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Below is a family biography included in Biographical and Historical Memoirs of Columbia 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. John A. Searcy, practicing physician and surgeon, Buckner, Ark. Dr. Searcy is a man of decided intellectual ability, is ever ready to obey the call of all classes, and is, in truth, a physician of thorough learning and experience. He was born in Kentucky, September 3, 1839, and when ten years of age went with his parents to Missouri, where he was reared and educated. He received his medical education at St. Louis Medical College, from which he graduated in March, 1861, and since that time has been engaged in active practice. He was a surgeon in the Confederate array for four years. On March 16, 1867, he went to Lafayette County, Ark., located at Mars Hill, and practiced there until March 18,1888, when he came to Buckner, where he now resides. His career as a physician has long been well and favorably known to the many who have tested his healing ability, and his reputation also as a citizen is second to none. He was married September 27, 1866, to Miss Sallie J. Hubbard, a native of Caswell County, N. C, and to them have been born eight children—four sons and four daughters: Mary B. (wife of William H. Waddell), Robert L., Eva E., Willie G., Frederick J., Mabel, Fay C. and John E. Dr. Searcy has an interest in 320 acres of land in Hempstead County, has a house and lot in this county, and also has considerable property in New Lewisville. In his political preferment he is a Democrat, and his first presidential vote was cast for J. C. Brockinridge, in the rotunda of the court house at St. Louis. Socially, the Doctor is a member of the K. of H. He is the son of Nathaniel Searcy, a native of Kentucky, and grandson of John Searcy, Sr., who was born in the Old Dominion, and who died when nearly one hundred years old. The grandfather was of English descent, and was a soldier in the War of the Revolution. The mother of our subject, whose maiden name was Miss Mary A. Wood, was born in Kentucky, and died in Texas in 1873. The parents emigrated from Kentucky to Missouri, and landed at Weston on April 1, 1850. From there they went to Bonham, Fannin County, Tex., in 1866, and the father now resides near that city.

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