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Below is a family biography included in Biographical and Historical Memoirs of Garland 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. R. H. Moore, of Hot Springs, Ark., and a physician of more than ordinary ability, was born in Hardeman County, Tenn., near Bolivar, on January 3, 1842. His parents, Thomas and Lucy (McNeil) Moore, were natives of North Carolina and Edinburgh, Scotland, respectively, and the father followed the occupation of a farmer. He was an early settler of Hardeman County, Tenn., and there he and his wife passed their last days. The paternal grandfather came originally from Ireland, and died in North Carolina. The maternal grandfather, Alexander McNeil, was a United States senator, and died in Washington, D. C., where his body reposes. He was quite a politician, and held a number of offices. Dr. R. H. Moore is the only one of six children born to his parents now living. He attained his growth and secured his education in Hardeman County, where he remained until seventeen years of age, and when nineteen years of age he began the study of medicine, graduating in the spring of 1860, at the old medical school at New Orleans. He was assistant surgeon all through the war, and was stationed at Louisiana hospital, at Richmond, Va., for three years. After cessation of hostilities he remained in Virginia until 1871, when he went to Greenfield, Dade County, Mo., and there remained until 1877, when he came to Hot Springs, where he has since been engaged in the practice of his profession. He is a first class physician and surgeon, and as such is known all over the county. He was elected coroner in September, 1888. He has a fine farm of 160 acres, which is nicely adapted to the raising of corn and cotton, but he resides in Hot Springs, where he has a nice home. He selected Miss Annie W. Martin, a native of Virginia, for his wife, and was married to her in March, 1865. They have six children living: Lulu, Milton, Maude, Madge, Mack and Linn. Two are deceased: Charles (died in Greenfield, Mo., in 1872, aged two years) and Charlie Meggs (who died in Hot Springs, Ark., in 1889, aged fifteen). In religious views the Doctor and wife are Methodists, and he is a Democrat in his political preferences.

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