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Below is a family biography included in Biographical and Historical Memoirs of Drew 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. F. M. Baxter, merchant, Monticello, Ark., Well-directed energy and honorable dealing always tell in business, and indeed in everything else. Dr. Baxter has conducted a very prosperous business at this place, since 1887, and during the whole time that has elapsed, his trade has advanced by rapid strides, until today he is in the enjoyment of as good a trade as any merchant in the city. Dr. Baxter was originally from Hickman County, Tenn., where his birth occurred, June 3, 1843, and is the son of Andrew and Violet (Barron) Baxter, natives of South Carolina. The father was a successful tiller of the soil, and he and family emigrated to Tennessee about 1836. There they remained until 1874, and then came to Monticello, Ark., where the father died in 1880, and the mother in 1885. To their marriage were born twelve children, nine now living. Dr. F. M. Baxter was educated in the common schools of his native county, in Tennessee, reared to the duties of farm life, and there remained until twenty-one years of age. He then began the study of dentistry, and graduated at Vanderbilt School of Dentistry, in 1879. The same year he came to Monticello and practiced his profession, until the fall of 1887, when he engaged in mercantile pursuits, and this he has since carried on. He has a first-class stock of goods, and is doing a nourishing business. He is also interested to some extent in real estate. His marriage occurred in 1885, to Miss C. A. Higgason, by whom he has two children: Edgar G. and Roy H. Mr. and Mrs. Baxter are members of the Presbyterian Church.

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This family biography is one of 83 biographies included in Biographical and Historical Memoirs of Drew County, Arkansas published in 1890.  For the complete description, click here: Drew County, Arkansas History, Genealogy, and Maps

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