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Below is a family biography included in Biographical and Historical Memoirs of Ashley 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. Ben F. Moore, physician, Bartholomew, Ark. Dr. Moore, a physician of acknowledged merit and esteem in this portion of the county, was born in North Carolina, February 18, 1840, and is the only living representative of his immediate family. One brother, Addison, barely attained his majority, when he died. The parents of the Doctor Addison and Martha (Dabbs) Moore, were natives of the Carolinas. The Moores were originally from Virginia, but moved to North Carolina at an early date. The Dabbs were descendants of French Huguenots, who left France on St. Bartholomew night, and came to Charleston, S. C. Their descendants were soldiers in the Revolution, and are related to nearly every family by that name in the State. Dr. Ben F. Moore attained his growth and received his education in North Carolina, attending the University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill. He began the study of medicine under Dr. E. F. Ash in 1858, and completed it by graduating from the University of Virginia, in 1860. The following year he enlisted in Company H, Forty-third North Carolina, and was made first lieutenant, serving in the Army of Northern Virginia all the way through. He was in the corps of Stonewall Jackson at the time of that General’s death. He was in the Valley campaign, under Ewing and Early, at Spottsylvania, Gettysburg, and was wounded there. After this he was in the Valley campaign, participating in the battle of the Wilderness, etc., and was in the army at the surrender at Appomattox, and now has his parole, signed by Gen. Grant. Immediately after the war he came to Arkansas, settled in Ashley County, and in connection with his practice (which he has carried on successfully ever since), he was engaged in cultivating the soil. He has a small plantation of 125 acres open, and works on the share system. He was married in 1861, to Miss Lydia Sturdvant, a native of North Carolina, and they have three children—two daughters and a son: Pink, Lydia and Strausy. Dr. Moore belongs to the Masonic fraternity, K. of P. and K. of H. He is a Democrat, politically, and has been chosen as member elect to represent his county in the Legislature of Arkansas. He has resided in this county long enough to have witnessed many changes, and not until 1868 were there any great improvements made.

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This family biography is one of 97 biographies included in Biographical and Historical Memoirs of Ashley County, Arkansas published in 1890.  For the complete description, click here: Ashley County, Arkansas History, Genealogy, and Maps

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