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Below is a family biography included in Biographical and Historical Memoirs of Pike 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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D. J. Oldham, M. D., is one of the leading merchants and physicians of Pike County. He commenced his merchandise business in 1885, with a capital of $1,600, and it has increased rapidly since; he now does a business of $5,000, with $1,500 in outstanding debts. He was born in Shelby County, Tenn., July, 27, 1849, a son of Green L. and Amelia (Gay) Oldham, the former a native of Virginia, and the latter of Georgia. They had a family of four children, viz.: Mosebelle (who married Henry Humphrey), D. J., John H. (deceased), and Joe G. The father was a farmer by occupation, and emigrated from Tennessee to Arkansas in 1850, settling in Pike County, where he still resides. He enlisted in the Confederate army, serving as private. He is a Mason, belonging to Pisgah Lodge No. 250, in which he has held some of the principal offices, being bailiff for a short time. He is a prominent man in his neighborhood, taking a deep interest in the up building of churches, schools and society. The immediate subject of this sketch received his medical education in Nashville, Tenn. He also attended college at the Vanderbilt University; removed to his home in 1876, and immediately began the practice of his profession. The next year he married Miss Lilly Nash, a native of North Carolina, and to this union have been born four children, viz.: Patrick, Green, Awlton G. Oldham (deceased), Guss G. and Willie. Mr. Oldham is a Mason of high standing, a member of Pisgah Lodge No. 250, in which he has been junior and senior warden, and is highly respected by all in the community in which he resides. Both he and wife are earnest members of the Methodist Episcopal Church, South.

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