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Below is a family biography included in Biographical and Historical Memoirs of Bradley 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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Dr. C. C. Gannaway, physician and surgeon, Warren, Ark. There are few men of the present day, whom the world acknowledges as successful, more worthy of honorable mention, or whose history affords a better illustration of what may be accomplished by a determined will and perseverance, than Dr. Gannaway. He was born in Monroe County, Miss., January 17, 1835, and was but eleven years of age when he came with his parents to Arkansas. He passed his boyhood days on the farm, received his education in the common schools, and, in 1861, at the breaking out of the war, he enlisted in Company C, Fifth Arkansas Regiment, and served until cessation of hostilities. He began the study of medicine at an early age, and graduated at the New Orleans School of Medicine in the spring of 1861. After this he practiced until his enlistment into the army. In the fall of 1862 he was made assistant surgeon, and served in Cobb’s battalion of artillery until close of the war. He then returned to Warren, located there, and has since been in active practice. He was elected sheriff in 1872, and held the office for ten years. He also served as coroner for a few years. On March 3, 1865, he was united in marriage to Miss Nancy Ramsey, who was born in Louisiana, but who came to Arkansas in her youth. To the Doctor and his wife have been born eight children, seven living: C. E., J. R., S. L., J. A., Mary N., Ruth N., Henry A. (deceased), and Emily E. The Doctor is a member of the Masonic fraternity, the K. & L. of H., and he and wife are members of the Baptist Church. He owns considerable land, and carries on farming on a small scale. He engaged in the drug business in 1882, and has since carried it on, the style of the firm being Gannaway & Davis. His parents, James and Mary (Ederington) Gannaway, were natives, respectively, of Virginia and Kentucky. They were married in Mississippi, and remained in that State until 1846, when he moved to Bradley County, Ark., and located two miles southwest of Warren. He entered a tract of unimproved land, erected a little log-cabin, and began work. He died in 1852, and the mother in 1878. Of their five children—one son and four daughters—three are now living: Mrs. A. C. Jones, Mrs. Emily Childs and Dr. C. C. The maternal grandfather of our subject was a soldier in the Revolutionary War, and was over one hundred years of age at the time of his death.

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This family biography is one of 64 biographies included in Biographical and Historical Memoirs of Bradley County, Arkansas published in 1890.  For the complete description, click here: Bradley County, Arkansas History, Genealogy, and Maps

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