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Below is a family biography included in The History of Washington 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. Anderson Ott, one of the prominent physicians of Wedington, was born September 10, 1837, in Washington County, Ind., and is the son of Mallichiah and Mary (Ware) Ott, natives of Kentucky and Pennsylvania, respectively. The father was born in 1814, is still living, and is now a resident of Taswell, Ind. He was a blacksmith by trade, but gave that up to engage in merchandising, and is now following the same in Taswell. He is a Republican in politics, is a member of the Methodist Episcopal Church, and is an honest, respected citizen. The mother was born in 1813, and died in 1875. They were married in Indiana, where the mother died and where the father is still living. They were the parents of eight children, six now living: Greenberry S., a mechanic at Leavenworth, Ind.; George W., a farmer in Crawford County, Ind.; Wesley, a merchant at Taswell, and a partner of his father, and William H., a merchant at Eckerdy, Ind. The children deceased were named as follows: Andrew and Mahala. Anderson Ott, at the age of twenty-one, left home and worked at his trade of painter in Southern Indiana for four years, after which he began selling goods, running a notion wagon over the country for several years, or until 1870. Quite a number of years previous to this, in 1857, he married Miss Sarah Roberts, who died three years later, leaving two children: Mary, now the wife of Wesley Wade, a farmer in Newton County, Ark., and William S., who died when sixteen years of age. Mrs. Ott was a member of the Methodist Episcopal Church. In November, 1862, Dr. Ott enlisted in Company K, Twenty-third Indiana Infantry Volunteers, and after serving a short time was discharged on account of disability. In 1865 the Doctor married Miss Elizabeth Roberts, a cousin of his first wife, and she lived but ten months. She was a member of the Methodist Episcopal Church. January 4, 1866, he married Miss Mary Jacobs, a native of Dubois County, Ind., born January 6, 1845, and the daughter of Elisha Jacobs. To this union were born four children, three now living: John W., Willard E. and Leora Elvira. Luella C. died when two years of age. Previous to 1870 the Doctor had studied medicine a great deal, and in the last named year he began practicing, first at Mifflin, Ind. In 1878 he moved to Arkansas, located at Cave Creek, Newton County, and in 1881 he moved to Benton County, where he remained until 1885, when he moved to Washington County and settled on his present location. He studied medicine under Joel Vandever at Mount Prospect, Ind., and has been a student at the Medical College at Louisville. He now has a very large practice, in fact as much or more than one person can attend to, and has been very successful, as his many patients, now living, can testify. Dr. Ott, in his politics, votes for the best man, and is a gentleman respected by all who know him.

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