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Dr. David H. Thomasson, M.D.

David H. Thomasson, M. D., is an old, wellknown and prominent physician of Cleveland County, Ark , but was born in York District, S. C., January 16, 1822, being a son of James and Charlotte (Cozart) Thomasson, who were born in Virginia and North Carolina, and died in York District, S. C., his father dying in 1848, at the advanced age of eighty-two years; the mother died in 1843, aged fifty-one years.

James Thomasson was under the proper age for enlistment at the commencement of the Revolutionary War. During the progress of the war, and when quite young, he joined a company of Virginia troops, in which two or three of his brothers were in service. Mr. Thomasson and Charlotte Cozart were married in North Carolina, and emigrated to South Carolina shortly after marriage, where they spent the remainder of their days. He was a very successful farmer, a Democrat in his political views, and he and wife were members of the Missionary Baptist Church. They reared a family of ten sons to maturity, and three of them are living at the present time.

David H. Thomasson was their eighth child, and his school days were spent in the Yorkville (S. C.) Academy, and soon after finishing his literary education he turned his attention to the study of medicine, and in 1841-42 attended lectures in the Charleston Medical College, and in the year 1843 he was graduated from the Medical Department of the University of New York. He then practiced his profession in Yorkville, S. C., until 1858, when he came to Drew County, Ark., and was a resident of Monticello until 1872, when he came to his present location.

It has been his intention to retire from active practice for some years past, but quite frequently an importunate patient is found who is not willing to risk his treatment to any but Dr. Thomasson, whose skill and ability are well known.

During the late war he was appointed surgeon of a battery, but on account of sickness did not enter the service. He has many times been solicited by his numerous friends to become an applicant for office, but has invariably refused.

August 16, 1859, be was married to Miss Chilonus, a daughter of Samuel Bell, of Carroll County, Miss. She was born March 10, 1811, and received her education in the Judson Female Institute, at Marion, Ala. Her father was captain of a company of troops during the War of 1812, and was a participant in the battle of New Orleans. He died in Choctaw County, Miss., when quite advanced in years, having been a surveyor, teacher and farmer by occupation. His wife, who was formerly Miss Martha Bean, was also born in South Carolina, and was an earnest member of the Presbyterian Church.

Dr. Thomasson supports the Greenback party, although until 1856 he was, strictly speaking, a Jacksonian Democrat. He is now the owner of 1, 000 acres of land, and has always been a man of much enterprise and public spirit.


Biographical and Historical Memoirs of Southern Arkansas
Copyright 1890
Published by The Goodspeed Publishing Co.; Chicago, Nashville and St. Louis