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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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Samuel B. Wall, physician, Missouri Township, Pike County, first saw the light of this world in Williamson County, Tenn., April 2, 1842. His parents, John and Martha Wall, both natives of South Carolina, born in 1800, had a family of ten children, viz.: Thomas, C. H., Malinda, James M., Robert C. (who served as county judge for Pulaski County for four years), Samuel B., Simeon V. (who is president of the Battle Ground College at Franklin, Tenn.) The rest of the children died in infancy. The father was a planter by occupation, and was very successful in his calling. He was a Royal Arch Mason, and represented his lodge in the grand lodge several times. He served in the Mexican War as a private, and was in a battle at BuenaVista; he also served in the Florida War, as a private at its commencement, but later as a captain. He also served in the late war as a major. He was wounded at Murfreesboro by a horse falling on him in a ditch. While on a trip to Mississippi in 1872, to sell a farm, he was taken ill and died at Hollow Springs, December 25, of the same year. His wife died November 10, 1857. Both he and wife were members of the Cumberland Presbyterian Church. The immediate subject of this sketch received his literary education at Lebanon College, where he received a diploma, and attended a medical college at Nashville, Tenn., and after his graduation at this latter place he enlisted in the Confederate army, serving as brigadier-sergeant throughout the war. He was wounded severely several times. In the first battle of Bull Run he was shot through both thighs and both calves; at Wilmington his big toe was shot off; at Gettysburg he was shot through the lungs, and while crossing the Tennessee River with Hood’s retreat, he was wounded quite severely by a shell. At the close of the war he returned to his home in Mississippi, where he resumed the practice of his profession for six years. There, December 29, 1869, he married Miss Mattie Gossip, a native of Mississippi, born in 1850, who bore him four children, viz.: Minnie B., Ulah M. (deceased), James G. (deceased), and Walter G., and died August 2, 1880, at Aurora. Madison County, Ark., where she is buried. May 19, 1881, Dr. Wall was again married to Miss Lelia A. Wilson, a native of Mississippi, born November 6, 1861, and this union has been blessed in the birth of two children: Willie E. (deceased) and Thomas M. Mr. Wall has been practicing his profession for twenty-nine years, and has built up a large and lucrative practice since coming to Arkansas. Mr. Wall is a Mason, and both he and wife are members of the Cumberland Presbyterian Church.

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