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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. Thomas N. Callicoatt, practicing physician and surgeon at Huntington, was born in Marshall County, Miss., in 1850, his parents being John B. and Sarah J. (Hall) Callicoatt, natives of Tennessee. The father was of Scotch-Irish descent, and served the last two years of the Civil War in the Confederate service. He died in Fayette County, Miss., in 1884, where his widow still lives. Paschal Callicoatt, the grandfather was born in Virginia, was a soldier in the War of 1812, and died in Nevada County, Ark., in 1877. Our subject is the fourth of a family of seven children, and during his youth his education was received at the common schools, and at Oxford College, Mississippi. In the spring of 1865 he enlisted in the Confederate army, serving three months in Gen. Blythe’s courier line. In 1868 he began life for himself by farming, and afterward engaged somewhat in photographing in Texas, Arkansas, and the Indian Territory. In 1872 he began the study of medicine, and in the winter of 1873 and 1874 attended the medical department of the university at Nashville, since which time he has practiced his profession. In 1881 he took a five months’ course in the Larimie Theological College at Florence, Ala., having since 1876 been preaching in the Christian Church. For twelve years he has resided in different parts of Arkansas, such as Madison, Franklin, and Scott Counties, but in 1888 came to Huntington, where he owns a business block, and has a grocery and drug store. He owns 160 acres of land in Logan County. Dr. Callicoatt has been thrice married. In 1872 he married Mollie Richie, who with two children, Ada Belle and Fader, were drowned in Madison County, Ark., July 6, 1886, in a water spout. In 1886 he married Mollie Richie, who died in September of that same year. In July, 1887, the Doctor was united in marriage to Sarah J. Baker. Mrs. Callicoatt is a member of the Methodist Church, and owns 240 acres of land in Logan County.

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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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