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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. W. A. Brown, physician, Monticello, Ark. Dr. Brown is recognized throughout the State as a friend of and laborer in the cause and advancement of the medical fraternity. He is a native of Tennessee, born in Lincoln County, on November 23, 1843, and is one of eight children, three now living: J. M., Dr. W. A. and Mrs. L. A. Gragg, born to the union of Samuel and Amaranda (Robinson) Brown, natives of North Carolina and Virginia, respectively. The Brown family originally came from Ireland and the mother’s people from Scotland. The maternal grandfather was one of the first settlers of Tennessee. He bored an artesian well, and at a depth of 360 feet struck sulphur water which now comes out two feet above ground. All but ten feet of this depth was bored through limestone rock. It is in Lincoln County. The father of our subject was a successful agriculturist, and he and wife emigrated to Tennessee, at an early day, where they received their final summons in Lincoln County, in 1856 and 1858, respectively. Dr. W. A. Brown was early taught the duties of farm life, and remained engaged in agricultural pursuits until seventeen years of age. Just at this time the war broke out and he enlisted in the Eighth Tennessee Infantry, Confederate States Army, was wounded by a shell in the right knee at the battle of Murfreesboro, and was taken to his home. After convalescing he attended literary at Washington Lee University at Lexington, Va., and graduated from that institution. In 1869 he graduated in medicine at Nashville, Tenn., and then practiced for two years in Lincoln County, of that State. In 1871 he came to Arkansas, located in Lincoln County for two years, and then came to Drew County, residing for some time in the northern part of the county. In June, 1889, he located at Monticello, where he has since been engaged in the practice of his profession. He was married in 1875, to Miss Mary C. Hoke, by whom he has four children: Duffie A., Myrtle A., Willie R. and Carroll J. The Doctor is a member of the Masonic fraternity, and K. of H., and is an elder in the Presbyterian Church.

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