Dr. Willis S. Smith

Willis S. Smith was a prominent early settler in Arkansas.  Born in Todd County, Mississippi on August 10, 1810 to Millington and Barbara Smith, he was the fifth of twelve children, nine sons and three daughters.  His grandfather fought in…

Dr. William James Rollins

William James Rollins, born in Alabama on February 9, 1892 was the grandson of John Rollins who fought with the Civil War’s Alabama Rebels.  His parents were Elijah and Necie Oats.  Young William was a young child when the family…

Steele Family of Doctors

*Dr. Marion DeKalb Steele was born on June 8, 1824 in Bedford Co. Tennessee.  Marion studied medicine in Louisville Medical college when he was 19 and by age 23 he began his medical practice along with farming.  In 1855 he…

Kirksey Family of Doctors

In the late nineteenth century Dr. C.L. Kirksey lived in a small town on the banks of the Arkansas River in central Arkansas.  This was Dover where the good doctor established his medical practice.  He was also a Methodist preacher.…

Kirby Family of Doctors

The Kirby Family were descendants of English parentage who settled in Virginia.  Some served in the Revolutionary Wary and later some served in the War of 1812. Dr. B.F. Kirby and wife Serena Kirby migrated west to Green County Missouri. …

McGehee Family of Doctors

Dr. Edward Pelham McGehee* was born January 21, 1869 in Virginia of Scotch descent.  He attended Vanderbilt for two years then graduated with a M.D. in 1894 from University of Mobile in Alabama in 1894.  In 1899 he migrated to…