Mitchell, Dr. Moses J.

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Dr. Moses J. MITCHELL, physician, Holly Springs, Ark. Dr. MITCHELL is a man of decided intellectual ability, is ever ready to obey the call of all classes, and is in truth a physician of thorough learning and experience. He was born in Edgecombe County, N. C., in 1833, and is the son of Mortica and Delia (McDADE) MITCHELL, natives of Virginia and North Carolina, respectively. They were married in North Carolina (whither Mr. MITCHELL had emigrated when a young man), in 1837, and later moved to Tennessee, and then in 1847 to what is now Calhoun County, Ark. After that the father was in Texas for about two years, but returned to Arkansas, and there died, in Nevada County, in 1868. He was a farmer and also followed merchandising. He was a member of the Baptist church, and socially was a member of the Masonic fraternity. His father, James MITCHELL, was born in Virginia, and died there. He was of Irish descent and was a farmer by occupation. The maternal grandfather of our subject, John McDADE, was born in North Carolina and there passed his last days. Dr. Moses J. MITCHELL was reared on the farm and secured a fair education in the county schools. About 1855 he began the study of medicine, and began practicing in Bradley County, continuing from 1858 for one year. He then located at Holly Springs, where he has since resided, with the exception of two years that he spent in other parts of Dallas County, and is one of the oldest physicians of the same. In 1861 he enlisted in Company D, Twelfth Arkansas Infantry, as sergeant, and after about three months was promoted to surgeon of his regiment, pro tem. Soon after he was made assistant surgeon of the Thirty-third Arkansas Infantry, and served eight months, but failing health caused him to refugee to Texas, where he remained until the close of the war. He was married on December 7, 1863, to Miss Sarah C., daughter of John and Julia JUNIEL, both natives of Virginia, where they were married. About 1848 they came to Ouachita County, Ark., were the Mother died in 1858, but the father is still living. Mrs. MITCHELL was born in the Old Dominion, and by her marriage became the mother of two children, a son and daughter: Mary (wife of Robert H. TERRY), and John W. Dr. MITCHELL is the owner of about 800 acres in different counties, and a good home in Holly Springs. He is a Democrat in his political views, and his first presidential vote was for James Buchanan in 1856. He is the present master of St. John’s Lodge No. 38, Masonic fraternity, at Holly Springs. Mrs. MITCHELL is a member of the Methodist Episcopal Church.

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