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Below is a family biography included in The History of Sebastian 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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Dr. Reeves M. Osborne was born in Johnson County, Tenn., in 1846, and is the eldest of three children born to Dr. John K. and Ellen K. Osborne, natives of Virginia and North Carolina, respectively. The parents were married in North Carolina, and lived in Tennessee until about 1853, when they removed to Whitfield, Ga. In 1874 they went to Johnson County, Ark., where the father died the same year and the mother still lives. Dr. Osborne was a graduate of the Philadelphia Medical College, and for over twenty-two years was a practicing physician. During the late war he served about three years as surgeon of a North Georgia regiment in the Confederate army. He was a member of high standing in the Methodist Episcopal Church, to which his wife belongs. The grandfather of our subject George Osborne, served as a colonel in the Mexican War, and lived in Virginia his entire life. Reeves M. Osborne is a self-educated man, who paid for his schooling by clerking and teaching. When but eighteen he joined Company A, of a Georgia engineer corps, and served until the close of the war, surrendering in North Carolina. He operated the most of his eighteen months’ service in Tennessee and Georgia, occupying the office of sergeant. In 1869 he began to study medicine with his father and Dr. Hunt, of Georgia, and in 1870-71 attended the medical department of what is now Vanderbilt University, of Nashville. Graduating in 1871, he attended a course of lectures the same year at the Atlanta (Ga.) Eclectic Medical College. He has now practiced his profession successfully in Arkansas over seventeen years, having come to Johnson County in 1872. In April, 1887, he left that county to go to Hackett City, and from there he went to Mansfield, where he engaged in the drug business with Dr. Jackson. In 1888 he came to Huntington, where he is already well and favorably known. He is a subscriber and constant reader of the best medical journals of the day, and even when at college he prepared notes and formulas from the most eminent and popular writers. He was married in Johnson County, in 1874, to Johanna Perry, who died in 1878, leaving two children. In 1882 he married Ida, daughter of John M. Adkins, formerly of Tennessee, in which State Mrs. Osborne was born. This marriage has resulted in three children. Mrs. Osborne has been a member of the Methodist Episcopal Church since her youth, and Mr. Osborne worships at the same church. In politics he is a Democrat, and he belongs to the Masonic fraternity.

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This family biography is one of 217 biographies included in The History of Sebastian County, Arkansas published in 1889.  For the complete description, click here: Sebastian County, Arkansas History, Genealogy, and Maps

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