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Below is a family biography included in Biographical and Historical Memoirs of Mississippi County, Arkansas 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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William H. Oglesby, M. D. Since Dr. Oglesby’ s location in Mississippi County, Ark., he has shown himself eminently worthy of the confidence and trust reposed in him by all classes, and has proved himself to be a physician of decided merit. He was born on Blue Grass soil in 1854, and up to 1860 resided on a farm in the country, but at that date his father, W. A. Oglesby, departed this life, and the family then took up their abode in Owensboro, where William H. attended school until about fifteen years of age, making good use of his time while opportunity offered. Imbued with a determination to secure a good education, he entered the Kentucky Wesleyan University at Millersburg, which institution he attended two years, and then clerked for two years in a store, his leisure moments being given to the study of medicine, for which science he had a predilection. The years of 1875-76 were spent in Slaughtersville, where he pursued his medical researches, and he then entered the medical department of the University of Louisville, taking lectures during the winter of 1876-77. In the latter year he came to Mississippi County, Ark., and began clerking for J. B. Tisserand; but some five months later he entered upon the practice of his profession, which he has continued with a rapidly increasing practice, up to the present time. In the winter of 1884-85 he attended lectures at the Memphis Hospital Medical College, graduating from that institution in March, 1885. Dr. Oglesby is a hard student, and keeps thoroughly apace with the strides which are being constantly made in his profession, and takes a number of leading medical journals. He has a very pleasant and comfortable home in the village of Blythesville, his residence being erected in 1881; and in addition to this has eighty acres of arable land, of which sixty are under cultivation. The Doctor is a married man, Miss Cullie Waggoner becoming his wife in 1879. She is a daughter of James Waggoner, an old settler of the county. She is a member of the Methodist Episcopal Church, and she and the Doctor are the parents of two children. Gipsy and Mary Lorine. Dr. Oglesby has always been a patron of education, and is at present a member of the school board of Blythesville. His parents, W. A. and Katie (Harding) Oglesby, were the parents of five children of whom he was the fourth. Both parents were Kentuckians, the father being a planter of that State, which occupation he followed throughout life.

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This family biography is one of 162 biographies included in Biographical and Historical Memoirs of Mississippi County, Arkansas published in 1889.  View the complete description here: Mississippi County, Arkansas History, Genealogy, and Maps

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