Daviess County, Missouri Genealogy Trails
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WILLIAM O. GILLIHAN; The gentleman whose name heads this sketch was born near McComb, McDonough County, Illinois, on April 1, 1841. When he had reached the age of four years his parents removed to Arkansas, and settled near Crawfordsville, Crawford County, and there his father died after a two years residence. In 1847 his mother removed to Iowa, and after several changes, finally settled in Warren county, near Indianola, where they lived until 1855, when (his mother having become Mrs. M. R. Richardson) they removed to Daviess county, seven miles south of Gallatin, and here he lived until 1858. He then left home and began the struggle of life for himself, and obtained most of his education after that date, attending the common schools of Daviess County in 1858 and 1859, and the high school at Gallatin in 1860 and 1861.
WILLIAM M. GIVENS, M. D.; William Middleton Givens, son of John S. and Margaret S. Givens, was born near Booneville, Cooper County, Missouri. December 23, 1827. He was reared upon a farm amid the wholesome influences of country life and industry, and educated in the early private schools of his native county, supplemented by an attendance at F. T. Kemper's High School, of Booneville. At the age of seventeen he began teaching school, and continued to follow this profession at intervals until he graduated as a physician. In January, 1854, he entered upon the study of medicine under Dr. H. C. Gibson, of Booneville, remaining under his preceptorship three years, and attending two full courses of lectures at the St. Louis Medical College, passing the regular examination before the faculty, and graduating a Doctor of Medicine, in March, 1857. Immediately thereafter he removed to Daviess county and on the 14th of the following July, was united in marriage to Miss Ada B. Cauthorn. They settled in Gallatin, and Dr. Givens entered upon the practice of medicine, which he has continued almost uninterruptedly ever since. He remained in Gallatin all during the War of the Rebellion, experiencing all the vicissitudes of those troublous times, and although his sympathies were with the South—being by birth and education a Southerner—he remained to a great extent neutral, not wishing to see the Government disrupted, and so tendered his services freely, ministering to the sick and wounded of both Federal and Confederate armies, as they came within his reach. He was not arrested or disturbed, but continued his practice all during the war, and now has not only one of the largest and most lucrative practices in Daviess county, but is also highly esteemed as a citizen, possessing the respect and confidence of the best people in Gallatin and Daviess County.
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