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Below is a family biography included in Biographical and Historical Memoirs of Drew 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. J. D. Pope, physician, Monticello, Ark. Dr. Pope is one of the oldest and most eminent physicians in Monticello, and as such has the respect and confidence of the people. He was born in Jones County, Ga., on February 20, 1825, and his parents, Cadesman and Sarah E. (Hunt) Pope, were natives of the same State. The father was a farmer by occupation, and died in his native State at the age of eighty-two years. The mother also died in that State. They were the parents of eight children, four now living, and Dr. J. D. was the eldest. He remained on his father’s farm until sixteen years of age, and received a common-school education. He went to Eufaula, Ala., where he clerked in a store for some time, and at the age of twenty-one years he began the study of medicine, graduating from the St. Louis Medical College in 1851. He was in the hospital service while in St. Louis, and began his professional career in Alabama where he remained for two years, near St. Fort. He subsequently returned home, remained there a short time and then went to Griffin, Ga., and its vicinity, where he remained until December, 1860. He then came to Drew County, located near Lacey, and there practiced his profession until 1881, when he removed to Monticello, and has since been actively engaged in his profession. He has been very successful, and with pleasing results, and now enjoys the reputation of being an able physician. He is a member of the A. F. & A. M. In 1853 he was married to Miss Sarah Reeves, a native of Georgia, and to this union have been born five children: William R., Walter C., Mardell Y., Orella E. (wife of W. Downey), and Sarah J. (wife of William Bennett). The Doctor lost his faithful companion in May, 1887.

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This family biography is one of 83 biographies included in Biographical and Historical Memoirs of Drew County, Arkansas published in 1890.  For the complete description, click here: Drew County, Arkansas History, Genealogy, and Maps

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