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Below is a family biography included in The History of Sebastian 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. Julius Meyer, of Fort Smith, Ark., was born in Copenhagen, Denmark, February 16, 1852, and is a son of Dr. Marcus and Mosigne (Rothschild) Meyer, natives of the same city as himself, and born December 9, 1812, and June 14, 1820, respectively. The father was a professor of medicine in a university in Copenhagen, and was the author of Meyer’s Dictionary of the Danish Language. He was also translator of Webster’s Dictionary into the Danish and German languages, and died June 27, 1885. Dr. Julius Meyer is the only one of his seven children who crossed the ocean. He reached American soil in 1869, landing at New York City, and came almost directly to St. Louis, Mo. He graduated from the literary department of the Copenhagen University in 1866, and from the medical department in 1868. From St. Louis he went to Peirce City, where he was engaged in keeping books until 1870, then went to Ozark County, where he began practicing medicine in partnership with Dr. Jack Patrick. From 1876 to 1878 he practiced his profession in Jackson County, and then spent several years in traveling, and was manager of a lumber company for some time. He came to Fort Smith, Ark., September 28, 1886, where he has been proprietor of the Cleveland Hotel since January 5, 1887. He is doing a prosperous business, and has a large patronage from the traveling public. He is a Democrat, and cast his first presidential vote for Tilden. December 25, 1886, he was married to Miss Laura Kyle, who was born in Shannon County, Mo., January 23, 1859, a daughter of James and Caroline (Harveson) Kyle. The father was born in Kentucky, and was killed at the battle of Wilson’s Creek in 1862. He was first lieutenant under Gen. Price, and was a farmer and stock raiser by occupation. The mother was born in Illinois, and died October 3, 1879. They were the parents of nine children, two living, Mrs. Meyer and Mrs. Mahala West, of Fort Smith.

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This family biography is one of 217 biographies included in The History of Sebastian County, Arkansas published in 1889.  For the complete description, click here: Sebastian County, Arkansas History, Genealogy, and Maps

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