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Below is a family biography included in Biographical and Historical Memoirs of Nevada 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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Philip G. Dewoody. Inasmuch as the history of a county must, perforce, depend in a large measure for interest upon the record made by those whom it claims as citizens, a sketch of the life of Philip G. Dewoody is essential to the completeness of the history of Nevada County, his being one of the prominent names there. He is a native of Tennessee, having been born in that State December 26, 1833. His parents, George C. and Isabella (Gates) Dewoody were Southerners, the former from Greenville, Term., the latter from Alabama. They had nine children, of whom the following are now living, viz.: Hannah (wife of William McClelland), and the subject of this sketch. The family moved from Tennessee to Arkansas in 1840, settling in Poinsett County, then in Clark County, afterward in Ouachita County, where they continued to reside until the time of the father’s death in 1854. The mother lived until 1870, in which year she breathed her last, dying a lovely Christian death. Philip G. Dewoody moved with his parents to Arkansas, and was married, in 1853, to Miss Nancy J. Morgan, a native of Illinois, and born August 15, 1830. She is a daughter of William and Charity (Smith) Morgan, both of whom were natives of Kentucky. Mr. and Mrs. Dewoody have six children, viz.: James L., Catherine L. (now living), and four dead. He owns a good steam cotton and grist mill, and is a decidedly prosperous and influential man. He was lieutenant in the Twelfth Regiment Arkansas Infantry, having enlisted in 1861, and figured in all the famous battles. At the close of the war he returned home, devoting his attention to farming. He is a member of the Masonic order, has been justice of the peace and school director for many years.

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This family biography is one of 96 biographies included in Biographical and Historical Memoirs of Nevada County, Arkansas published in 1890.  For the complete description, click here: Nevada County, Arkansas History, Genealogy, and Maps

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