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Below is a family biography included in Biographical and Historical Memoirs of Prairie 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. P. Owens, physician and surgeon, De Vall’s Bluff, Ark. This prominent and successful practitioner owes his nativity to De Soto County, Miss., where his birth occurred August 10, 1855, and he located in Prairie County, in March, 1884, where he has since practiced his profession. He was the fourth of nine children born to the union of Joshua D. and Fannie (La Favre) Owens, natives of Alabama. The parents were married in their native State, and there the father carried on agricultural pursuits until 1835, when he moved to Mississippi, and settled in De Soto County, where they are now living. Dr. W. P. Owens was reared to farm labor, and remained under the parental roof until seventeen years of age. He received his literary education at Lexington, Ky., and at the State University of Mississippi, at Oxford, where, after reaching the junior year, he commenced reading medicine, and then entered the College of Physicians and Surgeons, at Baltimore, Md., in September, 1878, graduating with the class of 1880. He then returned to De Soto County, commenced the practice of medicine, which he continued until 1884, and, as above stated, he then came to De Vall’s Bluff, Ark., where he has since built up a good practice. He was married near Baltimore, Md., in 1879, to Miss Florence Dawson, a native of Maryland, and the daughter of Edward Thomas and Susan (Smith) Dawson, natives also of Maryland. Mr. Dawson was a merchant, and followed this pursuit the principal part of his life. His death occurred in 1878. His wife had died many years previous. To Dr. and Mrs. Owens were born four children, one living, Edward. The Doctor is not very active in politics, but votes with the Democratic party. Socially he is a member of the K. of P. Mrs. Owens is a member of the Methodist Episcopal Church, South.

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