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Below is a family biography included in The History of Barton County, Missouri 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. A. E. Mardick was born in the State of Virginia, in February, 1816. His parents were Andrew C. and Bell (Quigg) Mardick, who were of Scotch descent; the father was a stock man, and, when our subject was young, the parents moved to Westmoreland County, Penn., where he was educated in the private schools. At the age of seventeen he commenced the study of medicine, and completed a course in medicine in the University of Pennsylvania, from which institution he graduated in March, 1837, as a physician and surgeon. He then took a trip to St. Louis, where he remained a few months, and, returning to Pennsylvania, he entered the United States Navy, on board the Missouri. He spent one year on the water, visiting South America and the West Indies, and, after his return, again went to St. Louis, where he opened an office and engaged in practice. The following year he received appointment as Assistant Surgeon of the United States Army, Second Dragoons, in which capacity he served seven years. He was wounded in the leg at Monterey, during the Mexican War, and was granted a furlough, when he returned to St. Louis, and resumed his practice there. In 1850 he moved to Charleston, Mo., where he devoted his attention to the profession until the outbreak of the late war, when he went to Helena, Ark., remaining one year, and, during the war, having passes from both armies, he did much to relieve the wounded, without compensation other than the gratefulness of those he cared for. Returning to Charleston, he remained there until 1865, spending the following two years on a farm in Mississippi County, Mo. He lived one year at Union City, Tenn., when he removed to Barton County, Mo., and, from 1874 to 1886, he was actively engaged in the practice of medicine. In the latter year he retired, on account of ill health, giving up a large and lucrative practice. The Doctor was married, in St. Louis, in 1848, to Miss Caroline O. Harra, a native of Canada, of English descent; she died in 1857, at the age of forty-five years. The children by this marriage were: Laura, wife of Robert B. Ward, of Harrisonville, Mo.; Alex. E., a resident of Golden City, Mo.; John W., a grocer in Golden City; and Margaret C., wife of Charles Ford, also of Golden City. In 1858 Dr. Mardick married Rebecca Kendrick, a native of Virginia. They have one child, John Y., now a shorthand reporter of Charleston. The Doctor is a member of the Cumberland Presbyterian Church, and of the A. F. & A. M.

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