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Below is a family biography included in Biographical and Historical Memoirs of Chicot 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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F. H. Pugh, the only physician and surgeon of Lake Village, Chicot County, Ark., was born in Tennessee, in 1824, being the son of James and Sallie (Andrews) Pugh, both of the State of North Carolina. The Pugh family came to America in 1666, lauding near Norfolk, Va., where they engaged in planting, and at once taking prestige as one of the most prominent and aristocratic families in that State. Three brothers came over together: Francis, Daniel and Thomas. Francis was the ancestor of our subject, his son being Thomas, and his son Francis (second), following whom came Col. Thomas Pugh. He married Mary Scott, and their son, William Scott Pugh, was the father of F. H.’s grandfather, James Pugh. James Pugh, the father of the subject of this sketch, reared his family in the place where the family had settled in North Carolina, and where he was born. In 1802 he moved to Tennessee, settling in Williamson County, where he purchased and cultivated property, and there he resided for forty-eight years, giving his attention to tilling the soil. He was in the War of 1812. The fruits of his marriage were twelve children—six boys and an equal number of girls—our subject being the only member living at present. The father died in 1853, at the age of sixty-five; the mother in 1865, at the age of eighty-two. They were both members of the Baptist Church. F. H. Pugh, he whose name heads this sketch, was educated in the common schools of his native county, and at the age of twenty-three attended the University of Medicine, at Louisville, and graduated at the Nashville University when twenty-five years old, after which he located in the county where he first entered the world, practicing his profession for five years, at the end of which time he moved to Moorehouse Parish, La. He spent the years 1844 and 1845 traveling in Europe, visiting various places of interest, hospitals in London and Paris, and returning home in 1846, and locating in the Lone Star State, where he remained two years, afterward going to Louisiana. After the war Dr. Pugh went to Delphi, La., practicing there for some time, and finally, in 1882, settling in Chicot County. Dr. Pugh is a gentleman of the “old school,” one who favors all public improvements, is liberal in his views, contributes generously to worthy causes, and is thoroughly appreciated by his large circle of acquaintances. He is a member of the A. T. & H. M.

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This family biography is one of 34 biographies included in Biographical and Historical Memoirs of Chicot County, Arkansas published in 1890.  For the complete description, click here: Chicot County, Arkansas History, Genealogy, and Maps

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