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Below is a family biography included in Biographical and Historical Memoirs of Union 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. Charles Chester, physician, Mount Holly, Ark. This old, but very successful physician was born in Colchester, Conn., on August 21, 1810, and his parents, David and Prudence (Fox) Chester, were natives of the same State the father born on April 23, 1768, and the mother on December 15, 1779. The parents were married on November 8, 1797, and to them were born seven children: Eliza O., John F., Sophia M., Edwin and Emaline (twins), and Lydia A. The father was a planter by occupation, and emigrated to Mississippi, settling in Columbus, where he remained until he received his final summons on September 30, 1861. The mother died in 1869. Both were united with the Presbyterian Church. Dr. Charles Chester was educated at a public academy in Connecticut, and remained in his native State until 1824, when he emigrated with his brother to the Palmetto State, locating in Sumter District. In 1832 he emigrated to Alabama, but a little later in the same year, he returned to South Carolina, and on January 13 was married to Miss Caroline Yemans. He then attended the Medical University of Louisiana, at New Orleans, and in 1846 emigrated to Arkansas. He settled in Union County, and was very active in the practice of his profession, becoming well and favorably known, not only in this, but in surrounding counties. To his marriage were born nine children, seven of whom lived to be grown: William Y., Ellen P. (deceased), Susan B., Joseph C. (killed during the war), Caroline, Charles M., Julia, Edward and Samuel H. Dr. Chester has been practicing for about forty-five years, and is a man of decided intellectual ability. Time has dealt quietly with him, and he is today in comparatively good health. He is public spirited, and takes a decided interest in all laudable enterprises. He and wife are members of the Presbyterian Church.

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This family biography is one of 84 biographies included in Biographical and Historical Memoirs of Union County, Arkansas published in 1890.  For the complete description, click here: Union County, Arkansas History, Genealogy, and Maps

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