well-known and respected. The Doctor owns 480 acres of land, of which he cultivates 125 acres. His politics have been Democratic ever since he cast his first presidential vote for Seymour and Blair.

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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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