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Below is a family biography included in The History of Miller County, Missouri 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. S. W. Ewell, physician and surgeon at Tuscumbia, was born in Laurel County, Ky., June 20, 1856, and is the son of Richard L. and Nettie (Ruke) Ewell, natives of Kentucky. The father came to Missouri, with his mother, when quite young, but afterward went back to Kentucky. He is still living, and is a resident of London, Ky. He is an attorney by profession, and has held the office of county and circuit clerk of Laurel County for twelve years. He also held a Government office of general store-keeper for a number of years, and is one of the prominent citizens of Laurel County. His father was supposed to have been killed by Indians. Mr. Ewell has been twice married, and by his first wife had five children: Annie, Dr. S. W., James, Alice and Richard. To his second marriage were born seven children, five now living: Pocahontas, John, George, Robert and Logan. Dr. S. W. Ewell was reared and educated in Kentucky. At the age of twenty-two years he began the study of medicine, and graduated at the Louisville (Ky.) Medical College in 1881. Ho then began practicing at London, Ky., and there remained until 1883, when he came to Tuscumbia, where he has since practiced his profession. He has built up a large and lucrative practice, and is a young man well adapted to his chosen profession. He was married in 1886 to Miss Luella Galden, a native of Pettis County, Mo., and to them have been born two children, only one living, Philip L. The Doctor is a member of the I. O. O. F. lodge.

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This family biography is one of 120 biographies included in The History of Miller County, Missouri published in 1889.  For the complete description, click here: Miller County, Missouri History, Genealogy, and Maps

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