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Below is a family biography included in Biographical and Historical Memoirs of Perry 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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Edison Haywood Owen is a practicing physician and surgeon of merit, having acquired an enviable reputation as such during his residence here. He was born in Tippah County, Miss., August 24, 1848, the fifth child of Larkin James and Pamelia Ann (Johnson) Owen, who were married in 1839. The father, of Welsh descent, was born in North Alabama in 1817; he had been a farmer, but in later life practiced medicine, residing in Lincoln County, Ark., where he died September 13, 1889. His wife was born in North Alabama in 1823, and died July 15, 1889. Both are buried at Hickory Grove Church, Lincoln County, Ark. They were the parents of nine children, six now living. Edison was reared in what is now Lincoln County, receiving his education in Mississippi, and attending college two years at Clinton, but, owing to poor health, he did not graduate. He received his medical instruction in Lincoln County, under Dr. Thomason, graduate of a medical college in New York, Dr. Stanfield, graduate of Memphis (Tenn.) College, and Dr. Steward, a graduate of New Orleans Medical College. Dr. Owen first began practicing thirteen years ago, and came to Perry County in June, 1882, where he has since enjoyed a large and lucrative practice. He is also a minister of the Missionary Baptist Church, having been ordained in 1871, his credentials being on file in the county clerk’s office of Lincoln County, Ark. Dr. Owen has been a Master Mason since about 1873, having been made a Mason in Mill Creek Lodge No. 178. He is now a member of Perryville Lodge No. 238. He is a Democrat, and is an honorary member of the Hermenian Society of Mississippi College. His wife is a member of the Baptist Church. In 1876 he married Miss Mary E. May, who was born in Tippah County, Miss., in 1855, the daughter of James and Tabitha (Person) May. Dr. Owen has a farm of 654 1/2 acres, mostly on the Arkansas River; of this about 135 acres are in cultivation, which he rents. He has 160 acres in Cleveland County, also has a store of general merchandise and drugs, carrying a stock worth $1,000, which he manages with his wife’s assistance. He is a cultured gentleman, and extremely popular in Perry County.

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